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Benghazi Conspiracy Theorists Turn On Trey Gowdy

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Et tu, Trey?

A day after the House Benghazi committee released a final report that left Hillary Clinton relatively unscathed, conservative activists -- the conspiracy-minded ones who pressured House leaders to appoint the committee in the first place -- rounded on Chairman Trey Gowdy for failing to deliver the goods.

"To say I ...Read more

Brexit, Clinton and the Barrage to Come

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I predicted it. I say this with pride, not because I was right and almost everybody else in the chattering elite was wrong, but because it demonstrates the dangers of knowing too much and thinking too much.

I paid very little attention to the Brexit debate, mirroring what most Americans know about politics. I had other stuff to do. Nobody was ...Read more

Two Years, $7 Million, No Smoking Gun

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The House Select Committee on Benghazi released its long-awaited findings Tuesday and concluded that ... well, it looks as though they're going to have to empanel another select committee to iron out the dueling conclusions reached by various members of the committee.

The panel members spent two years and $7 million to come up ...Read more

Speak Truth to Black Power, Too

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Since I'm not a regular viewer of "Grey's Anatomy," I didn't know who the actor Jesse Williams was until his eloquent rants about the state of race in America popped up in viral internet videos.

Now he's hit the big time. He's been widely hailed and covered for his "courage" and "speaking truth to power" in an eloquent speech he delivered after...Read more

Hair-trigger Alert

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Leonard is away this week. The following column is by Robert Koehler.

I feel the finger on the trigger. I also feel it on the button.

"Dear President Obama," the letter begins. It goes on to remind him of something he said in ...Read more

Patriotism 2016

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

We hear a lot about patriotism, especially around the Fourth of July. But in 2016 we're hearing about two very different types of patriotism. One is an inclusive patriotism that binds us together. The other is an exclusive patriotism that keeps others out.

Through most of our history we've understood patriotism the first way. We'...Read more

Anthony Kennedy Restores a Liberal Supreme Court

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- They celebrated outside the Supreme Court after Monday's surprise decision reaffirming abortion rights. They danced to Michael Jackson ("I want to love you ..."), as they had earlier to the Spice Girls and to Harry Belafonte's "Jump in the Line."

In the front row, facing the marble temple, a young woman held up a homemade sign:

"...Read more

For the GOP, a Time for Resistance

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- In his resignation speech following Great Britain's vote to divorce from the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron claimed several achievements by his government: reforming welfare and education; increasing development assistance to "the poorest people in the world"; and "enabling those who love each other to get married, ...Read more

Brexit's Cautionary Tale For Trump Supporters

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Here is the real lesson from the stunning Brexit vote: Throwing a tantrum at the polls is not liberating; it is self-defeating. Those tempted to vote for Donald Trump should pay very close attention.

Brexit was a big deal, but it is not the end of the world. Reeling financial markets should recover from the shock, which has been ...Read more

Trump Ain't Got No Class

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

For the Trump kids, it may be time for another meeting with dad. A previous one resulted in the canning of Corey Lewandowski and his exiling to CNN. Since then, the plight of the Trump campaign has become even more dire: Donald Trump has fallen in the polls and he made a perfect fool of himself in Scotland, possibly a personal best. Now, though,...Read more

Mental Illness and Policy

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I did my mother's grocery shopping last Saturday. She's 88 years old and uses a walker, so most "outside" jobs are mine now. Heading home after I put the groceries way, I thought I'd stop for ice cream.

I parked in front of a corner store with a sign in the window reading, "Cigarettes Sold At Legal Minimum," went in and selected a chocolate-...Read more

We've Failed Sherdavia Jenkins, and Others Like Her

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I still remember your funeral.

I still remember the white casket, small with only two handles on each side.

I still remember the red teddy bear someone had placed near your head.

I still remember then-Florida state lawmaker Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall weeping over your coffin, then-Congressman Kendrick Meek standing there in speechless ...Read more

What Brexit Means to US? Another Trumpian Victory

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Many people see striking similarities between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Great Britain's vote to leave the European Union. One of those people is Donald Trump.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee just happened to arrive in Scotland to reopen a golf resort as the news of the "Brexit," or "British exit" vote, came in. ...Read more

Democrats Should Not Be Too Cocky About Defeating Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "You must be having a blast."

If I had a nickel for every time somebody said this to me during this election, I could close Donald Trump's fundraising gap with Hillary Clinton.

But I'm not having a blast.

As someone who delights in the absurd in politics, I should celebrate Trump: an orange buffoon who flies to Scotland in the ...Read more

For the GOP, a Pickle of a Platform

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- How do you write a platform for a party whose candidate's positions span the unfortunate gamut from nonexistent to offensive to flatly at odds with those of the party?

Such is the thankless task consigned this year to Sen. John Barrasso. The Wyoming Republican is a Yale-trained orthopedist with a voracious appetite for history (he...Read more

Pennsylvania to Washington: The 2016 Election Is Not Over

From the Left / Mark Shields /

"Everyone in Washington wants to write that this election is over," cautions respected pollster Peter D. Hart, that Republican Donald Trump -- after six weeks of highly public unforced errors -- has effectively shattered his chances of winning the White House. Hart, after conducting a two-hour focus group of 11 blue-collar and service industry...Read more

Will Sit-In Make Congress Stand Up On Gun Control?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The extremely rare sit-in by Democrats in the House chamber may have been, as Speaker Paul Ryan claimed, a "publicity stunt." But it was a righteous one that may improve the prospects for meaningful gun control.

It won't happen immediately. Even after 49 innocent victims died in the Orlando massacre -- the worst such shooting in ...Read more

The Christian Right Surrenders Faith for Politics

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Oh God -- and I mean the entreaty seriously -- the Trump/evangelical summit in New York was just as bad some of us feared.

More than 900 conservative Christian leaders, put in a susceptible mood by a "prayer guide" ("Acknowledge any personal feelings that would keep you from honoring Mr. Trump for his participation") witnessed ...Read more

For Trump, Fringe Conspiracies Take Center Stage

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Nobody brings the crazy quite like The Donald.

For years, the conspiracy-minded have been trying to prove that Hillary Clinton gave "stand-down" orders blocking the military from helping ambassador Chris Stevens and other U.S. personnel in Benghazi the night of the 2012 attacks. But Donald Trump asserts the opposite: Clinton was ...Read more

Trump And The GOP's Jurassic Park

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

WASHINGTON -- The American people know extremism when they see it.

This is very unfortunate for Donald Trump. And it is a nightmare for Republican leaders who see more clearly every day how his candidacy has become a trap: They desperately want to free themselves from the moral wreckage Trump leaves behind but are stuck with a nominee who ...Read more