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It's Up To You to See the Good Happening Around You

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In traffic downtown, the man next to me wanted to get over in my lane. I slowed up a little and let him in. His hand went out the window, and I lifted mine to return what I anticipated was an incoming obligatory thank-you wave. Instead, he extended his middle finger. This threw me off until I saw the car in front of him return the gesture. The ...Read more

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From the Left / Joe Conason /


Schadenfreude Express: Democrats Should Beware Of Hubris

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger came up with a good line about the Iran-Iraq War, the vicious conflict of attrition between Iraq's ...Read more

How My Husband Taught Me to Be Grateful for the Moment

When I met my husband, Felipe, he seemed to sum up my biggest life lesson with his mere existence. The circumstances surrounding his position in my path forced me to come to terms with abandonment issues I'd been avoiding for a long time.

Before Felipe, I thought that if I left myself subject to vulnerability, I would not survive the infliction...Read more

No One Should Have To Earn a Living

From the Left / Ted Rall /

The other day, I caught myself using the phrase "earn a living." For the first time in my life, I questioned myself.

The idea that one must "earn a living" is the fundamental assumption of capitalism. When you stop to think about it, that's some extreme libertarianism.

Americans are constitutionally guaranteed the right to speak freely, ...Read more

The Brown Catholic Air

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

When President John F. Kennedy died, he took the brown Catholic air with him.

The brown Catholic air was in the corners and stairwells of Catholic schools in the working-class neighborhoods, along the brown wood bannister, and it was across the street in the church, in the brown corners, where the sexton hadn't pushed his broom deep enough to ...Read more

Time for Democrats to Primary AOC

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Hakeem Jeffries seems poised to replace Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democrats. A Black political moderate, the Brooklyn congressman is often likened to Barack Obama. Even-tempered, he is known to "play" with most of the children in Washington. And at 52, he represents generational change from the 82-year-old Pelosi.

Who among Democrats ...Read more

The Two Parties Are Not the Same

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Sixty is the magic number to beat a filibuster in the United States Senate. Sixty votes means a bill is on its way to becoming law, at least as far as the Senate is concerned.

Sixty-two votes is how many the gay marriage bill received in the Senate last week.

Twelve Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to support legislation protecting the ...Read more

American Carnage? Been There, Done That!

From the Left / Bill Press /

We survived four years of Donald Trump, but he just won’t go away. Like a zombie, he’s now trying to come back from the politically dead. And, given today’s toxic political environment – where anything goes, no matter how ugly or extreme – that very prospect has raised fears of democracy destroyed.

Civil libertarians warn about what ...Read more

Biden Must Demand Freedom For Alaa Abd El-Fattah

From the Left / Amy Goodman /

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

CAIRO -- There are dictators in the world who wield absolute power, and then there are U.S. senators. Very few understand the power these 100 individuals hold in the world's most powerful country. A single senator can effectively block any legislation. They don't need to give a reason, and often do it ...Read more

Giving Thanks to Madam Speaker

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON -- Journalists don't cry. It's in the code of conduct. Yet tears welled in my eyes in the House press gallery when Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave her farewell speech as Speaker, though she will stay on in Congress.

Reader, the stem-winder at high noon brought down the house. Clad in gleaming white, like a modern suffragette, Pelosi ...Read more

Which Food Future Will You Choose?

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

It's time to talk turkey!

No, not the Butterball who just announced another bid for office. I'm talking about the real thing, the big bird, 46 million of which we Americans will devour on this Thanksgiving Day.

It was the Aztecs who first domesticated the gallopavo , but leave it to the Spanish explorers to "foul up" the bird's origins...Read more

Elon Musk's New Toy

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

For Christmas, one year, my folks got my kid brother a tank.

This thing could roll across the floor, the turret turned and it made battle sounds. That may not sound like much, but this was 1966 — color TV was like showing fire to a cave man — so this toy was the eighth wonder of the world. And what did Keith do with it? He cut the wires. On...Read more

Despite Today’s Bad News, Good People Offer Good Reasons to Give Thanks

From the Left / Clarence Page /

In a world boiling over with bad news, you can find it increasingly hard to pause and seriously ponder the value of giving thanks, even on the holiday created for that solemn purpose.

Yet, even in darkest times, we still have homegrown heroes who remind us how, at the very least, things could be worse.

Take, for example, the newsmaker who just...Read more

Schadenfreude Express: Democrats Should Beware Of Hubris

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger came up with a good line about the Iran-Iraq War, the vicious conflict of attrition between Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. "Pity," Kissinger quipped, "both sides can't lose."

Democrats elated by Republicans' poor showing in the 2022 midterms are taking similar pleasure ...Read more

Please Drop the First-Elected Whatever

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Is it really news that Karen Bass will become the first female mayor of Los Angeles? In an era where women have already run Chicago, Phoenix, Fort Worth, Charlotte, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Boston, the gender of the new Los Angeles mayor should not have dominated the headlines, as it did in numerous media.

This obsession ...Read more

He's Baaack

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

“Here you come again, just when I’ve begun to get myself together...” – Dolly Parton

He’s back.

Granted, he never really left. Unlike other former presidents, Donald Trump didn’t disappear from the daily news cycle once he departed the White House. Thanks to his legal troubles, the hearings into the Jan. 6 insurrection and ...Read more

From Barter Trade in Ancient Mesopotamia to 21st Century 'Capitalism of Nothingness,' Part I

One day sometime between 2063 and 2060 B.C., in the extinct Sumerian town of Drehem, in the outskirts of the also extinct city of Nippur (in present day Iraq), a public scribe recorded the disbursement of 574 cow hides. In exchange for what? The cuneiform tablet does not say, but it could have been silver, textiles, pottery or any number of ...Read more

'Just Another Bimbo'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

If she hadn't married the governor of California, she would've been "just another bimbo" who engaged in "transactional sex" to get ahead.

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer, in an opening statement straight out of the 1980s, reportedly dismissed and disparaged Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who took the stand this ...Read more

Only Biden Can Stop This Political Dumpster Fire Redux

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Grover Cleveland beat Benjamin Harrison in 1884. The same men faced off in 1888, with the opposite result. A second rematch took place in 1892, and Cleveland was restored. If you died in 1892, you didn't miss a thing during your first four years of death.

What could be drearier or more indicative of calcified politics, save for four consecutive...Read more

The Lowest Form of Political Comedy

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Now that the Republicans have eked out a tiny majority in the next Congress, their leaders have announced the party's legislative agenda: zero legislation but endless "investigation."

Nobody except small children could have been surprised by the House Republican announcement, which was like a rollout touting the sequel of a mediocre sci-fi ...Read more