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E.J. Dionne

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E.J. Dionne, Norman Ornstein on Trump's Assault on Democracy


As of Saturday, a dozen Republican Senators had promised to join about 140 Republican members of the House in voting against certifying that Joe Biden has been elected President.  That vote is scheduled for Wednesday. Yesterday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Washington Post released a tape and transcript of a call between President Trump and his White House legal team and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his legal team, in which the President said, quote, “So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.” ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes.’ This call lasted an hour.  The President repeatedly pressured Raffensperger to overturn the will of the people in GA.  The votes have been counted three times, and the results, like those of all 50 states, have been certified. The President’s attempt to have GA officials change the outcome of the election follows similar attempts to have officials in MI and PA do the same thing. Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20, but there is a real possibility that it will not be a completely peaceful transfer of power.  At Donald Trump’s urging, his supporters are assembling in Washington prepared to protest, perhaps violently, the congressional vote on Wednesday and Biden’s inauguration two weeks later. In 2017, a year after Donald Trump’s stunning victory, EJ Dionne and Norman Ornstein, two of America’s most highly respected political observers, along with Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution, published a persuasive and important book called One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate and the Not-Yet Deported.  The book includes prescriptions for fixing our electoral system and formulating what they call a new Patriotism, a new Civil Society, and a new Democracy. Today on Midday, with the Trump Administration in its twilight, and with Congressional calls for a criminal investigation into the President after this latest episode, we’ve invited EJ Dionne and Norman Ornstein back to our show to reflect on this unprecedented Presidency, and the way forward for our country. Norman Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a contributing editor and columnist for The National Journal and The Atlantic. E.J. Dionne is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post,  and a professor at Georgetown University.  He also offers commentary each week on NPR’s All Things Considered. They join us on Zoom…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


4 Jan 2021

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Columnist E.J. Dionne On How To Unite The Democratic Party

On Point

Columnist E.J. Dionne has called on progressives and moderates in the Democratic party to unite under what he calls a banner of decency, dignity and democracy. Does he think that’s happened? E.J. Dionne and Charlene Carruthers join Jane Clayson.


21 Aug 2020

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E.J. Dionne on the Pandemic and the 2020 Election

KQED's Forum

Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday that he would suspend his presidential campaign, paving the way for Joe Biden to become the Democratic nominee.  The Washington Post columnist and author E.J. Dionne joins us to talk about Sanders’ decision and the challenges facing presumptive nominee Joe Biden as he tries to unite the party. And we'll hear about Dionne's new book "Code Red", about divisions within the political left and how that conflict is affecting the presidential election.


9 Apr 2020

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E.J. Dionne to liberal and moderate anti-Trumpers: Pick a lane

Speakers Forum

Americans congregate philosophically and politically to the left, right and center. Author and commentator E.J. Dionne has been thinking about what those divisions foretell for opponents of President Trump.Dionne’s latest book is Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country. As the subtitle suggests, he’s urging anti-Trumpers to come together or risk re-electing him.Mr. Dionne is a Washington Post columnist and a professor at Georgetown and Harvard. If you enjoy hearing his Week In Politics analysis on NPR most Fridays, you’ll appreciate hearing him at length. This talk is an informative time capsule in this fast-changing political and public health landscape.E.J. Dionne had this conversation with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds at Town Hall Seattle on February 26. Jennie Cecil Moore recorded the event.As usual, when things were usual, Town Hall’s Weir Harmon introduced the event. We wish our friends at Town Hall and at other venues in the area as quick a return to regular programming as possible. 

1hr 2mins

26 Mar 2020

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18 - Super Tuesday, And Then There Were Two, Featuring E.J. Dionne Jr.

