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Why Your Kid Can't Get Serious About Mass Murder

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

There are kids all over this country, and they go online and become "radicalized."

They go on a white supremacy site, and they become drooling racists cleaning their guns every night and wearing Confederate flag T-shirts. They go on an ISIS site, and they grow a beard and they start cleaning their guns every night and wearing T-shirts with ...Read more

A Fresh Voice for An Impatient Generation

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Congratulations to Ta-Nehisi Coates. His meditation on race in America has hit No. 1 in its first week on the New York Times' best-seller list. Race relations may still be a mess, as his book suggests, but at least people are interested in reading about it.

Good timing helps. In the age of smartphone ...Read more

Senate Republicans Promoting Abortion?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans, teeming with righteous indignation, last week introduced S. 1881, "a bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood of America."

Here's a better name for it: the Abortion Promotion Act of 2015.

No doubt the authors of the legislation think that anything that hurts Planned Parenthood, the leading ...Read more

Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Increase Abortions

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- I have to admit that my first reaction to the Planned Parenthood videos was to cringe and try to avoid the topic.

Even for those who support abortion rights, there is a stomach-churning aspect to the surreptitiously taped conversations with Planned Parenthood officials -- the coldblooded discussion, between bites of salad and sips...Read more

Starting a Race War

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

He wanted to start a race war.

That, you will recall, was what authorities say white supremacist Dylann Roof had in mind when he shot up a storied African-American church in June. It might have surprised him to learn that we've already had a race war.

No, that's not how one typically thinks of World War Two, but it takes only a cursory ...Read more

Yes, Debates 15 Months Before Election Day Do Matter

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Presidential debates, even those with 10 candidates held some 15 months before Election Day, do matter. Just recall the Aug. 11, 2011, GOP debate in Ames, Iowa, when Byron York of The Washington Examiner, in discussing the proposed combinations of spending cuts and tax increases to reduce the federal budget deficit, asked former Sen. Rick ...Read more

Which 'Senior Official' Smeared Hillary Clinton?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

In the aftermath of that famously discredited New York Times story about a "criminal referral" regarding Hillary Clinton's emails, a few important questions stand out, among many that remain unanswered.

Exactly who told Times reporters Michael S. Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo that the referral to the Justice Department -- concerning whether ...Read more

Don't Go to Law School

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Seriously. Don't go to law school unless you actually want to be a lawyer. Sure, "thinking like a lawyer" -- that is, analytically -- is useful, but probably not as useful as spending three years actually doing or studying what you are interested in, not to mention the $200,000 in debt you'll probably owe, more or less making your only option to...Read more

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