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Trump is powerless

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

While other members of the elitist media focus on President Donald J. Trump's numerous crudities, ruderies and knowledge gaperies, I can see him for his true self.

He is a titan of intellect, a man who wants to make America great again, but can't.

He is chained, handcuffed, bound, made ineffective.

Is it a Democratic House that has chained ...Read more

Sean Spicer is the latest Trump casualty. He won't be the last.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Sean Spicer wasn't a Trump guy.

During the primaries, when he was chief strategist to the Republican National Committee, Spicer told friends that he was confident Donald Trump wouldn't win the nomination and that if Trump did, both Spicer and RNC chairman Reince Priebus would have to do some soul-searching about whether they could...Read more

Trumpcare makes single-payer sound great again

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Now the Senate has a zombie Trumpcare bill, too.

Back in March, you may recall, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) called off a showdown vote on its effort to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

Good riddance, said many Americans. The bill would have cause 23 million people to lose their health care, ...Read more

GOP tackles problem that doesn't exist

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

A little context is critical here.

It would be too easy to dismiss Donald Trump's Commission on Electoral Integrity as superfluous evidence of the intellectual erosion of the Republican Party. As a Twitter observer who styles himself LOLGOP quipped last week when the commission held its first ...Read more

McCain the Patriot

From the Left / Mark Shields /

In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step.

McCain has never been a flag waver. With the steady devotion of a lifetime of service, McCain has instead chosen to defend...Read more

Trump's election commission lacks integrity

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

WASHINGTON -- President Trump had some remarkable things to say at the inaugural meeting of his Commission to Promote Voter Suppression and Justify Trump's False Claims, which is formally known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. He also asked a question that deserves an answer.

Lest anyone believe Vice President ...Read more

Keep focus on killing cruel health care bill

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Focus, America, focus. The most urgent task right now is to make sure a stake is driven through the heart of the Republican effort to gut Medicaid and balloon the ranks of the uninsured.

I know that the Russia investigations are charging ahead, with Capitol Hill appearances by members of President Trump's inner circle scheduled ...Read more

Donald Trump's lost opportunity

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- There are many ways to evaluate the Trump presidency at the six-month mark. What I am struck by is the path not taken, the lost opportunity. Donald Trump had many flaws, but during the campaign, he tapped into a real set of problems facing America and a deep frustration with the existing political system. Additionally, he embraced ...Read more

An American president's subservience toward Russia

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- In the normal course of events, the revelation of attempted collusion with Russia to determine the outcome of a presidential election might cause an administration to overcorrect in the other direction. A president might find ways to confront the range of Russian aggression, including cyber-aggression, if only to avoid the ...Read more

The President and the Attorney General

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"It's Bobby," President-elect John F. Kennedy supposedly whispered, announcing that he had chosen his brother as his attorney general.

A brother or sister is what every president wants. The attorney general is the only Cabinet member who can effectively take the president's job away.

So of course the president is upset with his attorney ...Read more

Democrats finally have an agenda. Here's what it looks like.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "The Democrats," Vice President Pence said recently, "have already settled on their agenda, and it can be summed up in one word: resist."

He isn't the only one with that view of Democrats. In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, only 37 percent of Americans think the Democratic Party "stands for something," while 52 percent ...Read more

On Sessions, Trump ignores the facts and the law

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- It is no surprise, but it is still a shock, to see how little President Trump understands about the independence of the Justice Department and the importance of the rule of law.

Trump's jaw-dropping interview with The New York Times featured an unprecedented and unvarnished invitation to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to quit, an ...Read more

Why Obamacare won and Trump lost

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

WASHINGTON -- The collapse of the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a monumental political defeat wrought by a party and a president that never took health care policy or the need to bring coverage to millions of Americans seriously. But their bungling also demonstrates that the intense attention to Obamacare over the last ...Read more

What will Callista Gingrich do as ambassador to the Vatican?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Let us consider the qualifications of President Trump's nominee to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Holy See: one Callista Gingrich of Virginia.

She is a former clerk on the House Agriculture Committee.

She is the author of children's books about an elephant named Ellis.

She ...Read more

NRA cowardly fights for 'the white to bear arms'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It began in April.

That's when there appeared on YouTube an NRA recruitment video that raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. Speaking through a jaw clenched tight enough to crack walnuts, with an intensity that suggested a major artery might blow out at any second, conservative pundit Dana Loesch described an America wracked by carnage...Read more

Obamacare wins again; Thanks, Mr. Trump

From the Left / Clarence Page /

After Republicans spectacularly failed to gather enough votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump should consider changing his slogan from "Make America Great Again" to "Hey, We Tried."

And somewhere, I am so sure, former President Barack Obama is smiling.

His signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, otherwise ...Read more

'That's Politics'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

So it doesn't matter, you see, according to @realdonaldtrump (aka the president of the United States), that his son, son-in-law and campaign manager were looking for Russian help to turn the election, specifically for trash the Kremlin might contribute about Hillary Clinton; it doesn't matter that Vladimir Putin himself might have been in the ...Read more

The Trump standard

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

What did Donald Trump say when confronted with proof that his son jumped at the prospect of meeting with a "Russian government attorney" offering to dish dirt on Hillary Clinton as "part of Russia and its government's support" for his candidacy?

Trump said "many people would have held that meeting."

The next day, Trump revised "many" to "most,...Read more

Smoke and Stetsons from Trump on jobs

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- A disturbing scene unfolded at the White House on Monday afternoon. A hook-and-ladder firetruck and a utility bucket truck pulled up to the South Portico and extended their rescue arms in the vicinity of the Truman Balcony.

Had the first lady finally decided to make a break for it?

Did President Trump need to be talked off the ...Read more

The country deserves better -- much better

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It's exhausting, I know, but don't let outrage fatigue numb you to the moral bankruptcy and gross incompetence of the Trump administration. This ugly departure from American norms and values must be opposed with sustained passion -- and with the knowledge that things will probably get worse before they get better.

Heaven help us, ...Read more

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