E.J. Dionne Jr. / Politics

The Community College Cause

WASHINGTON -- Permit me to declare my bias: I came to revere community colleges for very personal reasons and learned to admire them because they are central to restoring social and economic mobility in our nation.

My late mother spent most of ...

The Right's Idea Of 'Governance'

WASHINGTON -- This will be no ordinary Congress, so there are no ordinary ways for judging how effective it will be at governing.

That is, in any event, a preposterous standard to hold up as a brand spanking new goal. Isn't governing what ...

Permanent Armageddon

WASHINGTON -- Meg Greenfield, the late Washington Post editorial page editor, counseled against writing in "High C" all the time. By this she meant that an editorialist or columnist who expressed equally noisy levels of indignation about ...

Christmas Joy Without Piety

WASHINGTON -- I once told a favorite pastor of mine that I liked him because he wasn't too pious.

As soon as the words were out there, I wondered if I should have just kept my mouth shut -- I'm not good at that -- since he might have found my ...

Obama's Boehner Bailout

WASHINGTON -- How often will President Obama come to House Speaker John Boehner's rescue even when Republican leaders aren't willing to give much in return? And does the president want to preside over a split in his party?

These are among the ...

Will We Torture Again?

WASHINGTON -- Can we now say with confidence that our government will not use torture again and that Americans in the future will rise up to prevent it from doing so? In light of the reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee's report, I ...