Politics: Meet Me in the Middle

E.J. Dionne Jr. and the "Meet Me in the Middle" Team discuss what the future holds for Biden and Bernie as they duel for the nomination and who is best positioned to beat Donald Trump in November. (2:00) Ed Larson on examples of candidates working together throughout history. (3:45) E.J. Dionne on building bridges between Moderates and Progressive Democrats. (7:30) E.J. Dionne Jr. on what will happen at the Democratic National Convention in July. (8:30) Ed Larson, E.J. Dionne Jr., and Jane Albrecht on naming cabinet early. (16:20) E.J. Dionne Jr. on who has the best chance of beating Trump in November. (19:50) Bill Curtis, Jane Albrecht and Ed Larson discuss Bernie and Biden's personalities and backgrounds. (23:30) Bill, Jane, and Ed discuss what a brokered convention looks like. (26:25) Jane Albrecht suggests Bernie Sanders' running mate. (27:00) Ed Larson picks Joe Biden's running mate. Hosted by Ed Larson and Bill Curtis Learn more about Politics: Meet Me in the Middle: https://www.curtco.com/meetmeinthemiddle And follow us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/curtcomedia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/curtcomedia Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/curtcomedia A CurtCo Media Production: https://www.curtco.com Music by Celleste & Eric Dick Produced by Mike ThomasSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


6 Mar 2020

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E.J. Dionne and Barbara Boxer: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite America

Commonwealth Club of California Podcast

Renowned Washington Post columnist and author E.J. Dionne Jr. says the 2020 election will be a test for progressives and moderates. Will they feud or unite to defeat President Trump? Dionne postulates that if progressives and moderates are unable―and unwilling―to overcome their differences, they could not only enable Donald Trump to prevail again but also squander an occasion for launching a new era of reform. Dionne will discuss what he calls the politics of remedy: one that solves problems, resolve disputes and moves forward; that sits at the heart of the demands for justice by both long-marginalized and recently displaced groups; and that posits a positive future for Americans with more covered by health insurance, more with decent wages, more with good schools, more security from gun violence, more action to roll back climate change. Join the conversation with one of America’s most respected political analysts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 9mins

28 Feb 2020

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Code Red: A book event with E.J. Dionne Jr.

Events from the Brookings Institution

On February 24, Brookings hosted an event for EJ Dionne's new book, "Code Red". Subscribe to Brookings Events on iTunes, send feedback email to events@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter. To learn more about upcoming events, visit our website. Brookings Events is part of the Brookings Podcast Network.

1hr 14mins

24 Feb 2020

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Can we hold big corporations to higher standards? (with Mayor Dave Bieter and E.J. Dionne)

Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer

Nick pitches a big idea to the mayor of Boise and political commentator E. J. Dionne: a suite of progressive labor standards that would hold large employers to higher standards nationwide. Is this the way to bring progressive, inclusive economic growth to rural America?Dave Bieter is the Mayor of Boise, Idaho. Now serving his fourth term, he is the longest serving Mayor in Boise’s history. Twitter: @MayorBieterE. J. Dionne writes about politics in a twice-weekly column for The Washington Post. He is also a government professor at Georgetown University, a visiting professor at Harvard University, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution and a frequent commentator on politics for NPR and MSNBC. He is a New York Times bestselling author, and his newest book ‘Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country’ is out next year. Twitter: @EJDionneFurther reading: Progressive Labor Standards: https://democracyjournal.org/magazine/51/progressive-labor-standards/


5 Nov 2019

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Trump, Religion, and the Press with E.J. Dionne

The Georgetown Public Policy Review Podcast

E.J. Dionne and Interview Editor Lucy Schmitz talk about the 2020 election, religion in politics, and the history behind support for Trump.During the podcast, E.J. mentions several books, including: The Hidden Injuries of Class, by Richard Sennett and Jonathan CobbStrength to Love, Martin Luther King, Jr.Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal (1932-1940), by William E. LeuchtenburgSeveral Books by Michael Walzer: Radical Principals: Reflections of an Unreconstructed DemocratPolitics and VisionSpheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and EqualityOne Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported, by E.J. DionneE.J. recommends the podcast "The Ezra Klein Show"Theme Music by Russell Lawrence


30 May 2019

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An Evening with E.J. Dionne - Writer's Symposium by the Sea 2019

Public Affairs (Audio)

E.J. Dionne writes about politics in a twice-weekly column for the Washington Post, and is a government professor at Georgetown University, a visiting professor at Harvard University, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. He is a frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio.Before joining The Post in 1990 as a political reporter, Dionne spent 14 years at The New York Times, where he covered politics and reported from Albany, Washington, Paris, Rome and Beirut. His coverage of the Vatican was described by the Los Angeles Times as the best in two decades. In 2014-2015, Dionne was the vice president of the American Political Science Association. Series: "Writer's Symposium By The Sea" [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Show ID: 33946]


1 Apr 2019