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Sanders' Clarion Call

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- First came the big crowds, now comes the big money. At this point, anyone who doesn't take Bernie Sanders seriously must not be paying attention.

Sanders' campaign announced that it raised an eye-bugging $26 million in the third quarter -- essentially matching the $28 million raised during those three months by Hillary Clinton, ...Read more

Fiorina Is Too Mad To See Straight

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- How angry is Carly Fiorina? So angry she can't see straight. That's the only explanation for the yawning gulf between what she says and the plainly visible facts.

Fiorina stands out among the Republican presidential candidates not just because she is a woman but also because she has adopted a strategy of breathing fire. She ...Read more

Francis Elevates The Discourse On Capitol Hill

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- "God bless America" sounds banal coming from politicians but profound when spoken by the shepherd of 1.2 billion souls. In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis delivered a blessing of encouragement, not admonition -- and spoke powerfully about the hot-button issues that keep our political leaders mired in bitter gridlock....Read more

GOP Candidates Defy The Founders On Religion

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The founders of this nation recognized Islam as one of the world's great faiths. Incredibly and disgracefully, much of today's Republican Party disagrees.

Thomas Jefferson, whose well-worn copy of the Quran is in the Library of Congress, fought to ensure that the American concept of religious freedom encompassed Islam. John Adams ...Read more

A Report Card For The GOP Debate

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Sorry, Republicans, but it's still Donald Trump's world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.

The conventional wisdom seems to be that Carly Fiorina won herself a big patch of political territory in Wednesday night's marathon 11-candidate debate on CNN. But the conventionally wise have been consistently...Read more

Clinton's Big Obstacle Is Herself

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- She keeps putting obstacles in her own path, but Hillary Clinton remains the odds-on favorite to become our next president.

The headlines screaming "Clinton's Support Erodes" are true, but only in a relative sense. In the contest for the Democratic nomination, according to the polls, she has slid all the way from "prohibitive ...Read more

The GOP's Political Fight Club

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Just when you think the Republican Party can't possibly be more chaotic and disorganized, another internal brawl breaks out. Except for opposition to President Obama, what do these people have in common?

The latest GOP fight is over how to express meaningless, ineffectual rejection of the president's nuclear deal with Iran. The ...Read more

Obama Has Good Reason To Smile

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Attention has been focused on who becomes our next president, but meanwhile the incumbent is on quite a roll.

Throughout his tour of Alaska, President Obama looked full of his old swagger. He took photos of Denali -- the former Mt. McKinley -- through the windows of Air Force One and shared them via Instagram. He used melting ...Read more

Trump's Practical Pledge

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Now we'll see whether the magic works inside the Republican Party's big and unruly tent as well as it did outside.

Donald Trump's decision to sign a GOP loyalty oath -- pledging to support the party's eventual nominee, even if it's someone else -- was more practical than partisan. But does it make the ultimate outsider look like, ...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

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

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

How To Compete Against Trump?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It has dawned on the Republican presidential field that Donald Trump's inevitable self-destruction might be, gulp, evitable. Waiting for the unlikely front-runner to beat himself is starting to look like a plan, as Trump might put it, for total losers.

So the other candidates are trying various strategies to seize the initiative. ...Read more

Clinton Is Her Own Worst Enemy

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- This isn't about whether Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, which is likely. It isn't even about whether she becomes our next president, which she has a better chance of doing than anyone else. It's about basic respect -- for us and for the truth.

Why, when she took office as secretary of state, did she decide to ...Read more

Bush's Familiar Approach To Foreign Policy

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush has firmly established himself as the Republican to vote for if you wish his brother were still president. Best of luck with that.

In what was billed as a major foreign policy speech Tuesday, Bush proposed inching back into Iraq, wading into the Syrian civil war and engaging in much the same kind of geopolitical ...Read more

A Party In Turmoil

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party is in total chaos. Democrats aren't there yet but may be approaching the neighborhood. It's time to acknowledge that our political system simply isn't doing its job.

Once again, following Thursday's debate and its messy aftermath, the GOP establishment confidently predicts that the Donald Trump phenomenon is ...Read more

Debate Showed Why Trump Is Out In Front

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

CLEVELAND -- It was billed as The Donald Trump Show, and the Republican front-runner delivered. He mugged. He pouted. He projected outrage without being troubled by specificity or fact. When he got punched -- and the moderators threw haymakers all night -- he stuck out his chin and punched back.

Trump made it through the first Republican debate...Read more

Do-Nothing Republicans On Climate Change

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The vast majority of scientists who have devoted their professional lives to studying the Earth's climate believe human-induced warming is an urgent problem requiring bold action. Republican candidates for president insist they know better.

With one possible exception -- Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who barely registers ...Read more

'twas The Week Before The Debate

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. There's just one present under the tree, but it's all a columnist could ever hope for: the first Republican debate!

How could next Thursday night in Cleveland fail to be one of the most entertaining political spectacles we've seen in a long time? There are, far as I can tell, 17 ...Read more

Donald The Fire-Breathing Dragon

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Don't be sure the McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump's bizarre presidential campaign. Don't even be sure it's the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.

Why should anyone pay the slightest attention to ...Read more

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