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Keep focus on killing cruel health care bill

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Focus, America, focus. The most urgent task right now is to make sure a stake is driven through the heart of the Republican effort to gut Medicaid and balloon the ranks of the uninsured.

I know that the Russia investigations are charging ahead, with Capitol Hill appearances by members of President Trump's inner circle scheduled ...Read more

Donald Trump's lost opportunity

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- There are many ways to evaluate the Trump presidency at the six-month mark. What I am struck by is the path not taken, the lost opportunity. Donald Trump had many flaws, but during the campaign, he tapped into a real set of problems facing America and a deep frustration with the existing political system. Additionally, he embraced ...Read more

An American president's subservience toward Russia

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- In the normal course of events, the revelation of attempted collusion with Russia to determine the outcome of a presidential election might cause an administration to overcorrect in the other direction. A president might find ways to confront the range of Russian aggression, including cyber-aggression, if only to avoid the ...Read more

The President and the Attorney General

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"It's Bobby," President-elect John F. Kennedy supposedly whispered, announcing that he had chosen his brother as his attorney general.

A brother or sister is what every president wants. The attorney general is the only Cabinet member who can effectively take the president's job away.

So of course the president is upset with his attorney ...Read more

Democrats finally have an agenda. Here's what it looks like.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "The Democrats," Vice President Pence said recently, "have already settled on their agenda, and it can be summed up in one word: resist."

He isn't the only one with that view of Democrats. In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, only 37 percent of Americans think the Democratic Party "stands for something," while 52 percent ...Read more

On Sessions, Trump ignores the facts and the law

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- It is no surprise, but it is still a shock, to see how little President Trump understands about the independence of the Justice Department and the importance of the rule of law.

Trump's jaw-dropping interview with The New York Times featured an unprecedented and unvarnished invitation to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to quit, an ...Read more

Why Obamacare won and Trump lost

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

WASHINGTON -- The collapse of the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a monumental political defeat wrought by a party and a president that never took health care policy or the need to bring coverage to millions of Americans seriously. But their bungling also demonstrates that the intense attention to Obamacare over the last ...Read more

What will Callista Gingrich do as ambassador to the Vatican?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Let us consider the qualifications of President Trump's nominee to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Holy See: one Callista Gingrich of Virginia.

She is a former clerk on the House Agriculture Committee.

She is the author of children's books about an elephant named Ellis.

She ...Read more

NRA cowardly fights for 'the white to bear arms'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It began in April.

That's when there appeared on YouTube an NRA recruitment video that raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. Speaking through a jaw clenched tight enough to crack walnuts, with an intensity that suggested a major artery might blow out at any second, conservative pundit Dana Loesch described an America wracked by carnage...Read more

Obamacare wins again; Thanks, Mr. Trump

From the Left / Clarence Page /

After Republicans spectacularly failed to gather enough votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump should consider changing his slogan from "Make America Great Again" to "Hey, We Tried."

And somewhere, I am so sure, former President Barack Obama is smiling.

His signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, otherwise ...Read more

'That's Politics'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

So it doesn't matter, you see, according to @realdonaldtrump (aka the president of the United States), that his son, son-in-law and campaign manager were looking for Russian help to turn the election, specifically for trash the Kremlin might contribute about Hillary Clinton; it doesn't matter that Vladimir Putin himself might have been in the ...Read more

The Trump standard

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

What did Donald Trump say when confronted with proof that his son jumped at the prospect of meeting with a "Russian government attorney" offering to dish dirt on Hillary Clinton as "part of Russia and its government's support" for his candidacy?

Trump said "many people would have held that meeting."

The next day, Trump revised "many" to "most,...Read more

Smoke and Stetsons from Trump on jobs

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- A disturbing scene unfolded at the White House on Monday afternoon. A hook-and-ladder firetruck and a utility bucket truck pulled up to the South Portico and extended their rescue arms in the vicinity of the Truman Balcony.

Had the first lady finally decided to make a break for it?

Did President Trump need to be talked off the ...Read more

The country deserves better -- much better

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It's exhausting, I know, but don't let outrage fatigue numb you to the moral bankruptcy and gross incompetence of the Trump administration. This ugly departure from American norms and values must be opposed with sustained passion -- and with the knowledge that things will probably get worse before they get better.

Heaven help us, ...Read more

The unfolding nightmare in Somalia

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

BAIDOA, Somalia -- This town was liberated from the control of al-Shabab (an Islamist insurgent group) five years ago. But "liberated" is a relative term. The security bubble created by the presence of United Nations and Ethiopian military forces reaches less than 10 miles outside of town, leaving just a short hike to terroristland. Women I met ...Read more

Could mercenaries end America's longest war?

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, I differed with a friend who said I was wrong to support an invasion of Afghanistan to root out al-Qaida and punish the Taliban. I said America had no choice but to make the terrorists and their Afghan host pay for what they had done. I insisted I was right. That, amazingly was almost 16 years...Read more

Why Trump Jr. should release more emails

From the Left / Joe Conason /

For many months, Donald J. Trump and his closest associates have assured Americans that their presidential campaign had "absolutely no contact" with any Russians seeking to influence the course of the 2016 presidential election. Among those who issued the most vehement denials were Paul Manafort, the Washington influence peddler who served as ...Read more

Behind the Trump team's bluster, a dark legal strategy

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's attorney, Jay Sekulow, seems to be an adherent of the just-yell-louder-school of legal argumentation. That tactic was on vivid display again Sunday, as the blustering lawyer made the full round of talk shows. It might have been the most striking part of Sekulow's performance, but it wasn't the most ominous.

He ...Read more

Hillbilly Huntin'

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency with the votes of people who have never been to a Whole Foods, American writers and reporters have been hillbilly huntin'.

If you work for a big city newspaper with a national circulation, or a magazine that prints cartoons that aren't funny, chances are your editor didn't think Trump was going to ...Read more

How to be a proper 'elitist' in the age of Trump

From the Left / Clarence Page /

"Elitist," as Time magazine culture critic William A. Henry observed in his 1994 book "In Defense of Elitism," has begun to rival if not outstrip "racist" as the "foremost catchall pejorative of our times."

Henry later passed away, but the malady that he described lingers on. The latest evidence of decline in our regard for the upper crust pops...Read more

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