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We Americans Need to Know Each Other

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Let's admit it: America has become a land of strangers. Even before headphones, PCs and smartphones -- all of which were heralded as breakthroughs in human communication but have turned out to be instruments of further isolation -- we had begun disconnecting from each other.

More and more, we have chosen to reside near and associate, almost ...Read more

His Way or the Highway

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What a leader.

Faced with the certain defeat of his effort to take health insurance away from millions of Americans, our fearless leader did not attempt to compromise, negotiate or even mend the program that has allowed millions of Americans access to health care.

No, no acts of responsible leadership. But then, what would you expect? A ...Read more

The Lies That Bind

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- It must be confusing to President Trump that the political system, the media and a majority of voters have suddenly called him on a deception, on a lie. It has seldom, if ever, happened before.

It did not seem to matter when he claimed to have evidence that President Obama was born abroad; or when he insisted that crowds of ...Read more

Mr. President, the Disgrace is All Yours

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump called himself “instinctual” this week, but the word he must have been groping for was “untruthful.” He lies incessantly, shamelessly, perhaps even pathologically, and his lying corrodes and dishonors our democracy.

Of course we’ve had presidents who lied -- to name a few, Lyndon Johnson about Vietnam, ...Read more

Gorsuch’s Convenient Untruth

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

WASHINGTON -- With a shrewdly calculated innocence, Judge Neil Gorsuch told a big fat lie at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Because it was a lie everyone expected, nobody called it that.

“There’s no such thing as a Republican judge or a Democratic judge,” Gorsuch said.

Gorsuch, the amiable veteran of many Republican campaigns, is ...Read more

Good-Golly Gorsuch May Turn Out to be a Rascal on the Bench

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The nomination of Neil Gorsuch presents the Senate with a constitutional dilemma: Is this nation prepared to have Eddie Haskell serving a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court?

The most noteworthy thing to emerge from Gorsuch’s testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee wasn’t his judicial philosophy (...Read more

Trump's Chickens Finally Come Home to Roost

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

On Monday, accountability finally arrived for Donald Trump. After 70 years spent largely skating free of consequences for his puerile misbehaviors and diarrheal mouth, he likely found it something of a shock. Seven decades is a long time, after all, and if the so-called president has learned nothing else in those years, he has learned this: ...Read more

Go Ahead, be shocked by Trump's Russia Ties -- and Investigate

From the Left / Clarence Page /

A House Intelligence Committee hearing on Monday heard two bombshells dropped in testimony.

One, FBI Director James Comey asserted what other national intelligence leaders have now said: There is no evidence to back up President Donald Trump's outlandish -- and slanderous -- allegation that President Barack Obama ordered a "wiretapping" of ...Read more

Dear American Express: Don't Punish an Honest Man for Your Mistakes

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I've been an American Express cardholder for longer than I care to say. Let's just say it's been close to 40 years, and American Express has always been the first card I use. No more. Hello, MasterCard and Visa!

Here's the short version. I bought a suit for my son at an off-retail store. For the next few months, the store's owner (aka thief) ...Read more

Don't Be Distracted By 'Leaks' or 'Wiretaps'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

From his first tweeted accusation of "wiretapping," Donald Trump has thrown up a screen of chaff to obscure what he and his cronies seem to fear most: a thorough, transparent investigation of the multiple connections between the Kremlin and his presidential campaign. Self-destructive as his ploy was, he succeeded in distracting attention from ...Read more

Trump's Orgy of Unnecessary Cruelty

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

The theme that unites Donald Trump's major initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty.

His new budget, for example, comes down especially hard on the poor -- imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to distressed rural communities, nutrition for new mothers and their infants, ...Read more

Republicans Read Trump’s Cue Cards on Russia

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This would be a good time to do something about the red menace of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Instead, we’re talking about the Red Raiders of Texas Tech.

FBI Director James Comey, testifying Monday about his agency’s investigation into Russia’s attempt to tilt the 2016 election to Donald Trump, explained why it was “a ...Read more

The World Watches the Shrinking of the American Presidency

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- It is difficult to overestimate the geopolitical risks of this moment -- or the (both disturbed and eager) global scrutiny now being given to the American president.

Aggression is growing along the westward reach of Russian influence and the southern boundary of Chinese influence. Intercontinental nuclear capacity may soon be in ...Read more

Does the FBI’s Trail Lead to Russia?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The FBI is investigating whether persons involved with President Trump’s campaign collaborated with Russian officials to help Trump win the election. Let that sink in for a moment. Then take a deep breath, exhale, and try to imagine where this might lead.

FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday what we suspected: An active ...Read more

The Pivotal Lesson that Steve Bannon Seems to Have Forgotten

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

It is a story oft-repeated and, at first, quite moving. It is the story of Marty Bannon, father of the chief White House strategist, Stephen Bannon, and how he lost much of his nest egg when the financial system cratered in 2008. He had worked for AT&T for 50 years, buying the stock when it was safe as gold (only gold paid no dividend) and ...Read more

‘Trump’ Doesn’t Translate into Dutch

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

WASHINGTON -- President Trump might do the world a perverse favor. Voters in Western Europe appear to be looking at what America has brought upon itself and deciding: “We sure as heck don’t want to go there.”

Thus did the Netherlands slap back the ethno-nationalist far right in its elections last week. The forces of tolerance and ...Read more

A Rule for Reporters

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Here is the rule for reporters in as short a form as I can provide.

If the focus of your reporting is to "catch" a politician doing something wrong because you don't like him or her, or because embarrassing politicians makes you feel important, sooner or later, you will write something stupid.

You've seen Trump's 2005 tax return by now.

I ...Read more

Have Populist Politics Reached 'Peak Trump'?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Whew! That was close.

I wasn't expecting to be waiting on the edge of my seat for the outcome of this year's Dutch parliamentary elections. But I wasn't expecting Donald Trump to be America's president, either.

After "Brexit," Great Britain's vote last year to leave the European Union, and Trump's upset election victory, the whole world has ...Read more

Trump Once Said We Were ‘Led by Very, Very Stupid People.’ He’s Finally Right.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

”The world is laughing at us. They’re laughing at the stupidity of our president.”

-- Donald Trump, October 2016

WASHINGTON -- Stupid is as stupid does.

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump remarked often on the stupidity of our leaders. He was under the impression that the rest of the planet was indulging in some sort ...Read more

Time to Explain Journalism to Fox News ... Again

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It is time, once again, to explain journalism to Fox News.

In a way, that's disappointing. After all, that network's Shepard Smith has emerged as something of a journalistic hero lately, repeatedly standing up to Donald Trump's administration for its attempts to undermine and delegitimize the news media. It's been a stirring performance -- and ...Read more