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Clinton Delivers A Beat-Down

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump just got roughed up, and badly, by a girl. On Monday night, at the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton made her opponent look ignorant, unprepared, egotistical, childish, petulant, impatient and at times totally incoherent.

How bad did it get? At one point, as Trump was groping blindly across the minefields of ...Read more

Two Types Of Gun Laws: One For Blacks And One For Whites

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If you are a black man in America, exercising your constitutional right to keep and bear arms can be fatal. You might think the National Rifle Association and its amen chorus would be outraged, but apparently they believe Second Amendment rights are for whites only.

In reaching that conclusion I am accepting, for the sake of ...Read more

A Vote For Trump Is A Vote To Undo Vital Progress On Climate Change

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- July and August were the hottest months for the planet since record keeping began. Scientists are confident that 2016 will be the hottest year. Rising sea levels have made flooding commonplace in several major U.S. cities. And meanwhile, one of our leading presidential candidates says climate change is some kind of Chinese hoax.

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To Stop Trump, Democrats Should Focus On The Fundamentals -- And Get To Work

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If Democrats want to beat Donald Trump, they need to get past the freak-out stage and get to work.

In a sane and just world, this presidential race would be a walkover. Commentators would already be sketching out their postmortem analyses of an all-but-certain Hillary Clinton victory. Pare the contest down to its essentials: A ...Read more

Trump's Tax Returns Could Offer Key Answers To Russia Questions

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Why does Donald Trump say such nice things about Vladimir Putin and Russia? What is Trump hiding in the tax returns he refuses to release? And are those two questions related?

Voters should demand answers. Until we get them, we can only speculate about Trump's weird admiration for a strongman who presides over a system of ...Read more

Trump Is Without Sense Or Sensibility

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The most revealing moment in the presidential candidates' first joint forum Wednesday night came when Donald Trump told the world how much he admires Vladimir Putin.

Never mind that the Russian strongman invaded Ukraine and seized Crimea. Never mind that he supports the butcher Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Never mind that so many of ...Read more

The Shameful Spectacle Of Denying People Their Vote

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Every once in a while, the curtains part and we get a glimpse of the ugliest, most shameful spectacle in American politics: the Republican Party's systematic attempt to disenfranchise African-Americans and other minorities with voter ID laws and other restrictions at the polls.

If you thought this kind of discrimination died with ...Read more

Trump Can't 'Soften' Bigotry

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's diatribe on immigration Wednesday night dispelled any conceivable doubt: He is a dangerous demagogue who rejects the values of openness and inclusion that made this country great. Rarely has an American politician given such an un-American speech.

Foreigners who come here seeking a better life are the scapegoats he ...Read more

Clinton Must Learn From Her Mistakes

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Much of the criticism of Hillary Clinton over her emails and her family's foundation is unfairly harsh. But the Clintons themselves invite such scrutiny and suspicion.

First, the emails. Months of investigation turned up essentially nothing worthy of being called a scandal. Unless you doubt the integrity of FBI director James ...Read more

Trump's Hot Air Balloon Is Ripping

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's supporters can pretend otherwise, but deep down they must know the truth: Trump has been playing them for fools all along.

All that bluster about creating a "deportation force" to round up 11 million undocumented immigrants and kick them out of the country? Forget about it. Trump is now "softening" that ridiculous ...Read more

Trump's 360-Degree 'Pivot'

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's "pivot," desperately hoped for by sane Republicans, was over before it began. He couldn't pretend to be inclusive and statesmanlike for two days in a row if his life depended on it.

Anyone who doubts this should only consider Trump's idea of an appeal to African-American voters: "What do you have to lose by trying ...Read more

Trump's Shakeup Further Imperils The GOP

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Shaken by the fact that he's losing, Donald Trump has fled into the parallel universe of the extreme right -- and apparently plans to stay there for the remainder of the campaign. Let's see if the rest of the Republican Party is dumb enough to follow him.

Trump has reportedly been feeling "boxed in" and "controlled" by the few ...Read more

Knowledge Is Not A Vice

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Let us now praise the most reviled group of people in America: so-called "elites." And how about a round of applause for the hated "mainstream media" as well.

If you listen to Donald Trump, or even if you paid attention to Bernie Sanders during the primary season, you might think all the nation's problems can be blamed on two ...Read more

Trump Tries To Wreck The Political System

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Apparently we've reached the part where Donald Trump, not satisfied with having demolished the Republican Party, tries to bring down the rest of the political system as well. No one should be surprised.

The garbage that comes out of his mouth gets more vile and putrid by the day. On Tuesday, he suggested that fervent defenders of ...Read more

Brace Yourself For An Even Uglier Campaign

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It may be hard to imagine, but I fear this election campaign is going to get worse maybe a lot worse before it gets better. By the time its done, the whole nation may feel like it needs a shower.

I base this depressing prediction on three assumptions: Polls showing the Obama coalition coming together behind Hillary ...Read more

Republicans, Don't Go Down With This Ship

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- To Republicans who hope to emerge from the Donald Trump fiasco with any shred of political viability or self-respect, I offer some unsolicited advice: Run, do not walk, to the nearest exit.

I'm speaking to you, House Speaker Paul Ryan. And you, Sen. John McCain. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- along with so many ...Read more

Trump's Supreme Lack Of Presidential Fitness

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- During the primary season, as Donald Trump's bizarre outbursts helped him crush the competition, I thought he was being crazy like a fox. Now I am increasingly convinced that he's just plain crazy.

I'm serious about that. Leave aside for the moment Trump's policies, which in my opinion range from the unconstitutional to the un-...Read more

Hillary Clinton by Way of Ronald Reagan

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

Democrats have done a remarkable thing this week in Philadelphia: They framed this election as an epic struggle not just to continue the policies of President Obama but to renew the sunlit, optimistic Americanism of Ronald Reagan.

In his valedictory speech Wednesday night, Obama quoted Reagan's description of the country as a "shining city on a...Read more

Trump's News Conference: More Outrages and Lies

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

NEW YORK -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump -- I can't believe I wrote those words -- gave a news conference Wednesday. Shall we first count the outrages or the lies?

I think we need to start at the top of the outrage column. Asked about the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails, which many experts believe was carried out...Read more

Can The Democrats Stay Out Of Their Own Way?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- I've spent a lot of time this year counseling Democrats, independents and establishment Republicans not to freak out. That advice still holds -- but barely.

The release of illegally hacked Democratic National Committee emails, coming on the eve of the convention in Philadelphia, was a fiasco that the forces of truth, justice and ...Read more


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