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Trump Declares War on Demography

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- "I don't want it to be about me," Donald Trump explained at a recent event in Nashville. In other news: War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.

The Trump campaign is emphatically about Trump, in a manner typical of populism from Huey Long to Hugo Chavez. The people are infallible, but they require someone who ...Read more

Digging A Hole To Build A Wall

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It was just a matter of time before one of the keen-eyed Republican candidates for president spotted the menace that looms over this country, threatening our national security with blasts of Arctic air and proof that socialized medicine works: Canada.

Asked on "Meet the Press" whether the United States should consider building a ...Read more

Remembering Marvin Mandel, a Towering Figure in Maryland Politics

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

Although he certainly did not look the part, Marvin Mandel thought of himself as a latter-day Duke of Windsor. Just as the duke had abdicated the British throne to marry "the woman I love," so did Mandel lose the Maryland governorship and even go to jail so that he, too, could be with the woman he loved. Unfortunately for him, he was married at ...Read more

Dying for a Fluff Piece

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

When new reached our newsroom that a couple of television reporters were gunned down in Virginia, somebody made a joke. Reporters pride themselves on what we inevitably call "gallows humor." Somebody HAD to make a joke, to live up to our self-anointed reputation for toughness. It was not a funny joke. Most jokes you have to reach for are not ...Read more

Trump vs. Ramos: A Clash of Icons

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Donald Trump, who famously scoffs at "political correctness," can climb as far up on his high horse as anybody else when someone is impolite to him.

Someone like, for example, Jorge Ramos, main news anchor at Univision and Fusion, who tried to ask Trump a question at a Dubuque news conference on Wednesday without being called on.

Yes, I would ...Read more

Vester Flanagan Has Made Witnesses of Us All

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"I've seen enough. I don't want to see any more" -- Bruce Springsteen, "Cover Me"

When terrorists beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and posted video of the killing online, I refused to look. I explained my reasoning in this space. To watch that video, I wrote, knowing it was staged specifically to fill me with revulsion...Read more

One-Term Biden Could Prove Unbeatable

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Could Joe Biden be the man for this season?

The vice president has been running for president since Hillary Clinton was first lady of Arkansas. His first campaign, in 1988, fizzled over allegations of plagiarism.

His second, in 2008, limped to a humiliating close with Biden winning less than 1 percent of voters in the Iowa ...Read more

Pat Moynihan Explains the 2016 Republican Race

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Daniel Patrick Moynihan -- four-term U.S. senator from New York, ambassador and White House adviser -- was that rarest of combinations: a gifted public intellectual and a talented, practical politician. He alone, in January 1980, during the depths of the Cold War, dared to say, "The defining event of the decade might well be the breakup of the...Read more

Is Donald Trump Really a 'Fascist'?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Although he is still a clown, nobody laughs at Donald Trump anymore -- which may be the real purpose of his candidacy, at least as far as he is concerned. The casino mogul is pleased to instill fear among Republican elites, as he dominates their presidential nominating contest -- and forces them to face a hard question about the man who is ...Read more

President Trump?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The new polls showing Donald Trump in a strong lead for the Republican nomination tell you just how much trouble the Republican Party is in right now. I'm not saying that the Republican Party will nominate him, but it's hard to dismiss the new frontrunner as "not serious," which is what most Republican leaders and elected officials would like ...Read more

Denial Won't Defeat Trump

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- I know you haven't heard enough about Donald Trump recently, so here's more: At this point, anyone who says he can't win the Republican nomination is in deep denial.

Trump announced his candidacy on June 16 and immediately vaulted into the top tier of candidates. On July 14, a USA Today poll put Trump in the lead by three points -...Read more

No Decency and No Backbone

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Wednesday was Women's Equality Day, the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote 95 years ago.

And how have Republicans marked this egalitarian milestone? Why, with another bimbo eruption, of course.

The perpetrator, as usual, was Donald Trump, the front-runner for the GOP presidential ...Read more

Donald Trump: Useful or Dangerous Idiot?

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake," Napoleon is supposed to have said.

That maxim explains why so many Democrats can barely hide their glee every time Donald Trump lets loose a fresh torrent of idiotic bombast or a new poll reinforces his pre-eminence in the Republican field.

Trump is too much for the general electorate ...Read more

President Bernie?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /


For Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with surprise hit of the summer season Donald Trump, some people are really beginning to ask: could it happen?

Could Bernie Sanders win Iowa? He could. Mike Huckabee, who had launched his campaign on a weight-loss platform (I was a fan), won Iowa, and everyone spent the whole night figuring out how much it ...Read more

Jimmy Carter's Image of Faith Truest to What Faith Should Be

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"To want what I have, to take what I'm given with grace ... for this, I pray."-- From "For My Wedding," by Don Henley

America is a nation of faith. So it is often said.

In faith, a baker refuses to bake a cake for a gay couple's wedding. In faith, a minister prays for the president to die. In faith, terrorists plant bombs at the finish line of...Read more

The Summer of Trump ... and Deez Nuts

From the Left / Clarence Page /

What does Donald Trump have in common with Deez Nuts, except for the way that their names make some people laugh?

Both Trump, the billionaire Republican presidential frontrunner, and Deez Nuts, the registered independent presidential candidate made up by a 15-year-old Iowa schoolboy, offer a measure of voter discontent with both major political...Read more

Scott Walker Falls Flat On His Face

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This is what happens when you try to trump The Donald.

Scott Walker has for two decades won primary elections by refusing to allow any Republican to outmaneuver him on the right. So when Donald Trump, father of the Central Park ice rink, began skating circles around the Republican presidential field with his perfect execution of ...Read more

How Would Market Chaos Affect The 2016 Race?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The sudden turmoil in the financial markets is a reminder that when the preliminary hoopla is over and voters actually begin to select their presidential nominees, competence and cool will probably matter.

If the global swoon in stock prices were to turn into something more serious, which candidates would benefit? Could it give a ...Read more

A Picture of Dachau

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

DACHAU -- It is August and the parking lots are full. Throngs course through the barracks, stroll the once-electrified perimeter, view huge photos of horror and, inevitably, drift over to the crematorium. There, a father places his son -- about 6, I'd guess -- in front of the oven and poses him for a picture. Speaking in German, he has the boy ...Read more

The Upsurge in Uncertain Work

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don't know how much they'll be earning next week or even tomorrow.

This varied group includes independent contractors, temporary workers, the self-employed, part-timers, freelancers and free agents. Most file 1099s rather than W2s, for tax purposes.

On demand and on call -- in the "...Read more