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E.J. Dionne Jr.

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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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Gorsuch’s Convenient Untruth


Judge Neil Gorsuch made a statement Tuesday at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing that even he couldn’t have believed.

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The Disempowered Majority


For the next two—and probably four—years, Americans will be governed by Republican politicians largely elected by a minority of voters. These circumstances call for compromise, but that is unlikely to happen.

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America Needs Determined, Thoughtful and Creative Opposition Now


Many U.S. citizens embraced a man who threatens our standing in the world and basic rights. But we cannot allow fear or anger to prevent us from pushing back against Donald Trump.

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The Mysterious Ways of Outsiderism in American Politics


There’s a deep well of resentment around the idea that “government is run for the benefit of the people who run the government and not for the good of the country.” Both major parties need to face this reality, no matter how the presidential election turns out.

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Catholic Controversy Sparked by WikiLeaks Will Continue Long After 2016 Election


To hear the many howls of protest from conservatives, you’d think that a handful of emails demonstrates that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is a nest of anti-Catholics.

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Donald Trump Is More Dangerous to the GOP Now Than He Was Before the Second Debate


Everything Trump did to turn off swing voters complicated the efforts of Republicans who want to drive him out of the race or cut him loose from the rest of the party’s ticket.

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Donald Trump Leaves No Doubt That His Campaign Is a Branding Exercise Gone Mad


The Republican nominee has shown us that he is too nasty, immature and undisciplined to be president. We should believe what we see. He should not get any more passes for his actions.

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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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