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Trump and Omarosa deserve each other

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It's hard to take Omarosa Manigault Newman's word for anything. But Lordy she has tapes, and they offer vivid proof that Donald Trump's White House is part clown show, part nest of vipers.

Omarosa achieved single-name fame as a contestant on Trump's show "The Apprentice," where she performed with Shakespearean villainy -- lying, ...Read more

How Trump's war on regulation is trickle-down economics

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

When Donald Trump isn't blaming foreigners for everything that ails America, he's blaming regulations.

Last week he even blamed regulations for the wildfires now ravaging California. They're "made so much worse," he tweeted, "by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized."...Read more

Don't let politics dumb you down

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

WASHINGTON -- In the era of President Trump, politics is reduced to a fatuous, debilitating spectacle. We screech, we weep, we laugh bitterly. We don't seem to think much.

Yet there is an underground. I speak not of some political resistance movement but of quiet, intellectually serious debates taking place around the country that relate ...Read more

North Korea has figured out who we are

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

North Korea got to keep its nuclear missiles. American got 55 boxes of bones.

Shrewd.

Apparently, North Korea has figured out who we are now.

We are an America content with symbols and flags and fireworks and the anthem. We're a big, squalling, narcotized baby, and North Korea tossed us a ring of keys to make us stop crying about a mini ...Read more

A cure for urban violence right under our noses

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Cities have multiple personalities. I am reminded of that with bracing clarity by what some Chicagoans are calling the "weekend from hell."

It was the weekend in which the mammoth Lollapalooza festival drew tens of thousands of music fans to make joyful noise in downtown Chicago while some of the city's lowest-income and highest-crime ...Read more

What Mueller knows about Manafort might explain Trump's growing agitation

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Winston Churchill famously described Russia as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." The same might be said -- and the Russia reference is no coincidence -- of Paul Manafort and the trial now underway of President Trump's former campaign chairman.

The riddle, of course, is why there is a trial at all. Given the ...Read more

Intolerance can never be up for debate

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Donald Trump is a man of famously definite opinions. Whether it be about Mexicans, Muslims or Mueller, he knows what he thinks and isn't shy about sharing.

So it was telling, one year ago this weekend, when he refused to take a stand.

Meaning, of course, Charlottesville and the white supremacist rally that shocked that town and the wide world ...Read more

The table is set for Democrats to take the House

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- For President Trump, this can't be much of a vacation.

The onetime chairman of Trump's presidential campaign, Paul Manafort, is on trial in federal court for tax fraud and other alleged crimes. The prosecution's star witness in that trial is Rick Gates, the deputy chairman of Trump's inaugural committee. The first sitting member ...Read more

Trump in 2020?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Media outlets this week are all over a new Pew study that finds, the headlines promise, that President Trump's support is not quite as broad and not quite as happy as his stunningly stable approval rating might suggest.

But what's striking from the numbers, at least as far as I can see, is not how much support Trump has lost but how, given ...Read more

Trump, down three touchdowns at halftime, declares victory

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This is a grim moment for President Trump and his fellow Republicans.

A Trump-boosting Republican member of Congress has been indicted on charges of insider trading -- from the White House, no less. Trump's former campaign chairman and another former aide are squabbling in court over who is the bigger criminal. And in a closely ...Read more

Listening to history's echoes

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

WASHINGTON -- How do democratic countries get to the point where they give up on self-rule? Under what circumstances do demagogues capture large audiences through irrational, emotional appeals unmoored from fact, logic or morality? When do politicians responsible for maintaining a democratic system surrender to dictators?

These questions are ...Read more

Manafort is on trial. So is Trump's judgment.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Robert S. Mueller III's prosecutors have taken pains not to make Paul Manafort's trial about President Trump.

When prosecutor Greg Andres on Tuesday asked Rick Gates, his star witness and Manafort's former business partner, where Manafort stayed in New York, Gates said "he had an apartment on Fifth Avenue." Neither mentioned that ...Read more

Is 'Q' the Greatest Hoax of All Time?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The political movement swirling around President Donald Trump -- formerly known as the Republican Party -- displays certain unique features but is really just the latest noxious excrescence of the American right. Like so many of its predecessors, the Trump movement is built on fear. And like every movement motivated by paranoia, its followers ...Read more

'Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him."

So says Carolyn Bryant Donham in historian Timothy B. Tyson's 2017 book, "The Blood of Emmett Till." You keep hoping for more, hoping to hear her wrestle with her crime, explain how she could have done what she did -- and how she lives with herself now.

But in the end, the ...Read more

Don't mock Internet trolls; they enjoy it too much

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Racial eruptions have become so common in the news of the Trump era that they can exhaust one's capacity to remain perpetually outraged. Almost.

Yet, as a new twist on these tribally turbulent times, the case of Sarah Jeong deserves special attention -- and it has been receiving plenty.

Right-wing commentators erupted in high, full-blown ...Read more

When a Trump supporter's wife is deported

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Sgt. Temo Juarez was a Trump guy. An Iraq combat veteran who served as a Marine infantryman and then an Army National Guardsman, his friends called him a "super conservative." With his wife, he brought up their two daughters in Central Florida. He supported Trump in 2016, eager for a change.

But now, "I am eating my words," he ...Read more

GOP bets its future on Trump's scorched-earth megalomania

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Everything you need to know about today's Republican Party is summed up by a photo from President Trump's political rally in Ohio on Saturday. Two men in the crowd look defiantly at the camera, proudly displaying the slogan on their matching T-shirts: "I'd Rather Be A Russian Than A Democrat."

The sound you hear is the GOP ...Read more

Trump is the kind of president the Founding Fathers feared

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

Has there ever been a president as obscene as Donald Trump -- a president as obtuse, as ignorant, as base, as dishonest, as indifferent to precedent, as contemptuous of civil liberties, as critical of his own government and officials, as brutish, as cold to consequences, as hostile to the media, as casually racist and as self-centered? The ...Read more

Trump sees foreign danger in the wrong places

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

What's the most worrisome foreign intrusion into the United States -- unauthorized immigrants, Chinese imports or interference in our democracy?

For Trump, it's immigrants and imports. He doesn't care much about the third.

"Border security is national security," Trump said last week, as he threatened a government shutdown if Congress didn't ...Read more

Trump sees foreign danger in the wrong places

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

What's the most worrisome foreign intrusion into the United States c unauthorized immigrants, Chinese imports or interference in our democracy?

For Trump, it's immigrants and imports. He doesn't care much about the third.

"Border security is national security," Trump said last week, as he threatened a government shutdown if Congress didn't ...Read more

 

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