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The wider Trump scandal

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

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's budget demonstrates the costs of accepting lies as a normal currency in politics, broken promises as a customary way of doing business, false claims of being "populist" as the equivalent of the real thing, and sloppiness as what we should expect from government.

Trump's fiscal plan was described as dead before ...Read more

A not-so-innocent abroad: Trump bumbles across the Middle East

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump arrived in Jerusalem this week with a most curious bit of information for Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

"We just got back from the Middle East," Trump announced. "We just got back from Saudi Arabia."

At this, the Israeli ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, put his forehead in his palm.

Did Trump not know ...Read more

Pouring water on concrete

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I call it pouring water on concrete. You make a splash, but nothing sinks in.

That's what it has felt like lately arguing via tweet and email with supporters of President Dumpster Fire who insist there is "no evidence" he did anything to merit the investigations and talk of impeachment he now faces.

It is, of course, an astounding claim.

...Read more

Bad press? Sometimes Donald Trump asks for it

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Have you heard about the new Harvard University study that alleges liberal media bias? It's a big story, especially in media that have a conservative bias.

"About the only people who deny widespread media bias these days are the people who are directly benefiting from it," said the conservative star of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," reacting to the ...Read more

The leakiest house on the block

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What's the leakiest house in Washington, D.C.? Here's a hint: It's on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Ask anyone who's been inside the White House lately. There's never been anything like it. Sinking ships leak. As do losing campaigns, lame-duck administrations, and most White Houses, eventually. But not in April and May of a president's first year in ...Read more

Trump's cruel budget is just more propaganda

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- So it has come to this: A Russian government-funded propaganda outfit schooling the Trump administration on the cruelty of its proposed federal budget.

Mick Mulvaney, President Trump's budget director, unveiled Trump's ghastly 2018 budget proposal Monday afternoon in the White House briefing room, and one point of pride was that ...Read more

Trump's house of betrayal

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- It is another stomach-turning development in the vast, unfolding scandal that is the Trump administration: President Trump's denigration of former FBI Director James Comey to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office. In a New York Times story, Trump is quoted as saying, "I just fired the head of the FBI. He was ...Read more

Can Captain Trump keep control of his ship?

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

Back in 1951, Herman Wouk published the definitive book about the Trump administration. He set it in 1943, during the war in the Pacific, aboard a destroyer-minesweeper skippered by a paranoid man with a compulsion to blame others for his mistakes. The captain was named Philip Francis Queeg, his ship was called the USS Caine and the novel was "...Read more

Can the pope save Trump?

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

WASHINGTON -- If anyone ever needed a conversion experience -- and fast -- it is President Trump. The issue here is not switching religions. What he could use is an honest examination of his conscience, his attitude toward himself and others, and his approach to what it means to be a leader.

Even to suggest such a possibility seems absurd, more...Read more

Marrying the Russians

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

The Russians appear to have been wooing President Donald Trump for a while, but Trump's outraged response to the idea that laws may have been broken indicates that there may have been a secret marriage.

Wooing is nice. Girlfriend is nice. Wife is nice, but wife is a whole different bowl of borscht.

Girlfriend you can get rid of pretty easy, ...Read more

Roger Ailes turned news into a lifestyle choice

From the Left / Clarence Page /

For years I boasted about graduating from the same university as Fox News chief Roger Ailes. My boast became somewhat muted after Ailes was forced out last year in a sexual harassment scandal.

Yet my fellow Ohio University graduate, who died Thursday morning at age 77, left such a deep and indelible impression on the worlds of politics and ...Read more

Trump attacked the free press, and he got exactly what he deserved

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The president has the greatest self-pity. The best!

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly," Donald Trump said this week as he heard the special prosecutor's footsteps.

Thus did our assured head of state, equal parts narcissistic and uninformed, rank his treatment ...Read more

An unsustainable presidency

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- So much for the notion that the second 100 days would be calmer or more reassuring.

As April drew to a close, and with it the artificial marker of the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, it was possible to conjure a relatively comforting scenario: It could have been worse.

After all, President Trump launched his ...Read more

Celebrating the rituals of spring

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I've been meaning to write this column for years.

The inspiration will invariably come some warm May evening as I am standing in the lobby of a downtown hotel and, suddenly, a limousine sweeps up and disgorges these boys in crisp tuxes, these girls in sparkly dresses, T-shirts and hoodies abandoned for the night, looking handsome and gorgeous ...Read more

Self-pity can be politically fatal

From the Left / Mark Shields /

In polls of American historians conducted over the past 17 years by C-SPAN, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt have consistently ranked -- along with George Washington -- among the three best U.S. presidents. Yet President Lincoln was vilified in life, referred to in print as "the Illinois ape," "the Ourang-Outang at the White House," a ...Read more

Trump vs. Comey is he said, he said

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- For most of his life, Donald Trump has found words to be his friends. He has used them to build his business, dramatize his achievements and embellish his accomplishments. As important, he has used them to explain away his missteps and to paper over his problems. He built a 58-story building in glass and steel, but through his ...Read more

Trump's persecution complex is frighteningly dangerous

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump believes he is being persecuted, and that is a frighteningly dangerous mindset for a man with such vast power.

Amid a week of dizzying developments on multiple fronts, Trump gave a graduation speech Wednesday at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy portraying himself as a victim, unfairly besieged by those who would ...Read more

A commander in chief without command of self

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump offered America a deal: He may cut ethical corners and trash democratic norms, but he would fix the country. After all, the argument went, things could hardly get worse.

They could. They did.

There are serious arguments to be made about the moral bankruptcy of Trumpism, with particular attention to its divisiveness, ...Read more

Rod Rosenstein saves the Republican Party from itself

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- With the stroke of a pen, Rod Rosenstein redeemed his reputation, preserved the justice system, pulled American politics back from the brink -- and, just possibly, saved the Republican Party and President Trump from themselves.

The deputy attorney general's memo Wednesday night announcing that he had appointed Robert Mueller as ...Read more

A quick end would be better

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

WASHINGTON -- There is really only one issue in American politics at this moment: Will we accelerate our way to the end of the Trump story, or will our government remain mired in scandal, misdirection and paralysis for many more months -- or even years?

There is a large irony in the politics behind this question. The Democrats' narrow interest ...Read more


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