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Trump's true talent is marketing failure as success

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump's recurring criticism of his predecessor is that he just didn't know how to make a deal. "Obama is not a natural deal maker," he tweeted in 2016, complaining that there was no accord on Syria. "Obama will attack Iran because of his inability to negotiate properly," he predicted incorrectly back in 2013. Trump was ...Read more

Trump knows words don't just describe reality -- they shape it

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump has many limitations, to put it mildly, but he is brilliant at the dark art of branding. Those seeking to hold him accountable had better study his technique -- and learn to fight fire with fire.

Witness how Trump is trying to use the word "spy" as a weapon against the FBI, the Justice Department and special ...Read more

Challenging Trump's Christian apologists

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

WASHINGTON -- Maybe it takes a royal wedding to offer lessons in what a good sermon sounds like.

Maybe it takes one of the world's most elitist institutions -- a monarchy, for goodness' sake -- to provide a view of Christianity rooted not in conservative cultural warfare (or unrelenting support for Donald Trump) but in an egalitarian love that ...Read more

House conservatives demand an investigation - of Hillary Clinton

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Robert S. Mueller III's investigation has won indictments against President Trump's former campaign chairman and 16 others and has secured guilty pleas from five people, including Trump's former national security adviser and two campaign advisers.

This can mean only one thing: It is time to reopen the investigation into Hillary ...Read more

Trump continues to fret over 'nasty women'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Who is kidding whom?

President Donald Trump claims he is trying to "improve women's health" by depriving them of medical advice, forcing their doctors to lie and increasing the cost of routine women's health care all at once.

He's back at it. If the Chinese won't listen to him, then why not beat up on women? Forget about picking on North Korea...Read more

'I was wrong' -- the three hardest words in the English language

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

They might be the three hardest words in the English language: "I was wrong."

Three simple syllables, but many of us find them unpronounceable. As in a Twitter critic who referred to me as "her" the other day.

"Her?" tweeted I. Whereupon, she launched into this tortured explanation of how my beard and name were not enough for her to determine ...Read more

Trump's already campaigning -- against the Russia probe

From the Left / Clarence Page /

President Donald Trump's unproved assertions that the FBI spied on his campaign puts a twist on an old trial lawyer's saying.

"If the facts are against you, argue the law," the saying goes. "If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table."

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Trump's big lies about the FBI

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Arguing with Donald Trump and the president's most fervent supporters is usually a wasted effort. If they truly believe his paranoid whining about "the deep state conspiracy" to oust him, they're not much interested in facts or logic.

Trump's increasing efforts to promote confusion over the origins and conduct of the Russia investigation ...Read more

The Banana States of America

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- By one key measure, it is now official: This is the most authoritarian Congress in history.

The House Rules Committee, meeting in its ornate chamber on the third floor of the Capitol on Monday night, sent two bills to the House floor under "closed" rules -- that is, legislation that must be rubber stamped in toto, without being ...Read more

Trump has hurled us into a constitutional crisis

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Stop waiting for the constitutional crisis that President Trump is sure to provoke. It's here.

On Sunday, via Twitter, Trump demanded that the Justice Department concoct a transparently political investigation, with the aim of smearing veteran professionals at Justice and the FBI and also throwing mud at the previous ...Read more

Bolton is the new Dr. Strangelove

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

If Stanley Kubrick were making his classic dark comedy "Dr. Strangelove" today, the part of Strangelove himself would not be modeled on a German scientist, but on an all-American type, born in Baltimore, educated at Yale and with no ominous physical tics -- like a barely repressed Nazi salute. Instead, he would have a shoe-brush mustache and the...Read more

Trump's curious coalition

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump's strategy for keeping power is to build up his coalition of America's white working class and the nation's ownership class.

It's a curious coalition, to say the least. But if Democrats don't respond to it, it could protect Trump from impeachment and even re-elect him. It just might create a permanent Republican majority around an ...Read more

Trump's dehumanization project

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

WASHINGTON -- It's never right to call other human beings "animals." It's not something we should even have to debate. No matter how debased the behavior of a given individual or group, no matter how much legitimate anger genuinely evil actions might inspire, dehumanizing others always leads us down a dangerous path.

This is why we need to ...Read more

The Columnist's Cookbook

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

When readers send me emails, they often ask me for one of my favorite recipes.

OK, so they don't.

Usually when readers send me emails, they call me a "filthy communist," suggest that I move to another country, or sometimes offer to shoot me in case I'm too scared of guns to shoot myself.

But it's a luxurious life being a columnist, and I ...Read more

When Harry marries Meghan, a most uncommon commoner

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Marrying up. That's what we usually say about a commoner who marries into a royal family. But by marrying Meghan Markle, you might say that Prince Henry of Wales -- better known to most of us as Prince Harry -- is marrying up too.

After all, Markle, 36, is more than just a pretty face. Before the Northwestern University theater graduate retired...Read more

For some, 'faith' has little to do with Jesus

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Today, we will discuss one of the most pressing threats to American Christianity. Meaning, of course, American Christians.

Yes, that's an overly broad statement. All those Christians whose faith requires them to live the Good News, to feed the hungry, to house the homeless, speak for the voiceless and welcome the stranger, surely do not ...Read more

Politics as (Un)usual

From the Left / Mark Shields /

In Marine Corps jargon, a "duty station" is the military base or camp where a Marine is assigned to live. Reflecting our national inclination both to romanticize what is past and to criticize what is current, Marines will regularly gripe that there is no duty station better than the one they just left and none worse than the one they're ...Read more

Teachers need more than appreciation

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and I intended to write on the subject, but a more newsy topic intervened. That's an apt metaphor for what is happening to the plight of teachers in America today. We live in a media environment in which the urgent often crowds out the important. But this week, I will stick to my plans.

In "...Read more

Actually, Mueller's 'witch hunt' is bagging flesh-and-blood villains

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Congratulations, America, indeed.

President Trump was being sarcastic when he tweeted, at 7:28 Thursday morning, "Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History ... and there is still No Collusion and No Obstruction."

A year into the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller,...Read more

Democrats must keep their eyes on the November prizes

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If political power were won by hand-wringing and anguished introspection, the Democratic Party would rule the galaxy.

The hum of obsessive and counterproductive worry is rising: President Trump's approval has crept up from abysmal to merely awful! Candidates from the party's progressive wing have won some House primaries! ...Read more