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Some Evangelical Christians Have Forgotten Their Moral Duty

From the Left / Dick Polman /

I don’t want to malign anyone’s religious faith. I really don’t.

But it’s a tad disturbing that 45 percent of the nation’s 41 million white evangelical Christians are vowing not to get vaccinated.

As one Texas nutritionist told the press the other day, “It would be God’s will if I am here or if I am not here.” Has this ...Read more

Washington's Most Wanted Man

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON -- Everybody wants to know where Sen. Joe Manchin's hideaway is in the Capitol.

The West Virginia Democrat has all eyes on his tall frame as he makes his way through the ornate halls for votes.

President Joe Biden knows that this Joe could make or break his 50-50 hold on the Senate. A tie goes to the White House.

"It's Manchin's ...Read more

To Bust Monopoly Power, Start With Dinner

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

No longer just a parlor game, monopoly is what's for dinner. Practically every commodity and every step in producing our families' most essential consumer purchases is in the tight grip of four or fewer global conglomerates:

-- Four chemical conglomerates -- Bayer (German), BASF (German), ChemChina (Chinese) and Corteva (U.S.) -- control more ...Read more

It Takes Two Parties To Be Bipartisan

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

There is nothing sacred about nine.

The number was not carried down from a mountain on stone tablets, nor did it appear in a burning bush. In fact, before the Supreme Court contained nine justices, it contained six, the number fixed when the tribunal was established in 1789. Then, in an attempt to hobble his successor, President John Adams ...Read more

Relax, Tucker Carlson, Reports of ‘Replacement’ Are Greatly Exaggerated

From the Left / Clarence Page /

In an apparent bid to pick up where the late Rush Limbaugh and the deplatformed former President Donald Trump left off as leading voices for the far-right, Fox News star Tucker Carlson has taken up that burning cross that passes itself off as a “theory.”

It’s called the “great replacement theory.” It was cited by the mass murderers in...Read more

Revenge of the Nerd: Across the Divide, Bernie Sanders Breaks Through

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Bernie Sanders was never the most all-American of presidential candidates. The Brooklyn-born socialist senator from Vermont has a New York accent less thick than overpowering. Lecturing America relentlessly on its serious ills, he presented as a cross between Scrooge and the Grim Reaper, seemingly as likely to appeal to American voters as Leon...Read more

Should Mrs. Hostetter Be Allowed to Teach?

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Kristine Hostetter is a fourth-grade teacher in San Clemente, California. Her husband has been a big promoter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, and she appears to be supporting his lunatic efforts. As the story is being told, liberal parents and students temporarily forced Hostetter's removal from the classroom. In response, local conservatives ...Read more

The basic deal between corporate America and the GOP is still alive

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

For four decades, the basic deal between big American corporations and politicians has been simple. Corporations provide campaign funds. Politicians reciprocate by lowering corporate taxes and doing whatever else corporations need to boost profits.

The deal has proven beneficial to both sides, although not to the American public. Campaign ...Read more

Another Word for Anxiety is Fear

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Apparently, Robert Pape was surprised.

Notwithstanding earlier research or the alarm raised in this and other forums, Pape, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, expected, when he began studying the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, to find the rioters acted out of economic anxiety. His anticipation, he told The ...Read more

My Predictions for Biden's Probably Truncated Presidency

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Beginning in March 2016, I repeatedly and almost famously warned overconfident Democrats -- who ridiculed me for saying so -- that Donald Trump would probably win the 2016 election. Days after Trump's "softly sensuous" inauguration, I accurately predicted the next four years: "Three scenarios show us what everyday life in Trumpian America will ...Read more

Step by Step

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The Reopening of America -- or even of one town or state -- is hardly a seamless operation.

The stages make less and less sense. Everything is open, even if everything isn't really supposed to be open for more than a month.

Restaurants and shops, big stores and small, salons and barber shops -- almost everything but schools and office ...Read more

The Epidemic That Will Outlive the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Spiraling Mental Health Crisis Among Our College Students: Part II

The ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic have severely impacted America's college students, beyond the physical ailments endured by those who have contracted the virus and the psychological suffering wrought on by its unremitting spread.

College students, as evidenced by scores of surveys and scientific studies, are facing manifold social, economic...Read more

J.D. Vance Seeks to Build Bridges, Maybe Even Among Republicans

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As a high school student, bestselling “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance recalled, “People talked about Clarence as someone to look up to.”

“Not when I was there,” I interrupted.

And we laughed like two people who went to the same high school, although in vastly different decades.

So did the host of our discussion, Bob Woodson, a...Read more

Voters Already Saying Yes to Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

From the Left / John Micek /

Here's a quiz for the Republican politicians among you. Check as many as apply.

Do you support:

- Repairing and rebuilding America's deteriorating network of roads and bridges, including the interstate highway system brought to life by GOP President Dwight D. Eisenhower?

- Ensuring that every American public student isn't drinking water...Read more

Fried Eggs and Beer

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I am part of a small chain of three men, all of us riding out the pandemic, none of us particularly young. One of us is fully retired from the food service industry. I am retired from the newspaper business, but still do a radio show and write this column. The other still works full time in management at a plant that makes, of all things, ...Read more

With 2024 Already a Hot Topic, Joe Biden Says He's a 'Respecter of Fate.' We All Should Be

From the Left / Bill Press /

What will you be doing in 2024?

If you think you know for sure, you're either clairvoyant or deluded.

I've been thinking about this question since President Joe Biden's news conference in which he was asked whether he plans to run again in 2024. This was the same news conference in which not a single reporter asked about the pandemic or the ...Read more

The Proof of Bad Faith in Georgia

From the Left / Joe Conason /

For anyone not paying close attention to the furor over Georgia's election laws, Republican leaders are offering benign sound bites that are almost believable.

Gov. Brian Kemp will explain how the new law provides additional days for early voting, provisions to prevent long waiting lines and extra ballot drop boxes in certain counties. He ...Read more

And to All the Left-Wing Crazies ...

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Former President Donald Trump wished a happy Easter to all including "Radical Left CRAZIES."

"Happy Easter to ALL, including the Radical Left CRAZIES who rigged our Presidential Election, and want to destroy our Country!" he said, well after the Capitol was stormed by his supporters, resulting in the death of a Capitol Police officer and four...Read more

Henry Ford Would Have Pushed Car Charging Stations

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

When Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908, he had a problem. There were almost no paved roads in America. To sell his product to the masses, he needed good roads.

No one would ever deny his place among titans of American capitalism, but Ford was not shy about urging the government to supply the infrastructure essential to his business. And...Read more

Sports and Politics Don’t Mix, Yet They Keep Colliding

From the Left / Clarence Page /

If the late Martin Luther King Jr. were to hold the Montgomery bus boycott today, would conservative politicians call him a “woke” activist pushing a repressive “cancel culture”?

That thought came to mind after Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp, former President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders denounced woke Democrats and cancel ...Read more