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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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America Likes an Idiot, but It Needs Al Gore

Al Gore has been in town launching his new book, “The Assault on Reason,” and you could have predicted the buzz: Is he about to jump into the race? What you probably wouldn’t have predicted, because it’s insane, is the counterbuzz—that Gore, poor fellow, is just too ostentatiously smart to be elected president.

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Squinting at the Election

The presidential candidates of both parties have been campaigning for months now, introducing themselves to the nation. So why do so many of them seem to get progressively fuzzier and less distinct, like photographs left out in the sun? Is it the process that’s causing this steady attenuation, or does the problem lie with the candidates themselves?

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Republicans Play Softball With Scandal

With one startling revelation after another rolling out of the Justice Department, one would think congressional Republicans would feel enough duty to the Constitution, their constituents and themselves to investigate the assault on one of America’s most sacred institutions.

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Immigration Bill Isn’t Perfect, but the Alternative Is Insane

Ted Kennedy, John McCain, George W. Bush and others who want sensible, real-world immigration reform—yes, I just used the president’s name in the same sentence with “sensible”—are going to have to stop running from the word “amnesty.” The new Senate immigration deal is going to get chased clean out of town unless its supporters stand and fight.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


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How Low Can Gonzales Go?

We already knew Alberto Gonzales was happy to bend the law to suit the bidding of the president, but accosting a sick man in his hospital room? The more one learns about him, the more unbelievable it is that this man is still our attorney general.

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Obama Cools on Affirmative Action

Barack Obama doesn’t think anyone should cut his two daughters any slack when they apply to college—not because of their race, at least. In the unlikely event that the Obama family goes broke, then maybe.

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They Hate Us For Our Hypocrisy

The Bush administration says that its zero-tolerance policy against terrorism applies to all suspected evildoers, not just Muslims, and that its zero-tolerance policy against Cuba is a principled position, not just an exercise in pandering to the implacable anti-Castro exiles in Miami. On both counts, evidence suggests otherwise.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


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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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