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Eugene Robinson writes about politics, policy, culture and international issues for The Washington Post's op-ed page.


Japan's nuclear crisis might not be the last

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Nuclear power was beginning to look like a panacea: a way to lessen our dependence on oil, make our energy supply more self-sufficient and mitigate global warming. But now we cannot ignore that it is toxic technology.

Peter King's modern-day witch hunt

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 20:00:00 EST

Rep. Peter King's witch hunt against Muslim Americans

Stoking irrational fears about Islam

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Rep. King's offensive hearings play into jihadists' claims that America is hostile toward Islam.

Note to Republicans: Cuts don't cut it

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

A new poll has sobering news for Republicans' "cuts, cuts, cuts" mantra.

The GOP wants Obama out, but offers no good replacements

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:00:00 EST

The GOP wants Obama out, but its potential 2012 candidates are uninspiring.

It's time to get tough with Libya

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

The U.S. and other nations have more options than Obama seems to think.

Starving Wisconsin's unions

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:00:00 EST

In Wisconsin, bringing worker benefits in line with reality was never really the point.

Haley Barbour's silence speaks volumes

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

The Mississippi governor continues to display ignorance on issues of race.

The GOP loves freedom, but not for Egypt

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Egypt's historic opening for democracy has been hailed by everyone...except the conservatives.

U.S. must take the walk to democracy with Egypt

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:00:00 EST

Mubarak's iron rule crumbles but will not go gently.

The GOP's selective memory on Ronald Reagan

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Republicans claim Reagan's mantle, but Democrats act almost like Reaganites.

No more free passes for Egypt and other Arab autocracies

Fri, 04 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Despots get off too easy with U.S. policymakers by being anti-terrorist.

For Egypt's Mubarak, push has come to shove

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

The U.S. should help Mubarak fuel the presidential jet, if necessary.

In the GOP's budget, a surplus of spite

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Despite what you might have heard, the coming battle on Capitol Hill is not really about "government spending" in the abstract. It's about two radically different visions of how money should be spent.

The GOP's rude awakening on health-care repeal

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Repeal only means they'll have to design something similar to Obamacare.

Palin's egocentric umbrage

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 20:00:00 EST

The way she portrayed herself as a martyr reminded me of Eva Peron.

In Tucson, words to bind a nation

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Obama offers a new beginning for political discourse; let's seize it.

Guns and responsibility

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Allowing anyone to carry a gun, no questions asked, is just crazy.

In Dallas, defusing a sociological bomb: Wrongful convictions

Fri, 07 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

The case of Cornelius Dupree shows how much race still matters in America.

A health-care fight Democrats should welcome

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

The whole idea of repealing the law is theatrical -- and woefully ill-advised.

Politicians' reputations can be buried by snowstorms

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

If you're a politician, beware of snow. It can bury a career.

Danger ahead for the GOP

Tue, 28 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Republicans begin the new Congress lacking power to execute big ideas.

Finally, victory on 'don't ask, don't tell'

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

How Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins aided President Obama on ending 'don't ask.'

In Afghanistan, on track to nowhere

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

If Obama's strategy is on track, why are Afghans gloomier?

In WikiLeaks aftermath, an assault on free speech

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Internet firms shouldn't be allowed to make political decisions.

Democrats have no choice but to accept an irresponsible tax deal

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Obama's tax deal is lousy, yet Democrats must accept it.

Ben Bernanke, a one-man fire brigade

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 20:00:00 EST

Does anyone else want to help Ben Bernanke save the economy?

Tax cut fight highlights Democrats' missing convictions

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

The White House's silence on the fight over tax cuts is rather surprising.

Tough times for a superpower

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Wikileaks' release of diplomatic cables shows it's hard out there for a superpower.

TSA outcry is really a call for profiling

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

TSA should not restrict body scans or searches.

Obama's opportunity to be the decider

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Obama ought to forget the Republicans and write a narrative of his own.

Trimming a bloated defense budget

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Why are we spending so much, while our allies are spending so little?

Where's the Democrats' fighting spirit?

