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Eugene Robinson

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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.

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.

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