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E.J. Dionne Jr. / Politics

The Resurgent Progressives

WASHINGTON -- The re-emergence of a Democratic left will be one of the major stories of 2014. Moderates, don't be alarmed. The return of a viable, vocal left will actually be good news for the political center.

For a long time, the American ...

2013: Not As Bad As You Think

WASHINGTON -- "Has this been the worst year of your presidency?"

It was a heck of a way for President Obama to wrap up 2013. In asking the question at the president's year-end news conference, Julie Pace of The Associated Press captured several ...

The De Blasio-Bloomberg Paradox

NEW YORK -- The standard line on New York City's Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who takes office next Wednesday, is that he's the antithesis of outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That's not quite true, and New York's voters probably hope it isn't. In ...

Duck Dynasty, Meet Pope Francis

WASHINGON -- If any given religion and its holy writings can be used to support diametrically opposed conclusions about how to live life and how to approach politics, why should religious faith be taken seriously?

Please forgive such a stark ...

The GOP's Fight Has Just Begun

WASHINGTON -- The Republican civil war, like all civil wars, is even messier than it looks. It's a battle between two different conservative establishments complicated by philosophical struggles across many other fronts. Its resolution will ...