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Let's Punish Some People For Flying the Flag

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

You have a constitutional right to burn the American flag, just like you have a constitutional right to bear arms.

No difference. Patriots died for both rights. Those brave soldiers overseas are defending your right to burn the flag. Our hero police officers stand ready to protect your right to burn the flag. The brave Marines who died on Iwo...Read more

What's Fair to Donald Trump Should be Fair to Keith Ellison

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Republican president-elect Donald Trump, as everyone knows, launched his campaign with insults to women, Muslims, Mexicans and other minorities -- and without apologies to anybody. He won election anyway.

Now we have Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, frontrunner for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, receiving renewed ...Read more

Journalism's Hard Year Draws to a Close

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

This has probably not, in fact, been the worst year in the history of American journalism.

But you'll forgive me if it feels that way just the same.

It was, after all, a year in which the country firmly entered the post-factual era, led by an incoming president who has no time for intelligence reports, yet is a devotee of a conspiracy website ...Read more

The Post-Truth Era of Politics

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Welcome to -- brace yourself for -- the post-truth presidency.

“Facts are stubborn things,” said John Adams in 1770, defending British soldiers accused in the Boston Massacre, “and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

Or so ...Read more

The New Politics of Fear

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

PARIS -- French Socialist President Francois Hollande knew which way the winds were blowing. His announcement last week that he would not seek reelection was a response to record-breaking unpopularity. But it also reflects weaknesses haunting the left and center-left throughout the democratic world.

Donald Trump’s victory may thus be ...Read more

Marines Invade Washington

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Every year, when he was commandant of the Marine Corps between 1995 and 1999, Gen. Charles Krulak and his wife would spend the week before Christmas baking hundreds of cookies, which they wrapped in small packages. At 4 a.m. on Christmas Day, Gen. Krulak would begin driving himself to every Marine guard post in the nearby Washington-Maryland-...Read more

Trump, the Pleaser President-Elect

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It is a sign of how secretive the new administration plans to be that when Donald Trump spoke last week with the Pakistani prime minister, Americans learned what was discussed not from their president-elect but from the oppressive Pakistani government’s Ministry of Information.

Luckily, ministry Press Release No. 298 -- Pakistan...Read more

How to Get In

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It is that time of year. If neither you nor anyone in your family is applying, much less waiting for early decision or early action (if you don't know the difference, rejoice), if no one you love is sweating the retaking of the LSATs because they've heard that just a few points could move them into a different tier, you can chillax. Or get ...Read more

Democrats Need to Connect with Voters at the Gut Level

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- As Democrats contemplate their losses in November’s election, most have settled on a solution. They believe that the party needs more economically populist policies. But this misses an essential reality -- most people don’t vote on the basis of policies.

There is now excellent research by political scientists and ...Read more

Is Trump Ready for North Korea?

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- When Donald Trump first strides into the Oval Office as president, his perfect day is likely to be ruined by a file marked “North Korea.” Trump’s (first? only?) term in office may include either a messy confrontation with an unpredictable, highly combustible regime, or a rogue nation gaining the power to destroy large ...Read more

A Government Of, By and For Corporate America

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump promised to punish U.S. companies that ship manufacturing jobs out of the country. Instead, judging from the way he has handled Carrier, he plans to reward them. Quite handsomely, in fact.

As should be standard practice with Trump, pay attention to the substance, not the theater. United Technologies, ...Read more

Stick a Sterling Silver Fork in Trump’s ‘Populism’

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Let them eat cake. Specifically, let them eat Jean-Georges Warm Chocolate Cake.

But let them start with Young Garlic Soup with Thyme and Sauteed Frog Legs.

Let them follow that with Diver Scallops, Caramelized Cauliflower and Caper-Raisin Emulsion.

And let them proceed to Niman Ranch Lamb Chops with Mushroom Bolognese and ...Read more

Democrats: Skip the Civil War

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

WASHINGTON -- Democrats are in danger of moving from complacency to panic. Neither is particularly helpful.

The complacency part is obvious: Until about 9 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 8, supporters of Hillary Clinton (myself included) were certain that Donald Trump’s weaknesses among women, nonwhite voters, and younger Americans would ...Read more

I Oppose the Recount

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I oppose the recount.

There are, to my mind, only two reasons to re-examine ballots in a presidential campaign, as Green Party candidate Jill Stein has raised money to do. The first is in the event of error or fraud, but there is no evidence thereof in the 2016 election, as Stein herself has admitted.

The second is in the event the margin of ...Read more

Forget 'Identity Politics,' Think 'Coalition'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Should political candidates appeal to particular racial, ethnic or gender groups? Or should they broaden their message to appeal to all groups?

Such are the questions that presidential campaigns ask themselves in the circular firing squad of blame and finger-pointing that follow a big loss.

Four years ago, the big word for Republicans after ...Read more

Trump’s ‘News’ Source: Alien Lizards, Fluoride Mind Control and Voter Fraud

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

“Report: Three Million Votes in Presidential Election Cast by Illegal Aliens; Trump may have won popular vote.”

-- Infowars, website of leading conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Nov. 14

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally....Read more

Living in the Twilight

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It used to be, back when I first started in politics, that I subscribed to every newspaper I could, and I had read them all before anyone was even at the office. I didn't even consider it optional.

When I moved back to Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, I wondered how I would possibly keep up without The Washington Post, but life went on. ...Read more

Trump's Seven Techniques for Controlling the Media

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs.

1. Berate the media. Last week, Trump summoned more than two dozen TV news anchors and executives to the 25th floor of Trump Tower to berate them for their ...Read more

Trump’s Hypocrisy is Good for America

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- As Donald Trump’s campaign promises have been dunked in reality’s strong solvent, many have been transformed in one way or another -- modified, moderated, qualified, abandoned or pushed off into the distant future. Not a wall across the whole southern border. Not every part of Obamacare repealed. Not all<...Read more

Trump Should Support the Cuba Deal

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- At long last, Fidel Castro is dead. Now the oppressive system he installed in Cuba can wither and die, too -- unless Donald Trump reverts to Cold War policies and gives Cuba’s failing dictatorship new life.

It is tempting to see Castro’s death as little more than a formality. After all, his brother Raul has been running ...Read more