By Eugene Robinson March 21, 2014 6 a.m.
Here is what Democrats should learn from their party's loss in a special House election in Florida last week: Wishy-washy won't work. Republicans are obviously going to make opposition to the Affordable Care Act the main theme of their campaigns this fall. Democrats will be better off if they push back hard — really hard — rather than seek some nonexistent middle ground.
By Eugene Robinson March 7, 2014 6 a.m.
Let's be real. It's one thing to say that Russia's takeover of the Crimean Peninsula "cannot be allowed to stand," as many foreign policy sages have proclaimed. It's quite another to do something about it.
By Eugene Robinson February 14, 2014 6 a.m.
The Republican Party was supposed to be getting its act together for the midterm election. Instead, judging from the disarray on immigration reform, things may be getting even messier.
By Eugene Robinson January 31, 2014 6 a.m.
Another insane cold wave -- not the infamous "polar vortex," but its evil twin — is bringing subzero and single-digit temperatures to much of the nation. And global warming may be even more extreme, and potentially more catastrophic, than climate scientists had feared.
By Eugene Robinson January 10, 2014 6 a.m.
President Obama's anticipated reform of the National Security Agency's practices needs to go beyond ending the mass surveillance of innocent Americans' phone calls. He should force the agency to think less about the quantity of information it gathers and more about the quality.
By Eugene Robinson January 3, 2014 6:01 a.m.
WASHINGTON — To 1.3 million jobless Americans: The Republican Party wishes you a Very Unhappy New Year!
By Eugene Robinson December 27, 2013 6 a.m.
There are really just two possible choices for person of the year. I want to say Pope Francis, but I've got to go with Edward Snowden.
By Eugene Robinson December 20, 2013 6 a.m.
It seems our elected officials have no intention of reining in the National Security Agency's mad-scientist quest to know everything about our communications and movements. If we want our privacy back, we're going to have to fight for it.
By Eugene Robinson December 13, 2013 6 a.m.
His smile was like sunshine, but Nelson Mandela was made of steel. It was his strength of character, repeatedly tested throughout his long and impossibly full life, that made him one of the towering political figures of our time.
By Eugene Robinson December 6, 2013 6 a.m.
U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries may be militarily effective, but they are killing innocent civilians in a way that is obscene and immoral. I'm afraid that ignoring this ugly fact makes Americans complicit in murder.
By Eugene Robinson November 22, 2013 6 a.m.
Looks like the holidays are going to be, shall we say, a bit awkward for the Cheney family.
By Eugene Robinson November 15, 2013 6 a.m.
The economy is growing much faster than expected. Inflation is basically nonexistent. The federal budget deficit has been slashed dramatically. The stock market is reaching all-time highs. One of our long-running wars is over and the other is winding down. The status of the United States as the world's pre-eminent economic and military power is unchallenged.
By Eugene Robinson November 4, 2013 6 a.m.
It takes chutzpah, or perhaps just an extraordinary lack of self-awareness, to argue vehemently that a program should never be implemented — and then complain it isn’t being implemented well enough. But that seems to be the new Republican position: We want the Affordable Care Act, and we want it now.
By Eugene Robinson October 25, 2013 6 a.m.
It's fine to talk — eventually — about chronic deficits and mounting debt. But now that our government is up and running again, the nation's first priority should be economic growth.
By Eugene Robinson October 4, 2013 6 a.m.
Skeptics and deniers can make all the noise they want, but a landmark new report is unequivocal: There is a 95 percent chance that human-generated emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are changing the climate in ways that court disaster.
By Eugene Robinson September 27, 2013 6 a.m.
To understand the crisis in Washington, tune out the histrionics and look at the big picture: Republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government — and perhaps even refuse to let the Treasury pay its creditors — in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to keep millions of Americans from getting health insurance.
By Eugene Robinson August 23, 2013 6:01 a.m.
There may be little the United States can do to end the savage bloodletting in Egypt, but at least our nation can be loyal to its ideals by bearing witness and telling the truth. In this, President Obama has failed.
By Eugene Robinson August 16, 2013 6:01 a.m.
President Obama's message about the government's massive electronic surveillance programs came through loud and clear: Get over it.
By Eugene Robinson August 9, 2013 6:02 a.m.
