E.J. Dionne is a twice-weekly columnist for The Washington Post, writing on national policy and politics. Before joining the Post in 1990 as a political reporter, he spent fourteen years at The New York Times, covering local, state, and national politics, also serving as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Rome, and Beirut. He is currently a University Professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of Why Americans Hate Politics (1991), They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era (1996), and most recently Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right (2008).