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

The White House has done much good; why isn't it shoving back bullies who criticize its leadership?

Mr. President, some leadership, please

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

It may be unfair, but presidents aren't allowed to be discouraged.

Nancy Pelosi, undone by her own success

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The GOP was able to make Nancy Pelosi an issue because she was so effective as House speaker.

What's behind the Tea Party's ire?

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDT

What makes some people feel more disenfranchised now than under Bush?

Restore sanity? Too late for the Tea Party

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 17:47:01 EDT

Tea Party candidates' mondo-bizarro moments have been comedy central all along.

For President Obama, a progressive blitz was not an option

Tue, 26 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Anyone asking whether Obama was not liberal enough is not tethered to reality.

Lawyers got it right on the foreclosure mess

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The bankers, not the lawyers, are the ones to blame for the foreclosure mess.

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If GOP wins, expect more obstruction

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

They tend to crash on the perilous shores of reality; is the GOP listening?

2010: The year of politicking insanely

Fri, 15 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Have so many looney tunes ever campaigned under one party's banner?

Can Obama deliver the black vote?

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

If Obama doesn't want to look bad, he'll have to deliver the black vote.

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Why won't the GOP compete for African American votes?

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In many ways, it's a shame that African Americans will vote overwhelmingly for Democrats.

Midterm campaigns, brought to you by . . . ?

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It's unconcionable that we can't know who the buyers are of public offices these days.

Afghanistan: A war without end, or rationale

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

If the purpose of the Afghan war is to influence events in Pakistan, we're not doing a very good job.

Eddie Long isn't practicing what he preaches

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Whether he's an upstanding father or a sexual con artist, he ought to promote tolerance of homosexuality.

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The GOP's Hooey to America

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Do Republicans actually want to send the economy back into recession?

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Sharia as the new red menace?

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

That Gingrich invents an enemy, and then questions why others haven't killed it, is absurd.

Note to Democrats: Tea Party's not over till it's over

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Dems should not think the Tea Party's victory translates to a GOP meltdown.

Gingrich, unhinged on Obama

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

That he thinks American democracy is under attack shows he needs to get out more.

Corruption fighting, Afghanistan style

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The United States has lavished cash, guns and butter on a corrupt regime in Afghanistan.

Gov. Barbour's civil rights fairy tale

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Mississippi governor's made-up story of how the South turned Republican is probably a political ploy.

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The spoiled-brat American electorate

Fri, 03 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Americans' refusal to look seriously at the nation's situation is an equal-opportunity scourge.

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The Iraq war leaves a fog of ambiguity

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

We didn't lose in Iraq, but we can't claim victory either -- this will be the epitaph in Afghanistan, too.

Even Beck can't mar King's legacy

Fri, 27 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Glenn Beck cannot diminish Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream.

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The right-wing, blinded by its own hysteria

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The brouhaha over Park51 is part of a larger pattern in which the far right stokes fear.

President Obama's winning streak

Fri, 20 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Obama's achievements have been kept quiet, but he is on a winning streak.

Republicans pander over 'Ground Zero mosque'

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Have GOP critics of the 'Ground Zero mosque' forgotten the Bill of Rights?

GOP candidates unpredictable and wacky

Fri, 13 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

GOP candidates are wacky but Dems would be foolish to take a single contest for granted.

Adm. Thad Allen on what can be learned from the gulf oil spill

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

What's worked -- and what hasn't -- in responding to the oil spill.

A judge's mighty arguments for marriage equality

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Judge Walker used some mighty arguments for marriage equality.

Momentum becomes substitute for logic in Afghan war

Tue, 03 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Without clear goals in Afghanistan, we'll never emerge victorious.

In the short term, immigration ruling is a gift for the GOP

Fri, 30 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In the short term, the judge's immigration ruling is a gift for the GOP.

Wikileaks reveal the obvious dangers of Afghanistan

Tue, 27 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The most shocking thing about the Wikileaks "War Diary" may be that it fails to shock.

Obama needs to stand up to 'reverse racism' ploy

Thu, 22 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Sherrod case should finally stiffen some spines in the administration.

