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Don't Wreck Religious Liberty's Brand

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

DURHAM, N.C -- We are all obsessed with our brands these days, and no one more so than states competing fiercely for jobs and businesses. Some of them are quickly learning that being seen as anti-gay is dangerous to their images.

As controversy engulfed Indiana over its religious liberty law that would give legal recourse to those who ...Read more

Harry Reid Vs. The Smooth Deal

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is an acquired taste. It may surprise people outside of his Democratic caucus that many of his colleagues will miss him. But they will.

Charismatic he is not. He sometimes stumbles in his choice of words, and utterly fails a series of other Beltway tests. For example, our era claims to revere ...Read more

The High Cost Of Bibi's Comeback

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Wednesday was a hard day for pro-Israel liberals.

Some of the dejection arose from sheer surprise over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's victory, and especially the size of his margin. The pre-election polling -- by law, polls can't be published within five days of voting -- showed Netanyahu's Likud Party trailing Isaac Herzog's...Read more

The Senate's 47 Percent

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- In September 2002, three Democratic congressmen visited Iraq in an effort to prevent a war they thought was a terrible idea.

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., said very little there, explaining afterward that his sole purpose was to tell Iraqi officials that "if they want to prevent a war, they need to prevail upon Saddam Hussein to ...Read more

The Bibi-Boehner Coalition

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- It was disconcerting to watch Congress cheer wildly as a foreign leader, the prime minister of one of America's closest allies, trashed an American president's foreign policy. It was equally strange that the speaker of our House of Representatives interjected the United States Congress into an Israeli political campaign.

It fell ...Read more

The GOP's Loud 'Yes' To 'No'

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- It's a daunting challenge to spin the word "no" into a hopeful and forward-looking political battle cry.

There are, of course, circumstances when negative arguments can work. In obviously terrible times, voters are often content to take a chance on a barely sketched-out alternative. In midterm elections, which are like midsemester...Read more

Chicago's Rahm-Chuy Show

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

CHICAGO -- The mayor is proud to tout his work expanding access to pre-kindergarten programs, raising the minimum wage, and making two years of community college available to everybody. He talks admiringly about his city's ethnic diversity and stresses his commitment to making it a place where "every resident in every neighborhood has a fair ...Read more

The GOP's Freudian Moment

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- After he won re-election last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, aka the conscience, and the id.

The Kentucky Republican got the most attention for gracious words to reporters the day ...Read more

The Subversive James Comey

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- In the days of the civil rights movement, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was focused not on the quest for justice but on his fear of Communists.

In "Parting the Waters," the first volume of his magisterial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., Taylor Branch tells of a 1956 Eisenhower administration meeting during which Hoover "...Read more

Obama's Breakfast Prayer

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Maybe we should just call off the National Prayer Breakfast and stop asking presidents to offer their thoughts about faith and religion. If they go beyond making all present feel good about how religious and upright they are, presidents can get into a lot of trouble.

President Obama's speech to the breakfast last Thursday did not ...Read more

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