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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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Back to Basics

In a world filled with problems—Iraq, terrorism and so on—we tend to ignore the boring ones. Which is why, sadly, bridges will collapse and levees will break.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Will ‘They’ Let Obama Win?

The question of whether America is ready for a black president has already become a tiresome cliché in this campaign, but it seems that Barack Obama is having a hard time convincing African-Americans that white voters will say yes to a black candidate.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


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Scandal Fatigue

It’s way past bedtime for Gonzo. At this point, every day Alberto Gonzales continues as attorney general means more dishonor for the office and the nation—and higher blood pressure for Senate Judiciary Committee members trying desperately to get a straight answer out of the man.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Murdoch May Be What’s Best for Wall Street Journal

Could the veteran of rough-and-tumble tabloid journalism with dubious ethics be the only appropriate buyer for the fabled newspaper?

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Will Bush Be the Last Hawk Standing?

Last week, George W. Bush invited nine conservative pundits to the White House for what amounted to a pep talk, with the president providing all the pep.  Many of the columnists have described his demeanor as incongruously sunny, but some of the accounts are downright scary. Could the whole world be out of touch, or is it just him?

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Still Queasy After All These Years

Let’s hope that Michael Chertoff’s “gut feeling” that something bad will happen this summer is just the result of something he ate.  But what has the homeland security czar been doing, besides monitoring his belly?

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Resolute on Iraq: To What End?

As the White House sound-bite machine presses to remain resolute to ensure “success in Iraq,” the author wonders whether “the Decider” has any concept of what we’re staying the course for at this point in the war.

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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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