If the new, decentralized al-Qaeda is such a threat that 19 American embassies, consulates and other diplomatic posts have to be shuttered for a week, we have a decade of wrongheaded U.S. policy to blame.
By Eugene Robinson August 2, 2013 6:01 a.m.
The bad news is that approval ratings for both the president and Congress are sinking, with voters increasingly frustrated at the partisan impasse in Washington. The worse news is that in terms of admiration for our national leaders, these may come to be seen as the good old days.
By Eugene Robinson July 19, 2013 6:01 a.m.
We should talk honestly about unresolved racial issues, such as those exposed by the Trayvon Martin case, but President Obama is not the best person to lead the discussion. Through no fault of his own, he might be the worst.
By Eugene Robinson July 5, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Of course it's amnesty. The whole point of comprehensive immigration reform is to bring 11 million undocumented men, women and children out of the shadows, which means giving them some kind of legal status, which amounts to amnesty. Otherwise, why bother?
By Eugene Robinson June 21, 2013 6:01 a.m.
In Syria, the Obama administration seems to be stumbling back to the future: An old-fashioned proxy war, complete with the usual shadowy CIA arms-running operation, the traditional plan to prop up ostensible "moderates" whose prospects are doubtful and, of course, the customary shaky grasp of what the fighting is really about.
By Eugene Robinson June 7, 2013 6:01 a.m.
With budgetary tantrums in the Senate and investigative play-acting in the House, the Republican Party is proving once again that it simply cannot be taken seriously. This is a shame. I don't share the GOP's philosophy, but I do believe that competition makes both of our major parties smarter. I also believe that a big, complicated country facing economic and geopolitical challenges needs a government able to govern.
By Eugene Robinson May 24, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Those who are trying to make the Benghazi tragedy into a scandal for the Obama administration really ought to decide what story line they want to sell.
By Eugene Robinson May 10, 2013 6:01 a.m.
President Obama had the opportunity last week to make an irresponsible Congress face the consequences of its own dumb actions. For reasons I cannot fathom, he took a pass.
By Eugene Robinson April 26, 2013 6:01 a.m.
The nation demonstrated again last week how resolute it can be when threatened by murderous terrorists — and how helpless when ordered to heel by smug lobbyists for the gun industry. Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's deadly rampage through the Boston area provoked not fear but defiance. Even before one brother was killed and the other captured, the city was impatient to get back to normal — eager to show the world that unspeakable violence might shock, sadden and enrage, but would never intimidate.
By Eugene Robinson April 12, 2013 6:01 a.m.
I think I've figured it out. Republicans must be staging some kind of fiendishly clever plot to lure Democrats into a false sense of security. That's the only possible explanation for some of the weirdness we're seeing and hearing from the GOP. The party must be waiting to come out with its real candidates and policy positions at a moment when unsuspecting Democrats are in the vulnerable position of being doubled over with laughter.
By Eugene Robinson March 29, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Don't take anything for granted. The conservative activists on the Supreme Court may not be able to halt the inexorable shift toward acceptance of gay marriage, but we probably should expect them to try.
By Eugene Robinson March 15, 2013 6:01 a.m.
If Rep. Paul Ryan wants people to take his budget manifestos seriously, he should be honest about his ambition: not so much to make the federal government fiscally sustainable as to make it smaller.
By Eugene Robinson March 1, 2013 6:01 a.m.
The test of President Obama's seriousness about addressing climate change is not his pending decision on the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline. It's whether he effectively consigns coal-fired power plants -- one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions -- to the ashcan of history.
By Eugene Robinson February 15, 2013 6:01 a.m.
If George W. Bush had told us that the "war on terror" gave him the right to execute an American citizen overseas with a missile fired from a drone aircraft, without due process or judicial review, I'd have gone ballistic. It makes no difference that the president making this chilling claim is Barack Obama. What's wrong is wrong.
By Eugene Robinson February 1, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Republicans shouldn't worry that President Barack Obama is trying to destroy the GOP. Why would he bother? The party's leaders are doing a pretty good job of it themselves.
By Eugene Robinson January 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.
President Obama is set to begin his second term at a moment when the question is not what great things our nation can achieve but whether our government, in Obama's words, can "stop lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis." The jury is out, but continued dysfunction seems the most likely scenario. Obama's news conference on Monday -- his last scheduled encounter with White House reporters before Inauguration Day -- was a tutorial in low expectations.
