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E.J. Dionne Jr. / Politics

Jeb Bush's Optimism School

NEW YORK -- The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going.

The party's hope ...

A Program Conservatives Should Love

WASHINGTON -- We are at a point where we will soon have vicious ideological debates over motherhood and apple pie.

Don't laugh. If we can agree on anything across our philosophical divides, surely we can support efforts to promote voluntary ...

LBJ's Way

WASHINGTON -- History offers a rough kind of justice.

As the nation's current president and three of his predecessors gathered this week at the University of Texas for an LBJ Library conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil ...

Supreme Oligarchy

WASHINGTON -- An oligarchy, Webster's dictionary tells us, is "a form of government in which the ruling power belongs to a few persons." It's a shame that the Republican majority on the Supreme Court doesn't know the difference between an ...

When Obamacare Was 'Doomed'

WASHINGTON -- Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong? Is there any cost to those who say things that turn out not to be true and then, when their fabrications or false predictions are exposed, calmly move on to...

Who Cares About The Value Of Work?

WASHINGTON -- Finding a way out of our current political impasse requires some agreement on what problems we need to solve. If anything should unite left, center and right, it is the value of work and the idea, in Bill Clinton's signature phrase, ...