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Condoleezza Rice Wants to Move On

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Condoleezza Rice wants to move on.

She concedes that what happened on Jan. 6 was “wrong.” It was, she told the hosts of “The View” last week, an “assault on law and order, and an assault on our democratic processes.” And Rice, a former national security adviser and secretary of state, thinks those who attacked and ransacked the U.S....Read more

The Ajiaco, the Cuban Sandwich and other Cuban Foods for Thought

Foods prepared and consumed by particular communities or nations are excellent windows to the histories and cultures of such groups. Students of food culture, food historians and archaeologists have traced dietary developments among hominins dating back millions of years. They have learned, for example, that our prehuman ancestors incorporated ...Read more

Not Again.

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I represented Fox News creator Roger Ailes five years ago. The New York Times called it "The Curious Case of Susan Estrich." I didn't consider it strange at all. I represented a friend of 30 years, who was being sued by a woman so virulently anti-Hillary Clinton in an election cycle that I had called Roger only weeks before to complain. Roger ...Read more

Colin Powell, Moral Weakling

From the Left / Ted Rall /

If Colin Powell's life has meaning, it is as a cautionary tale about the perils of going along to get along.

Rarely has history offered such a stark example of a human being offered a clear existential choice between right and wrong. Hardly ever has so much hung in the balance for humanity and for an individual's soul as when then-Secretary of ...Read more

Concerned Parents Aren’t ‘Domestic Terrorists,’ Except When They Behave Like One

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I don’t recall much about the first local school board meeting that I ever covered, long, long ago, except the overflow crowd of local citizens who made it hard to get inside.

“What’s going on?” I asked the seasoned education-beat reporter who was mentoring me that evening.

“Nothing special,” he instructed. “But, anywhere you ...Read more

Why Goldenrod Doesn't Deserve Its Bad Rap

Cooler weather has finally arrived here in the Midwest. It's time for trips to your favorite pumpkin patch, u-pick apple orchard and corn maze. Outdoor activities are glorious in a pair of jeans and a comfortable sweatshirt. It's my favorite time of year, and yet I cannot stop sneezing.

"It's the goldenrod," I hear time and again from well-...Read more

Nothing Much That's Good for You

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

You could say he fell in the middle of the store because the store is so small that nearly every part of it is in the middle.

But the store is not in the middle of the block. It's on a corner. Where else would you open what has always and forever been called a "corner store"?

And the windows are covered with paper ads for off-brand ...Read more

No, Kyrsten Sinema Is Not Like John McCain

From the Left / Joe Conason /

I don't know Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, but I did know the late Sen. John McCain. Not at all intimately, to be sure, but just enough to say -- despite her pretensions and the fantasies of her flacks that she is the reincarnation of the war hero in a purple wig -- that Kyrsten Sinema is no John McCain.

Lately Sinema has advertised herself as a "...Read more

Burying Myth of 'Lost Cause' Once and For All

From the Left / Bill Press /

The idea we all grew up with: that Columbus discovered North America in 1492? Fuhgeddaboudit! Scientists reported this week that a new type of dating technique proves that Vikings occupied a settlement at the northern tip of Newfoundland in 1021 AD – exactly a millennium ago and 471 years before the voyage of Columbus!

But that’s not the ...Read more

They're Not Making Many Republicans Like Powell Anymore

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Confession: I used to be a Republican. I briefly became one years ago while living amongst the ultrawoke on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Their authoritarian diktats drove me crazy. And their narrow definition of economic interests as the rich versus the poor -- with the middle class almost invisible -- underscored their political naivete.

But ...Read more

The Tragedy of Joe Manchin in Three Acts

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Joe Manchin gives new meaning to the old saying, "One man, one vote."

The West Virginia Democrat is in the center of three major bills his president and party desperately need to pass for a big story to tell voters in 2022. Or any story at all.

Tall, dark and outgoing, Manchin has displaced Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as ...Read more

Why Would We Let Wall Street "Care For" Our Pets?

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

For many people, the animals they adopt and love become more like family members than pets. We form deep relationships, not just with the 164 million dogs and cats in our country, but also with the beloved parrots, goats, horses and other fellow critters who at least pretend to love us back, providing comfort and joy all around.

Sadly though, ...Read more

My People Are Americans

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I’ve got something to say about “you people.”

That, as you may recall, was how I referred, in a recent column, to Mike Pence and others who have apparently sworn an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Florida taco bowl connoisseur who used to be president. It left a handful of readers well and truly irked. As one of them put it: “�...Read more

Colin Powell, We’ll Miss You in the ‘Sensible Center’

From the Left / Clarence Page /

When I heard that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had died, my mind raced back to the autumn of 2004, when I asked him whether he had given a thought to resigning.

At the time, the Iraq War was going as badly as he predicted it might, back when he reportedly was the most prominent opponent within George W. Bush’s administration of such...Read more

Jail Bait: Steve Bannon Bets That His Middle Finger to Congress Won't Land Him in the Slammer

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Steve Bannon has been one lucky con man, and he is betting that his luck will hold. This week the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol aimed at torpedoing last November's election will vote to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress. The reason: The Committee subpoenaed Bannon to appear and answer questions about what he...Read more

Yes, Our Economic Problems Are 'High Class'

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Here's how TV news works: What is just an annoyance becomes a concern. A concern turns into a serious worry. And a serious worry is elevated into a crisis. Stoking anxiety is how they keep the public glued.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain recently got sucked into the cyclone when he approved of a tweet that called most of our current ...Read more

A Zen Koan on Columbus Day

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It’s too easy, right? Too simple — shoving Christopher Columbus off the historical honor roll, pulling down his statues, yanking his “day” away from him and renaming it in honor of the people he murdered, kidnapped, turned into property?

Or is Indigenous Peoples’ Day seen by the world as simply a starting point, a launching of the ...Read more

Reflections of a Rookie/Veteran Syndicated Columnist, No. 1: The Pursuit of Truth

I am both a rookie and a veteran columnist. Rookie because I began writing regular columns only recently, in February 2019 for The Globe Post. Then, a little over a year ago and much to my surprise, Creators Syndicate invited me to join its roster. I am fortunate to be in the good company of columnists like Jeff Robbins, Susan Estrich, Dennis ...Read more


From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The answer is almost always $20.

As in, how much do you think this turkey sandwich cost? Hint: it used to be $10.

Extra points: Remember, we're in California, where there is an extra 10% tax on everything.

Extra reminder: There's a tip jar on the counter, a tip reminder on the app and an actor ready for their close-up (LA joke: When you ...Read more

Why Is Stalking Legal?

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Activists harass White House officials and senators as they eat dinner at restaurants. Another senator was recently stalked into the ladies' room, where her pursuers shouted derision at her stall. Many other politicians have suffered protest demonstrations at their homes.

Now that they're beleaguered, this may be the perfect time to convince ...Read more