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Why Nancy Pelosi doesn't care what they say about her

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

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- "Do whatever you have to do. Just win, baby."

Nancy Pelosi's feisty, candid and pragmatic words to Harvard students on Tuesday reflected the House Democratic leader's full adaptation to the role of designated dart board for House Republicans. She granted full absolution to party hopefuls who think they'll enhance their ...Read more

I extend an invitation to Senator Warren to become a Jew

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Poor Elizabeth Warren.

She took President Trump's bait and submitted to a DNA test to demonstrate her Native American genealogy -- and, in so doing, may have doomed her presidential campaign before it began. Now the Massachusetts senator is not only enduring Trump's "Pocahontas" insults (at least when he's not calling another ...Read more

Khashoggi's demise reveals unpleasant truths

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The apparent murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist and U.S. resident, should force Americans to confront unpleasant truths about the Saudi regime -- and its enablers in the White House.

Let's understand first that there is nothing truly unusual about the Khashoggi crime, except for its location in...Read more

Sen. Warren tries to reclaim Indian roots, but Trump's isn't done with them yet

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to reclaim her Native American heritage, but President Donald Trump doesn't appear to be done with it yet.

Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who has been behaving like someone who is seriously considering a presidential run, surprised the political world on Monday by releasing DNA test results to back up her long-held...Read more

Young people, the GOP is scared of you

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

A word for young people, people of color and, in particular, young people of color:

The Republicans are scared of you.

Maybe you find that hard to believe. Maybe you wonder how the party can be scared of you -- or of anybody -- given that it controls all three branches of the federal government and most of the nation's state houses. You're ...Read more

Prince Jared finds himself in the wrong fairy tale

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

"Two princes: Kushner now faces a reckoning for Trump's bet on the heir to the Saudi throne"

-- Washington Post headline, Oct. 15

[Excerpted from: "Salmanella and the Glass Orb: How Prince Charming Met His Prince Charming"]

Once upon a time in the year 2017 -- before Ulysses S. Grant was recognized as a great general, before ...Read more

Trump's relentless lying threatens our democracy

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's constant, relentless, remorseless lying is a central feature of his presidency, an unprecedented threat to our democracy and -- in my view -- an impeachable offense.

I realize it does not qualify as news that Trump lies all the time. I also realize it is not always possible to draw a bright line between untruths ...Read more

'Going low' only validates Trump and debases America

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

Eric Holder, who has never been elected for anything in his life, has some advice for his fellow Democrats. Revising Michelle Obama's mantra -- "when they go low, we go high" -- Holder says "when they go low, we kick them." All through this great nation of ours, Republicans licked their chops. Someone should check to see if Holder is on the GOP ...Read more

The truth about the Trump economy

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

I keep hearing that although Donald Trump is a scoundrel or worse, at least he's presiding over a great economy.

"The single biggest story this year is an economic boom that is durable and lasting," White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said recently.

Really? Look closely at the living standards of most Americans, and you get a very ...Read more

Refugees should not be political fodder

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

In the madness of the Trump era, terrible things happen with almost no notice. An announcement is made, some news stories are written, and the issue quickly disappears, engulfed in a storm of crazy tweets and lies, followed by expressions of outrage among President Trump's foes.

A good example is the administration's decision last month to ...Read more

Inside every older man is the memory of a good left hook

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Being 61 years old, and damn near, kind of, semi-retired, I told my wife I was going to walk every day.

"Join a gym," she said. "You can join a gym for $10 a month, and you could go during the day when there are not too many people there."

"The only gyms I ever liked were boxing gyms," I said. "They're dirty and comfortable, and they don't ...Read more

The economy is crushing it - just like in 2008!

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

After the Dow Jones industrials plunged 832 points on Wednesday, Larry Kudlow, President Trump's chief economic adviser, walked up the White House driveway and proclaimed that there was no cause for concern. Not about the stock market, or turmoil in China's economy, or American casualties of Trump's trade fights, or the president's attempt to ...Read more

President Trump offers Medi-scare for all

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Maybe Donald Trump really believes his hype about the "lying media." That might explain why his effort to produce a commentary longer than a tweet contains enough falsehoods to have fact checkers working overtime.

His op-ed published Wednesday by USA Today mostly recycles old conservative attacks against government-run health care, spiced with ...Read more

America doesn't shrug

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

What if the end of the world came and nobody noticed?

It's not quite an idle question.

You see, something remarkable happened last week. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists working under the aegis of the United Nations, issued a report on our planet's health. ...Read more

The irrationality of baseball fans knows no bounds

From the Left / Mark Shields /

American philosopher Jerry Seinfeld famously exposed how irrational we American baseball fans must be: "Team loyalty is a kind of hard thing to justify, in the end. ... Every year, it's different guys. ... You're rooting for clothes, when you get right down to it. ... I want my team's clothes to beat the clothes from the other city. It's laundry...Read more

A cold war against China is won at home

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The Trump administration's most significant and lasting decisions will be about U.S. policy toward China. Far more consequential than even the Supreme Court's composition or immigration policy is whether the 21st century will be marked by conflict or cooperation between the two most prosperous and powerful countries on the planet. ...Read more

The tale of Taylor Swift and Kanye West is no 'Love Story'

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- When the big political news of the week involves Taylor Swift and Kanye West, we're in serious trouble. I'm trying to "Shake It Off," but I can't.

I don't mean to sound "Heartless," but we shouldn't have to pay the slightest attention to what those pop-music megastars think about the midterm election and President Trump. We do ...Read more

Wheeler just the latest example of a Trump adviser going bananas

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Just in time for the election, the Trump administration is back to its monkey business.

The acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency is the latest administration figure found to have trafficked racist imagery. HuffPost reported this week on Andrew Wheeler's "like" of a 2013 post showing President Obama and Michelle Obama...Read more

We survivors must keep on fighting

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I walked out of an alley more than 40 years ago, determined to fight.

My mother told me not to tell anyone because no decent man would have me.

And that made me angry. Teenage feminist. Why should I be ashamed of what happened to me? Why is it just fine to tell people how you were mugged at the park but not that you were raped in your parking ...Read more

Will Democrats out-populist Trump in Ohio?

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- "I think it's all about the dignity of work," says Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in an interview in the backseat of his Chevy Suburban. "I talk about how we value work. People who get up every day and work hard and do what we expect of them should be able to get ahead. I don't think they hear that enough from Republicans or ...Read more