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The GOP's lost hope for scandal

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Everything Rep. Darrell Issa knows about impeachment he learned from Wikipedia.

At Tuesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing to consider the impeachment of Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, Issa, the California Republican and dogged investigator of the Obama administration, confessed he was relying on an open-...Read more

Pragmatism Don't Know Bernie

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"You can't always get what you want." -- The Rolling Stones

A few words in defense of pragmatism.

That ideal has taken quite a beating lately, mostly at the hands of Bernie Sanders and his supporters. The Vermont senator faces a virtually impossible deficit in his battle with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. ...Read more

Clinton, Sanders and 'Visionary Gradualism'

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

WASHINGTON -- The success of Bernie Sanders' insurgency is a marvel and an achievement.

His showing is a mark of the anger and frustration felt by so many Americans over the abuses of capitalism that led to the crash of 2008. With the help of millions of voters, especially the young, he has broadened a political debate long hemmed in by the ...Read more

Why Trump Might Win

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday finds Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a virtual tie, with Trump leading Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. That's an 11 percent swing against Clinton since March.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, also released Sunday, shows Clinton at 46 percent to Trump's 43 ...Read more

What Tax Tricks Doesn't Trump Want Us to See?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- A generation after Ronald Reagan denounced the "welfare queen," the Grand Old Party is evidently on the verge of nominating its first welfare king.

Four years ago last week, the party's 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, famously wrote off the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes. Romney, secretly ...Read more

The Trump Train is Fueled by Conspiracy

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Watching the excellent documentary "Ebola in America: Epidemic of Fear" is to relive the confusion and controversies of the summer of 2014: the initial public health mistakes, the divided and unclear responsibilities, the hysterical coverage on cable TV. But it is the political role played by Republicans and conservatives that ...Read more

Bathroom Bigotry, Then and Now

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

She was Japanese, a temp sent over by some naive agency to fill a spot in the files department. Back then, before computers, an enormous room was devoted to files. This was at an insurance company where I worked. It was located in the Empire State Building, ninth floor. The company had only a corner of the floor; the rest was taken up by another...Read more

How to Act in the Men's Room

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Since I am assured the bathroom down at my favorite seven-stool, five-table, no-we-don't-have-a-blender bar is about to be overrun by female-to-male transgender freedom fighters, I figured I'd help 'em out a little bit.

First of all, I assume most of them will just buy the clothes and get the haircut. And then, when they go into my men's ...Read more

Obama Didn't Birth Trump's Movement

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

WASHINGTON -- Blaming President Obama for the rise of Donald Trump is popular among Republican leaders. They don't want to take responsibility for the choices made by their own voters or their complicity in tolerating and even encouraging the extremism Trump represents.

They also don't want to face the fact that many Trump ballots were aimed at...Read more

What's in a Team's Name? How About a Slur?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Well, that's a relief. It turns out that Native Americans are not offended by the name of Washington's football team after all.

You know, the Redskins.

A new Washington Post poll finds nine out of 10 Native...Read more

Trump Bets On Mass Amnesia

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Just how gullible does Donald Trump suppose the American voter is?

The billionaire showman has been the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for only a couple of weeks, yet his general election strategy is already becoming clear: hope for a mass nationwide outbreak of short-term memory loss. His top strategist, Paul ...Read more

When It Comes to Lying, Trump Is In a Class By Himself

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Stonewaller, shape-shifter, liar. I wrote last week about how an all-but-certain presidential nominee embodied these characteristics, prompting comments from readers observing, with varying degrees of snarkiness, that they had assumed I was referring to Hillary Clinton.

My target was Donald Trump, but these readers raise a ...Read more

No, Trump, Most Dangerous Place in the World is Not Ferguson

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I hesitate to bring up facts.

If recent years have proven nothing else, they've proven that we have fully embarked upon a post-factual era wherein the idea that a thing can be knowable to an objective certainty -- and that this should matter -- has been diminished to the point of near irrelevancy.

Donald Trump is the avatar of the era. Not ...Read more

Bernie Sanders Deserves Space and Respect

From the Left / Mark Shields /

You're Bernie Sanders, and you'll turn 75 on Sept. 8. You are gruff and, even your greatest admirers concede, no charmer. The Wise Guys sneered when, barely 12 months ago, you began your long-shot presidential campaign. The polls were discouraging. Hillary Clinton was the preferred candidate of 65 percent of Democrats, while only 3 percent ...Read more

The Winding Down of the Startups

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Silicon Valley has more than 23,000 startups, at least according to the networking site AngelList. It certainly feels that way when you're in Palo Alto. But it turns out that this place is the exception to a worrying trend. It is by now well documented that startup activity has been slowing down in America for about three ...Read more

Sanders Is Playing With Fire

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Bernie Sanders is playing a dangerous game. If he and his campaign continue their scorched-earth attacks against the Democratic Party, they will succeed only in one thing: electing Donald Trump as president.

I say this as someone who shares much of Sanders' political philosophy; I too, for example, see health care as a basic right...Read more

This Is Real

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

This is not a television show.

This is not one of those audience response things that measure how loudly we scream and or how many balls we throw.

No, this is our democracy, of Presidents Washington and Jefferson and Madison and Jackson and Lincoln and Roosevelt and, yes, Reagan and Obama.

And Donald Trump?

No.

Is there anyone who doesn't...Read more

George Zimmerman Takes a Victory Lap On a Dead Boy's Grave

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It was not enough just to kill Sam Hose. No, they had to make souvenirs out of him.

Hose was an African-American man lynched by a mob of some 2,000 white women and men in 1899 near the town of Newman, Ga. They did all the usual things. They stabbed him, castrated him, skinned his face, mutilated him, burned him alive.

Then they parceled out ...Read more

Will 'President Hillary Clinton' Open the X-Files?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

If "the truth is out there," as they used to say on the old "X-Files" program, Hillary Clinton says she's eager to expose it.

No, she's not talking about her controversial email server, although an FBI investigation is looking into that, too.

She's talking about UFOs (unidentified flying objects) or, as she corrected Jimmy Kimmel when he ...Read more

Trump: Stonewaller, Shape-Shifter, Liar

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- The last few weeks have offered Americans a chilling glimpse of three faces of Donald Trump: the stonewaller, the shape-shifter and the liar.

Trump the stonewaller has been on display in his refusal to release his tax returns. "It's none of your business," Trump flatly told ABC's George Stephanopoulos when asked about his ...Read more