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When Crazy Talk Gets Dangerous

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- As 17 Republican candidates try to get noticed, and 16 of them struggle to compete with The Donald, perhaps we should not be surprised to hear crazy rhetoric and outlandish ideas. In recent days, Chris Christie has proposed that all legal visitors to the United States be tracked every minute, like FedEx packages. Mike Huckabee has ...Read more

The Largest Failure of the Obama Era

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- One little boy in a red T-shirt, lying face down, drowned, on a Turkish beach, is a tragedy. More than 200,000 dead in Syria, 4 million fleeing refugees and 7.6 million displaced from their homes are statistics. But they represent a collective failure of massive proportions.

For four years, the Obama administration has engaged in ...Read more

Trump's Practical Pledge

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Now we'll see whether the magic works inside the Republican Party's big and unruly tent as well as it did outside.

Donald Trump's decision to sign a GOP loyalty oath -- pledging to support the party's eventual nominee, even if it's someone else -- was more practical than partisan. But does it make the ultimate outsider look like, ...Read more

Nikki Haley Takes on Donald Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump is driving the Republican Party into the abyss. Can Nikki Haley pull it back?

Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, talks of immigrants as rapists and women as bimbos and appeals to the angry white man. He invokes the "silent majority," employs racial dog whistles and picks fights with everybody, but ...Read more

Trump's Video Game Mastery

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- This summer's political madness was nicely captured by a confluence of events over the last few days: While global financial markets teetered, the campaign news was dominated by Donald Trump's personal feuds with journalists.

Trump's insults directed toward Fox News' Megyn Kelly and his confrontation with Jorge Ramos, Univision's ...Read more

The Irony Hidden in Republican Doom and Gloom

Is America is in decline? It certainly is, to hear the Republican presidential candidates tell it. The current frontrunner, Donald Trump, has built his campaign around the proposition, and his pitch to voters is that only he can "make America great again."

Trump's vision of the national emergency is America inundated by unassimilable, criminal ...Read more

If Sandy Hook is 'Bearable,' What is Not?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

You frequently find fortune cookie aphorisms, yes, but it's not often that you find searing insight within Twitter's 140-character confines. Which is why a June tweet from one Dan Hodges -- his profile describes him as a British political commentator -- stood out.

"In retrospect," wrote Hodges, "Sandy Hook marked the end of the U.S. gun control...Read more

How a Modest Chicago Mogul Built Schools for Southern Blacks

From the Left / Clarence Page /

In an age that exalts politicians and entertainers who can't stop telling us how wonderful they are, it is refreshing to honor a man who accomplished a lot without wanting his name on all of it.

Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school but rose to become president and co-owner of Sears, ...Read more

The Summer of 2015

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In politics, this has been the summer of discontent, of revolt against Washington and established politics and, most of all, experienced politicians. How else to explain what is happening in both parties? Among Democrats, Independent Bernie Sanders is giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire. And among ...Read more

Mount McKinley is Conservatives' Newest Molehill

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Come now the Denali deniers.

President Obama's conservative critics have long said there is no depth to which he will not sink in his zeal to trash the Constitution. Now, apparently, they also think there is no height to which he will not climb in that same effort.

Obama went to the very top this weekend -- to 20,320 feet to be ...Read more

Labor Day 2028

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

In 1928, famed British economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that technology would advance so far in a hundred years -- by 2028 -- that it would replace all work, and no one would need to worry about making money:

"For the first time since his creation man will be faced with his real, his permanent problem -- how to use his freedom from ...Read more

Trump Declares War on Demography

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- "I don't want it to be about me," Donald Trump explained at a recent event in Nashville. In other news: War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.

The Trump campaign is emphatically about Trump, in a manner typical of populism from Huey Long to Hugo Chavez. The people are infallible, but they require someone who ...Read more

Digging A Hole To Build A Wall

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It was just a matter of time before one of the keen-eyed Republican candidates for president spotted the menace that looms over this country, threatening our national security with blasts of Arctic air and proof that socialized medicine works: Canada.

Asked on "Meet the Press" whether the United States should consider building a ...Read more

Remembering Marvin Mandel, a Towering Figure in Maryland Politics

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

Although he certainly did not look the part, Marvin Mandel thought of himself as a latter-day Duke of Windsor. Just as the duke had abdicated the British throne to marry "the woman I love," so did Mandel lose the Maryland governorship and even go to jail so that he, too, could be with the woman he loved. Unfortunately for him, he was married at ...Read more

Dying for a Fluff Piece

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

When new reached our newsroom that a couple of television reporters were gunned down in Virginia, somebody made a joke. Reporters pride themselves on what we inevitably call "gallows humor." Somebody HAD to make a joke, to live up to our self-anointed reputation for toughness. It was not a funny joke. Most jokes you have to reach for are not ...Read more

Trump vs. Ramos: A Clash of Icons

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Donald Trump, who famously scoffs at "political correctness," can climb as far up on his high horse as anybody else when someone is impolite to him.

Someone like, for example, Jorge Ramos, main news anchor at Univision and Fusion, who tried to ask Trump a question at a Dubuque news conference on Wednesday without being called on.

Yes, I would ...Read more

Vester Flanagan Has Made Witnesses of Us All

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"I've seen enough. I don't want to see any more" -- Bruce Springsteen, "Cover Me"

When terrorists beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and posted video of the killing online, I refused to look. I explained my reasoning in this space. To watch that video, I wrote, knowing it was staged specifically to fill me with revulsion...Read more

One-Term Biden Could Prove Unbeatable

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Could Joe Biden be the man for this season?

The vice president has been running for president since Hillary Clinton was first lady of Arkansas. His first campaign, in 1988, fizzled over allegations of plagiarism.

His second, in 2008, limped to a humiliating close with Biden winning less than 1 percent of voters in the Iowa ...Read more

Pat Moynihan Explains the 2016 Republican Race

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Daniel Patrick Moynihan -- four-term U.S. senator from New York, ambassador and White House adviser -- was that rarest of combinations: a gifted public intellectual and a talented, practical politician. He alone, in January 1980, during the depths of the Cold War, dared to say, "The defining event of the decade might well be the breakup of the...Read more

Is Donald Trump Really a 'Fascist'?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Although he is still a clown, nobody laughs at Donald Trump anymore -- which may be the real purpose of his candidacy, at least as far as he is concerned. The casino mogul is pleased to instill fear among Republican elites, as he dominates their presidential nominating contest -- and forces them to face a hard question about the man who is ...Read more