E.J. Dionne Jr. / Politics

Seeking Sanity on Sgt. Bergdahl

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- There were many poignant moments in President Obama's speech in Normandy commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. But two sentences he spoke at what he called "democracy's beachhead" seemed especially resonant back home.

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The Mississippi Paradox

JACKSON, Miss. -- Can you hate the federal government but love the money it spends on you?

The electoral earthquake that was Mississippi's Republican Senate primary has pushed this question to the forefront of American politics.

In conventional ...

Will Congress Be As Brave As Shinseki?

WASHINGTON -- If you want a prime example of what's wrong with our politics, study the response to the veterans' health care scandal. You would think from the coverage that the only issue that mattered to politicians was whether Gen. Eric Shinseki...

Why Restraint Makes Us Stronger

WASHINGTON -- By laying out a long-term foreign policy vision in a speech at West Point on Wednesday, President Obama challenged his critics, at home and abroad, not to speak in vague terms about American "decline" or "weakness" but to answer the ...

Memorial Day's Calling

WASHINGTON -- Memorial Day is a peculiarly appropriate holiday for our times. Its origins lie in the Civil War, which resulted from the failure of a deeply polarized political system to settle the question of slavery.

Reading the history of the ...