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Eugene Robinson

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Robinson: Jeb Bush's tone-deaf remarks reminiscent of Romney

By Eugene Robinson July 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Jeb Bush ought to be running away with the Republican nomination. He isn't, and his persona as a national candidate looks increasingly — how shall I put this? — Romneyesque.

Robinson: Sanders could make Democratic primary interesting

By Eugene Robinson July 10, 2015 6 a.m.

Is Bernie Sanders the political reincarnation of Eugene McCarthy? I doubt it, but let's hope he makes the Democratic presidential race interesting.

Robinson: Renewed privacy allows us to hang up on NSA surveillance

By Eugene Robinson June 5, 2015 6 a.m.

I made a phone call at 12:01 a.m. Monday, and it felt good. For the first time in years, the number I dialed on my iPhone was not captured and stored in a massive government database.

Robinson: Iran framework deal changes Middle East for the better

By Eugene Robinson April 10, 2015 6 a.m.

The framework agreement over Iran's nuclear program dramatically changes the Middle East. Hard-liners and hawks may complain all they want, but things will never go back to the way they were.

Robinson: U.S. intervention in Mideast can make things worse

By Eugene Robinson April 3, 2015 6 a.m.

As gung-ho "experts" press President Obama to do this, that or the other in the Middle East, keep a simple rule in mind: Whatever the avid interventionists suggest probably won't work — and surely will have unintended consequences.

Robinson: Among Republicans, Jeb Bush is the man to beat

By Eugene Robinson March 27, 2015 6 a.m.

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. I see it as Jeb Bush vs. the field, and I'm not ready to put my money on Bush.

Robinson: What do Republicans want? Even they don't know

By Eugene Robinson March 20, 2015 6 a.m.

It's been just a few weeks since Republicans took full control of Congress, but already it is safe to say they have no earthly idea of what they want to accomplish.

Robinson: Obama patronized in remarks on religion, terrorists

By Eugene Robinson February 13, 2015 6 a.m.

There is no doubt that President Obama's remarks about Christianity at the National Prayer Breakfast last week were historically accurate. But they were also — let's face it — glib, facile and patronizing.

Robinson: Republicans' criticism of Obama budget ignores reality

By Eugene Robinson February 6, 2015 6 a.m.

To understand why the centerpiece initiative of President Obama's budget makes so much sense, imagine that U.S. corporations decided to bring home — in cash — the estimated $2 trillion in profits they are stashing overseas to avoid paying taxes.

Robinson: Hottest year on record begs sanity on climate change

By Eugene Robinson January 23, 2015 6 a.m.

We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Barack Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress — some of them cynical, others clueless — in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.

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