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Identity politics are a dead end

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

In her post-mortem on Hillary Clinton's failed candidacy, Donna Brazile noted that her students at Georgetown University truly disliked identity politics.

"They thought that Hillary spent too much time trying to appeal to people based on their race, or their gender, or their sexual orientation," the Democratic strategist wrote in "Hacks," "and ...Read more

If Trump won't lead, Pelosi will

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Last week's viral photograph of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pointing her finger at President Trump and reading him the riot act reflected a larger reality: If Trump won't responsibly lead the nation, Pelosi will.

The president has pretty much ceased being president. Trump never really seemed to enjoy the job, except for ceremonial ...Read more

Trump's emoluments violations must be punished

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump reversed his decision to host next June's G-7 meeting of heads of state at Trump National Doral Miami because it would have been an impeachable offense and a violation of the Constitution's emoluments clauses.

No, that's not the reason he gave. He said on Twitter that he reversed himself because of "Media & Democrat Crazed and ...Read more

Stick-it-to-the-libs is all Trump has left

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

WASHINGTON -- The Fifth Avenue Murder Theory now faces its toughest test.

This bold hypothesis was put forward in 2016 by Professor Donald Trump, who claimed that he could "stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody" and not "lose any voters."

His proposition is by no means implausible. He won his Electoral College majority despite...Read more

Getting your values by the pound

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

In the grocery store, they got the cheap hamburger, the good hamburger and the ground sirloin.

I come from a ground sirloin family. If we were eating the good hamburger, or (shame of all shame) the cheap hamburger, it meant my father was out of work. By the time I was 11, my father had traded the nightlife thrills and uncertain income of the ...Read more

Trump has turned White House into quid pro freak show

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Et tu, Mulvaney?

Three weeks ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled the impeachment inquiry with a Latin phrase spoken by Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon. "Alea iacta est," she said. The die is cast.

Since then, President Trump has absolved himself by repeating -- ad infinitum -- some Latin of his own: "There was no ...Read more

If we can't be free within ourselves, then we cannot be free

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"If you're white, you're all right. If you're brown, stick around. If you're black, get back." -- African-American folk saying

I was about to give a speech -- I can't remember when or even where -- when this teacher brought a student up, hoping I could help her.

The teacher was white, and her student was a black girl, perhaps 13 or so, of ...Read more

Gloria Allred, Superlawyer, almost as famous as the women she's represented and the men she's held responsible

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

She is almost as famous as the women she represented and the men she has held responsible.

She has been standing up for women's rights -- decades before anyone uttered the words "Me Too."

So why is she out there defending herself? If there is anyone who doesn't need to apologize, it's her.

According to Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, in their ...Read more

Why the Nationals in the World Series is good for America

From the Left / Mark Shields /

For the first time in 86 years, a baseball team from Washington, D.C., is in the World Series. This is good news -- obviously for the long-suffering Nationals fans in and around Washington, but also for every American who cares deeply about the survival of our republic.

In spite of the semiterminal greed of multimillionaire team owners who feel...Read more

First thing, let's fire all the cops

From the Left / Ted Rall /

In the latest shooting of an innocent civilian by a trigger-happy police officer, a white Fort Worth cop blew away a 28-year-old African American woman through her bedroom window as she played a video game with her 8-year-old nephew. Atatiana Jefferson's neighbor had called a nonemergency police number to request that they check on her because ...Read more

Vague Democrats in presidential race could learn a thing or two from Nancy Pelosi

From the Left / Clarence Page /

President Donald Trump's best-laid plans sometimes turn out to be little more than slogans.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi memorably called his bluff in a meeting between Trump and congressional leaders on the Syria situation.

The House had just voted, 354-60, on a rare and overwhelming bipartisan rebuke of the president's announced withdrawal of ...Read more

Trump's Syria policy is the result of a knowledge-free foreign policy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Has there ever been a foreign policy move that has produced more crises more quickly? Regardless of whether the ceasefire holds -- the Turks describe it as a 'pause' in their operations -- President Trump has allowed Turkey to unleash its forces on Syria, resulting in the abandonment of the Syrian Kurds and the empowerment of Bashar ...Read more

Trump is in a tailspin -- and dragging the country down with him

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The most powerful office in the world is occupied -- and being abused -- by a man who is entirely unfit and is spinning dangerously out of control. Everyone needs to stop pretending otherwise.

And it's all getting worse.

President Trump's train wreck of a performance Wednesday, at a meeting with congressional leaders, represented...Read more

The only thing over for coal country is coal

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

There is economic life after coal, and the sooner America's coal country concedes that coal as a power source is about dead, the sooner it can move on to better days. This is the reality of coal. It's on the way out whether President Donald Trump "digs" it or not.

Major U.S. coal companies are falling one by one. They've filed over half a dozen...Read more

The world is staring at Trump, mouth agape

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump stood in a crowded East Room on Wednesday afternoon with the Italian president at his side, scores of aides and reporters at his feet, and a bank of cameras relaying his words to millions.

Yet he seemed alone against the world.

The House on Wednesday condemned his sudden Syria pullout in a lopsided 354-to-60 vote....Read more

Buttigieg emerges as the new moderate alternative

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Who'd a thunk it?

In the post-mortem of the Democrats' Tuesday night debate, the consensus among the chattering class was that Pete Buttigieg not only had a strong night but also, in challenging Elizabeth Warren's "Medicare for All" plan, emerged as a moderate alternative (along with Joe Biden) to socialist Bernie Sanders and the like-minded ...Read more

Where to get the money to start fixing inequality

From the Left / Joe Conason /

(Editor's note: Joe Conason is off. The following column is by Jim Hightower.)

When Jesse Jackson ran a strong populist campaign for president in 1988, advocating bold new policies and programs to address inequality, establishment skeptics scoffed, "Where ya gonna get the money?" Jackson answered directly: "Get it from where it went."

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Why, when we see black people, do we so often see what isn't there?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The beam from his flashlight reflects off the glass, so we can't see what he saw.

But in a sense, we don't need to see what Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean saw to know what he saw, peering through that window. He saw something fearsome, a threat to life and limb. All this in the person of Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman, who ...Read more

Trump must stop his attacks on the press

From the Left / Amy Goodman /

President Donald Trump's daily fusillades against journalists and the news media are vile and reprehensible. Trump never misses a chance to assail the press at news conferences, White House "press sprays" under the roar of the presidential helicopter, and especially at his campaign rallies. Last week, at a three-day conference of Trump ...Read more

How toxic should we let political speech get?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

When I heard that President Donald Trump had condemned a violent video parody that depicted a fake Trump shooting mainstream media and his political critics, I wondered whether he actually was upset that he hadn't tweeted the grisly video first.

After all, the president was nowhere to be seen as he announced his criticism through a White House ...Read more