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E.J. Dionne Jr. writes about politics and policy for The Washington Post.



 



What if we're not broke?

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

"We're broke." You can practically break a search engine if you start looking around the Internet for those words. They're used repeatedly with reference to our local, state and federal governments, almost always to make a case for slashing programs - and, lately, to go after public-employee unio...



What Wisconsin Democrats can teach Washington Democrats

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Consider the contrast between two groups of Democrats, in Wisconsin and in the nation's capital.



How Boehner is playing the Democrats

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

The Republicans are using the specter of a government shutdown to their advantage.



No glory for governors trying to do the right fiscal thing

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Want to be a media star among governors? Don't think -- just cut.
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Why Wisconsin matters

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

This is not the first time that Wisconsin has been at the center of national agitation over the role of unions.



The big reveal: Who Rahm Emanuel really is

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

As Chicago mayor, he'll have to show his true politics.



The Tea Party is winning

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

They can claim victory in fundamentally altering the country's dialogue.



Deficit hawks and the games they play

Thu, 17 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

It's satisfying to see President Obama ignore the deficit hawks.
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Obama's budget battle

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

It's hard to pretend that he and Republicans live in the same political galaxy.



Obama's next act: Recapturing the magic of 2008

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:00:00 EST

The president has ditched Pontiac-style politics for the fresher look of the Chevy Volt.



Egypt's turmoil as a lesson in humility

Sun, 06 Feb 2011 20:00:00 EST

Both parties seem to accept the limits of America's ability to influence events in Egypt.



A conservative split aids Obama on Egypt

Wed, 02 Feb 2011 20:00:00 EST

On Egypt, the president shares a foreign policy view of many conservatives.
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Can Obama make sense of government?

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Can Obama really make the federal bureaucracy work better?



Obama finds a new angle to reach old goals

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Obama is using subtlety to achieve a familiar political agenda.



How Obama can define moderation

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

If Obama's goal is to keep himself in the ideological center, he'll have to shape it his way.



Kennedy's inaugural address presents a challenge still

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Right and left are caught up in a battle over Kennedy's rhetoric from 1961.
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GOP test: A civil and honest health-care discussion

Sun, 16 Jan 2011 20:00:00 EST

House Republicans have a chance to put behind the acidic tone and lead an honest health-care discussion.



Violent talk blocks sane gun laws

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Our failure to reform gun laws is largely due to militarized talk on the right.



Gabby Giffords, a tragic prophet

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Efforts to drain the rhetorical swamps should be as nonpartisan as she has been.



Conservative advice for a Congress of professors

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

The GOP's rhetoric is devoid of plans like improving health care and creating more jobs.
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What a GOP Congress might bring

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Let's be optimistic about the new House majority.



Liberals should accept defeat and get back to their goals

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

In 2011, re-engaging the country on a spiritual level should be a priority.



Don't spin the Civil War

Sun, 26 Dec 2010 20:00:00 EST

Don't forget why the Civil War was fought and how integral racial conflict is to our history.



Paying homage to the fallen Democrats of the 111th Congress

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 20:00:00 EST

Departing House Democrats can take a bow for courage -- and heeding voters.
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Even progressives need CEOs

Sun, 19 Dec 2010 20:00:00 EST

Can progressives change their way of thinking about businesses and CEOs?



Where the 'No Labels' movement falls short

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Political terminology isn't the real problem.



Can Obama find his morning in America?

Sun, 12 Dec 2010 20:00:00 EST

Obama needs his own narrative about how America can succeed.



Casting liberal allies aside will hurt Obama in the long run

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

If Obama can't count on their support, whom can he turn to?
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Can Democrats step up their game?

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Observations from three Democrats who were defeated last month.



Obama's dangerous debt compromises

Thu, 02 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Obama's decision to freeze federal workers' pay is one curious move.



Can Obama fight the GOP's blame game?

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Does Obama have it in him to respond to critics?



On Thanksgiving, remembering our common bonds

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

On Thanksgiving, let's celebrate our common bonds.
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Calling the bluff on deficits

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Boehner should commit to a vote before knowing what the deficit commission will produce.



Is the Tea Party out to banish Bush-style conservatism?

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Is the Tea Party out to banish Bush-style conservatism?



A lame and spineless duck?

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

The session of Congress that begins this week will test the outgoing majority.