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The GOP majority's last words: But her emails!

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

Republicans, in the waning hours of their eight-year reign in the House, are using this precious time to do what they love best: investigating Hillary Clinton's emails.

The House Oversight Committee had one last item on this year's calendar -- a hearing Thursday on the Clinton Foundation. But it didn't stop there! Republicans and their ...Read more

After reading Epstein's victims' account, how does Labor Secretary Acosta sleep at night?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Editor's Note: Leonard Pitts, Jr. is away. The following column is by Carl Hiaasen.

Stephen King himself would be challenged to invent a fictional villain as monstrous as Jeffrey Epstein, but Epstein is real.

And, despite mountainous evidence of stomach-churning crimes, today he is free as a bird -- thanks to the man who now sits as the...Read more

Most wasted of all days: One without laughter

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Most American political leaders would agree with the poet e.e. cummings, who wisely wrote: "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." For example, then-presidential nominee George W. Bush garbled in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Oct. 18, 2000, "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream." Once elected, Bush 43 was ...Read more

We are a family, and a stronger one, because of Tudy

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

We lived on the fourth floor during the Watergate Summer. We were Wellesley Washington interns, two Jews who looked like Jews (Karen and me), an Armenian girl who looked Armenian (Suzanne) and Tudy, the black girl. It didn't occur to us to call it the Penthouse. It was a walk-up, and it was 100 degrees every day. We called it the Ghetto.

We ...Read more

Trump's latest miscalculation: Underestimating Nancy Pelosi

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Editor's note: Clarance Page is away. The following column is by Jules Witcover.

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, who has declared the American press "the enemy of the people," invited some of them into the Oval Office Tuesday to witness his meeting with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic congressional leaders....Read more

I won't gloat. I won't gloat.

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

As the toothed trap closes on Donald Trump, he contemplates going coyote, and chewing through his own leg, leaving it behind and limping off into the underbrush to either heal or grow a new one.

In other words, he dithers and jitters on the edge of a revolution, beginning, and not timidly, to call for said revolution, a rising up of "We the ...Read more

Urban-rural chasm defines new Western political divide

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- For Steve Bannon, the way to create an enduring populist majority is to combine forces on the left and right. That's why he was in Italy earlier this year, where parties representing those two sides joined together in a governing alliance. That's why Bannon hopes to wean some of Bernie Sanders' supporters away from the Democratic ...Read more

Trump has been walking a tightrope of lies, and now he is teetering

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- There was plenty of awful legal news for President Trump this week, but the worst may have come from an official who hasn't yet been sworn in.

Letitia James, who will become the New York state attorney general next month, told NBC she plans to "use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions ...Read more

Six steps to surviving a job in the Trump administration

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- So you are about to accept President Trump's offer to be White House chief of staff. On behalf of a grateful nation, thank you. We were worried nobody would take the job.

You say you have no experience in government or politics. Not a problem! Nobody else in the White House knows how to run a country, either. And don't be alarmed ...Read more

Don't just laugh at Trump's fecklessness

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

WASHINGTON -- The democratic world is burning, and we have a president obsessed with a purely symbolic, trivial, and politically manipulative fight over a wall -- a giant piece of concrete that he laughably promised would be paid for by Mexico.

You can surely be entertained by President Trump's encounter Tuesday with Democratic leaders Nancy ...Read more

Republican respect for the rule of law has diminished substantially

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Those old enough to recall the presidential politics of the 1990s may still hear a certain righteous sentence ringing in their ears: "We must uphold the rule of law."

With irrefutable simplicity, those words were uttered in numbing repetition by the Republicans who pursued Bill and Hillary Clinton for years, at a cost of millions, over "...Read more

Emergency! It's time for Trump to fabricate another crisis!

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Robert Mueller is circling, recessionary clouds are building, and Democrats are rising to power. For President Trump, this can mean only one thing: It's time to fabricate a new crisis.

And that's exactly what he's doing.

Trump summoned Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to the Oval Office on Tuesday for what was supposed to be a ...Read more

The lost and the entitled

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Leonard Pitts is away. Today's column is by Robert Koehler.

When I popped open the old laptop, the Geek Squad guy said maybe I should dust it off.

He slid a canister of Endust toward me. "Spray the cloth," he said, "not the machine."

I started choking on my sense of humiliation. This ...Read more

The perfect cover letter for aspiring White House chiefs of staff

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I awoke on Monday to find myself in complete agreement with President Trump.

"Democrats can't find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey's testimony," he tweeted, repeating that there is "No Smocking Gun."

This is true! Though Trump appears to be in considerable legal trouble, no one investigating ...Read more

What has the president been 'smocking'?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump was up early Monday morning, tweeting falsely that investigators have found "No Smocking Gun" that proves he did anything wrong. He meant "smoking," of course. His vision must be clouded by the haze.

In a sentencing memorandum for the president's one-time personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, federal prosecutors in ...Read more

Is America great again yet?

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

WASHINGTON -- OK, America, are we great again yet? Are we respected throughout the world? Are the Chinese quaking in their boots as we hike tariffs? Has Saudi Arabia come clean about murdering a Washington Post columnist after covering up the atrocity so clumsily that you could almost see blood dripping from the hands of the crown prince? If ...Read more

A tip for Tariff Man

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

"I am a Tariff Man," Trump tweeted last week. "When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. ... We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN."

I'm sorry, Mr. President, but you got this wrong. Tariffs are paid by American consumers. About ...Read more

The utterly lawless 'Individual-1'

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "Individual-1" has a singular problem: His own Justice Department says he directed a crime.

Late Friday, U.S. prosecutors -- ordinary prosecutors, not the ones working for Robert Mueller's supposed rogue witch hunt -- filed papers in court saying President Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen admitted "he acted in coordination with ...Read more

Are Republicans abandoning democracy?

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

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's critics have good reason to focus on the threats he poses to democracy and the rule of law. But the president is not alone in his party.

In case after case, Republicans have demonstrated an eagerness to undercut democracy and tilt the rules of the game if doing so serves their ideological interests. The quiet coup ...Read more

Stop taking Donald Trump's picture

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

As a columnist who writes some pretty un-pretty things about President Donald Trump, I'm about to briefly leave the pack of wolves howling for his death.

They buried former President George H.W. Bush the other day. Trump was there, and cameras got him looking bored, or un-presidential, or not reciting the Apostles' Creed.

This is the ...Read more


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