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E.J. Dionne Jr. / Politics

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, ...

The Pope Isn't A Party Boss

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's first salary as a community organizer was paid by a Catholic group and his earliest social justice work was rooted in Catholic social doctrine. He identified with Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, then Chicago's archbishop...

Health Care's Real Stakes

WASHINGTON -- You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression -- finally.

Everyone who believes that reducing economic insecurity ...

Will Putin Bring Us Together?

WASHINGTON -- Vladimir Putin's grab of Crimea has exposed the paradoxes in American attitudes toward foreign policy.

Congress has been unusually united in condemning the Russian leader's aggression and calling for his isolation. His belligerent ...

The Politics of Hopelessness

WASHINGTON -- Listlessness is bad politics. Defensiveness is poor strategy. And resignation is never inspiring.

You can feel elements of all three descending around President Obama as he fends off attack after attack from his conservative foes ...

Francis' Anti-Imperial Papacy

WASHINGTON -- Religion makes a lot of mistakes. Faith traditions can be so harsh that they drive away everyone but the self-righteous scolds. Or they can so indulge in therapeutic comfort and manufactured joy that they come to seem like a ...