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No Lives Matter

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I think this may be when black and white in America finally have it out, when we finish the race war that began at the end of the Civil War. There are people on both sides who want it, or who think they want it, or who think it will make them heroes, and those people have guns.

We're pretty close to the last battle now. We have dead cops (and...Read more


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

The Republican Party came to life as the bastion of "Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Speech, Free Men." It was a reformist party dedicated to stopping the spread of slavery and to fighting a "Slave Power" its founders saw as undermining free institutions.

The new political organization grew out of the old Whigs and reflected the faith that Henry ...Read more

Donald Trump's Pivot to the Center -- of Darkness

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Where's the pivot?

That's what I was wondering throughout Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's lengthy and surprisingly humorless acceptance speech Thursday at the Grand Old Party's national convention in Cleveland.

Ever since Trump won enough delegates to clinch the nomination in May, I've been waiting to see if and when Trump would...Read more

Battle Between Left and Right No Longer a Contest of Ideas

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Well, that was sure ugly.

Last week's Republican conclave in Cleveland came across less as a nominating convention than as a four-day nervous breakdown, a moment of fracture and bipolarity from a party that no longer has any clear idea what it stands for or what it is. Everywhere you turned there was something that made you embarrassed for them...Read more

Trump Set the Table for Clinton

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

CLEVELAND -- Donald Trump's botched convention made Hillary Clinton's task in Philadelphia easier. Not necessarily easy, but easier.

The Republicans' four days here were marked by disorganization, division and darkness. This was the Ronco of flubbed conventions: But wait, there's more. After the plagiarism debacle, a preventable problem made ...Read more

It's Midnight in America

From the Left / Mark Shields /

In 1984, Hal Riney, a San Francisco advertising man, wrote and narrated "Morning in America," which became the signature television commercial of Republican Ronald Reagan's winning re-election campaign. In Riney's calm and reassuring voice, the script began: "It's morning again in America. Today more men and women will go to work than ever ...Read more

Why America Recoils From Trump

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The revulsion evoked by Donald Trump as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland goes far beyond his speech, which was memorable only for its angry mood, not its vapid content. What repelled so many Americans in that moment was the realization -- or simply the intuition -- that the candidate of the Grand Old Party in ...Read more

Morning in America It Wasn't

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

CLEVELAND -- It was a grand old party at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night.

Delegates wore cowboy hats, straw hats, tricorn hats, stovepipe hats, cheesehead hats, evergreen hats and Uncle Sam hats. They bopped to the music of a seven-piece band and waved red, white and blue pompoms. There was a Donald Trump action figure here, a Donald ...Read more

The Carnival In Cleveland

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Convention wasn't a complete disaster, but only because Mike Pence showed signs of being a more able running mate than many thought. Other than that? Hot mess, dumpster fire, train wreck -- pick your overused metaphor. It was huge, but not in a good way.

Political conventions are supposed to stoke ...Read more

Mike Pence Is A Sign Of Trump's Weakness

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

Donald Trump's selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate is just what everyone is saying it is: a safe, traditional choice. Pence won't hurt Trump too much and may help him with Republican politicians and some conservatives.

But the pick is also -- and more importantly -- something else: a sign of real weakness. There were many ...Read more

Mike Pence Pushes an Imaginary and Corrupt Narrative

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

EDITORS -- This column is longer than normal, but worth it. We urge you to publish it in full, especially if you put it online.

WASHINGTON -- On a national convention stage that includes the kettledrum personalities of Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is more in the snare or bongo category. His speech to the convention ...Read more

The GOP's Convention Of Chaos

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Did that just happen?

After Ted Cruz had finished his drop-the-mic Republican National Convention speech and been booed off the stage, historian Michael Beschloss posted the following tweet: "Never seen anything quite like this." If a leading scholar of the presidency says we're in uncharted waters, I have to agree.

No convention...Read more

America as a Banana Republic

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Over the years, I have watched campaigns in third world countries in which one candidate accuses the other of being a criminal, sometimes even threatening to jail his opponent once elected. But I cannot recall this happening in any Western democracy until this week. The Republican convention has been colorful and chaotic, but above ...Read more

Division in the GOP: Kill Hillary Clinton or Jail Her?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

CLEVELAND -- Delegates to the Republican National Convention are divided this week over a crucial question:

Should Hillary Clinton be summarily executed? Or merely imprisoned without trial?

Most favor the latter position, judging from the nightly chants of "Lock her up!" from the convention floor and the regular calls from convention speakers ...Read more

Cruz Holds His Nose but Can't Endorse Trump

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

CLEVELAND -- Ted Cruz, vanquished presidential candidate, coughed up the name of the man who defeated him for the Republican nomination precisely once in his convention speech Wednesday night. "I want to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination," the Texas senator managed to choke out. Then, in a line not contained in the prepared ...Read more

Clinton's Room To Grow

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

WASHINGTON -- The year's political cliche is that Americans will be choosing this fall between two of the most unpopular presidential candidates in our republic's history. Hillary Clinton is in the midst of a concerted effort to change that story line. And the not-so-distant past suggests that she has a fighting chance of succeeding.

The ...Read more

Trump: Self-Worship Over Sound Judgment

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

CLEVELAND -- The Trump campaign has lately alternated between disaster and farce: the awkward rollout of Mike Pence, the botched logo, two parliamentary disputes on the convention floor, a muddled message, a plagiarized speech by the would-be first lady.

But in one respect, the Republican National Convention of 2016 has been a yuge success. It ...Read more

Cop Killers Serve No Cause

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

How can anyone ever explain this to Mason?

He's only 4 months old, so that moment still lies years in the future. Still, at some point, too soon, he will ask the inevitable questions, and someone will have to tell him how his dad was shot to death for being a police officer in Baton Rouge.

Montrell Jackson was not the only cop killed Sunday, ...Read more

Look! In the Blue Fog! It's ... the Donald!

From the Left / Clarence Page /

CLEVELAND -- Donald Trump made a grand entrance on the first night of the Republican National Convention back-lit in a thick blue fog. I expected to hear the theme song from his "The Celebrity Apprentice" program, "For the Love of Money" by the O'Jays. But, no.

Too bad. It would have been no less appropriate for The Donald than the thick blue ...Read more

Campaign Mops Up Poorly After Melania Trump Speech Mess

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Well, Donald Trump can't tell his wife she's fired. Nor should he.

The evident plagiarism in Melania Trump's speech doesn't reflect poorly on Melania Trump, at least from what we know so far. Its presence, and the handling of it after its predictably swift disclosure, reflects poorly on the Trump campaign.

It demonstrates, as if ...Read more