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America shaped by Emmett Till's death and always will be

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So what was it they were trying to kill?

After all, the sign standing near the Tallahatchie River is cratered by dozens of bullet holes. More than idle target practice, it suggests a frenzy of gunfire, an attempt to kill something. And the something is not really that hard to name.

Memory. They sought to assassinate memory.

The damaged sign, ...Read more

United by their paranoid fears

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Sometimes satire can expose truths in ways that straight journalists can only envy. This is particularly when you are dealing with hard-to-believe developments like the rise of Donald Trump as a hero of the poor and oppressed.

"Saturday Night Live," whose skits can be hit-or-miss in terms of provoking laughs, hit a bull's eye with Alec Baldwin ...Read more

The Trust Destroyers

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump's warning that he might not accept the results of the presidential election exemplifies his approach to everything: Do whatever it takes to win, even if that means undermining the integrity of the entire system.

Trump isn't alone. The same approach underlies Sen. John McCain's recent warning that Senate Republicans will unite ...Read more

The Lap Dogs of Democracy Who Don't Bark at Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's closing argument has been to blame his fall on the dishonest, corrupt, horrible, poisonous and biased media.

Trump is correct that there has been something wrong with the coverage. But the problem is that the media didn't show bias against Trump earlier and more often. I'm not talking about partisan bias, but a ...Read more

Where the New Right has Failed

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Though Republican prospects are not quite dead, the autopsy has already begun. Which is probably not a good idea, even in metaphor.

But the best of the anticipatory autopsies so far comes from Matthew Continetti writing in National Review. In "Crisis of the Conservative Intellectual," Continetti traces a several-decade struggle ...Read more

Hillary Clinton Is Blazing A Momentous Trail

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Not enough has been made of two obvious facts: Hillary Clinton, if she wins, would be the first woman elected to the White House. And it will have been the votes of women who put her there.

Think, for a moment, about what a remarkable milestone that would be. Consider what it would say about the long and difficult struggle to make...Read more

President Obama's Legacy

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Watching the Donald in action, you can't help but compare him to the man who has held the job he is seeking for the last eight years. President Barack Obama shares almost nothing in common with Donald Trump, which is why history may treat him more favorably than American opinion polls do right now.

Sure, both the president and Trump are ...Read more

Could WikiLeaks Actually Be a Blow to Transparency?

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

Pearl and Harry Cohen, aka my parents, did not believe in transparency. When a big decision had to be made regarding my sister and me, my parents retreated to their bedroom and issued their pronouncement the next morning. They spoke as one. There was no way to divide them. As a child, I could have used WikiLeaks.

Now WikiLeaks is all over the ...Read more

Debate Night

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

A man ought to talk to his wife every so often, and I mean really talk.

Women live lives we don't know anything about, so it's good to check in every now and then and try to learn something. That's if she'll tell you anything. A lot of the time she won't. I believe that the world runs on the lies -- or at least the silence -- of women.

I was ...Read more

What Donald Trump Shares with Al Sharpton

From the Left / Clarence Page /

One of my favorite tunes in the super-hit musical "Hamilton" is a little ditty sung by King George III. He raises a very appropriate question for his former colonies today: What comes next?

What comes next?

You've been freed.

Do you know how hard it is to lead?

That question has come to many minds ever since King George's day, every time a ...Read more

Trump Can't Just Be Defeated. He Must Be Humiliated.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

PHOENIX -- Donald Trump is running against democracy itself.

Here, in the land of Barry Goldwater, democracy is fighting back.

Only once since 1948 has Arizona gone Democratic in a presidential election, and that was the Ross Perot-skewed 1996 contest. But Trump's manifold charms -- most recently his threat to ignore the results of the ...Read more

Donald Trump's Victim Mentality

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"Why's everybody always pickin' on me?" -- The Coasters from "Charlie Brown"

Donald Trump has a victim mentality.

If the term sounds familiar, it's because it has long been the preferred conservative riposte when black people complain of being strangled by housing discrimination, economic injustice or police brutality. The likes of Bill...Read more

Concession Is Good for the Soul

From the Left / Mark Shields /

The first time I ever saw my sainted mother cry was late at night on Nov. 4, 1952, as she listened to Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic presidential nominee, graciously congratulate -- from the Leland Hotel in Springfield -- Dwight D. Eisenhower on Ike's landslide victory that day. Stevenson consoled his supporters: "Someone asked me...Read more

Trump's Repulsive Response to His Female Accusers Rings of Defamation

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Even as the country recoils, justifiably, from the prospect of Donald Trump threatening not to respect the election results, let us not lose sight of the mounting evidence of Trump's mistreatment of women -- and his offensive debate dismissal of their claims.

At the second debate, Trump claimed that his taped boasting about ...Read more

The Uncontrollable Man

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

His daughter knew what to say. So did his running mate and his campaign manager. They all knew the question was coming. And the answer was simple: Yes -- barring some extraordinary circumstances, such as what happened in the 2000 election, "Of course we'll accept." "Absolutely, we will."

Will what? Abide by the Constitution of the United ...Read more

Why Surprise Attacks and Massive Bombing Won't Defeat Islamic State

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The battle for Mosul will soon demonstrate that the key to success is not that Washington should have surprised the Islamic State or "bombed the hell" out of it. Around 100,000 coalition forces are involved in helping liberate the city, backed by formidable American air power. They will face up to 5,000 Islamic State fighters. The ...Read more

Trump's Disqualifying Defiance Of Democracy

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It is tempting to laugh at Donald Trump's eruptions and outrages because he is such a cartoonish buffoon. But he gave chilling evidence Wednesday night of why he poses a grave and urgent threat to our democracy -- and why he must be defeated.

There have been many bitterly contested elections in our nation's 240-year history, but ...Read more

In the Third Debate, Donald Trump Erupts

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

LAS VEGAS -- In the middle of the Strip, a few blocks from the hulking Trump International Hotel, the famous Mirage Volcano has been delighting tourists for 27 years with its faux eruptions, spewing fire, smoke and water 100 feet into the air.

A small sign at the volcano's base announces, "Volcano show eruptions Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. ...Read more

Trump Reveals Fragility at the Heart of American Democracy

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- It is the nature of extreme partisanship to turn honest disagreements into alternative realities. The representatives of our own ideological team must always be good and beautiful, strong and surging. Admission of facts inconsistent with this premise is taken as disloyalty.

The third presidential debate was a perfect test of this ...Read more

Trump Supporters Talk of Civil War

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

COLORADO SPRINGS -- We are three weeks from the election, and very close to the edge.

Retiree Gerald Miller, a volunteer at Donald Trump's rally here, is confident his man will win on Nov. 8 -- unless there's foul play.

Miller, wearing an NRA pin and a tea party cap over his long hair, shares Trump's concern that the election may be "rigged" ...Read more