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America is not immune from forces of democratic decay

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- A few weeks ago, the Economist Intelligence Unit published the 10th edition of its Democracy Index, a comprehensive ranking of nations that looks at 60 measures in five categories, ranging from electoral process to civil liberties. For the second consecutive year, the United States failed to make the top bracket of "full democracy" ...Read more

Trump and the GOP won't act on gun control. So we must.

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- They won't do anything meaningful about guns until you force them to with your votes.

This time, following the Parkland massacre, does feel different from all the other times. But I fear the outcome will always be the same -- thoughts, prayers, furrowed brows and no real action -- until the Republicans who control Congress and so ...Read more

Why won't pro-lifers act against our deadly gun culture?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Let us hear no more lectures from Clarence Thomas on the sanctity of human life.

The Supreme Court justice, with timing that could be charitably described as clumsy, issued his latest paean to gun rights Tuesday, as the child victims of last week's school shooting were still being buried.

Reacting to his colleagues' refusal to ...Read more

Gun control is about saving lives, not waging culture wars

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

WASHINGTON -- You have perhaps heard the joke about the liberal who is so open-minded that he can't even take his own side in an argument.

What's less funny is that on gun control, liberals (and their many allies who are moderate, conservative and non-ideological) have been told for years that if they do take their own side in the argument, ...Read more

Putin's useful idiots

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's indictment of 13 Russians over their alleged efforts to elect Donald Trump set off a presidential paroxysm of self-exoneration.

"The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong -- no collusion!" President Trump proclaimed in one of his saner tweets of the ...Read more

A Trump policy misses his 'forgotten' Americans

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Since his early days as a presidential candidate, Donald Trump has made one thing very clear: He doesn't like regulations.

We're going to "get rid of job-killing regulations," he has said. We're going to "cut regulations by 75 percent," he has said, and "get rid of pointless red tape." Etc., etc.

I understand the excitement of his crowds. The ...Read more

Parkland's kids demand change

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

You need to grow up.

As far as I know, no survivor of last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, has used those words to challenge conservatives who have created a world where mass shootings are almost literally an everyday thing. But the sentiment is clearly there.

Consider David Hogg, a 17-year-old ...Read more

The age of Trump induces Reagan nostalgia

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- A Presidents' Day weekend visit to the Ronald Reagan presidential library here provoked an unfamiliar and unexpected emotion: Reagan nostalgia.

Seriously. I was a young reporter in Washington, fresh out of college, when Reagan was elected. It felt like nothing less than a hostile takeover of the government. The Reagan ...Read more

Stop laughing, Putin

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is right about one thing: They must be "laughing their asses off" in Moscow.

At him.

Faced with compelling evidence that Russian cyber-saboteurs worked to sway the 2016 election, influencing swing-state voters with lies on social media and even staging real-life campaign rallies, Trump's only response has been a ...Read more

Trump knows well that everyone has a price

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

On April 29, 1962, John F. Kennedy gave a White House dinner for Nobel Prize winners. The president famously observed that his guests were "the most extraordinary collection of talent ... that has ever been gathered together at the White House -- with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone." Many years later, in 2007 to be ...Read more

Has the real meaning of America been lost?

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

When Donald Trump and his followers refer to "America," what do they mean?

Some see a country of white, English-speaking Christians.

Others want a land inhabited by self-seeking individuals free to accumulate as much money and power as possible, who pay taxes only to protect their assets from criminals and foreign aggressors.

Others think ...Read more

Trump's staggering dereliction of duty

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- National security adviser H.R. McMaster is in the news -- and apparently in the presidential doghouse -- for stating the obvious: that evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election is "now really incontrovertible." So it is appropriate to take, as this column's theme, the title of McMaster's book on the Vietnam war, "...Read more

On gun violence, we are a failed state

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

WASHINGTON -- The surest sign a political regime is failing is its inability to do anything about a problem universally seen as urgent and that has some obvious remedies. And it's a mark of political corruption when unaccountable cliques block solutions that enjoy broad support and force their selfish interests to prevail over the common good.

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In Praise of Pedophiles

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

In the first place, anti-pedophile laws don't work.

Pedophiles want to have sexual contact with children, and no law makes them stop. Arrest them, jail them, makes no difference. They get out of jail eventually and, when they do, they usually go looking for a kid.

We make them register, but registering pedophiles doesn't work. They molest ...Read more

Mr. President, do for gun control what Nixon did for China

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Mr. President:

Since I know you don't like to read a lot, I'll try to be brief. But, fair warning: This will be longer than a tweet.

As you like to say, let's be honest: I've been critical of your presidency since its beginnings. But everyone has an opportunity for redemption. I certainly hope you'll take this one, for the sake of your legacy ...Read more

The guy who paid Stormy Daniels to shut up

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear Michael D. Cohen, Esq.:

So you're the one who paid Stormy Daniels to shut up?

According to The New York Times, you claim to have forked over $130,000 during the 2016 campaign to Stephanie Clifford, a pornographic film "actress" who performs under that nom de coitus, in exchange for her promise not to talk about having sex with Donald ...Read more

Trump is saved by scandal overkill

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is a force of nature. Actually, he is a full-blown meteorological phenomenon.

This week, what in any other presidency would have been a Category 5 hurricane made landfall at the White House. It felt more like a drizzle.

The president's personal lawyer confirmed that he paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels, ...Read more

America withdraws as the Middle East burns

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- There's a lot to be optimistic about today. In almost every part of the world, economies are growing and war, poverty and disease are receding. But then there is the Middle East.

Syria remains a collapsed country; more than 5 million of its people have already fled. Yemen is now the site of the world's worst famine, and the war ...Read more

The issue is not mental health. It's guns.

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Don't tell me the issue is mental health. Save the nonsense about "good guys" with weapons somehow being the answer. The truth is this: There would have been no tragic shooting Wednesday in Parkland, Florida, if a troubled young man had not gotten his hands on a military-style assault rifle and as much ammunition as he wanted.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders is at a loss for words on Rob Porter. I am here for her.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Are you having trouble keeping up with the Rob Porter scandal? Apparently Sarah Huckabee Sanders is.

Her daily press briefing Wednesday was scheduled for 1 p.m., then at 2 p.m. was postponed until 4 p.m., then at 4 p.m. was abandoned entirely. The menu of topics -- scandals at the EPA and VA, confirmation of a payoff to porn ...Read more

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