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Eugene Robinson
Eugene Robinson

EUGENE ROBINSON uses his twice-weekly column in The Washington Post to pick American society apart and then put it back together again in unexpected,...

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An Early Look at the 2016 Race for the Republican Nomination

With Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas becoming the first A-lister to throw his hat in the ring for president—in his case, I’m picturing a Napoleonic bicorn rather than a fedora—it’s time to handicap the race for the Republican nomination.

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Republicans Truly Have No Idea What They Want to Accomplish in Congress

What we’re seeing is not just a bit of sputtering before the GOP machine cranks up and begins to systematically fulfill its governing plan. There is no plan.

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The Long Shadow of Racism

The University of Oklahoma fraternity bus singalong shows that old-fashioned racism is alive and well in this country.

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Is Hillary Hiding Something?

The Hillary Clinton email controversy is a reminder of one inescapable fact: She comes with baggage.

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John Boehner’s Sorry Spectacle

The House speaker needs to decide whether he wants to be remembered as an effective leader or as a befuddled hack. So far, I’m afraid, it’s the latter.

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Obama Derangement Syndrome

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s comments about the president have opened up a fire hose of nonsense from the Republican Party.

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Jeb’s Bushian Speech

Jeb Bush’s highly anticipated speech on foreign policy reminded me of the joke in which two senior citizens are complaining about a restaurant. “Terrible food at that place,” says one. “Yes,” says the other, “and such small portions!”

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Eugene Robinson
Eugene Robinson

EUGENE ROBINSON uses his twice-weekly column in The Washington Post to pick American society apart and then put it back together again in unexpected, and revelatory, new ways. To do this job of demolition and reassembly, Robinson relies on a large and varied tool kit: energy, curiosity, elegant writing, and the wide-ranging experience of a life that took him from childhood in the segregated South—on what they called the “colored” side of the tracks—to the heights of American journalism.

In a 25-year career at The Washington Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor, and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s award-winning Style section. He has written books about race in Brazil and music in Cuba, covered a heavyweight championship fight, witnessed riots in Philadelphia and a murder trial in the deepest Amazon, sat with presidents and dictators and the Queen of England, thrusted and parried with hair-proud politicians from sea to shining sea, handicapped all three editions of “American Idol,” acquired fluent Spanish and passable Portuguese, and even reached an uneasy truce with the noxious hip-hop lyrics that fester in his teenage son’s innocent-looking iPod.

Eugene Robinson won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Judges complimented Robinson’s “eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.

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