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The Third Way: Share-the-Gains Capitalism

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Marissa Mayer tells us a lot about why Americans are so angry, and why anti-establishment fury has become the biggest single force in American politics today.

Mayer is CEO of Yahoo. Yahoo's stock lost about a third of its value last year, as the ...Read more

Cruz-Fiorina: A Musical Comedy

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Carly, we hardly knew ye.

A week ago, Carly Fiorina was in a good position to enjoy the sheen of respectability she had acquired. The former Hewlett-Packard chief had run a solid presidential campaign and established herself as an adroit debater who could cut Donald Trump down to size.

Then she became Ted Cruz's vice-presidential...Read more

The State of Disunion

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- The 2016 presidential race already counts an extraordinary accomplishment: It has made the 2000 election seem like the good old days.

Before Bush v. Gore became a Supreme Court controversy, the contest seemed to demonstrate that American politics was modernizing in a hopeful direction. Clintonism (including Al Gore's slightly ...Read more

Trump Fills A Vacuum Left By The GOP

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Donald Trump rampage -- still hard to believe, after nearly a year -- is a symptom of something deeper and more profound: the Republican Party's slide into complete incoherence.

Rarely has a major party's establishment been so out of touch with its voting base. Rarely have so many experienced politicians (Jeb Bush, Scott ...Read more

The Sound of Contempt

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

If Donald Trump looked at a demographic profile of his supporters, he would emit a dismissive sneer. They are disproportionally out of work or not seeking it. If they do have a job, they're probably working with their hands, maybe something a machine will do better or someone overseas will do cheaper. A large share have only a high school ...Read more

Serbia Elects the American President

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

In Mladenovac, Serbia, a town not unlike Steubenville, Ohio, Luka Maksimovic and some of his bros started making videos poking fun at politicians. They're all in their 20s, young guys with a video camera and probably a case or two of beer.

They invented Serbian politician Ljubisa Beli, a political fool who made his video appearances bare-...Read more

Seeking pest control for women against trolls

From the Left / Clarence Page /

"On the Internet," according to a famous New Yorker cartoon caption, "no one knows you're a dog." No, but some internet users amazingly turn into skunks.

That's a mild description of the mean and nasty tweets that male volunteers read to two Chicago-based female sports journalists in a four-minute video that went viral after it was produced and...Read more

Bernie Nation can't get behind Hillary Clinton

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain."

Those are, of course, the opening lyrics to Frank Sinatra's immortal recording of "My Way." They are also a succinct description of the state of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

Last week, the candidate announced he was laying off hundreds of staff members after a series of ...Read more

Trump's calculated misogyny

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "I wasn't playing the woman's card," Donald Trump said Thursday when asked about his claim that Hillary Clinton was playing such a card and that if she were a man, she would get only 5 percent of the vote.

For once, I agree with Trump: He wasn't playing the woman's card. He was playing the man's card -- and he was dealing from the...Read more

No Pander Bear

From the Left / Mark Shields /

At the tricky art of pandering -- a candidate's seeking the support of a specific group of voters by telling them what the candidate calculates that group wants to hear -- nobody in 2016 has been more blatant than Sen. Ted Cruz's recently named running mate, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Competing in this year's first-in-the-nation...Read more

How Bernie Sanders Can Squander -- or Expand -- His Victory

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The time is coming when Bernie Sanders should declare victory -- not because he is going to be the Democratic presidential nominee, but because he has already won so much.

Of course, Sanders knows very well that he cannot wrest the nomination from Hillary Clinton. He lags well behind her in pledged delegates, superdelegates and the popular ...Read more

Trump Defines Foreign Policy Down

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- After Donald Trump's "major" foreign policy address, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Republican Bob Corker, announced that he was very impressed, extolling "the broadness, the vision" of the speech. The Wall Street Journal said it was "serious." The National Interest's Jacob Heilbrunn opined that the ...Read more

A Clinton-Warren Ticket?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Running mates? It's not even May, and already we're talking running mates? Then let me toss Elizabeth Warren's name into the mix.

I'm making several assumptions here -- in a year when assuming anything is dangerous. First, I believe Ted Cruz's desperate gamble of adding Carly Fiorina to his "ticket" will fail. He was right ...Read more

The Lesser of the Evils?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's pretty darn depressing when political writers are essentially writing off the 2016 election as a choice between the lesser of two evils -- seven months in advance of the election. It's one thing when, after months of negative ads, we shake our heads in disgust, but we haven't even really started yet.

If this is the way we begin, is there...Read more

GOP Hoosiers Pick Between Bad and Worse

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- In a world where bullying is interpreted as strength, Donald Trump and Bobby Knight would be kings. One of them is testing the proposition.

Not Knight, though some in Indiana might prefer him. It is the hidden vice of polite, congenial Hoosiers -- like the vicar with a fetish -- that they regard the profane, chair-throwing, player...Read more

Trump's Crazy Attempt Not to Sound Crazy

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Mr. Trump came to Washington to meet the establishment he has demonized the past 10 months. It was not love at first sight.

His campaign left nothing to chance for his coming out as a general-election candidate Wednesday, the day after primary wins in five states made him the all but inevitable Republican presidential nominee.

...Read more

The Way of the World, Hamilton, Jackson and Tubman

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Susan Estrich is off this week. The following column is by Jamie Stiehm.

One treasury secretary has saved another. Isn't that the way of the world? History has its eyes on you, Jacob Lew.

Brilliant, storied Alexander Hamilton, darling of Broadway and Wall Street, will stay on the $10 bill. Hamilton, the first treasury secretary, had his...Read more

If Trump Were a Woman

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Regarding Donald Trump's insulting, diminishing assertion about Hillary Clinton that she is only succeeding by playing "the woman's card" and that if she "were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote": If Trump were a woman, he'd be lucky to do that well.

Clinton is on the verge of becoming the first female ...Read more

Gov. McAuliffe Does Right Thing for Wrong Reason

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The Republicans are probably right.

Last week, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, issued an executive order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-offenders. The sweeping order applies to those who have completed their sentences and any probation or parole.

The GOP was unimpressed. William Howell, speaker of the Virginia ...Read more

Trump 2.0? Don't Bet On It

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Oh, so now Donald Trump cares about whom he offends?

The New York billionaire's Republican presidential candidacy is in for a makeover. In fact, his new campaign adviser Paul Manafort told a meeting of Republican National Committee leaders in Hollywood, Fla., that the Donald's pivot to a more cool and cuddly candidate already has begun.

"You'...Read more