From the Left





Giving thanks for, yes, journalism

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

WASHINGTON -- Thanksgiving is a splendid holiday, but also a useful one. It reminds us that gratitude is a virtue. We owe the most satisfying parts of our lives to others and fool ourselves if we imagine otherwise.

We usually begin, rightly, by thanking our families since they are (if we are lucky) both the original and ongoing sources of love ...Read more

Thank you, George W. Bush and Sally Yates

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "So this is how it's going to work today," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders informed the press corps Monday. She told reporters that "if you want to ask a question," you should "start off with what you're thankful for."

Like good little girls and boys, several obliged. The reporters were grateful for their ...Read more

Al Franken's defenders are right to speak up

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Last week it was seven women. This week there are 36.

No, not accusers of Sen. Al Franken but defenders. Seven women who had worked in Franken's Senate office came forward to say that the Minnesota Democrat "treated us with the utmost respect," and on Tuesday, 36 former Franken colleagues at "Saturday Night Live" described Franken...Read more

Sexual harassment on the run? Brace yourself for a backlash

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As we chatted about Sen. Al Franken's embarrassing photo, a male friend acknowledged being unsettled by it.

"I wouldn't want to be remembered forever," he said, "for the worst 20 seconds of my life."

Right. Who would? Yet, that may well be the fate of the Minnesota Democratic senator and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member's fate. Leeann ...Read more

An accused child molester for U.S. Senate? Really?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So maybe we should just cancel Thanksgiving this year?

It's probably an attractive idea to many of those now traveling over the river and through the woods for turkey, cranberry sauce and political arguments that promise more angst than a flat tire in a thunderstorm. It grows increasingly clear that the problem in America just ...Read more

There is something truly historic about Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is making history at a historic level. He tells us this himself.

"Good morning," he said at the start of his Cabinet meeting Monday. "We just returned from a historic, 12-day trip to Asia."

We knew the trip would be historic because the White House announced in advance that it would be "very historic." And the day...Read more

J. Edgar Hoover, not just Robert E. Lee, should go

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

I was Ubering down Pennsylvania Avenue the other day when I passed my favorite Washington location that demands a wrecking ball. It's not a statue to some forgotten slaveholder nor a memorial to some Jim Crow booster -- Woodrow Wilson, for instance -- but a building bearing the name of a racist, anti-communist zealot who, in the name of God and ...Read more

In Alabama, is morality more important than tribe?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Can the descent of American political culture into ugly tribalism be halted? Alabama voters will give their answer when they decide whether to send Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate.

Moore, 70, has built a long, disgraceful career out of smarmy religiosity spiked with tribal grievance. Having posed for years as the most pious of ...Read more

We're now seeing a backlash against the bullies

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Why are so many women now speaking out about the sexual abuses they've experienced for years? Is there anything unique about the time we're now living through that has encouraged them to end their silence?

I can't help but think that their decisions are part of something that's happening throughout much of American society right now -- a ...Read more

A fight more pressing than Democratic squabbling

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

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Sometimes, the Democratic Party amazes me. And not in a good way.

Here is a party fresh off a series of big election triumphs all over the country. The nation faces an unprecedented challenge brought on by President Trump's breathtaking irresponsibility. Republicans are pushing through the most reactionary tax bill since the...Read more

Don't get shot by the cops! Wear tweed!

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Recently, police in the city where I live shot a 19-year-old Hispanic man in circumstances that remain under investigation, as they say while waiting for the public to lose interest.

Of course, as soon as the guy died, people whose agendas have eaten their souls found the young man's Facebook page and before you could say, "The little spic ...Read more

If Sen. Al Franken steps down, he shouldn't be alone

From the Left / Clarence Page /

On the same day that outraged critics were called for Sen. Al Franken to resign, Alabama's Republican Party offered its unqualified support to Senate candidate Roy Moore.

What's wrong with this picture?

Franken came under fire Thursday over allegations that he kissed and groped Leeann Tweeden, a...Read more

The diversionary tactics of a child president

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Call it the politics of "I know you are, but what am I?"

It is a form of "reasoning" that could not be more puerile, infantile, juvenile. So it very much appeals to Donald Trump.

You got an example in last year's final presidential debate, when Hillary Clinton called him a "puppet" of Russian president Vladimir Putin. "No puppet," snapped ...Read more

Forget alternative facts. We're now in an alternate reality.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In the beginning, there were alternative facts. Now we are being governed in an alternate reality.

Heading toward approval of their tax bill this week, House Republicans had a teensy problem: Their vaunted tax "cut" actually was a tax hike for millions of Americans. It lowered taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars on the ...Read more

Are we now at risk of overreacting to sexual harassment?

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- The national debate over sexual harassment and sexual assault has reached an important and precarious moment as it shifts from what behavior is acceptable to what punishment is warranted. Having underreacted for too long, are we now at risk of overreacting?

The welcome news is that society seems to have reached closure -- if not ...Read more

The silent sacklash to beware of

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I don't want to see the next name in the headlines for sexual misconduct. I know too many of them. I believe the women. Some companies are conducting internal checks, and some are not, because they don't want to get caught up in all this. And because while it's true that sexual harassment is a real problem, there are also questions of degree. An...Read more

The powerful waging war on the weak

From the Left / Mark Shields /

The story is as timeless as it is ugly. The names of the actors change, but the plot remains the same. The powerful -- whether the undocumented maid's employer, the factory owner who signs the teenage worker's paycheck or the producer who can cast an aspiring actress -- are in control, and the weak are, too often, at their mercy.

Henry ...Read more

When 'reckoning' with Bill, try facts not myths

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Suddenly it has become fashionable again in liberal circles to flay Bill Clinton for his sexual misconduct, whether real, alleged or imagined. Amid the national frenzy swirling around the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore, prominent journalists and politicians are competing to display their dudgeon over the former president and things he ...Read more

Trump is now invested in a risky Saudi strategy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

LONDON -- Donald Trump gave a speech this week grading his Asia trip. Not surprisingly, he thought it was a "tremendous success." "Our great country is respected again in Asia," he tweeted. All recent polling data from the region suggests the opposite. A core focus of Trump's trip was Japan and South Korea, but only 17 percent of South Koreans ...Read more

Russia investigation includes spectacular level of lies

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- I spent part of my convalescence from a recent illness reading some of the comprehensive timelines of the Russia investigation (which indicates, I suppose, a sickness of another sort). One, compiled by Politico, runs to nearly 12,000 words -- an almost book-length account of stupidity, cynicism, hubris and corruption at the highest...Read more