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EJ Dionne

How To Read The Iran Debate

In the Iran Debate, a working knowledge of the intricate, technical details is helpful, but there are more ambiguities than either side will readily admit.

April 6, 2015

When Obamacare Was ‘Doomed’

WASHINGTON — Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong? Is there any cost to those who say things that turn out not to be true and then, when their fabrications or false predictions are exposed, calmly move on to concocting new claims as if they had never made the old ones? […]

April 3, 2014

Who Cares About The Value Of Work?

WASHINGTON — Finding a way out of our current political impasse requires some agreement on what problems we need to solve. If anything should unite left, center and right, it is the value of work and the idea, in Bill Clinton’s signature phrase, that those who “work hard and play by the rules” ought to […]

March 31, 2014

The Politics Of Hopelessness

WASHINGTON — Listlessness is bad politics. Defensiveness is poor strategy. And resignation is never inspiring. You can feel elements of all three descending around President Obama as he fends off attack after attack from his conservative foes who vary the subject depending on the day, the circumstance and the opportunity. Obama and his party are […]

March 17, 2014

Francis’ Anti-Imperial Papacy

WASHINGTON — Religion makes a lot of mistakes. Faith traditions can be so harsh that they drive away everyone but the self-righteous scolds. Or they can so indulge in therapeutic comfort and manufactured joy that they come to seem like a charlatan’s game. They can be so otherworldly that they offer no guidance to those […]

March 13, 2014