E.J. Dionne Jr. / Politics

A Tar Heel Rebellion Against Reaction

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- The clergy gathered in the second-floor conference room at the First Baptist Church here were pondering whether this midterm election might be different from other midterm elections.

The five African-American pastors and ...

Gratitude? Fuggedaboutit

WASHINGTON -- As Ken Burns' superb documentary on the Roosevelts reminded us, "Happy Days Are Here Again" is one of the most evocative anthems in the history of the Democratic Party. You have to ask: Why aren't the Democrats, and the country, ...

Pope Francis' American Messenger

WASHINGTON -- Leaders can make decisions that signal big changes in the political, religious and ethical landscape. In naming Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago, Pope Francis did just that.

Cupich, now the bishop of Spokane, has...

The Mystifying Election

WASHINGTON -- There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what's happening in the 2014 elections.

The careful statistical models keep gyrating on the question of whether Republicans will win ...

For The Love Of Scotland

WASHINGTON -- Scotland's referendum on independence will be decided by voters whose hearts say yes but whose heads say no.

This is why the energy of the campaign in one of the most consequential democratic consultations in history has been with ...

When Moderates Fight Back

WASHINGTON -- The missing component in the machinery of American politics has been moderate-to-liberal Republicanism, and the gears of government are grinding very loudly. You wonder if Kansas and Alaska have come up with a solution to this ...