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Making Debates Really Matter

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Presidential debates -- even those featuring 10 or more candidates well over a year before Election Day -- can tell us much about those self-confident enough to offer themselves as the nation's next commander in chief.

For example, eight years ago, the candidates of the out party, running to challenge then-White House incumbent Democrat ...Read more

Happy Birthday, President Clinton

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On the occasion of Bill Clinton's 73rd birthday, the chattering class has come to bury the president they once adored -- and not to praise him.

Not me.

I wish the biggest thing I had to worry about in the world was a blue dress. Imagine having time or energy for such nonsense when the Russians are wreaking havoc with our democracy.

I wish ...Read more

The unhinged presidency

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The flood of bizarre pronouncements and behavior from President Trump is likely to get worse, I fear. He is now completely unfiltered -- and, apparently, increasingly untethered to reality.

Quick, can you name the White House press secretary? Do you have any idea what she looks or sounds like? Stephanie Grisham has held that job ...Read more

Trump claims he's the messiah. Maybe he should quit while he's ahead.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- For a man who sees himself as the messiah, President Trump has a lackluster record on Earth.

On Wednesday morning, he tweeted out with approval a conspiracy theorist's claim that Israelis view Trump "like he's the King of Israel" and "the second coming of God" (a theology Jews reject). He shared the conspiracy theorist's ...Read more

Good for the Jews?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Years ago, Frank Rich, the legendary New York Times columnist, wrote a piece -- channeling his grandmother -- on the first question her generation used to ask when big news broke: Is it good for the Jews? Or (more often) is it bad for the Jews?

You could hardly blame them. Living through the Holocaust makes the question painfully relevant.

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The evangelicals' enforcer

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Are the dominant voices of white evangelical Christianity in the United States destined to be angry and defensive? Is President Trump making sure they stay that way?

I found myself asking these questions after I read my Washington Post colleague Elizabeth Bruenig's revealing and deeply reported essay about her journey to Texas to ...Read more

Death and resistance on the US-Mexico border

From the Left / Amy Goodman /

Along the U.S-Mexico border, temperatures in summer hit triple digits daily. The Sonoran Desert straddles the border, creating a deadly barrier to the thousands of migrants seeking a better life in "el Norte," the North. Untold thousands of people have died in these deserts, following the path known as "el Camino del Diablo," the Devil's Highway...Read more

Trump is a clear and present danger to our republic

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Whenever Donald Trump says or tweets a remark that embarrasses our country before the world, conventional analysis suggests that it is yet another consequence of his infantile narcissism. So we were told again when the president of the United States insulted Denmark, one of the founding nations of NATO and a dedicated American ally, by canceling...Read more

Dear Israel: Please dump Netanyahu. Your friend, America.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his stunning acquiescence last week to President Trump's wish that Israel bar entry to two Democratic members of Congress, shows he has no qualms with interfering in U.S. politics.

So he shouldn't mind when Americans offer political advice to Israelis. Here's mine: Dump this guy in ...Read more

The right has adopted the notion that education is the enemy

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

You'd think it would be the one thing we could all agree upon.

Life grows ever more complex. Planetary overheating threatens a future of floods, food shortages and mass migration. We carry supercomputers in our pockets. Robots are taking our jobs.

So you'd think, for all the partisan and ideological rancor in this country, the one thing upon ...Read more

Don't make diversity the enemy of excellence

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As a new generation of college students gets ready to return to campus, I'm reminded of the late Allan Bloom, the University of Chicago professor, philosopher and -- on the subject of university education -- famously eloquent grump.

No one had any reason to expect his 1987 book with the stuffy ...Read more

The U.S. must take Greenland by force!

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In the Trump era, no moment of tranquility can be taken for granted.

I went to the beach for what I thought would be a quiet August break. I returned to find President Trump plotting to annex Greenland.

On Sunday, Trump confirmed that he would be interested in buying the territory from Denmark and that "we'll talk to them" about ...Read more

Trump is panicking that his reality show presidency won't be renewed

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Uh-oh. President Trump is in such a state of panic about his dimming reelection prospects that he's getting his lies mixed up and occasionally blurting out the truth.

"It's tough for Apple to pay tariffs if it's competing with a very good company [Samsung] that's not," the president told reporters Sunday -- flatly contradicting ...Read more

The two Washingtons

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

This is a column about a man named Washington -- not George, but a person named for him: his slave Harry. He had escaped once and been recaptured. Harry lived at Mount Vernon where, eventually, he cared for his master's horses. He later escaped again, this time to join the British army in its effort to suppress the rebellion that his master led....Read more

Real change depends on the Senate

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

There are two quite different paths toward change in the 2020 elections. One would involve getting rid of President Trump but leaving Washington gridlocked. The other would see a Democratic president elected with a Democratic Congress. For the first time in a decade, progressives, with some help from moderates, would have a chance to govern and ...Read more

Shortbread and the love of a woman

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I had to buy birthday presents for my wife. Her birthday was last week.

I'm not bad at present buying. I specialize in scarves, perfume and jewelry. None of those items come in a specific size, so there's less room for error.

This year, I took a jump off earth's flattest edge and bought her a sweater. It fit, too, and she liked the color, so ...Read more

The 'peculiar institution' is no artifact of the dead past

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Perhaps you've heard of white fragility.

The term was popularized by sociologist Robin DiAngelo in her 2018 book of the same name that seeks to explain why white people often find it so hard to discuss race, why the subject frequently makes them angry and defensive. Well, a textbook example of that fragility recently roiled social media.

We're...Read more

Thank you Arizona for your unique gift

From the Left / Mark Shields /

It approaches a year since Sen. John McCain departed these earthly precincts. He is rightly missed for his principled leadership, for his maverick ways and for his -- now increasingly rare -- ability to reach out and collaborate effectively with senators across the partisan divide. I miss all those qualities, but I miss John McCain, too, for his...Read more

Trump's climate denial could hasten the demise of his own empire

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Someday, in the not-so-distant future, sea-level rise could claim Mar-a-Lago. Perhaps President Trump -- by then no doubt disgraced, shunned and all but forgotten -- would still be around to see his beloved Florida resort wiped out by a "Chinese hoax."

Of all the wrongheaded policies Trump and his Republican Party insist on ...Read more

Epstein needed the ultimate accomplice

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

He could never have done it alone.

I'm not talking about his suicide. That he did himself.

I'm talking about his crimes.

Imagine if Jeffrey Epstein had had to find his prey himself. Imagine a sleazy middle-aged guy hanging around in front of a high school trying to pick up teenage girls.

People would notice. Teachers would see. The police ...Read more


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