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Trump's Inaugural Address Nothing More Than Magical Thinking

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It was, arguably, the most telling moment of Donald Trump's inauguration speech.

People want good schools, neighborhoods and jobs, said the incoming president. "But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the ...Read more

How to Cover Trump? Literally and Seriously

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Facing the looming realities of President Donald Trump, media outlets have been chewing nervously on an unusual question: How do we cover this guy?

Of course, although one would be hard-pressed to name any president who has made the reporter's life easy, none until now have been known to taunt the press -- and urge their supporters to join them...Read more

Trump’s Foreboding Address and Ominous ‘Hour of Action’

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- After every major Trump speech or event, the person I was before it seems desperately naive. I have been a consistent Trump critic, but my expectations are never quite low enough.

Some of us approach Inauguration Day with a kind of democratic reverence. Its customs encourage the love of country. The best inaugural addresses offer ...Read more

The Opposition's Very Wrong First Step

From the Left / Mark Shields /

In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan instructed Haley Barbour -- his White House political director and a future Republican Party chairman and governor -- on building a winning coalition: "The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally -- not a 20 percent traitor." By practicing what he preached, the Gipper ...Read more

Is This What We’ve Come to, America?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It began at about the time Chuck Schumer, addressing the inauguration crowd from the Capitol, lamented that politics is “frequently consumed by rancor.”

It sounded at first, from my seat in the plaza below the inaugural platform, like a helicopter flying low over the mall, or perhaps an unusually loud jet taking off from ...Read more

Trump’s Clenched Fist Address

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- This will be the presidency of the raised fist, not the outstretched hand.

Inaugural addresses are traditionally occasions of inclusion and healing. In that transformative moment, the new president sheds a partisan identity and assumes the mantle of national leader, president of and for all the people. If any new president should ...Read more

Our New President: Radical, Divisive and So Bleak

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

WASHINGTON -- Donald John Trump intends to govern as the same fiercely angry man who inspired the discontented but aroused the worries and fears of so many other Americans.

In his inaugural address, he offered no outreach to those who had opposed him. There was no acknowledgment of the achievements of any of his predecessors and he spoke as if ...Read more

The Hostile Transition of Power

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Everyone who wondered what Steve Bannon has been doing in Trump Tower now knows the answer: He has been drafting the new president's vengeful and cliche-laden inaugural address, which is certainly the least impressive speech of its kind in memory and likely one of the worst in history.

With its repeated harping on "America First" and the ...Read more

And Then I Cried

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I made it through election night, and the morning after, and the endless portmortems. I kept reminding myself of what Hillary Clinton said at the final debate about respecting the outcome of the election. I listened to a lot of music. When, late at night, I would finally break down and read about the endless conflicts of interest or the ...Read more

In Defense of Globalization

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

DAVOS, Switzerland -- The World Economic Forum this year feels like an exercise in ritual self-flagellation, which -- as with the old Christian practice of fasting and whipping one’s own body -- is supposed to purify the sinful nature of man. The sin, of course, is globalization, which everyone now seems to agree has been lopsided, inequitable...Read more

A Tale of Two Crowds in One City

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Two big and passionate crowds have descended on Washington -- one thrilled by Donald Trump’s inauguration, the other appalled. Never in my lifetime has a new president been anticipated with such raw enthusiasm on one side and such fear and loathing on the other.

Admit it, you have no idea what a Trump administration will ...Read more

Dr. Price’s Marvelous Medicine for Your Stock Portfolio

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Dr. Tom Price, the orthopedic surgeon tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to oversee the Department of Health and Human Services, has found a miracle cure for ailing investment portfolios.

Price, a Georgia Republican, did some creative investing while leading the House Budget Committee last year. He bought stock in a maker of ...Read more

Inauguration Consternation

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

WASHINGTON -- Why is this inauguration different from any other?

Let’s start with the fact that most Americans are not happy that Donald Trump is about to become president. The Washington Post/ABC News poll this week found that Trump enters the Oval Office with the lowest favorable ratings since the question has been asked. Only 40 percent ...Read more

Keep Hope Alive

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"I could lose my health insurance," a friend whispered to me recently. He is a freelancer with a pre-existing condition. In the old days, no one would take him; freelancing was not even an option. "These days, finding staff jobs with benefits is the trick once again," I murmured back.

"What about my daughter?" another friend asked me. Her ...Read more

The Great Trumpkin Rises from the Trumpkin Patch

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Sometimes, you've got to go through it to get to it.

That's a personal motto with which I have occasionally consoled myself since I was a teenager. It means that for as much as we naturally seek to avoid the unpleasant situation, to find a way over or around it, there are times in this life when the only option is to go through it, to endure ...Read more

Call it Payback for That Birther Business, Mr. Trump

From the Left / Clarence Page /

If you're going to play the victim, make sure you're really victimized.

That's the lesson that I hope conservative CNN commentator and radio host Ben Ferguson learned after criticizing Rep. John Lewis for describing Donald Trump as an "illegitimate president."

Ferguson said it was "unprecedented" for the Georgia Democrat and civil rights icon ...Read more

Trump Gets No Respect. That’s Because He Hasn’t Earned It.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Kellyanne Conway is walking a Dangerfield line.

“We got no forbearance. We got nothing. We got no respect,” the Trump strategist told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last week, complaining about media coverage of her boss. “This man is president of the United States!”

Conway raises a fair question: Why hasn’t the president-...Read more

Trump's Plan to Neuter the White House Press Corps

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Tyrants don't allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control.

That's why, according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside the White House and moving them -- and news conferences -- to a ...Read more

Trump is Wrong About Black America

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Lewis is the son of sharecroppers. As a child, he wanted to be a preacher; he practiced by delivering fiery sermons to the family’s chickens. But history had other plans for him: lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a seat in Congress representing most of Atlanta. No ...Read more

Trump: a Gong Show With No Gong

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

WASHINGTON -- Whether he knows it or not, the specter of Lyndon Baines Johnson haunts Donald John Trump. There are some jarring similarities -- two big fleshy men given to vulgarities and gauche behavior, boastful, thin-skinned, politically amoral, vengeful, unforgiving and, most important, considered illegitimate presidents. For Johnson that ...Read more

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