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Beware the Great White Hope from Florida

From the Left / Bill Press /

You must admit that, for all anti-Trumpers – Democrat, Republican, or Independent – it’s delicious watching the tit-for-tat between Donald Trump, the only as-yet-announced GOP candidate for 2024, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the man everybody expects to announce and, clearly, the primary opponent Trump fears the most.

There’s good...Read more

All Classified Documents Are Not the Same

From the Left / Bill Press /

After months of outrage, surprise, chagrin, despair, or glee (depending on whose ox is being gored), it’s time to settle down, take a deep breath and add up what we’ve learned from the Great Classified Documents Scandal.

First lesson. It’s obvious that there are too many government documents stamped “Classified,” a majority of which ...Read more

George Santos: Kevin McCarthy's new pet

From the Left / Bill Press /

Kevin McCarthy has no soul. He believes in nothing and stands for nothing – except, no matter what it takes, the greater glory of Kevin McCarthy.

To that end, McCarthy embraced Marjorie Taylor Greene for Congress, even though she proposed the assassination of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He was one of 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the 2020 ...Read more

Let C-SPAN Out of Its Cage!

From the Left / Bill Press /

There were a lot of losers in last week’s GOP clown show. Hardliners in the Republican caucus lost because they failed in their goal of defeating Kevin McCarthy. Moderates lost because McCarthy gave so much away in appeasing his extremist opponents. And McCarthy himself lost, even though he won, because he had to surrender so much power in ...Read more

Burning Down the House

From the Left / Bill Press /

Unlike most others, this column is not about something that happened. It’s about something that’s happening before our very eyes. A work in progress: the destruction of the House of Representatives as a serious, credible, legislative body – unraveling in the context of this week’s embarrassing attempt by House Republicans to elect a new ...Read more

Tuesdays with Mitch: Ghosts of past, present and future issue ominous warnings for Jews

From the Left / Bill Press /

Every Sunday at noon, when many are eating brunch or getting ready for a football game, a room full of chairs awaits in the Zekelman Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Maybe a few dozen people show up, sometimes more, sometimes less. They come to listen to an old person speak.

That old person, one of a small, rotating group, is, at...Read more

The Most Effective Speaker – Ever!

From the Left / Bill Press /

Welcome to the next chapter in our history. Not so long ago, American historians talked about the “legendary” Sam Rayburn of Texas as the most effective House Speaker in history. But no longer.

From now on, historians will talk about the “legendary” Nancy Pelosi: the first woman Speaker, the first Californian, the first Italian-American...Read more

Yes, I'm Woke – and Proud of It!

From the Left / Bill Press /

Growing up in the small town of Delaware City, one of the first lessons I learned, playing in the dirt street in front of our house, was: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

It’s so true. It makes so much sense. It’s such a powerful lesson it’s hard to believe most Republicans today haven’t yet ...Read more

The Slow But Sure Demise of Donald Trump

From the Left / Bill Press /

We are a nation of rubberneckers. Like everybody else on the road, no matter how much it brings traffic to a crawl, we can’t resist slowing down to gawk at the scene of a car wreck.

Today we can’t resist slowing down to watch another kind of car wreck: the slow but sure political demise of Donald J. Trump – who, it’s still hard to ...Read more

Joe Biden Turns 80. Too Old to Tango?

From the Left / Bill Press /

Poor Joe Biden. He’s today’s Rodney Dangerfield. He can’t get any respect – even though, in truth, Biden’s at the peak of his career.

He’s president of the United States, a job he sought for decades. He not only beat Donald Trump, he got more votes than any other presidential candidate in history. Despite a deeply-divided Congress, ...Read more

American Carnage? Been There, Done That!

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We survived four years of Donald Trump, but he just won’t go away. Like a zombie, he’s now trying to come back from the politically dead. And, given today’s toxic political environment – where anything goes, no matter how ugly or extreme – that very prospect has raised fears of democracy destroyed.

Civil libertarians warn about what ...Read more

Covering Trump: New York Post Shows the Way

From the Left / Bill Press /

There are a lot of crazy conspiracies out there. How ’bout this one? Donald Trump’s a double-agent. He pretends to be a Republican, but he’s actually on the payroll of the Democratic National Committee.

Now, even though that’s no crazier than Trump’s claim that he won the 2020 election, I don’t believe it for a second. But how else ...Read more

The Emperor Donald Has No Clothes

From the Left / Bill Press /

Even old-timers have never seen an election like this one. Republicans got it wrong. The polls got it wrong. The media got it wrong. Everybody got it wrong except the voters. The fabled “red wave” never happened. Republicans, instead, scored a “red whiff.”

Across the board, it was a very good night for Democrats. Not a great night, but ...Read more

 

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