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The GOP's taxing churches to pay for corporate giveaway

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

Republicans tax churches to help pay for big corporate giveaway.

You would be forgiven for thinking that this is a headline from The Onion or the fantasy of some left-wing website. But it's exactly what happened in the big corporate tax cut the GOP passed last year.

Now -- under pressure from churches, synagogues, and other nonprofits -...Read more

The virtues of a public-spirited patrician

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

EDITORS: The E.J. Dionne column sent Friday on the GOP's tax on nonprofits can now be published on Thursday, Dec. 6, or another time of your choosing.

George H.W. Bush was legendary for his thank-you notes. He wrote thousands of them, expressing appreciation for kindnesses large and small. When it came to his gratitude, no one was left behind. ...Read more

The complicated but necessary anti-Trump coalition

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

Politically, our country is divided into four camps, not two.

Only one of these, largely rooted in rural America and bolstered by ideological conservatives, supports President Trump. Two of them, urban progressives and suburban moderates, strongly oppose him. The last consists of white, blue-collar voters in the industrial states who swung ...Read more

Speaking autocrat to autocrat: Trump and his Prince

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

WASHINGTON -- Critics of President Trump are regularly accused of exaggerating his corruption, his predilection toward autocratic rule, and his affection for dictators.

They are told that their apprehension about the threat he poses to our constitutional democracy is not a form of vigilance but a disease, "Trump Derangement Syndrome. "All they ...Read more

On Thanksgiving we must delight in each other

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

WASHINGTON -- Giving thanks implies renouncing claims that our blessings and achievements are entirely our own doing. The act of gratitude is a declaration that we owe a great deal to others -- to our families and friends, to our communities and our country, and, for believers, to the Almighty above all.

Thanksgiving is thus, at once, the most ...Read more

The supreme test of Nancy Pelosi's wizardry will be to act as a bridge

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

WASHINGTON -- Without Nancy Pelosi's toughness, focus and legislative skill, there would probably be no Affordable Care Act. Her speakership during the Obama presidency left a legacy of achievement in other areas as well, including a far-reaching reform of Wall Street regulation and a massive economic stimulus that helped save a collapsing ...Read more

Will the GOP keep dancing with autocracy?

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

WASHINGTON -- When a national leader urges that votes be ignored or that an election result he doesn't like might best be set aside, we label him an autocrat or an authoritarian.

When it's President Trump, we shrug. Worse, many in his party go right along with baseless charges of fraud.

We are in for a difficult two years. Surviving them will ...Read more

What House Democrats need to do

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

WASHINGTON -- Expanding health coverage, reforming our democracy, restoring upward mobility with well-paying jobs, curbing gun violence, and moving to repair our immigration system.

Oh, yes, and protecting our constitutional republic from President Trump while rooting out corruption.

This should be the agenda of Democrats in the House of ...Read more

How Trump lost

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

WASHINGTON -- The 2018 elections began the demolition of the Trump coalition.

There remains much work to do. The results in some states were disappointing, and President Trump's grip on the Republican Party was strengthened. But a large majority of Americans rejected the president's divisive, ethno-nationalist politics. Democrats shook his hold...Read more

Why Democrats will do well on Election Day

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

WASHINGTON -- I have often said when asked for predictions this year that I turned in my Prognosticator's Union membership card at 11:45 p.m. on Election Night 2016.

Those who don't like the labor movement (for which I have a long-standing fondness) shouldn't worry: There is no prognosticator's union. The idea was that all pundits should ...Read more

It's time to stand up for our right to say 'we'

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

WASHINGTON -- Let's use this year's elections to insist that there is still a "we" in our country. It is a "we" that crosses the lines of race and gender, country of origin and religion. "We" is the very first word of our Constitution. Declaring that it is still alive is essential to keeping our democratic republic.

As a nation, we are not as ...Read more

Tuesday's choice: the polarizer versus the problem-solvers

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

GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Listening to the conversation at Robert Jones' Parkside Barber Shop and Grooming Lounge, you'd never know we live in a deeply divided country that seems incapable of discussing everyday challenges.

Jones, a successful local entrepreneur, hosted a group of business leaders and educators here to ponder how to prepare the ...Read more

The politics of division can never unite us

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

WASHINGTON -- A well-meaning misunderstanding underlies the horrified hand-wringing over President Trump's refusal to reach for national unity in the face of terrorist threats against his opponents.

It's assumed that those who hold the presidential office automatically push aside partisanship during moments of crisis.

But this wishful thinking...Read more

With voter suppression opponents of Abrams pay her high compliment

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

ATLANTA -- By engaging in voter suppression, Stacey Abrams' opponents are paying her the highest possible compliment.

The former Democratic leader of the state House of Representatives, Yale Law School grad and the first African-American woman to be nominated by a major party for governor is so close to winning that Republicans seem to think ...Read more

The hidden costs of the GOP's deficit two-step

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

WASHINGTON -- A truly gifted con artist is someone who pulls off the same scam again and again and keeps getting away with it.

Say what you will about Republicans and conservatives: Their audacity when it comes to deficits and tax cuts is something to behold, and they have been running the same play since the passage of the Reagan tax cuts in ...Read more


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