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E.J. Dionne Jr.
E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr. is a writer with the Washington Post Writers Group. Considered among the best of America’s new crop of columnists, E.J. Dionne...

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The Obama Doctrine

The president insists that the U.S. can’t achieve great objectives on its own. This may break with George W. Bush’s style, but it is in keeping with the traditions of Roosevelt, Truman and George H.W. Bush.
 

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Christianity’s Resurrection From Conservative Decline

For nearly a quarter-century, Christianity in the United States has been defined by a very conservative strain of evangelical Christianity that, over time, became highly politicized and closely allied with a single political party. Over the same period, the number of American Christians has diminished.

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Pelosi’s Balancing Act

By comparison with her recent predecessors, she’s a strong speaker of the House. She has far more control than the previous Democratic speaker had, despite having to contend with a more conservative GOP and an ideologically diverse pack of Democrats.

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Health Care Reform at Last

Yes, this is the year Congress will finally give every American access to health insurance. For the first time since the passage of Medicare in the 1960s, the forces favoring action on health care reform are stronger than the forces of cynicism and obstruction.

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The Nobelists vs. Obama and Geithner

The president’s plan to bail out the banks reveals a deference to the existing financial system that puts him at odds with Nobel Prize-winning economists Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz.

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Change You Can Translate

If there is a trend in democratic nations now, it is toward younger politicians who express disenchantment with the status quo, more by questioning past approaches than by offering fully worked-out alternative systems.

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Daring to Utter the T Word

The most significant moment of Obama’s news conference concerned taxes: his defense of proposed limits on the benefits that the well-off get for their charitable contributions and mortgage payments.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.
E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr. is a writer with the Washington Post Writers Group.

Considered among the best of America’s new crop of columnists, E.J. Dionne combines his passions for people and politics with his keen intellect to deliver reasoned analysis that is followed by a wide circle of policy-makers nationwide—on the left, right and center.

Dionne began his twice-weekly op-ed column for The Washington Post in 1993. In 1996, it was syndicated by The Washington Post Writ…ers Group, and he now appears in more than 100 newspapers in the United States and abroad.

Dionne joined The Post in 1990 as a reporter covering national politics. His best-selling book, “Why Americans Hate Politics” (Simon & Schuster), was published in 1991. The book, which Newsday called “a classic in American political history,” anticipated all the major themes of the 1992 campaign. It won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee.

Dionne also spent 14 years with The New York Times, reporting on state and local government, national politics, and from around the world, including stints in Paris, Rome and Beirut. The Los Angeles Times praised his coverage of the Vatican as the best in two decades.

Dionne has been a frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio, CNN and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” His second book, “They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate The Next Political Era” (Simon & Schuster), was published in February 1996. The New York Times Book Review called it “a luminously intelligent and quietly passionate polemic that deserves to alter the terms of American political debate.”

In 1998, Dionne edited “Community Works: The Revival of Civil Society in America” (Brookings Institution Press) and has co-edited “What’s God Got To Do With the American Experiment?” (Brookings Institution Press, 2000) with John J. DiIulio Jr. His third book, “Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge” (Simon & Schuster) was published May 2004.

His most recent book is “Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right” (Princeton University Press, January, 2008). The New York Times Book Review described it as “a deeply personal and searchingly intelligent reflection on the noble history, recent travails and likely prospects of American liberalism.”

In 1996, in selecting Dionne as recipient of its annual Carey McWilliams Award to honor a major journalistic contribution to the understanding of politics, the American Political Science Association said: “We honor Mr. Dionne as one of Washington’s finest journalistic thinkers and for his insightful daily contributions to the political discourse of our nation. ... His tireless efforts uplift the public ... in a time that cries for reasoned debate, not more negative ads, rumor or simplistic sound bites.” In 1997, he was named among the 25 most influential Washington journalists by the National Journal and among the capital city’s top 50 journalists by the Washingtonian magazine.

Dionne grew up in Fall River, Mass. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Harvard University in 1973 and received his doctorate from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 1994-95, he was a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. In May 1996, Dionne joined The Brookings Institution as a senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program, then known as Governmental Studies. He began teaching at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute as University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture in the fall of 2003.

He lives in Bethesda, MD, with his wife Mary Boyle, and their three children.

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