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The Tea Party must purge racism from its ranks

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Now that the NAACP has spoken, responsible leaders must ensure racism isn't tolerated.

It's time for Democrats to give up the funk

Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Democrats need to get over themselves, and get to work.

Roman Polanski's freedom -- and unmitigated gall

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

He's now free to leave his three-story chalet -- without being punished or expressing remorse.

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On climate change, let cool heads prevail

Fri, 09 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It's time to end the silly 'argument' over whether climate change is real.

The unemployment emergency

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Why can't our leaders focus on the greatest economic dislocation in eight decades?

Financial crisis? No, it's just ants

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Likening a crisis to an ant shows how out of touch the GOP is.

Robert Byrd: A story of change and redemption

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Sen. Robert Byrd's life is a story from KKK to redemption.

Nation building in Afghanistan? That's Afghans' job.

Fri, 25 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Nation-building would be the Afghans' problem, not ours.

A GOP chorus of Joe Bartons on the BP oil spill

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The BP apologist is mainstream among conservative Republicans.

Obama must keep to his Afghanistan deadline

Fri, 18 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Obama should stick to his original deadline in Afghanistan.

We're losing the gulf war

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Each drop of oil removed from the gulf is a victory -- and each that isn't is a defeat.

Why is Tony Hayward still on the job?

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Why is BP's CEO still on the job?

For Adm. Thad Allen, a three-front war on oil

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The president's oil spill point man is an expert on thankless jobs.

In the wake of Deepwater, let's put the environment first

Fri, 28 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Let's rethink the trade-off between economic development and environmental protection.

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Rand Paul's Libertarian La-La Land

Tue, 25 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Rand Paul can't hide from his loopy beliefs about civil rights, oil spills and mine disasters.

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GOP's Tea Party invite might still be in the mail

Fri, 21 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Rand Paul's win in Kentucky should telegraph two warnings to Republicans.

In Arizona, just say no to Latino heritage

Fri, 14 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Arizona's new education law is gratuitous and absurd.

Lena Horne: A glamorous revolutionary

Tue, 11 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Lena Horne bridged the gap between the black and white in a way others could not.

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In Times Square, the blue line held

Fri, 07 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Let's not view terrorism through such a narrow prism.

Border security isn't the problem

Tue, 04 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

'Secure the border' makes a nice fantasy for quelling extremism in Arizona.

Courtesy of Sue Lowden: A chicken in every doctor's pot

Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Sue Lowden's recollection wasn't just inaccurate; it made no sense.

Arizona's new immigration law is an act of vengeance

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Arizona's new immigration law will only make problems worse.

How Obama found his mojo on Wall Street

Fri, 23 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

How Obama found his mojo on Wall Street.

A national deficit of trust

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Those who exploit uneasiness better worry about collateral damage.

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Leaving one Afghan valley: What gained, at what cost?

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

When we finally pack it in, what will we have accomplished?

Haley Barbour's 'diddly' sense of slavery's history

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

"Confederate History Month" should not dismiss America's slaveholding past.

A lone voice in defense of Michael Steele

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Say what you want about the RNC chairman, he doesn't have an easy job.

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The invisible underclass

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Where's the help for the black underclass?

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Pope Benedict has a duty to act forcefully on church abuse

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Pope Benedict has a duty to act forcefully on church abuse.

The Hutaree militia and the rising risk of far-right violence

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

There is a good reason to worry about right-wing anti-government extremism.

Stopping the health-care madness

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

There are people who take incendiary words literally.

The health-care bill: A glorious mess

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The health bill's imperfect, but Obama was right to let Congress shape it.

Democrats discover the benefits of taking a stand on health reform

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Democrats will realize that they are better off doing the right thing on health care.

Tainted FEMA trailers should be destroyed, not sold

Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Why is FEMA letting the public buy tainted trailers from the Hurricane Katrina debacle?

'JihadJane' shows why we need equal-opportunity security checks

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

At airports and elsewhere, everyone -- not just the suspicious-seeming -- should be scrutinized.