E.J. Dionne , Jr.

Product Roll-Out
November 02, 2009

WASHINGTON--The next health care fight has already started. It's the battle to define the bill that President Obama will eventually sign as a victory for consumers, taxpayers and the common good. You might say this view is premature. Legislation has yet to pass the House or the Senate, there are differences between the two bodies, and some moderates still have doubts. But barring astoundingly self-defeating behavior by Democrats, a decent bill will get to Obama's desk.

Angry White Men
October 12, 2009

It is a sign of our weird political moment that the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama will probably hurt him among some of his fellow citizens. His opponents are describing the award as premature. The deeper problem is that the Nobel will underscore the extent to which Obama is a cosmopolitan figure, much loved in European capitals because he is the change they have been looking for. Most Americans will probably be happy to have a leader who wins acclaim around the globe.

Desperate Times
October 08, 2009

WASHINGTON -- So now we know: The economic stimulus plan passed by Congress at the beginning of the year was not big enough. We also know this: Once it secures a health care bill--yes, it will get one--the Obama administration from that moment to the 2010 midterm elections will be all about jobs, jobs, jobs. In the face of persistently high unemployment, the administration's economic advisers have been reviewing proposals to create jobs, and President Obama's aides insist they knew all along that the original stimulus, as one of them put it, would "never fill the full gap from the recession."

Insurance We Can Believe In
October 01, 2009

WASHINGTON--The strangest aspect of the debate over a public option for health coverage is that the centrists who oppose it should actually love it. It doesn't involve a government takeover of the health care system. The idea is that only consumers who wanted to enroll in a government-run health plan would do so. Anyone who preferred private insurance could get it. The public option also uses government exactly as advocates of market economics say it should be deployed: Not as a controlling entity but as a nudge toward greater competition. Fans of the market rightly oppose monopolies.

The Newest Grubbers
September 24, 2009

WASHINGTON--If the uninsured can't count on the do-gooders to help them, where else can they turn? The question arises because certain leaders of the sector of our society devoted to civic endeavors moved this week to block a perfectly reasonable way of raising some money to extend health coverage to those who don't have it. At issue is a proposal by a number of senators, including Jay Rockefeller and John Kerry, to put a cap on tax deductions taken by the well-to-do.

Today At TNR (September 21, 2009)
September 21, 2009

How Liberal Despair Is Hurting Health Care Reform, by Jonathan Chait Can Democrats Actually Pay for Health Care Reform?, by Jonathan Cohn How Irving Kristol Came to Embrace What He Once Feared, by Damon Linker The Two Most Distorted Words in the Political Dictionary: ‘Bipartisan’ and ‘Centrist’, by E.J.

Today at TNR (September 8, 2009)
September 08, 2009

The Next Financial Crisis: We Can't Avoid It--and We Just Made It Worse, by Peter Boone and Simon Johnson Vacation's Over: How Nervous Should We Be About the Next Phase of the Health Care Debate? by Jonathan Cohn Dumping Van Jones: Why Give in to Republican Tantrums? by John McWhorter The Most Important Political Event This Week Won't Be Obama’s Speech on Health Care, by E.J. Dionne, Jr. TNRtv: What's Making Republicans Embrace the Fringe?

Today at TNR (September 3, 2009)
September 03, 2009

Hacking the Regime: How the Falun Gong Boosted the Iranian Uprising, by Eli Lake Get a Room! The Politics of Barack and Michelle’s Public Displays of Affection, by Michelle Cottle Americans Still Don’t Trust Government--But They Could Go For A Health Care Plan Modeled Like This… by William Galston Biden’s Spin: What the Latest Stimulus Numbers Won’t Tell You, by Amy Liu Remember Those Crazy Town Hall Meetings? Well, They Weren’t Really That Crazy. by E.J. Dionne, Jr. Has This Month’s Health Care Fiasco Actually HELPED Obama?

Today at TNR (August 20, 2009)
August 20, 2009

Don’t Sweat It: Obama Sure Looks To Be In Trouble, but We’ve Seen This Summertime Hysteria Before, by Ed Kilgore Why Are The Heirs Of Ayatollah Khomeini Supporting Iran’s Opposition? by Ali Reza Eshraghi Town Hall Fallout: If We Can’t Draw The Line At The Threat Of Violence, Democracy Begins To Disintegrate, by E.J. Dionne, Jr. Will Rooftop Wind Turbines Ever Catch On? by Bradford Plumer TNRtv: Here’s How Democrats Ought To Go About Resuscitating Health Care Reform, by Ruy Teixeira Is Obama Wasting His Time Trying To Court The Saudis?

Audio: TNR Editor Praises Nixon, Calls JFK 'Insecure.'
July 09, 2008

With Obama taking fire for reframing his position on Iraq, and pundits like E.J. Dionne, Jr. and The Democratic Strategist warning against "getting trapped into the 'I'll bomb, too' Democratic wannabe role," it's worth taking a look back at history. In this audio interview with E.J Dionne, Jr. TNR executive editor Peter Scoblic takes a look back at the genesis of the Democratic "me too" impulse, during the post-McCarthy era of the early 1960s--contrasting Nixon's willingness to take his own road on foreign policy with Kennedy's constant fear of being labeled an appeaser. --Barron YoungSmith