E.J. Dionne Jr.

07/21/2014 - 1:27am

    Tragedies concentrate the mind.

    American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high.

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06/05/2014 - 3:20am

    Can you hate the federal government but love the money it spends on you?

    The electoral earthquake that was Mississippi's Republican Senate primary has pushed this question to the forefront of American politics.

    In...

06/02/2014 - 12:22am

    If you want a prime example of what's wrong with our politics, study the response to the veterans' health care scandal. You would think from the coverage that the only issue that mattered to politicians was whether Gen. Eric Shinseki should be fired.

    Shinseki...

05/29/2014 - 2:47pm

    By laying out a long-term foreign policy vision in a speech at West Point on Wednesday, President Obama challenged his critics, at home and abroad, not to speak in vague terms about American "decline" or "weakness" but to answer the question: Exactly what would you do differently?

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05/26/2014 - 4:55pm

    Memorial Day is a peculiarly appropriate holiday for our times. Its origins lie in the Civil War, which resulted from the failure of a deeply polarized political system to settle the question of slavery.

    Reading the history of the period leading up to the war is...

05/22/2014 - 5:57pm

    Anyone with a weak stomach and refined sensibilities should stay out of Kentucky for the next six months.

    From the mountains to the gentle bluegrass, this normally civilized state was transformed on Tuesday night into the staging ground for a merciless war over...

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