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How Bernie Sanders Can Squander -- or Expand -- His Victory

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The time is coming when Bernie Sanders should declare victory -- not because he is going to be the Democratic presidential nominee, but because he has already won so much.

Of course, Sanders knows very well that he cannot wrest the nomination from Hillary Clinton. He lags well behind her in pledged delegates, superdelegates and the popular ...Read more

On Israel, Sanders Is Right (And Clinton Knows It)

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The most significant moment of the Democratic primary debate in Brooklyn -- and perhaps any presidential debate this season -- came when Bernie Sanders challenged Hillary Clinton over her refusal to criticize Israel's excessive use of force against the Palestinians in Gaza. For the first time in memory, a major American political figure ...Read more

How to Become Terror-Torn Europe -- and How Not To

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Recoiling from the terrorist carnage in Brussels, Americans may be attracted to the "tough" posturing of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. The casino mogul wants to bring back torture, while the Texas senator hopes to bomb indiscriminately until the desert glows. Trump would bar any Muslim from entering the United States, while Cruz would dispatch ...Read more

What Bernie and His Supporters Must Remember Before November

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Exactly one year before Election Day -- on Nov. 8, 2015 -- Bernie Sanders was asked whether his agreement with Hillary Clinton on basic issues outweighed the conflicts that he proclaimed at every campaign appearance.

Speaking on television rather than on the stump, the Vermont senator conceded reluctantly that he and Clinton concur on some ...Read more

For Honest Conservatives, the Only Answer Is #NeverTrump

From the Left / Joe Conason /

From his opening slur against Mexicans to his current coddling of the Ku Klux Klan, Donald Trump has shaped the Republican presidential race into a character test for conservatives. For months, too many of the country's most prominent figures on the right have failed to respond adequately to the threat he embodies. Yet now, as Trump seems ...Read more

Who Has a 'Glass Jaw'?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Joe Conason is off. The following is a column by Mark Shields.

Immediately after the combative Houston, Texas, Republican debate, Donald Trump, the clear front-runner for the 2016 GOP nomination, sought to dismiss Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's fiery attacks on Trump's business ethics. Rubio accused the real estate billionaire of hypocrisy ...Read more

For Sanders and Clinton, Politics Are Personal

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Joe Conason is off. The following is a column by Ted Rall.

Could the clash between Clintonian "realism" and Sandersian "idealism" come down to personal history?

Hillary Clinton's sales pitch to Democrats is simple:

Get real! The Republican-controlled Congress won't even allow President Obama to fill the late Antonin Scalia's vacant ...Read more

What Does Sanders Really Believe About Clinton?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When they debate, the Senator from Vermont usually refers to the former secretary of state as his "friend" -- not in the Congressional-speech sense of someone that he actually despises, but in what is presumably his deeply authentic, Brooklyn-born candor. He speaks frequently of his "great respect" for Clinton. And he has said more than once ...Read more

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