By Eugene Robinson January 4, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Guns do kill people. Our national New Year's resolution must be to stop the madness.
By Eugene Robinson December 21, 2012 6:01 a.m.
We are not helpless to stop the massacre of innocent children. We must begin — today, right now, this minute — taking guns out of the hands of madmen, and the first step should be a ban on military-style assault weapons such as the rifle used to turn a Connecticut school into a slaughterhouse.
By Eugene Robinson December 7, 2012 6 a.m.
How dare he? President Obama, I mean: How dare he do what he promised during the campaign? How dare he insist on a "balanced approach" to fiscal policy that includes a teensy-weensy tax increase for the rich? Oh, the humanity.
By Eugene Robinson November 23, 2012 6 a.m.
I know it's early, but I have a sinking feeling the Republican Party is taking all the wrong lessons from the Nov. 6 election. Short-term, that's a boon for Democrats. Long-term, it's a problem for the country.
By Eugene Robinson November 9, 2012 6 a.m.
So much for voter suppression. So much for the enthusiasm gap. So much for the idea that smug, self-appointed arbiters of what is genuinely "American" were going to "take back" the country, as if it had somehow been stolen.
By Eugene Robinson November 2, 2012 6 a.m.
Back when he was being "severely conservative," Republican Mitt Romney suggested that responsibility for disaster relief should be taken from the "big, bad" federal government and given to the states, or perhaps even privatized.
By Eugene Robinson October 19, 2012 6 a.m.
Not a close call. President Obama won the second presidential debate as clearly and decisively as he lost the first. For anyone who disagrees, three simple words: "Please proceed, Governor."
By Eugene Robinson October 12, 2012 6 a.m.
When Michelle Obama called voting rights "the movement of our era" in a Sept. 11 speech, she didn't specifically mention the Republican-led crusade for restrictive voter identification laws. She didn't have to. Her audience at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual gala dinner fully understood the context. It's hard to believe that in this day and age, the right to vote is once again under assault from those who would prefer to keep minorities, the poor and the elderly away from the polls. But here we are.
By Eugene Robinson September 21, 2012 6 a.m.
Teachers are heroes, not villains, and it's time to stop demonizing them.
By Eugene Robinson September 7, 2012 6 a.m.
Republicans and Democrats are being equally nasty in their campaign rhetoric, but they're not being equally truthful. To cite one example, much of what the GOP is saying about Medicare simply isn't supported by the facts.
By Eugene Robinson August 10, 2012 6 a.m.
Mitt Romney's defiant secrecy about his personal finances looks like a cross Republicans will have to bear all the way to Election Day. To put it mildly, the burden seems to chafe.
By Eugene Robinson July 26, 2012 6 a.m.
Will we even pretend to do anything to prevent the next mass shooting by a crazed loner? I doubt it. We'll just add Aurora to the growing list — Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson — and wait for the inevitable.
By Eugene Robinson July 20, 2012 6 a.m.
Mitt Romney has every right to cloak his personal and professional finances in secrecy -- and voters have every right to assume he has something embarrassing to hide. If this seems unfair, Romney has only himself to blame.
By Eugene Robinson July 6, 2012 6 a.m.
The political impact of the stunning June 28 Supreme Court decision on health care reform is clear: good for President Obama and the Democrats, bad for Mitt Romney and the Republicans -- but fleeting, and thus secondary. More important is what the ruling means in the long term for the physical and moral health of the nation. All but lost in the commentary about the court's 5-4 ruling, with Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. unexpectedly joining the majority, is that the Affordable Care Act was intended as just a beginning. We have far to go, but at least we're on our way.
By Eugene Robinson June 22, 2012 6 a.m.
Sí, se puede. Yes, it can be done. President Obama showed last week that it's possible to find a reasonable, humane solution for at least 800,000 young people who were illegally brought into this country as children. All you need is a moral compass and a heart.
By Eugene Robinson June 8, 2012 6 a.m.
Donald Trump has said he would be "open" to accepting a Cabinet post if Mitt Romney becomes president. Trump would prefer "a position where I negotiate against some of these countries, because they are really taking our lunch." So is he on the short list, perhaps, for secretary of state?