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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama's new politics of foreign policy

WASHINGTON — Over the last decade, Americans' views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been bitter and polarized, defined by the questio…

September 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Kerry blunders in pushing too quickly for Mideast ceasefire

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry has made a significant mistake in how he's pursuing a Gaza cease-fire — and it's not surprising that he has upset both the Israelis and some moderate Palestinians.

July 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: We have no solution to climate change

WASHINGTON — It would be healthy — in the sense of promoting honesty — if every report warning of global warming and climate change (the two terms are interchangeable) came with the following disclaimer:

May 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: America's future hinges on fearsome mega-trends

WASHINGTON — Just why is American politics so dysfunctional?

March 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Hidden consequences of Snowden revelations

WASHINGTON — There is more than a little hypocrisy to the outcry that the government, through the National Security Agency, is systematically destroying Americans’ right to privacy. Edward Snowden’s revelations have been stripped of their social, technological and historical context. Unless …

January 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama needs to win his friends back

WASHINGTON – President Obama is furiously fending off those “winter of discontent” stories, and it’s not even winter yet.

November 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne: Professor Clinton explains far right politics

DALE CITY, Va. — Bill Clinton, the nation’s politician in chief, is on a roll on behalf of his friend Terry McAuliffe, the front-runner in Tuesday’s election for governor of Virginia.

November 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Poll director: Shutdown hurt Montana delegation

HELENA — Montana's entire congressional delegation may have taken a hit in their approval ratings because of the 16-day federal government shutdown, the director of a new Montana State University-Billings poll said Friday.

October 25, 2013 2:57 pm

Robert J. Samuelson: The entitlement hang-up obscures real debate

WASHINGTON — Let’s drop the whole notion of “entitlement.” Just eliminate it. Politicians, pundits and academics who talk about entitlements would then have to name the actual programs and argue their merits and demerits. This would encourage clarity and candor. Of course, that’s why it won…

October 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Ending rancor: Can gays help save marriage?

WASHINGTON — The rapid evolution of attitudes toward gay marriage is a wonder to behold.

August 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: U.S. on dangerous trajectory for medical innovation

The health of Americans and future generations is at risk. This seems incredulous given our track record in medical discoveries that improved health care and saved lives over the years. But our nation’s research ecosystem is now in a precarious state as a result of federal policies and propo…

July 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Ignatius: Obama delays action while Syria slips away

WASHINGTON — Centuries of theatergoers have puzzled over the riddle of why it took Shakespeare’s Hamlet so long to act, once he had set his mind to it. The Arab world has the same question about President Barack Obama’s delay in implementing his policies in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.

July 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: It's time for Obama to start leading

President Obama keeps traveling the country to promote the highlights of his legislative agenda — tighter controls on weapons, clearer pathways for illegal immigrants, higher taxes on the wealthy. And Republicans keep getting more frustrated.

March 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Economy sparks 2 theories on presidential victories

WASHINGTON — We don't yet know who will win next week's election, but we may know why. To answer, we don't need to explain most voting. Remember: the race has been tight for months. Most people decided long ago, probably on the basis of strong partisan and ideological views or deep personal …

November 02, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne: How compromise became a partisan issue

WASHINGTON -- Here's where we have arrived as a country: We are so polarized that even compromise has become a partisan issue.

November 01, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Debate reveals Americans united, for a change

WASHINGTON -- There are moments when you can glimpse an emerging bipartisan consensus on foreign policy, and Monday night's presidential debate was one of them: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney knew they were speaking to a war-weary country and talked in nearly identical terms about bringing tro…

October 26, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Death penalty loses popularity vs. life in prison

GREENWICH, Conn. — Last week, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy signed a law repealing the state’s death penalty. There are now 17 states without capital punishment, Illinois having joined the ranks last year. What happened in Connecticut brings home the flaw in seeing everything that has happened…

May 02, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: 2012 election outcome in women's hands

Barack Obama cannot win re-election without piling up a sizable majority among female voters. Sorry, fellas, but the ladies will pick the next president.

March 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: How politicians use lies and statistics

The information age is in full bloom. Rapid developments in technology let us store, retrieve and analyze data — available, literally, at our fingertips — at an unprecedented rate. Academic journals in all disciplines, newspapers, websites and cable television bombard readers and viewers wit…

January 15, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Twenty-year study shows fewer women in pews

KANSAS CITY — Peek inside almost any church.

August 20, 2011 12:15 amLoading…

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