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Delay the election? Presidents often do things they can't do

From the Left / Ted Rall /

The stock response to President Donald Trump's suggestion that the general election might be delayed because voting during a pandemic would involve a record number of mail-in ballots, a format he argues is unreliable and susceptible to fraud, is that he doesn't have that power.

NBC News is typical: "The president has no power to delay ...Read more

Sorry, grandma, but it was a really good party

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Monday night, hundreds of partygoers descended on a mansion on Mulholland Drive, allegedly owned by an absent Australian soap opera star. Houses like that rent out for occasions for very high multiples. Mulholland is a beautiful and windy street, dotted with big, huge houses with lots of land. This house was high above Beverly Hills. Living up ...Read more

Converts are the missing group of voters in 2020

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Political polls elicit predictable reactions from the candidates being polled. The campaign of the candidate trailing in the poll almost invariably invokes history: "I, for one, am grateful that Christopher Columbus didn't take a poll before he bravely sailed off in search of a New World. He never would have left the dock" or, "Thank goodness ...Read more

President Trump hates mail-in voting, until he doesn’t

From the Left / Clarence Page /

OK, let’s try to get this straight. President Donald Trump doesn’t trust mail-in voting — until he does.

For example, he denounced the very idea of voting by mail as an invitation to commit voter fraud, a bipartisan suspicion, and a problem which he tends to pin solely on Democrats. That’s politics.

But the president changed that tune ...Read more

Lessons I learned at the end of the world

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

If it felt at all safe, I would finish this column and go out for a beer.

How incredibly old-fashioned it sounds to talk about going out for a beer.

"Honey, I'm going to go out for a beer," I'd say. "I'll be back by 10."

My father said that to his wife, and my grandfather said that to his wife, and I have said it to my wife. Though, in these ...Read more

Ripping down Trump's 'treason' conspiracy

From the Left / Joe Conason /

History matters, especially when an unscrupulous president constantly seeks to revise and distort fundamental facts as events unfold. This week, a courageous law enforcement official stepped forward to correct the record at last, and under oath.

Over the past two years, as the Russia and Ukraine investigations unfolded, President Donald Trump ...Read more

Leading psychiatrists speak up about Trump

From the Left / Bill Press /

In July 2016, when Donald Trump first appeared on the national political scene, commentators drained their thesaurus for colorful adjectives to describe him: outrageous, unique, unchained, reckless, controversial, free-wheeling, bombastic, unlike anything American politics had ever seen before. But by the time November rolled around, many were ...Read more

How America got so inferior

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Europe took dramatic steps to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Its shutdowns were so tight that the eurozone economy has fallen into a recession even deeper than ours.

But guess what. Despite occasional spikes, Europe has beaten the virus down to size. With a public reassured that it could return to the beaches, bars and restaurants in ...Read more

Let's talk about Karen Bass

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Most people have never heard of her. But the people who have worked with her and know her best -- Republicans and Democrats -- have enormous respect for her. And those who haven't heard of her will be hearing quite a lot of her. There is an excellent chance that, come January, she will be the first Black woman to win a national election.

But ...Read more

Trump's farewell address: Hanging up my bone spurs

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

"...sadness at this parting. To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything." -- Abraham Lincoln, Farewell Address at Springfield, Illinois.

Excuse me. I never promised you a Rose Garden, right, folks?

Oh, what a life, until the pandemic happened to me. We have a fantastic economy, a bull stock market, unbelievable crowd ...Read more

Showing patriotism in a time of chaos

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

I'm flying a flag these days. The Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, America's flag, OUR flag! I've strapped it to my 2011 made-in the-USA Ford Fiesta, and I'm zipping around town as proudly as anyone else in the red, white and blue Bubbaland of South Austin, like some modern-day Patrick Henry on wheels. As with so many others, I'm flying our flag ...Read more

We don’t need the president’s thugs in Chicago

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Editor's note: Mr. Pitts is away. Today's column is by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

“Hitler had his Brown shirts and Mussolini had his Black shirts, now Donald Trump has his camouflage shirts.” Thus began a statement signed by 15 distinguished interdenominational religious leaders in Chicago that I joined, including ministers, priests, ...Read more

Police suicides raise questions about a hidden pandemic

From the Left / Clarence Page /

A suicide in the upper ranks of Chicago’s Police Department amid a surge in the city’s already high homicide rate highlights a painful reality about this summer: We’re dealing with more than one pandemic.

That realization came to mind after Deputy Chief Dion Boyd, 57, was found shot to death last week at the Homan Square police facility ...Read more

Perjury troop: A chuckling attorney general lies to Congress

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Steven Calabresi is not what you'd call a "leftist." The co-founder of conservative legal group the Federalist Society worked for former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and has only voted for Republican presidential candidates, including Donald Trump. Now a law professor, Calabresi adamantly opposed last year's impeachment of ...Read more

Woke whites appropriate others' feelings

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

So Trader Joe's won't cave into a 17-year-old's demand that it scrub its shelves of products named in such a way as to suggest cultural origins outside the 50 U.S. states. Briones Bedell, a white high schooler from the San Francisco Bay area, gave it a try. She ran a petition to, in her mind, protect Asians, Latinos and Arabs from such product ...Read more

Donald Trump: ’Nobody likes me’

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

“Nobody likes me.” -- Donald Trump

“Truth or Consequences” is the name of a town in New Mexico, and of a game show dating from the 1940s. But it’s also one of the primal laws of existence. Where an important truth is denied, consequences follow.

So none of us can be surprised at the state of the union after seven months of Donald ...Read more

Trump tries to end the Afghanistan war while Democrats want to keep killing

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Pollsters have observed a consistent enthusiasm gap between supporters of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Any factor that dampens Democratic turnout could contribute to a second come-from-behind victory for the GOP.

Adding to liberal voters' ambivalence over Biden is a rarely discussed aspect of Trump's presidency. ...Read more

Honoring the fallen

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Capping a week of deserved tributes, the funeral for Rep. John Lewis in Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church brought me back a quarter-century to another funeral for another revered member of Congress, former House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill.

On a cold January day at St. John the Evangelist Church in North Cambridge -- where O'Neill ...Read more

'Having a fantastic time' leading to more sickness and death

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In the post on Twitter, Herman Cain was surrounded by four grinning Trumpers, presumably members of Black Voices for Trump, which Cain co-chaired. They were crowded together at the Tulsa Trump rally on June 20, a maskless audience in the front rows of a mostly empty hall. Seat signs that intended to enforce social distancing -- an easy mission ...Read more

Trump turns panic peddler to nervous NIMBY suburbs

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Having made his name in real estate, it is oddly appropriate that President Donald Trump’s reelection efforts have steered him into a new version of panic peddling.

“Panic peddling” or “blockbusting” describes the now-illegal practice of persuading property owners to sell cheaply out of fear that people of another race, ethnicity or ...Read more