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Why Biden can’t govern from the center

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

I keep hearing that Joe Biden will govern from the “center.” He has no choice, they say, because he’ll have razor-thin majorities in Congress and the Republican Party has moved to the right.

Rubbish. I’ve served several Democratic presidents who have needed Republican votes. But the Republicans now in Congress are nothing like those I��...Read more

But he wasn’t Black

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

To the Republican Party:

As the Trump administration stumbles through its final hours, it seems a proper time to offer a summation of the era just past. Ordinarily, this calls for analytical heavy lifting. One seeks to reconcile a mosaic of accomplishments, failures and compromises into a single coherent portrait.

With Trump, however, the task...Read more

55 hours binge-watching the never-before-seen and the unimaginable (America, Jan. 4-7): Part II

Jan. 5, c. 11:50 p.m.: Vote-count reports continue streaming in. It has become clear that Raphael Warnock will win the disputed Senate seat. Jon Ossoff, meanwhile, will likely squeeze a victory of his own. TV networks and news agencies are not yet ready, however, to project winners.

And what if Ossoff's victory margin is less than 0.5%? That ...Read more

Can we force people to get vaccinated to keep their jobs?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I don't think there is anyone in America with a phone who hasn't seen the graphic pictures of the Capitol under siege, or hasn't read the harrowing accounts of those trapped inside barricaded rooms.

Whatever else they may have done wrong, the Capitol Police protected everyone who was legitimately in the Capitol.

Inside the Beltway, the ...Read more

Congress votes to arm violent mobs that storm through capitols around the world

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Terrified political leaders watched the police who were assigned to protect them melt away. They fled as an angry mob of hooligans, riled up by sketchy allegations of rigged elections, stormed up the stairs of the government building that hosted the debates and deliberations of their venerable democracy. The rioters, reactionary right-wingers ...Read more

White people push back against the hand on the clock

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Donald J. Trump is the white mans' last stand, or at least I think many of his supporters look at him that way. If you understand that, you understand why they voted for such an unqualified disaster of a candidate, and you understand why they'll kill police officers to save him.

While newspapers, books and movies celebrate the civil rights ...Read more

Twitter’s action against Trump opens a can of First Amendment worms

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Ironies abound in the debate over free speech, now that Twitter has taken away President Donald Trump’s favorite bullhorn.

“We are living Orwell’s 1984,” his son Donald Trump Jr. tweeted in his dad’s defense on his own Twitter account. “Free-speech no longer exists in America.”

Oh, it’s not that bad. Junior’s Twitter remained...Read more

Republicans are getting stripped of money

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

With much of corporate America vowing to withhold donations to Republican insurrectionists, party leaders have a choice to make. The Trump cult or the money? The money or the Trump cult?

One hoped that love of country and its democratic institutions would have been reason enough to strongly condemn fellow Republicans who tried to overturn the ...Read more

A message from the hot pot: It's about vaccines

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

There's a message we are hearing every day: Somehow, by June or July, everyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one.

You will survive, if you live that long.

I understand congressional anger. I hope we all share that anger.

In our civil state, these are the Holy Temples literally stomping on the Constitution.

But there is only one ...Read more

Who's really behind the desecration of our Capitol?

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

What exploded in our nation's Capitol on Jan. 6 is an outrage, a desecration of America's democratic ideals!

But I don't merely mean the ransacking and terrorizing of Congress by violent Trumpeteers who were deluded by the lying, megalomaniacal president into thinking they could throw out the votes of 81 million citizens. Rather, let's also ...Read more

We tolerated Trump's racism, misogyny, and lies; And then he set the mob on us

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

America has our own "Capitolnacht." It shall cut and burn our conscience as Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, in Nazi Germany announced a civilized country's descent into dark evil and racial supremacy. Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger compared the Nazis to the Proud Boys.

1938 history wouldn't happen here because we Americans have ...Read more

We let ‘em up easy once before and we’re still dealing with the repercussions

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

On April 4, 1865, Abraham Lincoln went to Richmond.

With the Civil War all but won, the president wanted to tour the rebel capital. There, he met a Union general who asked how the conquered city should be treated. “If I were in your place, I’d let ‘em up easy,’” said Lincoln. “Let ‘em up easy.”

This was in concordance with his ...Read more

Shame: Trump's apologists owe America an apology

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

The neo-fascist mob that bashed in Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick's skull with a fire extinguisher, wielded lead pipes, ransacked Congress and terrorized members of Congress have a plausible claim that they were only following orders -- those of the president of the United States. Donald Trump had told them it was their duty to come to ...Read more

Media have every right to cancel Trump

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

So, President Donald Trump has been booted off Twitter, as of now forever. Facebook also gave him the heave-ho. Apple and Google, meanwhile, have tossed the riot-friendly Parler app out of their stores.

Parler became a social media cave for the Trump-inspired looters, vandals, cop killers and other social misfits who rampaged through the ...Read more

Trump attempted a coup and must be removed

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Call me old-fashioned, but when the president of the United States encourages armed insurgents to breach the Capitol and threaten the physical safety of Congress in order to remain in power, I call it an attempted coup.

Last week’s rampage left five dead, including a Capitol police officer who tangled with the pro-Trump mob. We’re fortunate...Read more

Sweep them away like the garbage they are

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So what now?

A few things, actually. But before we get to them, we must recognize last week’s insurrectionist rampage at the Capitol for what it was. It is being seen, and not wrongly, as the angry response of delusional right-wingers lied into believing a presidential election was stolen. It is being framed, and not without reason, as the ...Read more

55 hours binge-watching the never-before-seen and the unimaginable (America, Jan. 4-7): Part I

Notepad and pen in my right hand, TV remote control in the other, caffeine doses taken as needed. This will be a news-heavy week.

Trump's Speech on the Eve of the U.S. Senate Runoff Elections in Georgia (Jan. 4, c. 8:50 p.m.)

Neither MSNBC nor CNN are airing the speech. I am curious as to how far (low) President Donald Trump will go. Will he ...Read more

Merrick Garland will restore the Justice Department to its real role

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Amid Wednesday's riots, President-elect Joe Biden's selection of Judge Merrick Garland as attorney general was not the front-page story it otherwise would have been.

In watching the horror of terrorists taking over the Capitol, the only consolation that got me through the day was the knowledge that my old friend will soon be running the Justice...Read more

Biden and the Democrats could change everything. But they won't try.

From the Left / Ted Rall /

"When someone shows you who they are," Maya Angelou said, "believe them the first time." We're about to be reminded who and what the corporate-owned Democratic Party is -- something it showed us in 2009.

A pair of upset victories in the widely watched pair of Georgia senatorial runoff elections has handed Democrats what they said they needed to...Read more

"Right In der Fuhrer's face" is the war cry of the unafraid

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

"When Der Fuhrer says we is de master race "We heil (pfft) heil (pfftt) right in der Fuhrer's face."

--Recorded in late 1942 by Spike Jones and his City Slickers

It is us. The Americans. In a year when the world was on fire, a novelty band fond of sound effects, recorded "Der Fuhrer's Face," a comic song sung in a German accent ...Read more