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Wisconsin's Semi-Favorite Son

From the Left / Mark Shields /

MADISON, Wis. -- Why, during a recent visit here -- while asking some trusted Wisconsin sources for their candid assessment of Scott Walker, the state's governor, an undeclared but leading 2016 Republican presidential candidate -- did I keep thinking about a conversation I'd had 17 years ago with one of my favorite American politicians and the...Read more

If Inequality Worries Republicans, Why Do They Keep Making It Worse?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

You can tell things have gotten very bad when the issue of economic inequality -- a serious national problem mostly ignored for more than three decades -- is suddenly in political vogue. And you can be sure things have gotten very, very bad when Republicans -- who usually insist that inequality is natural, inevitable, even beneficial -- ...Read more

The Forgotten Pivot to Asia

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The Obama administration's foreign policy energies are fully engaged in the Middle East -- negotiating the Iran deal, sending special forces into Iraq, supporting Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, working with the Syrian rebels. Whatever happened to the pivot to Asia?

Remember, the basic argument behind the pivot was that the United States...Read more

Congress Acts

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Has a fever come over Washington? It seems like every time I turned around this week, Congress -- or at least some subset of it -- was actually doing something. Was it just yesterday that they were agreeing to let the president try to negotiate within the framework of a nuclear deal with Iran? And then, barely hours later, the Senate ...Read more

Desperately seeking a legacy

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- "I have never seen anything like it."

So I was told by a former U.S. official, who had seen much as a senior diplomat. It has become hard to deny that the rollout of the Lausanne framework is a first-rate debacle -- a dazzling display of self-destructive incompetence.

Who proposed that the State Department issue an interpretive ...Read more

Pop Goes the Democratic Party

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It was another one of those rallies on Capitol Hill where lawmakers line up to take shots at the Obama administration. But this time the lawmakers were all Democrats.

A quartet of senators and a dozen members of the House took the stage in a park across from the Capitol midday Wednesday to join hundreds of steelworkers, union ...Read more

The GOP Push for a Permanent Aristocracy

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Give credit to Republicans in Congress.

They've discovered, belatedly, that income inequality is a problem, and they're no longer proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. Now they are proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest two-tenths of 1 percent of Americans.

On Tuesday afternoon, the House ...Read more

Yes, She Can

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Will she? She will.

Would she? She would.

It was inevitable.

She did.

Now where is that tingling feeling?

I remember when Fritz Mondale announced that he had chosen Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate. Mind you, I knew -- I'd already switched her hotel rooms around. But I still got that tingling feeling gathered in front of a television...Read more

How Hillary Clinton's Enemies Aid Her Cause

From the Left / Clarence Page /

In the business of low political blows, gun rights advocate Wayne LaPierre reminds us of Hillary Clinton's best not-so-secret weapon: her amazing ability to drive her rivals and critics nuts.

"I have to tell ya," said the National Rifle Association's executive vice president and CEO to thundering applause at their annual meeting Saturday, "...Read more

A Pause and Reminder, 20 Years Later

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

On Sunday, it will be 20 years since the morning a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and took 168 human lives. Nineteen of those lives belonged to children.

Maybe it takes you by surprise that it has been so long. Maybe you wonder where the time went. And maybe you remember...

...the ghastly pictures of that...Read more