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Some students tolerate too much intolerance

From the Left / Clarence Page /

If they disagree with what you say, about half of America's college students believe they have right to prevent you from saying it.

That's just one of the eye-opening, jaw-dropping findings in a stunning new survey conducted by John Villasenor, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a ...Read more

The one and only Jackson Bezzant

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear Jackson Bezzant:

Hi, my name is Leonard. I read your dad's Facebook post about you and wanted to share some thoughts.

When I was your age, I was a shy, skinny kid with thick glasses, couldn't play kickball to save my life, always had my head in a book, lived alone in my own little world. All of this drew bullies to me like moths to a ...Read more

President Trump actually is making us crazy

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is making us ill. He's also driving us crazy.

Since I wrote last week about the possibility that Trump is literally killing me (in the form of high blood pressure), the reaction has been, as the kids say, sick.

From the left came a flood of responses from people experiencing all manner of symptoms, real or ...Read more

How Trump is helping to save our democracy

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

The election of Donald Trump could be one of the best things that ever happened to American democracy.

We say this even though we believe that Trump poses a genuine danger to our republican institutions and has done enormous damage to our country. He has violated political norms, weakened our standing in the world and deepened the divisions of ...Read more

Three men who saved baseball from itself

From the Left / Mark Shields /

From Aug. 10, 1994, to April 25, 1995, Major League Baseball went on strike. The 1994 World Series was canceled. Fans, furious at both management and the players, voted with their feet by staying away afterward. Average attendance at games fell by more than a fifth, and -- of more urgent concern to the owners -- total revenues dropped by one-...Read more

Why Trump is so wrong on Iran

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The dangers of arrogance and ignorance are nowhere more starkly illustrated than in Donald Trump's Oval Office, where anguished advisers seek constantly to steer a rogue president away from international disaster. And now the stakes of his stubborn stupidity have gone nuclear.

Having disparaged the Iran nuclear deal for years -- without ...Read more

Trump's embrace of a post-American world

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- President Trump's speech to the United Nations was well delivered. But it was a strange mishmash of topics and tones, in parts celebrating realpolitik but then also asserting the importance of freedom and democracy. There was, however, one overriding theme -- the embrace of nationalism. And in striking that chord, Donald Trump did ...Read more

The devolution of repeal-and-replace

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Motivated by the cynical aims of fulfilling a bumper-sticker campaign promise and lavishing tax cuts on the wealthy, Republicans are threatening to pass a health care bill they know will make millions of Americans sicker and poorer. Do they think we don't see what they're doing?

Does Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, think we didn't ...Read more

Trump's tough talk makes us weaker

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

NEW YORK -- The worst aspect of President Trump's speech at the United Nations on Tuesday was not his immature taunting of a dangerous foreign leader when the stakes far outweigh those of a schoolyard fight.

Calling North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" may make Trump happy by reminding him of the glory days of "Little Marco," "Lyin' ...Read more

No one listens to women when they speak around here

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Over the weekend, the president of the United States retweeted to his 38 million Twitter followers a video clip doctored to show him driving a golf ball off the tee and between the shoulder blades of Hillary Clinton -- "CrookedHillary" in the tweet -- knocking the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee to the...Read more

Sean Spicer at the Emmys no laughing matter

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"Was nothing real?" -- Jim Carrey in "The Truman Show"

Funny covers a multitude of sins.

That has long been my go-to explanation of a dynamic unique to comedy. Meaning the fact that you are allowed to be crude and shocking, to transgress all kinds of isms, all bounds of propriety, if you can get a laugh in the process.

Sean Spicer got a laugh...Read more

Why I appreciate the 'Vietnam syndrome'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

About a dozen of us strolled wearily and unhappily into the Greyhound bus station early that morning on a date that we would never forget. It was Nov. 19, 1969, the date that our government told us to report for the military draft.

Suddenly, as we were looking around the bus station to see which line to stand in next, the ...Read more

A Trump lawyer caught gabbing about Russia at lunch racks up career errors

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Ty Cobb is really batting a thousand.

The White House lawyer, who shares a name with the baseball legend he claims as a distant relative, has earned fame in his own right this week. He has set Washington atwitter because he had a loud conversation while lunching al fresco outside BLT Steak, a downtown D.C. restaurant, with Trump's...Read more

The High Holidays

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

This week, Jews around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashana, the New Year, the high holidays.

It is a very strange time to be Jewish in America.

The first president with a Jewish daughter and Jewish grandchildren, the first Jewish "zayde" (grandpa) in the White House, has taught a new generation the lasting power of anti-Semitism. As the ...Read more

The danger of dynastic wealth

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs, said recently that "only morons pay the estate tax."

I'm reminded of Donald Trump's comment that he didn't pay federal income taxes because he was "smart." And billionaire Leona Helmsley's comment that "only the little people pay taxes."

What Cohn was getting at ...Read more

The Boss Is a Weasel

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I don't want single-payer health insurance.

You know why?

Because I think the company you work for ought to give you health insurance. I think it's your employer's responsibility.

There, I've said it.

I've said the great forbidden thing in 2017, which is that your employer owes you something other than a paycheck.

It's forbidden to say ...Read more

President Trump says he's not a racist; he only sounds like one

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I love us Americans. When we're not arguing about politics, we argue about people who are arguing about politics.

I woke up Friday morning to a Twitterstorm from President Donald Trump, whom I follow so you don't have to.

After firing away at such obligatory topics as the Islamic State, North ...Read more

What did Jemele Hill get wrong?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Let's consider the evidence.

He was sued for systematically refusing to rent to African Americans and settled out of court.

He demanded the death penalty for five black and Hispanic kids charged in the notorious Central Park jogger rape case -- and refuses to recant to this day, though the young men were long ago exonerated and set free.

He ...Read more

The Vietnam War 2017

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Three aging U.S. veterans of the war in Vietnam, each of whom still bears the scars of battle, took their seats on the stage of Washington's Kennedy Center on a cool September evening. They were there to discuss Ken Burns' historic 18-hour PBS project, "The Vietnam War," which will deservedly earn the nation's attention. The three -- John ...Read more

Is Kim Jong Un crazy and unpredictable -- or smart and strategic?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

LONDON -- I am sometimes asked what world figure I would most want to interview. For me, the answer is obvious: Kim Jong Un. The general impression around the globe continues to be that the North Korean leader is crazy, provocative and unpredictable, but I think that he might well be strategic, smart and utterly rational. Since I am unlikely to ...Read more