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PFC Jared Hunter Forced to Make a Shameful Choice

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.

But he found that marijuana helped. It took the anger and depression away. It took the sleeplessness away. Most of all, it took the 11-...Read more

My Return to Organized Labor

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I am proud to be a card carrying member of Local 32035 of the Communications Workers of America.

It was not always thus. The Washington Post is an open shop, and I dropped my membership several years ago when the union was encouraging readers to cancel their subscriptions to protest some management action. I didn't see much sense ...Read more

Clinton's Compulsive Speechifying

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Again with the speeches. The gross excessiveness of it all, vacuuming up six-figure checks well past the point of rational need or political seemliness. The ceaseless drip of information that ought to have already been released, now being presented with a self-serving back pat over transparency.

I wasn't planning to write, again, ...Read more

Chris Christie Channels Ralph Perk

From the Left / Mark Shields /

History, just by what it selects to remember, can indeed be cruel. Consider, for example, Republican Ralph Perk, who, during the 1970s in heavily Democratic Cleveland, was elected mayor three times. But what Mayor Perk is mostly remembered for was that day in 1972 when, while using a blowtorch to cut the steel ribbon to ceremonially open the ...Read more

Why No One Cares About Hillary's Emails

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I have watched the paid chatterers shaking their bobbed heads or frowning their well-practiced frown or just grimacing in frustration as they lament the seeming foolishness of the "American people" in not responding with greater shock and awe to the growing revelation that Hillary Clinton used her private email system to forward non-classified...Read more

Britain Resigns as a World Power

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

LONDON -- On Monday, the Right Honorable David Cameron, prime minister of Great Britain, gave his first major speech after being re-elected to his high office -- once held by Pitt, Gladstone, Disraeli, Lloyd George, Churchill, and Thatcher. Confronting a world of challenges -- from Greece's possible exit from the euro, a massive migration crisis...Read more

Chasing Miracles In Iraq

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If Iraqis won't fight for their nation's survival, why on earth should we?

This is the question posed by the fall of Ramadi, which revealed the emptiness at the core of U.S. policy. President Obama's critics are missing the point: Ultimately, it doesn't matter how many troops he sends back to Iraq or whether their footwear happens...Read more

The Clintons' Cloud of Deviancy

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- I recall the moment when the press finally turned against Bill Clinton.

In 1998, I was a junior writer at U.S. News & World Report, then (for the children in the audience) an actual, physical weekly magazine, useful for pressing leaves or as packing material. When the word came that there was a blue dress stained with actual, ...Read more

The Second Cuban Revolution

From the Left / Clarence Page /

(Bill Press is filling in for Clarence - ed.)

HAVANA, Cuba -- If you want to see the face of the new Cuba, talk to Niuris Higuiera, co-owner and chef of Havana's Paladar Atelier (paladar's the name Cubans use for privately-owned restaurants).

Higuiera's not only a top chef, the Alice Waters or Nora Pouillon of Cuba, she's as sharp an ...Read more

The Poor Get A Moment

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

WASHINGTON -- Will we regard poverty as a haunting national problem, or will the focus groups continue to tell politicians of all stripes to talk only about the middle class because mentioning the poor is politically toxic?

Might the condition of low-income Americans galvanize religious people to see alleviating poverty and righting social ...Read more

Jeb Bush Learned Nothing from Iraq War Debacle

If there was one question Jeb Bush should have prepared for - should have had down cold - it was the one he blew in an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly.

He blew it again the next day and, amazingly, yet again the next.

It wasn't a trick question. It wasn't a gotcha question. It was a softball: Would you, knowing what we know now, have ...Read more

Hillary Clinton's Hypocrisy

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In a private meeting last week with 200 of the Democratic Party's top financiers, Hillary Clinton drew vigorous applause when she said any of her nominees to the Supreme Court would have to share her desire to overturn the Citizens United decision.

Clinton also, as reported by my Washington Post colleagues Matea Gold and Anne ...Read more

Police brutality can't be fixed by African-American self-improvement

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Maybe some people didn't understand the question.

It was posed in this space a few weeks ago by Tracy, a self-described 55-year-old white woman from Texas who is sick and tired of the mounting litany of police violence against unarmed African-American boys and men. She wanted to know what actions she, as an average person, might take to help ...Read more

Police brutality can't be fixed by African-American self-improvement

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Maybe some people didn't understand the question.

It was posed in this space a few weeks ago by Tracy, a self-described 55-year-old white woman from Texas who is sick and tired of the mounting litany of police violence against unarmed African-American boys and men. She wanted to know what actions she, as an average person, might take to help ...Read more

Bogus Case Against the Trade Deal

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- One of the most seemingly compelling arguments against the free trade legislation now before Congress turns out to be largely bogus.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), opponents contend, is being hammered out behind closed doors, a backroom deal rigged in favor of corporate interests. While the public is kept in the dark, this ...Read more

The Graduates

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It must be very difficult to be a college graduate these days. I read through the clips of the various famous speakers, and many are quite wonderful, humble and inspirational, such as Madeleine Albright at Tufts, or downright hysterical, which you'd expect from Stephen Colbert. If there's a common theme, or a common message, it's the familiar ...Read more

The Revolt of Small-Business Republicans

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Can it be that America's small businesses are finally waking up to the fact that they're being victimized by big businesses?

For years, small-business groups such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses have lined up behind big-businesses lobbies.

They've contributed to the same Republican candidates and committees favored by big ...Read more

The Clown Car Republican Field

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "If you can't take a joke," Lindsey Graham has said , "don't run for president."

Graham, a senator from South Carolina and one of umpteen Republicans running for president, can take a joke -- which is why he appreciates the absurdity that is the GOP field. There are far too many candidates (so many that there are concerns they won...Read more

War Lessons for the GOP

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- The exhausting, occasionally horrifying experience of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars still makes it difficult for political figures to say obvious things about the past.

At the time, almost everyone supported the Afghanistan invasion -- as close to a unanimous national decision as we've seen since Pearl Harbor. At the time, based ...Read more

Obama Drills A Hole In His Climate Policy

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-March on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

"Climate change can no longer be denied ... and action can no longer be delayed," President Obama said in an Earth Day ...Read more