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Trump is desecrating America's birthday

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Fourth of July celebration in Washington has long been a grand pageant of democracy, a family-friendly event that transcends ideology and partisanship. President Trump intends to turn it into a cult-of-personality political rally in honor of himself.

No, I'm not surprised, but what Trump is doing makes me angry. And it makes ...Read more

Under Trump, toadyism has been normalized

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

Whatever happened to pride?

I ask because reports regularly surface about Donald Trump berating or insulting someone, often an aide, who just takes it. A recent example comes from Michael Wolff's new book "Siege," in which Paul Manafort, once Trump's campaign chairman but now domiciled in stir, was vulgarly upbraided by the president: "You're ...Read more

Corrupt State a greater concern than the Deep State

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump has been ramping up his "Deep State" rhetoric again. He's back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats and "enemies of the people" in the mainstream media for conspiring to remove him from office in order to allow the denizens of foreign "s***holes" to overrun America.

But with each passing day it's ...Read more

Can we build a moral economy?

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

WASHINGTON -- Do you build the economy from the top down or from the bottom up? And is the main purpose of the economy the production of things or the enhancement of life?

I can imagine immediate objections to both questions. Don't all successful economies involve bottom-up and top-down elements? Doesn't everybody claim to be a bottom-up person...Read more

The Groundhog of Eden lives in my yard

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

As I have written before, groundhogs live in my yard.

They're fat, furry, graceless, beaver-faced things and they live well in and out of their hole, feasting, not just on what grows, but on birdseed that's fallen from our bird feeder, and food thrown to them from the second-story window by my wife, Deborah. I think they also eat some of the ...Read more

No delay: Impeach him now!

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

While Mr. Pitts is away Bill Press is filling in.

Why all the talk? Why all the debate? Why all the angst? The case is clear. He deserves to be impeached. So don't wait any longer. Rev up the engines. Start the hearings. Impeach him -- now!

No, I'm not talking about President Donald Trump (not yet!). I'm talking about Attorney General ...Read more

Lies the liars tell

From the Left / Mark Shields /

When politicians talk in private, they regularly use a cruel shorthand. For example, a candidate who is uninformed, unreflective and uncurious is often branded a "lightweight," as in, "He is so lightweight he could tap-dance on a souffle." Conversely, a "heavyweight" would be a politician of some substance, some political clout and personal ...Read more

The right is coming for birth control, too

From the Left / Clarence Page /

While Mr. Page is away Mary Sanchez is filling in.

Surfing conservative websites, it didn't take long to find this nugget of backward thinking, courtesy of American Thinker:

"The sexual revolution that was kick-started by the advent of birth control in the early 1960s has done irreparable damage to Western civilization."

If you had any...Read more

America squanders its power

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- This week we watched an unusual spectacle. The foreign minister of Germany, one of the United States' closest allies, went to Tehran and announced that a European payment system, designed as an alternative to the dollar-based one, would soon be ready. This visit was made in coordination with Britain and France, both of which helped ...Read more

On impeachment, Pelosi has to pick her poison

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she believes President Trump "has been involved in a criminal cover-up." Too bad she's not in a position to do something about it.

Oh wait, she is. If she truly believes the president has committed crimes, if she truly believes he has violated his oath of office, if she truly believes he is...Read more

Steve King's proof he's not racist? Diamond and Silk.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It has been five months since Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, lost his committee assignments over his support for white supremacy, and on Wednesday he took a step toward rehabilitation.

He gave a news conference on the Capitol grounds -- with two real, live, actual black people!

Not African Americans, mind you. "You ain't gotta call me ...Read more

Democracy should turn its attention to the enemies within

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Among the most disturbing moments during the last presidential election cycle occurred in September 2016, when a group of top intelligence officials briefed congressional leaders on the Kremlin's aggressive hacking campaign.

Aiming for bipartisan unity against a threat from a hostile foreign power, then-President Obama sent his counterterrorism...Read more

Biden's past come back to haunt him

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Of course he was for the Hyde Amendment, the federal law that blocks Medicaid funding from being used for abortion. He even fought against a rape and incest exception. He proposed his own Biden amendment to block foreign aid from being used for biomedical research related to abortion. He was one of two Democrats who supported an effort to allow ...Read more

The U.S. crusade against Assange and Manning is unprecedented

From the Left / Amy Goodman /

"Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech or of the press," reads the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Yet, for the first time ever, a publisher is being prosecuted under the World War I-era Espionage Act. Julian Assange, co-founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, is facing 170 years in prison if he is ...Read more

Trump to Kim: I'm with you, not the CIA

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

WASHINGTON -- When the president of the United States sides with a murderous dictator over our own CIA, you would think it would be big news. When that dictator is a communist who has threatened the United States with missile attacks, you would think leaders of the Republican Party might be at least a little agitated.

But Tuesday's news ...Read more

Is it any wonder Washington is broken? The friendship tree has died.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Metaphor alert! The friendship tree has died.

Fourteen months ago, President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron stood on the South Lawn of the White House for the ceremonial planting of a young oak from France's Belleau Wood, where American soldiers fought in World War I.

"This oak tree (my gift to @realDonaldTrump) will ...Read more

LGBTQ celebrate pride on 50th anniversary of Stonewall Uprising

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I am as straight as the crease in George Will's slacks. It's not something I'm particularly proud of.

To be clear, it's also not something of which I am ashamed. Truth be told, it's not something I've ever had to think much about, not something I've ever had to defend or deny. You might call that heterosexual privilege. It's one of the things ...Read more

Netflix series about Central Park 5 renews 'mob mentality' accusations

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Once celebrated by many, Linda Fairstein, the former prosecutor turned mystery book author, now fights for her professional life and reputation for her leading role in the 1990 prosecution of the so-called Central Park Five.

She's not the only player in this real-life drama whose role deserves a new look.

A week after the May 31...Read more

This is worse than Watergate

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Pull up your bell bottoms, slip on your clogs, and turn up the Roberta Flack: Today, we're gonna testify like it's the 1970s.

"Did you ever convey an order to break into the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate Hotel?" asked Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tex..

"What was the Saturday Night Massacre?" asked Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-...Read more

Fewer Democrats should run for president -- so more can run for Senate

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Dear Democratic presidential candidates: I know all 23 of you want to run against President Trump, but only one will get that opportunity. If you truly believe your own righteous rhetoric, some of you ought to be spending your time and energy in another vital pursuit -- winning control of the Senate.

I'm talking to you, John ...Read more