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From the Left / Susan Estrich /


Driving While Black

There are bad cops. No doubt. We have seen them on television, as well we should. If most cops were bad, it would be easier: Clean house and hire replacements. Instead, you have men ...Read more

The Supreme Court loses luster with 3 Trump appointees

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

Even if President Donald Trump loses his bid to be a two-term president, he'll likely bequeath us three of the nine members of the Supreme Court. The Trump Three are the youngest, so his fingerprints will mark the scene of American politics for years to come.

In a flat monotone, Amy Coney Barrett, 48, told us too much of nothing in her Senate ...Read more

We will not forget

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

You did not stand up.

Granted, America faced neither enemy bombers nor terrorist plot, but the threat to her was — still is — no less real. Your country needed you.

And you did not stand up.

You told yourself party was more important. You told yourself the courts were more important. You told yourself tax cuts were more important. And you...Read more

The rise of QAnon isn’t surprising. Americans have long been sucked into conspiracy theories

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I’m no less shocked than anybody else by the rise of the wacky QAnon conspiracy theory-turned-movement in this election year, but I’m not surprised by its viral spread.

After all, I’m a Black American. Therefore, as an uncle of mine counseled me decades ago, “If you’re not paranoid, you’re not paying attention.”

I get it. African...Read more

Our proto-Fascist in Chief goes full Mussolini

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

With two weeks to go until we choose our next president and polls continually indicating that Americans are suffering acid reflux at the thought of four more years of Donald Trump, the president has gone full Mussolini: He has threatened that "things will not go well" if Joe Biden defeats him and that he won't agree to peacefully leave office if...Read more

Some countries beat back the virus. Not ours

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern forced a shutdown so strict that no one was allowed to go fishing or golfing, easy pursuits for social distancing. But her super-tough "go hard, go early" policy has virtually stamped out the coronavirus in this country of 5 million.

Not only can New Zealanders again fish and golf but 30,000 of them ...Read more

The public, the personal and the utter hypocrisy of the GOP

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump and many Republicans insist that the decisions whether to wear a mask, go to a bar or gym, or work or attend school during a pandemic should be personal. Government should play no role.

Yet they also believe that what a woman does with her own body, or whether same-sex couples can marry, should be decided by government.

It’s a ...Read more

Living in an era where misinformation is weaponized

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

“Jared Kushner is under federal investigation for diverting money to terrorist organizations according to a guy I met at the gas station who told me he works for the FBI” is something I would never be allowed to publish.

“Donald Trump Jr. has an escalating cocaine dependency problem according to a woman I ran into at the supermarket who ...Read more

Capitalism seems to flourish better under authoritarianism than democracy

I closed a previous column saying that a vote for President Donald Trump is not a vote against communism. Likewise, voting for the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket does not mean support for socialism, let alone communism.

Not even Obamacare, the Republican Party's primary target regarding the "socialist" label, comes close to socialized medicine....Read more

Things could get even crazier under Biden.

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Joe Biden enjoys a double-digit lead over incumbent President Donald Trump because he promises a return to normalcy -- not the platonic ideal of objective normalcy in a country that doesn't torture or spy on its citizens or let them starve because their coding chops are a few years out of date. Americans desperately want to resume "normal" ...Read more

The confirmation hearings that weren't

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

There were times when I crowded in front of stores selling televisions to watch Anita Hill or Clarence Thomas, to see Robert Bork borked, to catch the latest on Brett Kavanaugh.

This time, I was sitting in my house with a television that I never turned on.

Why bother?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it, and it's all that matters: ...Read more

2020 Campaign: Shortages of Wit and Wisdom

From the Left / Mark Shields /

This bizarre presidential election year has suffered from acute shortages of both wit and wisdom, a fact that was highlighted for me by the passing of Roberta McCain, the remarkable 108-year-old mother of the Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee.

A few years back, when public (dis)approval of the U.S. Congress fell in ...Read more

Barrett seem to have forgotten how the doors of power were opened for her

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

The choosing of Amy Coney Barrett as Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee is brilliant from the stereotype standpoint.

Sure, she's a religious conservative and, as such, she can be counted on to roll women's rights back to 1640, but she's Catholic.

If she were the usual sort of Jesus-pesterer out of Oklahoma, she'd be open to all kinds of ...Read more

Biden emails more disinformation peddled by Giulani and the usual, disreputable cast of characters

From the Left / Joe Conason /

What a stroke of luck for Donald Trump, just when the president's election prospects look irretrievably bleak: A trove of incriminating emails has turned up that supposedly connect Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden to a dubious businessman in Ukraine. Uncovered by the president's own intrepid lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his former adviser Steve ...Read more

How hatred became all the rage in our politics

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Are we Americans hating more now but enjoying it less? Let me count the ways:

A self-styled “militia” group is charged by the FBI with an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and make her stand “trial” for forcing residents to wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many Democrats are arguing seriously ...Read more

The Lincoln Project knows how to win the Democrat's war

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

The New Yorker magazine asked a typical New Yorker magazine question: "Should progressives trust" The Lincoln Project?

Founded by Republican operatives who detest Donald Trump, the Project is running a swashbuckling campaign to see the president defeated -- and humiliated. Brilliant, funny and viciously effective, their mission is to move ...Read more

Beware of Trump's losing and being unleashed into limbo

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

President Donald Trump isn't making American history; he's breaking it.

From the first day, he's broken every rule in the book for presidents. Aren't we broken now? The state of the nation is hurting, grieving for lives lost in 2020.

We the people should brace for a vexing time after Nov. 3, 2020, Election Day, and before Jan. 20, 2021, ...Read more

Efforts to stifle voting only sabotage democracy

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

Little-known fact: In more and more races, the GOP doesn't have broad enough appeal to fairly produce an election majority, so it has resorted to rigging the system so a minority prevails. As far-right tactician Paul Weyrich once bluntly put it: "I don't want everybody to vote. ... Our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the ...Read more

Whitmer plot involved white cultural entitlement

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

White people often do not understand white people.

Granted, that’s a counterintuitive claim. But it is regularly reinforced whenever one hears decent white Americans attempt to rationalize the misbehavior of their less decent kin.

One such effort turned up on social media a few days ago. Walker Bragman, a freelance journalist for, among ...Read more

Mensch on the Bench: Remembering Massachusetts Chief Justice Ralph Gants

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Lawyers are not generally known for their humility, and anyone who has spent much time in courts knows that lawyers fortunate enough to become judges can develop a certain, shall we say, arrogance. Some years ago, one Massachusetts trial judge announced to her courtroom, "I'm very smart. I really am," a memorable expression of self-admiration ...Read more