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The education of Donald Trump -- and us

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- There are so many unusual, unprecedented aspects of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office that it’s hard to know where to begin. By his own yardstick, the number of promises unfulfilled is staggering. During the campaign, Trump said he would ask for a bill repealing Obamacare “my first day in office.” He said he would ...Read more

Trump has failed to meet our low expectations

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- As we cross the finish line of Donald Trump’s first 100 days, no leader in recent memory has benefited more from low expectations. A more typical president who tumbled from an approval rating in the high 60s to one in the low 40s would be in a political crisis. Trump’s current performance is only a slight dip from his divisive ...Read more

Trump tax plan: Plant beans and wait for the beanstalk

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- You would think that the Trump administration, with so many emigres from the business world, could at least perform simple arithmetic. Judging by the president’s looney-tunes tax plan, you would be wrong.

As usual for President Trump, he has offered few details. But the outlines of his proposal, released Wednesday, are nothing ...Read more

In praise of President Trump (really)

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I’ve written a million columns critical of Donald Trump, give or take. This one is in praise.

His campaign was a toxic stew of dog whistles to white nationalists and at times overt anti-Semitism. He continued during his first weeks in office to flirt with the racist fringe; his administration excised any mention of Jews from a ...Read more

Trump’s true 100-day achievement

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

WASHINGTON -- In the outpouring of commentary on President Trump’s first 100 days in office, his greatest single achievement is almost never mentioned, which is itself a sign of what a major triumph it is: We are not talking much about whether Russia colluded with Trump’s campaign to help elect him.

Our distraction was not inevitable. ...Read more

The president goes bananas

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Yet again, it's that pesky Constitution and those federal judges who take so seriously their obligation to uphold it, even when the king -- excuse me, the president -- is on the other side.

Being president, as Donald Trump is discovering, is nothing like being the boss of a reality television show, where you can go around telling people who ...Read more

Apparently repealing Obamacare could violate international law

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- We’ve already seen that repealing Obamacare is politically perilous. Now there’s a new complication: It may also violate international law.

The United Nations has contacted the Trump administration as part of an investigation into whether repealing the Affordable Care Act without an adequate substitute for the millions who ...Read more

Let Ann Coulter speak

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So it looks like Ann Coulter just turned the volume up to 11 and broke off the knob.

The reference is to her ongoing dispute with UC Berkeley, which declined to provide her a venue for a speech she was contracted to give on campus Thursday. As more than one observer has pointed out, in canceling a speaking engagement by the right-wing flame ...Read more

The first 100 days -- Trump and the degradation of the presidency

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump's failure to accomplish much or any of his agenda during his first 100 days as president shouldn't blind us to the vast harm he has done in this comparatively short time to our system of government, especially his degradation of the presidency.

From early in the republic, we have looked at the office of the president as a focal ...Read more

At Capitol Hill ‘joint session,’ prayers go unanswered

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It was a tokin’ gesture.

Marijuana users are feeling a bit paranoid about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threats to crack down on states (and the District of Columbia) that have legalized marijuana. So on Monday, at “high noon,” activists gathered on the Capitol lawn for what they called a “joint session,” and they ...Read more

How can our political bubbles be popped?

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- In the category of argument by irresistible anecdote, David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report tells of meeting with a group of young Democrats in wealthy, suburban Northern Virginia. In the course of his presentation, he made reference to “Cracker Barrel voters” -- those in counties with Cracker Barrel restaurants (Donald ...Read more

Trump’s border-wall fantasy is crumbling

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- In the annals of pathetic climbdowns, this Sunday morning tweet from President Trump deserves a special place of honor, or perhaps dishonor:

“Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.”

To put those weasel-words in context, let me ask a ...Read more

Lady Liberty’s torch burns less bright

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

My friend, publicity shy but otherwise admirable, has an odd way of spending his free time. He flies to some of the world’s most Godforsaken places and tries to help some of the world’s most Godforsaken people. This is how he got to the Dadaab refugee camp on the Somalia-Kenya border, a moonscape of sun-blanched trees adorned with errant ...Read more

Sessions’ island of reaction

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

WASHINGTON -- Imagine if I began a column about Attorney General Jeff Sessions this way: “I really am amazed that an attorney general who hails from a former Confederate state in the Deep South can issue a series of orders wrecking efforts to reform police practices, cutting back on voting rights and restarting the war on drugs.”

The ...Read more

Bill O'Reilly and Aaron Hernandez

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

During Aaron Hernandez's first trial, at the courthouse in Fall River, Massachusetts, I stood in the street out front with a notebook in my hand and talked to people. I was born in Fall River. The courthouse is three blocks from the paper where I am a columnist/reporter, six blocks from the now-defunct restaurant where my father proposed to my...Read more

Did President Trump help Bill O'Reilly's case or sink it?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Fans of Bill O'Reilly are predictably upset that Fox News has pulled the plug on his popular show, "The O'Reilly Factor." But take heart, folks. Bill O'Reilly isn't really gone. You can hear his spirit in the Oval Office.

"Personally, I think he shouldn't have settled," said President Donald Trump of O'Reilly after new allegations of sexual ...Read more

The day Bill O'Reilly got fired

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

On the day Bill O'Reilly was fired, Serena Williams announced she was 20 weeks pregnant.

Fans did the math and concluded Williams must have had a baby on board in January when she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title in dominating fashion. That, said TV tennis analyst Pam Shriver, made Williams' win "even more spectacular."

That same day, ...Read more

Where is Trump’s ‘armada’? Apparently, wherever Fox News says it is.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The USS Carl Vinson, 1,100 feet long, has a displacement of 97,000 tons and sails with two nuclear reactors and about 60 aircraft. It’s escorted by a guided-missile cruiser and two destroyers.

So how did President Trump lose it?

In an interview with Fox Business taped on April 11, Trump confirmed a dramatic escalation in the ...Read more

Can special elections to the US house predict our political future?

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Is there an emerging national pattern to be found in special House elections, such as the one that just happened in Georgia to fill the reliably Republican House seat once held by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, most recently held by the current secretary of health and human services, Tom Price, and for which, in the first round of voting, a...Read more

Trump (and Putin) still pushing fascist 'nationalism'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Hold the exhalations of relief about the supposed moderation of Donald Trump and the apparent demotion of Steve Bannon, his official strategist. With Trump's all-but-explicit endorsement of Marine Le Pen, the French neo-fascist presidential candidate, it is now clear that he remains enthusiastic about the fascists who have rebranded themselves ...Read more

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