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How Did Tulsa Officer Know Crutcher Was a Bad Dude?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear Tulsa Police:

I'm not here to debate the shooting of Terence Crutcher.

His death a little over a week ago at the hands of one of your officers has, of course, created a firestorm. Betty Shelby has said she shot the 40-year-old man after he refused to communicate with her or obey her commands, walked back to his SUV, which was stopped in ...Read more

More Bigotry From the Trump Brigade

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump supporters may be passionate, but they're a bit irony-challenged.

In the days since I wrote that Hillary Clinton wasn't necessarily wrong to say that half of Trump's supporters are racists and other "deplorables," the response has been, well, deplorable. A sampling of the thousands of emails and social media replies: ...Read more

In Praise of Good Government Geeks

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Especially in an election year, federal employees make a tempting target. They are, in the popular imagining, entitled and entrenched, unresponsive to the public for whom they work and uninterested in anything but collecting a paycheck and a cushy pension. You never hear the phrase "bureaucrats in Washington" in a sentence that ...Read more

October in America

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Ignore, if you can, the insult marathon that passes for a national election while we turn to America's real October drama: the final chapters of our baseball season. Why? Because we Americans, especially those in my adopted hometown of Washington, urgently need, in this unhappy year of 2016, to appreciate anew the values of our national ...Read more

No, Racism Did Not Start with President Obama

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Days before the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture near the Washington Monument, a couple of bizarre political developments illustrated why we Americans need it.

And I do mean all Americans. "Even if you think this isn't your story," as the museum's director Lonnie G. Bunch III recently told the politics/fromtheleft/clarencepage/s-1876383">Read more

A Moral Victory for Bill Clinton -- And His Foundation

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Late on the afternoon of Sept. 21 -- almost exactly eleven years after Bill Clinton inaugurated the annual Clinton Global Initiative conferences in New York City -- the former president offered closing remarks there for the very last time. Having watched this innovative organization grow from a casual idea into a formidable entity credited for...Read more

The Center Can Still Hold

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- It's the annual gathering of world leaders in New York this week, and for most of them, it's time for group therapy. Around the globe, leaders of all stripes seem afflicted with the same malady: low approval ratings. Morgan Stanley's Ruchir Sharma has pointed out that the median approval rating for the leaders of the top 20 emerging ...Read more

Preening Bluster Does Not Make Up for Trump's Willful Ignorance

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Of all the absurdities in Donald Trump's rapid political rise, none is more puzzling than his reputation for toughness in the war against terrorism.

Trump is a real estate developer who takes any domestic terrorist attack -- whatever the actual circumstances -- as confirmation of his views on a lax immigration system, as evidence ...Read more

Two Types Of Gun Laws: One For Blacks And One For Whites

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If you are a black man in America, exercising your constitutional right to keep and bear arms can be fatal. You might think the National Rifle Association and its amen chorus would be outraged, but apparently they believe Second Amendment rights are for whites only.

In reaching that conclusion I am accepting, for the sake of ...Read more

Republicans' Kangaroo Court

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Impeachment is among the most severe and solemn powers Congress has, right up there with declaring war. Not since 1876 has an executive-branch appointee been impeached, and not in the history of the republic has Congress impeached an executive-branch official below the Cabinet level.

Now, Republicans in Congress would change that....Read more

Wells Fargo: Too Big to Fail, Too Arrogant to Admit It

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The 2008 financial collapse was eight years ago this month -- and the big banks are back to their old shenanigans.

Venerable Wells Fargo has engaged in behavior that would have made a robber baron blush: It pressured low-wage workers with unrealistic sales targets, so these workers created 2 million bogus accounts over five years,...Read more

Donald Trump is a 'BS artist'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

We've called him many things. We pundits have overworked our thesauruses and our imaginations to describe Donald Trump.

Kathleen Parker called him "the biggest goofball ever to enter the Oval Office sweepstakes."

Nicholas Kristof called him "ill-informed," "deceptive," "vacuous" and a "crackpot."

Yours truly called him "a tire fire in an ...Read more

How Clinton and Trump Can Win Undecided Voters

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Really? Are there undecided voters left?

Yes, as hard as it may be for most of us to believe, after putting up with the ads and sound bites of the presidential race for more than a year, polls show almost 10 percent of voters still haven't made up their minds.

That's typical. I used to make fun of such voters. I thought they were ...Read more

Trump's 'Yuge' Bamboozle

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump poses as a working-class populist, but his new economic plan would be a gusher for the wealthy, and almost nothing will trickle down to anyone else.

According to the independent Tax Foundation, Trump's tax plan would give the top 1 percent an average cut of at least $122,400, while the middle class gets a break of ...Read more

How Trump Winks at Political Violence

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- So, Donald Trump thought he'd have a little fun this weekend with the idea of Hillary Clinton being assassinated.

The Republican presidential nominee suggested that, because Clinton favors restrictions on guns, her security detail should be disarmed. "Take their guns away," he proposed. "Let's see what happens to her."

There was ...Read more

A Vote For Trump Is A Vote To Undo Vital Progress On Climate Change

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- July and August were the hottest months for the planet since record keeping began. Scientists are confident that 2016 will be the hottest year. Rising sea levels have made flooding commonplace in several major U.S. cities. And meanwhile, one of our leading presidential candidates says climate change is some kind of Chinese hoax.

...Read more

A Frightening Precedent for Trump's Disregard of the Truth

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

The Economist, a fine British newsmagazine, is rarely wrong, but it was recently in strongly suggesting that the casual disregard for truth that is the very soul of Donald Trump's campaign is something new under the sun. The technology -- tweets and such -- certainly is, but his cascade of immense lies certainly is not. I'd like to familiarize ...Read more

Trump Benefits From the Ills of Obamacare

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- In the event of a victory by Donald Trump in November, political analysis will take on a forensic cast. How did establishment politics -- first in the GOP primaries, then in a national electorate -- come to die?

Privately, Democrats would regret their selection of one of the most joyless, least visionary presidential candidates of...Read more

Dear Old Times

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

My mother will be 88 years old on Sunday. I will be 60 next May. My father died 30 years ago. I am an only child. I live near my mother, a two-minute drive. She uses a walker and cannot drive or leave the house alone. She is forgetful. She lives alone.

I spend two hours a day with her, more on my days off. She still fixes her own meals and she ...Read more

This Election's Faith-Based Candidate

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

WASHINGTON -- This is the inversion election, a contest in which so many of our familiar mental categories have been turned upside down.

This year, it's the Republican presidential candidate who says the United States isn't great anymore and the Democrat who insists it is. The Republican says that the former KGB agent now presiding over Russia ...Read more