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Eugene Robinson

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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.

Robinson: Romney? Clinton? 2016 campaign feels all too familiar

By Eugene Robinson January 16, 2015 6 a.m.

Run, Mitt, run! You too, Jeb, and please bring along the whole roadshow of perennial Republican also-rans. Across the aisle: Go for it, Hillary! What all of you see so clearly is that the nation desperately wants to be led forward into the past, or back to the future, or something.

Robinson: It's time for the GOP to be the 'responsible' party

By Eugene Robinson January 9, 2015 6 a.m.

With Republican majorities in both houses, the new Congress should begin by focusing on traditional GOP priorities: Improving the nation's sagging infrastructure, reforming an unwieldy tax code, and finding ways to boost middle-class opportunity.

Robinson: GOP can't kick bad habit of associating with racists

By Eugene Robinson January 2, 2015 6 a.m.

Here's some advice for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise that also applies to the Republican Party in general: If you don't want to be associated with white supremacists and neo-Nazis, then stay away from them.

Robinson: Don't blame legitimate criticism for madman's actions

By Eugene Robinson December 26, 2014 6 a.m.

It is absurd to have to say this, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, activist Al Sharpton, and President Obama are in no way responsible for the cold-blooded assassination of two police officers Saturday in Brooklyn. Nor do the tens of thousands of Americans who have demonstrated against police brutality in recent weeks bear any measure of blame.

Robinson: End to isolationism a good thing for Cuba's people

By Eugene Robinson December 19, 2014 6 a.m.

President Barack Obama's historic opening to Cuba is long overdue — and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship's demise. Critics of the accord should explain why they believe a policy that has failed miserably for half a century could ever work.

Robinson: Apologists aside, CIA knew using torture was wrong

By Eugene Robinson December 15, 2014 6 a.m.

The "debate" over torture is almost as grotesque as torture itself. There can be no legitimate debate about the intentional infliction of pain upon captive and defenseless human beings. The torturers and their enablers may deny it, but they know — and knew from the beginning — that what they did was obscenely wrong.

Robinson: What America's police agencies don't want you to know

By Eugene Robinson December 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Michael Brown's death was part of a tragic and unacceptable pattern: Police officers in the United States shoot and kill civilians in shockingly high numbers. How many killings are there each year? No one can say for sure, because police departments don't want us to know.

Robinson: Elizabeth Warren has look of a presidential candidate

By Eugene Robinson October 24, 2014 6 a.m.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn't running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to. The Massachusetts Democrat has become the brightest ideological and rhetorical light in a party whose prospects are dimmed by malaise. Her weekend swing through Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa to rally the faithful displayed something no other potential contender for the 2016 presidential nomination, including Hillary Clinton, seems able to present: a message.

Robinson: Airstrikes against Islamic State fail to accomplish much

By Eugene Robinson October 17, 2014 6 a.m.

It's not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can only be seen as failing.

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