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E. J. Dionne Jr.

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Recent articles by EJ:

A partisan Supreme Court is 2022’s other incumbent

In this midterm, two parties count as incumbents: the Democrats who control the White House and Congress, and the Republicans who control the Supreme Court. → Read More

How Democrats can flip the crime issue against the GOP

For the past five months, Democratic strategists have been quietly preparing for the Republican onslaught on crime during the midterm elections. → Read More

The GOP’s ‘Commitment’ is to total political warfare

In unveiling their “Commitment to America,", House Republicans might have told Americans more than they intended about what a Republican majority would mean. → Read More

Book review of Two Cheers for Politics: Why Democracy is Flawed, Frightening — and Our Best Hope by Jedediah Purdy

Jedediah Purdy puts his faith in politics and elections, and calls for regular revisions of the Constitution. → Read More

DeSantis’s cruel stunt highlights the GOP’s hunger to change the subject

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s cruel migrants stunt is part of an unusually intricate battle over which party will set the agenda for the 2022 midterms. → Read More

The Trump-appointed judge delivers the goods for her patron

No one is above the law? U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon says otherwise. → Read More

Biden’s Ukraine policy may not win an election. But it matters anyway.

No one believes the good news from Ukraine will have a major impact on the 2022 elections. But that does not make it meaningless for our politics. → Read More

Why politicians should not be stock traders

We should cheer a new push among mostly younger members of Congress across party lines for a ban on stock trading by representatives and senators. → Read More

In defense of partisanship

Partisanship is a moral good, not an evil. Parties organize conflict in a democratic society and accept that the other side will sometimes win. → Read More

With Trump’s help, Biden makes the GOP play defense

With Trump loyalists defending the indefensible, Biden goes on the attack. → Read More

Why Liz Cheney’s defeat will help this Massachusetts Democrat

The Wyoming results showed that Trump still dominates the GOP. That's hurting moderate Republicans elsewhere. → Read More

The week that was: Trump screams. Biden governs.

Perhaps the stark contrast between the two men we have just witnessed — in who they are, in their priorities, in the way they behave — will be a reset moment. → Read More

The GOP makes its choice: Trump, yes. Rule of law, no.

Many Republican politicians are eager to be judged by their loyalty to Trump, no matter what the former president does. → Read More

Senate Democrats strike a blow against cynicism — and hopelessness

Realists will see this bill as the victory that it is. → Read More

Finally, the dam is breaking against Trump

The former president must be held morally, politically and legally accountable. → Read More

Vote for Liz Cheney. (I never thought I’d say that.)

Even a huge non-GOP turnout may not save her House seat. But she deserves praise for continuing to stand up to Trump. → Read More

Presto! Manchin’s party of one makes the Democrats’ program disappear.

The West Virginia senator owes his colleagues, and his country, more than continued vagueness. → Read More

We must purge our politics of Trump’s extremist poison

The violence was not some sideshow, but the last gasp of President Donald Trump’s desperate effort to subvert the election. → Read More

This July Fourth, we’re torn over what we love about our country

“Strict construction” does not actually mean close adherence to the Constitution's text. → Read More

Smart policy on homelessness requires empathy, not contempt

Purely punitive policies will never resolve the problem. → Read More