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Eugene Robinson

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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.

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.

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