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E.j. Dionne

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Stakes in ACA debate higher than health care

WASHINGTON — You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression — finally.

March 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Marijuana injustices: Some penalized while others smoke free

WASHINGTON — I have no desire to smoke marijuana, partly because doing so might drive me back to the cigarette habit I broke two decades ago. I don’t want to be one of those “cool parents” who pretend to be as culturally advanced as their kids. In my case, that’s a ridiculous aspiration anyway.

January 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr: 2013: Not as bad as you think

WASHINGTON — “Has this been the worst year of your presidency?”

January 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The heart of Francis' 'Joy of Gospel' mission

WASHINGTON — Christianity has often been used over the centuries to prop up the powerful. But from the beginning, the Christian message has been subversive of political systems, judgmental toward those at the top, and demanding of all who take it seriously.

December 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Mayor, president understand painful paradoxes of race

WASHINGTON — “In the jewelry store, they lock the case when I walk in,” the young African-American man wrote. “In the shoe store, they help the white man who walks in after me. In the shopping mall they follow me. ... Black male: Guilty until proven innocent.”

July 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne: Political history exposes Libertarianism's Achilles' heel

WASHINGTON — In politics, we often skip past the simple questions. This is why inquiries about the fundamentals can sometimes catch everyone short.

June 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
E.J. Dionne: Father Greeley's legacy as a loving pugilist

E.J. Dionne: Father Greeley's legacy as a loving pugilist

WASHINGTON — You wanted Father Andrew Greeley as your friend and not your enemy. You got the sense he was born with his fists up and his loyalties fully formed. He was ready to do battle at the first signs of disrespect toward those he cared about.

June 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama's wake-up call: Focus on big issues for America

WASHINGTON — President Obama got roughed up by the pundit class last week. The question is what lessons he draws from the going-over. Here's one he should take: The nation's political conversation has grown stale and many Americans have lost the sense of what he is doing to improve their lives.

May 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne: The culture of preconception is pervasive

WASHINGTON — The political response to the Boston Marathon bombings suggests that we live in an age of shrink-wrapped, prepackaged opinions.

April 25, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Will extremist politics end majority rule?

WASHINGTON -- The National Rifle Association is facing attacks from Gun Owners of America for being too soft on gun control. This is like a double cheeseburger coming under severe criticism for lacking enough cholesterol.

April 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Polarization, church and country

WASHINGTON — What do the Roman Catholic Church and the American political system have in common? Both are divided into factions that neither trust nor understand each other, and both confront a crisis of governance.

March 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama making peace on contraception coverage

WASHINGTON — America's Big Religious War ended on Friday. Or at least it ought to.

February 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: After cliff deal, 2 crucial months for Obama

WASHINGTON — To be deemed a serious analyst at the moment seems to require a lot of hand-wringing and sneering over how awful Congress looked over the past few days as it rushed a fiscal cliff deal into law.

January 04, 2013 12:30 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: U.S. must act now to curb gun violence

WASHINGTON — We should mourn, but we should be angry.

December 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

E. J. Dionne Jr.: Bishops must stop hiding the church's treasure

WASHINGTON — To say that the Belle Harbor neighborhood on New York City's Rockaway Peninsula was slammed by Hurricane Sandy understates the case. Like many other parts of the region, it has suffered the kind of devastation we usually associate with wars.

November 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama plays offense, Romney shows disrespect

WASHINGTON — "Lead from behind" may be a sound bite the Obama administration regrets, but debating from behind is clearly something President Barack Obama is very good at. He got the first debate's wake-up call while Mitt Romney let the encounter in Denver mislead him into confusing petulanc…

October 18, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne: Paul Ryan and the triumph of theory

WASHINGTON — If Paul Ryan were a liberal, conservatives would describe him as a creature of Washington who has spent virtually all of his professional life as a congressional aide, a staffer at an ideological think tank, and, finally, as a member of Congress. In the right's shorthand: He nev…

August 14, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne: Obama has explaining to do after health law ruling

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision upholding the health care law is not only a huge victory for President Obama but also a moment of leadership for Chief Justice John Roberts. The court’s mixed verdict could create problems, notably in its weakening of the law’s Medicaid provisions in…

July 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Moderate, liberal bishops finally start to speak out

WASHINGTON — There is a healthy struggle brewing among the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops. A previously silent group, upset over conservative colleagues defining the church’s public posture and eagerly picking fights with President Barack Obama, has had enough.

May 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne: Focus on family economics, not mommy wars

WASHINGTON — Instead of fighting a phony mommy war over what Hilary Rosen said about Ann Romney, we should face the fact that most families these days cannot afford to have one parent stay home with the kids. This is not about “lifestyle” or “values.” This is an economic struggle highlightin…

April 20, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

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