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The first 100 days -- Trump and the degradation of the presidency

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump's failure to accomplish much or any of his agenda during his first 100 days as president shouldn't blind us to the vast harm he has done in this comparatively short time to our system of government, especially his degradation of the presidency.

From early in the republic, we have looked at the office of the president as a focal ...Read more

At Capitol Hill ‘joint session,’ prayers go unanswered

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It was a tokin’ gesture.

Marijuana users are feeling a bit paranoid about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threats to crack down on states (and the District of Columbia) that have legalized marijuana. So on Monday, at “high noon,” activists gathered on the Capitol lawn for what they called a “joint session,” and they ...Read more

How can our political bubbles be popped?

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- In the category of argument by irresistible anecdote, David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report tells of meeting with a group of young Democrats in wealthy, suburban Northern Virginia. In the course of his presentation, he made reference to “Cracker Barrel voters” -- those in counties with Cracker Barrel restaurants (Donald ...Read more

Trump’s border-wall fantasy is crumbling

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- In the annals of pathetic climbdowns, this Sunday morning tweet from President Trump deserves a special place of honor, or perhaps dishonor:

“Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.”

To put those weasel-words in context, let me ask a ...Read more

Lady Liberty’s torch burns less bright

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

My friend, publicity shy but otherwise admirable, has an odd way of spending his free time. He flies to some of the world’s most Godforsaken places and tries to help some of the world’s most Godforsaken people. This is how he got to the Dadaab refugee camp on the Somalia-Kenya border, a moonscape of sun-blanched trees adorned with errant ...Read more

Sessions’ island of reaction

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

WASHINGTON -- Imagine if I began a column about Attorney General Jeff Sessions this way: “I really am amazed that an attorney general who hails from a former Confederate state in the Deep South can issue a series of orders wrecking efforts to reform police practices, cutting back on voting rights and restarting the war on drugs.”

The ...Read more

Bill O'Reilly and Aaron Hernandez

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

During Aaron Hernandez's first trial, at the courthouse in Fall River, Massachusetts, I stood in the street out front with a notebook in my hand and talked to people. I was born in Fall River. The courthouse is three blocks from the paper where I am a columnist/reporter, six blocks from the now-defunct restaurant where my father proposed to my...Read more

Did President Trump help Bill O'Reilly's case or sink it?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Fans of Bill O'Reilly are predictably upset that Fox News has pulled the plug on his popular show, "The O'Reilly Factor." But take heart, folks. Bill O'Reilly isn't really gone. You can hear his spirit in the Oval Office.

"Personally, I think he shouldn't have settled," said President Donald Trump of O'Reilly after new allegations of sexual ...Read more

The day Bill O'Reilly got fired

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

On the day Bill O'Reilly was fired, Serena Williams announced she was 20 weeks pregnant.

Fans did the math and concluded Williams must have had a baby on board in January when she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title in dominating fashion. That, said TV tennis analyst Pam Shriver, made Williams' win "even more spectacular."

That same day, ...Read more

Where is Trump’s ‘armada’? Apparently, wherever Fox News says it is.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The USS Carl Vinson, 1,100 feet long, has a displacement of 97,000 tons and sails with two nuclear reactors and about 60 aircraft. It’s escorted by a guided-missile cruiser and two destroyers.

So how did President Trump lose it?

In an interview with Fox Business taped on April 11, Trump confirmed a dramatic escalation in the ...Read more

Can special elections to the US house predict our political future?

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Is there an emerging national pattern to be found in special House elections, such as the one that just happened in Georgia to fill the reliably Republican House seat once held by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, most recently held by the current secretary of health and human services, Tom Price, and for which, in the first round of voting, a...Read more

Trump (and Putin) still pushing fascist 'nationalism'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Hold the exhalations of relief about the supposed moderation of Donald Trump and the apparent demotion of Steve Bannon, his official strategist. With Trump's all-but-explicit endorsement of Marine Le Pen, the French neo-fascist presidential candidate, it is now clear that he remains enthusiastic about the fascists who have rebranded themselves ...Read more

Is the first amendment dead?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On Wednesday, officials of the University of California Berkeley announced that they were canceling a speech to be given by conservative writer Ann Coulter scheduled for April 27. Then on Thursday, facing the prospect of a lawsuit, caught between the First Amendment and the fear of violence, university officials proposed that Coulter's speech be...Read more

On North Korea: Bluster in search of strategy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Every American administration takes a while to settle into a basic approach to the world. President Trump’s team has had a rockier start than most, with many important positions in every key agency still unfilled. More worrying, the administration’s basic foreign policy is coming into view and it is not a reassuring sight -- ...Read more

Trump’s critics are playing into his hand

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

EDITORS: Note nature of quoted material at the end of the 7th graf.

WASHINGTON -- For those of us convinced that Donald Trump’s defects of character, lack of knowledge, encouragement of social division and disregard for democratic norms outweigh any good he may do -- the rough definition of being #NeverTrump -- these are confusing and ...Read more

It’s time to pull the plug on repeal-and-replace

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are apparently ready for yet another attempt to snatch health insurance away from constituents who need it. Someone should remind Speaker Paul Ryan of a saying often attributed to his legendary predecessor, Sam Rayburn: “There’s no education in the second kick of the mule.”

Having failed miserably to win ...Read more

The Amazon 1-star system

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I'm not dumb enough to believe that all the reviews you read on various sites are authentic. I know that if a product no one has ever heard of has thousands of five-star reviews, something is amiss. Real customers aren't claiming a skin cream "takes years away in just minutes!" The only thing that does that is plastic surgery.

I know that ...Read more

Dear Kim Jong Un: Watch out for Trump. He’s even crazier than you.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /


The Hon. Kim Jong Un
The Great Successor
Sun of the 21st Century
Supreme Leader
Marshal of the Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea
Ryongsong Residence
Pyongyang, North Korea

Dear Mr. Kim:

I write to congratulate you on the occasion of your late grandfather’s 105th birthday. I heard...Read more

Our government is not a Trump property

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

WASHINGTON -- Two issues are paramount in American politics. The first is whether President Trump will get away with his arrogant dismissal of the public’s right to a transparent government free of corrupting conflicts of interest. The second is whether those who would hold him to account remain focused, mobilized and determined.

They are ...Read more

Turns out Alex Jones was only pretending to be a madman

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So it turns out Alex Jones was only kidding.

That time the radio host and ringmaster of the "Infowars" website said the government brought Ebola into the country to terrorize us? That time he said a Beyonce video was created to start a new civil war, that time he wished gang rape on Jennifer Lopez, those times he suggested the Oklahoma City ...Read more

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