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Trump: A Farce To Be Reckoned With

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Anxiety-ridden GOP masterminds will eventually find a way to solve the Trump Problem. Until they do, however, the Republican Party threatens to become as much of a laughingstock as what David Letterman used to call "that thing on Donald Trump's head."

Suddenly, according to recent polls, the iconically coiffed mogul has to be ...Read more

In Charleston, 'the Power Of God's Grace'

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- It is impossible to know whether the Charleston tragedy will someday be seen as a turning point in the nation's long, difficult struggle with race. But we can hope.

At Friday's funeral services for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine men and women who were slain June 17 at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal ...Read more

The Fall of The Confederacy

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- One hundred fifty years too late, the Confederacy may finally be coming to an end. Finishing it off, however, will require more than getting rid of an offensive flag.

Not that the astounding progress this week toward consigning the Confederate battle flag to the ignominy it deserves is a small thing. Flags are among the most...Read more

The Roots Of Racism Still Exist

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If American racism were a thing of the past, nine men and women who went to church last Wednesday evening would be alive.

What happened in Charleston is not unfathomable or even ambiguous. It's a story much older than the nation, a story that began when the first Africans were brought to Jamestown in 1619: the brutalizing and ...Read more

Remember Mother Emanuel

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshipers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.

The gun is what ties the unspeakable atrocity in Charleston, S.C., to the long and apparently never-...Read more

You Can Call Him Jeb!

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Substituting an exclamation point for his inconvenient last name, Jeb! has officially entered the presidential race. Why isn't everyone else quaking in fear?

I can see why Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner who also downplays a familiar surname, might welcome Jeb Bush's candidacy. If the general election is Bush versus ...Read more

Presidential Reticence On Iraq

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Don't feel bad if you're confused about what the United States is trying to accomplish in Iraq. President Obama doesn't seem to know, either -- or else he won't say.

Days after admitting that "we don't yet have a complete strategy" for training Iraqi government forces -- which are supposed to ultimately defeat the Islamic State --...Read more

Republicans Might As Well Pound Sand

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- After months of trying to weaken Hillary Clinton by pounding her with everything they've got, the amount of progress Republicans have made is pretty close to zero.

The GOP seems to have forgotten the central fact about the Clintons: That which does not kill them makes them stronger.

Yes, it's true that a Washington Post-ABC News ...Read more

FIFA Gets A Red Card

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- We're used to seeing soccer players fling themselves to the ground, writhe in feigned agony and complain bitterly about the injustice of it all. Now the international overlords of the game are beginning to do the same.

Metaphorically, I mean. Targeted in a stunning corruption probe led by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, ...Read more

This Call Will Not Be Recorded

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- I made a phone call at 12:01 a.m. Monday, and it felt good. For the first time in years, the number I dialed on my iPhone was not captured and stored in a massive government database.

Since it was an inconvenient hour, I called my office phone, knowing it would go to voicemail. But I wanted to make the point that an important ...Read more

Regarding The Islamic State, What Would Republicans Do?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Critics of the way President Obama is dealing with the Islamic State should be required to specify what alternative steps they would take -- and how their strategies would make a difference.

Republican presidential candidates are unanimous in charging that Obama's handling of Iraq and Syria has been all wrong. But when pressed to ...Read more

Stop Logging Our Phone Calls

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Once in a great while, House Republicans get it right. So let me praise them for leading a bipartisan effort to curtail the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on the phone calls of innocent Americans.

The USA Freedom Act, which the House passed earlier this month by an overwhelming 338-88 vote, would end the NSA's ...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

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

A Gift Basket For Clinton From The GOP

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- At this point in the campaign, do you see the Republican presidential hopeful who's going to beat Hillary Clinton? I didn't think so.

Not if what we're watching now is the best they can do. Maybe a thoroughbred will emerge from the coming debates, assuming the party finds a way to cram all the candidates onto the same stage. So ...Read more

A Broken Approach To Young Black Men

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The first two steps toward uplifting young black men are simple: Stop killing them and stop locking them in prison for nonviolent offenses.

Subsequent steps are harder, but no real progress can be made until the basics of life and liberty are dealt with. If anything positive is to come of Freddie Gray's death and the Baltimore ...Read more

To Rebuild Baltimore, First Clear The Blight

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

BALTIMORE -- This city needs to be built up again, but first a lot of it ought to be torn down.

There has been much talk, following Monday's night of rage, about the social maladies that afflict this city. One of the most visible should also be one of the most straightforward to address: Baltimore's enormous stock of derelict, abandoned housing...Read more

GOP Candidates Against The Tide On Gay Marriage

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- No one can be certain which way the Supreme Court will rule on gay marriage, but the direction of history's arrow is plain for all to see -- except, apparently, the Republican candidates for president.

Actually, the very fact that the court is hearing arguments on the issue this week seems to telegraph how the justices are leaning...Read more

Strikes Against Morality

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Drone strikes, by their nature, are bound to kill innocent civilians. It is all too easy to ignore this ugly fact -- and the dubious morality of the whole enterprise -- until the unfortunate victims happen to be Westerners.

Only then does "collateral damage" become big news and an occasion for public sorrow. President Obama ...Read more

Confirm Loretta Lynch Now

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- In a sane world, the Republican-led Senate would have confirmed Loretta Lynch as attorney general months ago. But sanity hasn't been seen around here in some time.

No one has raised the slightest question about Lynch's qualifications. No one disputes that she has been a tough, effective U.S. attorney and a strong manager. No one ...Read more

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