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Another Day, Another Mass Shooting in America

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Since 9/11, America has responded aggressively to the danger of terrorism, taking extraordinary measures, invading two countries, launching military operations in many others, and spending over $800 billion on homeland security. Americans have accepted an unprecedented expansion of government powers and invasions of their privacy to ...Read more

A GOP Led by Trump Will Fail, and Deserve It

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- At this point in the 2016 presidential campaign, the noble, elusive stag of political rhetoric is pretty much road kill.

This judgment is unfair to a few candidates -- Rick Perry, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio come to mind -- delivering thoughtful speeches. But in portions of the Republican field, the normal limits of civility have ...Read more

'twas The Week Before The Debate

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. There's just one present under the tree, but it's all a columnist could ever hope for: the first Republican debate!

How could next Thursday night in Cleveland fail to be one of the most entertaining political spectacles we've seen in a long time? There are, far as I can tell, 17 ...Read more

Trump Has The GOP Establishment's Number

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

WASHINGTON -- The problems that bother us most are the ones we bring on ourselves. This is why Republicans are so out of sorts with Donald Trump. The party created the rough beast it is now trying to slay.

When Trump gave out Lindsey Graham's cellphone number on Tuesday at an event in the South Carolina senator's home state, he did it to show ...Read more

Repairing Bonds Between Police and Communities

After a depressing year in which we've witnessed case after case of unarmed black people dying at the hands of police, now we have the sad death of Sandra Bland.

The Illinois woman's apparent suicide in a Texas jail cell, days after a traffic stop, is in many ways baffling, as she reportedly had been excited to start a new job at Prairie View A...Read more

Putting a Senate Bully in His Place

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Who's afraid of big, bad Ted Cruz?

Not Lamar Alexander. The Tennessee Republican went on the Senate floor to accuse his fellow Republican of proposing actions that would "render ourselves lawless" and cause "chaos." Alexander reminded the Texan that the Senate "requires restraint and goodwill."

Not John Cornyn. The senior senator...Read more

Cosby the Rapist

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

As the revelations of Bill Cosby's disgusting behavior over the last four decades have finally trickled out, the question I keep getting asked, as someone who's been fighting in the trenches against sexual assault for as long as Cosby has allegedly been committing such acts with impunity, is how and why so many women kept silent for so long. ...Read more

Police Brutality is a Problem for Everyone

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

This will not be a column about Sandra Bland, although it could be.

Certainly there is cause for outrage over the way a Texas state trooper escalated the routine traffic stop of an indignant African-American woman into a violent arrest; she died of an apparent jail cell suicide three days later. But Chuck would say that in habitually defining ...Read more

Why Obama Freed His Inner 'Kenyan'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It must make the birthers' heads explode to hear President Barack Obama ridicule the ridiculous charge that he is a secret Kenyan. That's only one good reason for him to do it.

"Birthers" are people who just can't -- or refuse to -- get it through their narrow minds that Obama was born as he and documentation says he was, a legal United States ...Read more

Happy Birthday, Medicare

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Medicare turns 50 this week. It was signed into law July 30, 1965 -- the crowning achievement of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. It's more popular than ever.

Yet Medicare continues to be blamed for America's present and future budget problems. That's baloney.

Last week, Jeb Bush even suggested phasing it out. Seniors already ...Read more

Washington Forgets the Art of Friendship

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Bob Dole, now 92 and in a wheelchair, made a rare return visit to Congress on Monday to celebrate this week's 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act -- the sort of big bipartisan triumph of yore that now seems unimaginable.

How, I asked Dole, can we get back to the days when Washington worked?

"Get us back in ...Read more

Clinton's New Email Fuss is No Scandal

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- The latest controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails -- the allegation that classified information was improperly transmitted on her private email server -- is, or should be, a non-scandal.

Clinton has only herself to blame for a lot of the email mess. She should have behaved like other government officials and used an official ...Read more

Coronating a Wounded Queen?

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- The most surprising revelation in recent presidential polling is not that Donald Trump has low favorability in key states -- a welcome indicator of national sanity -- but rather that Hillary Clinton's numbers are almost as bad. Put another way: A vacuous, gaffe-prone, xenophobic, conspiracy-minded reality television star whose ...Read more

In Uber's Tracks

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

Uber just ran over the mayor of New York. Bill de Blasio wanted to limit the company's expansion, citing traffic and complaints from the taxi industry, which is, as the saying goes, on the wrong side of history. Uber marshaled most of the world's lobbyists and consultants and, in the apt description of the online journal Capital "crushed the ...Read more

Sure, Mr. Trump. I'll Start on That Right Away.

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Donald Trump says stupid, bigoted, ignorant things because he's a boss.

A bad boss.

On a resume, I'd say "reporter," but, if I were honest, I'd put down my occupation as "employee," because everything else is just Photoshop.

Middle to bottom of the barrel, that's been me this lifetime. I've propped up the stock price in dozens of ways. I've...Read more

The Kasich-Walker Debate

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

WASHINGTON -- Republicans won't win the presidency in 2016 without making inroads in the Midwest. Happily for the GOP, two Midwestern governors are running for their party's nomination.

Both won re-election in 2014. The one from the state with more electoral votes won with 64 percent of the vote with wide appeal to Democrats and independents. ...Read more

Sandra Bland's Mysterious Arrest -- and Death

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Evidence points to suicide, not homicide, as the cause of a Chicago-area woman's death in a Texas jail cell outside Houston, Texas, officials say. Yet the arresting officer's dash-cam video raises serious questions as to why Sandra Bland was arrested in the first place.

Bland, 28, from suburban Naperville, became a tragic national news story ...Read more

GOP's Condemnation of Trump Pure Hypocrisy

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Here's the thing about principle. Unless applied equally it is not really principle at all. He who climbs on his moral high horse when a wrong is done to him or his, but leaves the horse stabled when an identical wrong is done to someone else, acts from self-interest and that is the opposite of principle.

All of which renders rather hollow the ...Read more

The Importance of the 'Like' Factor

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Bill Cohen, the former three-term Republican U.S. senator from Maine who served as secretary of defense in Democratic president Bill Clinton's second administration, offered this key to the art of winning tough elections: "I don't care how great your ideas are or how well you can articulate them. People must like you before they will vote for ...Read more

Trump's Slur Stokes Phony Fury

From the Left / Joe Conason /

As soon as Donald Trump brayed that John McCain is "not a war hero" and went on to mock his suffering in North Vietnamese captivity, the righteous reaction of Republicans was entirely predictable. Nearly every would-be presidential candidate in the GOP immediately sought to wrap the loud-mouthed celebrity's gaffe around his neck.

The incident...Read more