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'Changing Places': The 2016 Election

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Since 1952, there have been 10 national elections in which there was no incumbent Republican president seeking a second White House term. In nine of those 10, Republican voters and the party settled early on a consensus favorite, who led the field in the Gallup Poll one year before the party's national convention, and then ratified their early...Read more

The Problem with Obamacare's Mental-Health 'Parity' Measure

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Obamacare expanded health insurance to millions of Americans. But what good is insurance if there are no doctors available to treat them?

This month, I found out, first hand. I saw a woman falling through the cracks of the new health-care system, and I tried to help her.

The woman -- let's call her Isabella -- is a naturalized U....Read more

Isn't Separate Iinherently Unequal?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The recent controversies on American campuses from Yale to the University of Missouri have been sad to watch. They reveal a country of chasms, in which ethnic and racial groups see, experience and speak of the world so differently. I find it difficult to comment confidently on what triggered the outrage among so many minority ...Read more

In Iowa, Down The Stretch They Come

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Political pros in this state are not foolish enough to pick a winner this far out from the caucuses (I am: It will be Ted Cruz, whose mix of frank religiosity and anti-establishment zeal is a good fit for the Iowa Republican electorate, and practically no other) but they do love their typologies.

Historically, by one account...Read more

The GOP's Self-Inflicted Wound

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- As the leading Republican presidential candidates rant and rave about deporting 11 million immigrants, fighting some kind of world war against Islam, implementing gimmicky tax plans that would bankrupt the nation and other such madness, keep one thing in mind: The party establishment brought this plague upon itself.

The self-...Read more

Fear As A Trump Card

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

WASHINGTON -- Politics is not only about competing views on issues. It is also, and often most importantly, about which problems come to the forefront in the public conversation and in the minds of citizens and voters.

The battle over what matters most could determine the outcome of the 2016 election. One set of concerns, related to race, ...Read more

Repeating the Injustice of 1942?

This is how fear mongering works. The year could be 1942 ... or 2015.

"I'm reminded that President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. And it appears that the threat of harm to America from ISIS now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then."

Those are ...Read more

God Bless America

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

With images of the carnage in Paris and the shuttering of Brussels flashing on every screen, it is hard to take to heart the president's urgings not to give in to fear. A global terror alert does not help. The front-page pictures of all the homegrown terrorists make it harder still. How could these young men have grown up among us, as ...Read more

President Oh-bummer

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The two presidents stood in the East Room on Tuesday afternoon, united in their goal of defeating the Islamic State but separated by a stylistic gulf as vast as the Atlantic.

On the left, facing the cameras, was Francois Hollande, war president. He spoke of "cowardly murderers" who "dishonor humanity," of a "relentless ...Read more

'President Trump?' Get Used To It

From the Left / Clarence Page /

President Donald Trump? Surely I jest? I wish.

The billionaire presidential candidate has been riding atop the Republican primary polls for four months. He constantly defies the conventional rules of political etiquette. He reveals no more than a passing interest in facts. Yet the more he is criticized, the more he seems like Godzilla to grow ...Read more

Syrian Refugees and the Luxury of First World Problems

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

A red cup.

A few days ago, some people seemed to find that one of the most vexing moral problems of the day. Starbucks unveils a minimalist design for its holiday coffee cups -- a red field, a green logo, no snowmen, snowflakes or fir trees -- some guy makes a video lambasting the decision, and ...Read more

Anti-Semitism That Can't Be Ignored

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Ordinarily I'd ignore the anti-Semitism. Not this week.

Invective goes with the columnist territory. To judge by commenters, emailers and tweeters, I am ugly and fat, a dried-up old hag, a leftist moonbat and spiteful Obama-hater.

Also, and I gather this is supposed to be another insult, a Jew.

I woke up Saturday morning -- I ...Read more

Five Prerequisites for War Against the Islamic State

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

We appear to be moving ever closer toward a world war against the Islamic State.

No sane person welcomes war. Yet if we do go to war against ISIS, we must keep a watchful eye on five things:

1. The burden of fighting the war must be widely shared among Americans.

America's current "all-volunteer" army is comprised largely of lower-...Read more

The GOP's Political Correctness Dodge

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican presidential candidates and the far-right echo chamber have made "politically correct" an all-purpose dismissal for facts and opinions they don't want to hear.

Take Donald Trump's claim that when the World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11, "I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of ...Read more

The Trump Effect, Still 'Understated'

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- The presidential candidate who has consistently led the Republican field for four months, Donald Trump, has proposed: forcibly expel 11 million people from the country, requiring a massive apparatus of enforcement, courts and concentration camps; rewrite or reinterpret the 14th Amendment to end the Civil War-era Republican ...Read more

Understanding Woodrow Wilson

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

At Princeton University, the image and name of Woodrow Wilson could soon be erased. He was the school's president from 1902 to 1910, reforming it, transforming it and setting it on the path to academic excellence. He left the school and soon became America's 28th president -- a great one, some people believe -- but he was born in the pre-Civil ...Read more

America Isn't Great

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Donald Trump's recent slipping in the polls is good news because it means there are fewer white trash people in the country than we thought. A lot of people still care about the Kardashians, though, so there's hope for Trump.

A lot of things bother me about Trump, but it's been the cap that's gotten to me most. You know the one I mean. It ...Read more

A Paris Moment For American Politics?

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

WASHINGTON -- The 2016 presidential campaign has been peculiarly disconnected from the real world of problems, crises and governing. It took the catastrophe in Paris to narrow the gap -- and even a monstrous terrorist attack may not shake the trajectory of a contest that operates within a logic of its own.

The inevitable distance between ...Read more

How Pols Run Against Syrian Refugees

From the Left / Clarence Page /

America's refugee screening process is so tight -- only about half are accepted after a process that can take two years or more -- that it probably would be easier for the Islamic State to sneak a jihadi terrorist in by rowboat.

Yet that reality has not stopped some politicians from exploiting fears instead of calming them since the terror ...Read more

When Expedience Feels Like Wisdom

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"Let's stop worrying about people's rights."

Sadly there are dozens of junctures in American history from which that shameful quote might spring.

It could date as far back as 1798 when President Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts, making it illegal to criticize the U.S. government.

It could come from the 1870s when Southern Democrats ...Read more