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Rejecting appeal the right decision in the Cosby case

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel in Pennsylvania rejected Bill Cosby's appeal of his rape conviction, holding that it was proper for the judge to allow five additional women to testify that they, too, had been drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby.

That evidence did not come in at the first trial, which is almost certainly why the first jury ...Read more

A drama in 2 Acts: The House and Senate

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON -- They kept it simple and solemn in the House late in fall: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

These are twin articles of impeachment now facing President Donald J. Trump, just announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Democratic chairmen, notably Reps. Adam Schiff of Los Angeles (House Intelligence Committee) ...Read more

'Tax the rich' is no longer just a political slogan

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

There's nothing inevitable about inequality. It's an injustice that the moneyed powers and their political hirelings have chosen. We the People can choose a brighter path, one that bends toward justice, starting with a wealth tax such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan to apply a 2% per annum wealth tax only to net worth over $50 million and ...Read more

What we get wrong about civility

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Civility gets a bad rap these days.

One need look no further than our head of state for confirmation, but it could be argued that Donald Trump is no more capable of civility than he is of humility, justice, good faith, wise counsel or any other virtue we'd wish our leaders to have. The rest of us -- we can be better.

What disconcerts is that ...Read more

Paul Volcker vas a great man

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Paul Volcker administered the tough medicine when the American economy badly needed it. It was 1980, and the inflation rate had passed 14 percent. OPEC, a cartel of foreign oil producers, had launched an oil embargo against the United States a few years before, causing prices to soar. Older Americans remember long lines of cars snaking to gas ...Read more

This has been the anti-democracy decade

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

We're coming to the end of what might be called the anti-democracy decade. It began Jan. 21, 2010, with the Supreme Court's shameful decision in Citizen's United v. Federal Election Commission, opening the floodgates to big money in ...Read more

A lesson learned from a knife and a chair

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

About two miles from my house, in the same city, there's a convenience store. It sells coffee, liquor, beer, lottery tickets, sandwiches wrapped in plastic and disposal lighters, and it offers two aisles of canned goods, toilet paper and disposable diapers.

There used to be a Hindu temple across the street, located in a former paper-box factory...Read more

'Respect' in policing is a two-way street, Attorney General Barr

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Remember when candidate Donald Trump sought black votes by asking somewhat sarcastically, "What do you have to lose?" One answer now comes from President Trump's chosen attorney general: How about your police protection?

At a Justice Department awards ceremony to honor outstanding police officers Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr called on...Read more

'Respect your local police -- or else?'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Let's get two things straight right off the bat.

The first is that, in the last few years, no one has protested police wrongdoing more vociferously than African Americans.

The second is that no one has had more reason.

Those reasons include Darrius Stewart, Oscar Grant, Jordan Edwards, John Crawford III, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Michael ...Read more

In the meantime, the real deal

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What should be a momentous announcement seems more like the opening gong of a bad reality show we've been living inside of for going on three seasons.

Trump really did it this time. Again. And we already know the ending.

The House Judiciary Committee will draft articles of impeachment.

Then speeches.

The House Judiciary Committee will send ...Read more

Trump gets away with stuff because he does

From the Left / Ted Rall /

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK?" President Donald Trump said at an Iowa campaign rally in January of 2016. That remark gets quoted a lot, mostly by liberals bemoaning the unquestioning loyalty of the president's stupid supporters.

But there's another, more interesting, facet ...Read more

50 years later, it's easier to see how the Black Panther raid changed racial politics

From the Left / Clarence Page /

A lot has changed in the 50 years since the predawn Chicago police raid that left two Illinois Black Panther Party leaders dead and four other members wounded.

For one, I'm a lot older now. Illinois chairman Fred Hampton, who was 21, and member Mark Clark, 22, were about the same age as I was then and were robbed of that opportunity.

I used to...Read more

Let's look at conspiracies, imaginary and real

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Nobody on Capitol Hill rants more fervently about imaginary conspiracies than Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and devoted congressional promoter of Trumpian nonsense. For years, Nunes has regaled America with ideological tall tales, from former President Barack Obama's mythical "spying" on Donald ...Read more

Not much romance in Santa's toy warehouse

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

A fixture of family Christmas movies is worldly-wise children recovering some of their innocence. "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) provides an early example.

The new animated film "Klaus" (on Netflix) does not stray from this theme. Children living on an icy island seek a workaround to their toyless Christmas, the work of mean, greedy adults. ...Read more

Lock him up

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

His staff used to brag that he was Donald Trump before there was Donald Trump. That was before he pled guilty but after he took to blaming his wife for the misuse of official campaign funds that allegedly financed his extramarital affairs.

Trump before, during and after Trump is more like it. Liar, liar, pants on fire.

Rep. Duncan Hunter ...Read more

What's scaring the bejeezus out of billionaires?

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

There's a new political army on the march in America, moving forcibly into the 2020 presidential campaign. Tromp, tromp, tromp they come -- it's the Billionaire Brigade!

It's actually a very small army -- only 749 Americans rank as billionaires -- but they have lots of firepower. Collectively, they've amassed some $4 trillion in personal wealth...Read more

2019's Right Livelihood laureates shine a bright light In dark days

From the Left / Amy Goodman /

STOCKHOLM -- Over 1,000 people packed into the historic Cirkus Arena in downtown Stockholm Wednesday night. It wasn't for the building's original purpose, an actual circus, or for a rock concert, which is one of the contemporary uses of the building. What drew this remarkable cross section of Swedish society, as well as people from around the ...Read more

Democracy's grande dames are opposing Trump's forces

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON -- Wise women elders are our nation's saving grace at a moment when democracy is in peril from the president. Thankfully, a critical mass has aged gracefully into power.

It's high irony, little noted, that women in high government posts are the principals opposing the forces of President Donald Trump.

A female senator, 70, is ...Read more

An open letter to all of you privately disgusted Republicans

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

This is an open letter to all of you privately disgusted Republicans.

It's prompted by the fact that in the last few days, two of your colleagues have come forward to share with us your angst.

One was actually an ex-colleague, former GOP Rep. Charlie Dent. He told CNN that you continue to support Donald Trump because pressure from the base -- ...Read more

Warren's problems go beyond health care

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Elizabeth Warren had great momentum for a while. Then her poll numbers leveled and fell. The standard explanation is that the Democrat's "Medicare for All" plan comes across as too radical -- both the price and the part that would force over 150 million Americans off their employers' private coverage.

But other negatives subtract from Warren's ...Read more