E.J. Dionne Jr. / Politics

Plain Vanilla Bipartisanship

WASHINGTON -- When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain vanilla agenda that might pass muster across party ...

Paul Ryan's New Clothes

WASHINGTON -- Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made last week in his major ...

Blind Ideological Justice

WASHINGTON -- Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as "an impartial guardian of the rule of law."

By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge ...

Bordering On Heartless

WASHINGTON -- Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression.

His crime? He announced plans to bring food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to at least some of the tens of ...

Where Does The Buck Stop?

WASHINGTON -- Some elections are contests between voters who are happy and voters who are not. This fall's elections are of a different sort: Since almost all the voters are unhappy with politics, the battle will be over which party gets the blame...

The Vital Incoherent Center

WASHINGTON -- Here's one political paradox: A substantial majority of Americans do not fit neatly into the conventional "liberal" and "conservative" boxes, yet there is no coherent political center. Those who dream of a middle-of-the-road third ...