January 3, 2011 The GOP will take over the House of Representatives this week, and with it will come more focus on the constitution. E.J. Dionne of The New Republic argues that this is a positive development that could spark some badly-needed public debate about the founding document of the U.S.
November 29, 2010 The GOP's obstruction of any legislation that would help the president's agenda includes the New START treaty with Russia, as well as airline security that could violate passengers' rights. E.J. Dionne of The New Republic argues that blocking these items will make the country less secure.
November 18, 2010 The memoir recently published by former president George W. Bush has been an opportunity for many to revisit the Bush presidency. E.J. Dionne Jr.of The New Republic argues that for the tea party it is an opportunity to revisit, and dismiss, the "compassionate conservative" part of Bush's agenda.
November 11, 2010 The GOP lost badly in the 2008 elections, but held their ideological ground, did not compromise with the Democrats, and won big in the 2010 midterm elections. E.J. Dionne of The New Republic argues that Democrats should learn from the GOP's experience, and not give in to those who advise a move toward the center.
October 25, 2010 The flood of campaign contributions let loose by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision is having an effect on the midterm elections. An effect, commentator E.J. Dionne of The New Republic says, that is changing the election process and keeping voters in the dark.
October 21, 2010 While Republicans stick to message, Democrats are trying to defend their positions of the last two years, and many are not convincing voters. E.J. Dionne of The New Republic argues that this is due in part to a lack of organization on the Democratic side. It is time for Democrats to nationalize the issues of this election, and to stay on a clear and coherent message.
October 14, 2010 While partisan anger rocks the rest of the country, E.J. Dionne of The New Republic says it has a different effect in New York. The candidacy of Carl Paladino for governor is showing New Yorkers that there are limits to how useful anger really is.
September 20, 2010 Debate over the Bush tax cuts rages in congress, but there is little talk of extending the Obama cuts, which were part of the stimulus bill. E. J. Dionne of The New Republic says Democrats are losing this fight because they are letting Republicans dictate the terms of the conversation.
September 13, 2010 A disclosure bill which would mitigate the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision has passed the House, but has yet to make it through the Senate. Commentator E.J. Dionne of The New Republic argues that the three Republican senators holding it up must let it go forward or risk losing their reputations as independent thinkers.
September 9, 2010 It is widely predicted that the Republicans will sweep the midterm elections, but commentator E. J. Dionne of The New Republic thinks this might not be the case. He argues that the Republicans have hit their peak, and could be in danger if they don't start defining what their party views are.
September 7, 2010 This Labor Day was a bittersweet moment. While the holiday is a cause for celebration, the high unemployment makes it hard to get into the spirit. E. J. Dionne of The New Republic argues that in honor of Labor day, we should remember that although unions have not always been perfect, they stand to remind us of the dignity of those who toil.
August 30, 2010 President Obama can't assume that his legislative accomplishments speak for themselves. E.J. Dionne Jr. of The New Republic argues that Obama has failed to engage the country in an extended dialogue about what he has done well.
July 21, 2004 NPR's Melissa Block talks with our regular political commentators, the Washington Post's E. J. Dionne and David Brooks of The New York Times, about the presidential race as it heads toward next week's Democratic convention. Both the Bush and Kerry campaigns are framing their "values."
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September 16, 2003 NPR's Robert Siegel talks with E. J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, about Democratic presidential candidates' official announcements. North Carolina Sen. John Edwards announced Tuesday, and Gen. Wesley Clark is expected to announce Wednesday.
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July 11, 2003 The White House has retracted its claim that Iraq tried to obtain uranium to build nuclear weapons. NPR's Michele Norris discusses the political implications of the move with E. J. Dionne, a columnist at The Washington Post and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, senior editor at The Weekly Standard.
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