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Three Take-Aways From Jan. 6 Hearings

From the Left / Bill Press /

The nation has seen blockbuster congressional hearings before: the Army-McCarthy hearings, which wrecked the career of the hateful Senator Joseph McCarthy; the Watergate hearings, which forced the resignation of President Richard Nixon; and the Iran-Contra hearings, which exposed President Ronald Reagan’s plot to sell arms to Iran in order to ...Read more

Trump Should Be Tried for Treason

From the Left / Bill Press /

We’ve never seen anything like this week’s first public hearing of the House Select Committee on January 6. By any standards, it was a blockbuster event: The first House committee hearing produced like a Hollywood action movie. The first House committee hearing aired live in primetime, not only on cable news, but by all three major broadcast...Read more

Supreme Court Overdue for a Makeover

From the Left / Bill Press /

The end of the school year: a good time to bring your family to Washington to see all the usual highlights – the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, Arlington National Cemetery, the monuments, the Library of Congress. But if your plans include the Supreme Court, forget about it. You can’t even get close.

Today, the Supreme Court’s an armed...Read more

Bill Press: ‘It's just sick!’

From the Left / Bill Press /

As a political commentator, I’ve reported on a lot of remarks by presidents of the United States, from State of the Union speeches, to Oval Office addresses, to comments on the South Lawn. I’ve heard presidents speak from the mind, and sometimes from the heart. But I never heard one speak raw from the gut – like Joe Biden did this week.

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GOP Must Abandon Great Replacement Theory

From the Left / Bill Press /

How times have changed.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a Republican congressman from Iowa named Steve King. An outright racist, anti-Semite, and white nationalist. He denounced immigration as a threat to Western civilization: “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” He slammed Democrats for electing...Read more

They Did It: Now They Must Pay the Price

From the Left / Bill Press /

There are few events that fundamentally shake the entire body politic, but last week’s leak of Justice Alito’s draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, reportedly already signed onto by four other justices, is definitely one of them. It’s changed the way we think about many things.

We used to think the rights we fought so hard for, once ...Read more

The Outrage is Not the Leak, It’s the Decision

From the Left / Bill Press /

So what do we know after the big Supreme Court leak of Justice Alito’s draft majority decision on abortion? When all the dust settles, we know three things.

One. We know that whatever legitimacy the Supreme Court once held is gone, perhaps forever. It’s no longer a revered, independent institution that soars above politics, trusted to ...Read more

America is Still Stuck in 1619

From the Left / Bill Press /

Did you miss me? Whether you noticed or not, I’ve been gone for a month, taking advantage of an incredible opportunity to spend a month as a resident scholar at the wonderful American Academy in Rome.

The Academy’s a great institution, located on top of Rome’s Janiculan Hill, which brings together an exciting mix of people — artists, ...Read more

Humanity: Evolving In Spite Of Itself

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Editor's note: While Mr. Press is away, Robert Koehler is filling in.

As wars rage, as cruelty shatters lives across the planet -- as nuclear Armageddon remains a viable option for all of us -- I think it's time to claim some stunning awareness in this regard.

The human race is evolving in spite of itself -- evolving beyond war, beyond...Read more

Who's Next?

From the Left / Bill Press /

Last week, Texas gave us a glimpse of the future. It was not pretty.

It seems that on Thursday, a 26-year-old woman was arrested and charged with murder. Specifically, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Department in tiny Starr County on the Mexican border, Lizelle Herrera “intentionally and knowingly” caused “the death of an ...Read more

Save the Planet, Behead the Military Budget

From the Left / Bill Press /

Editor's note: Mr. Koehler is filling in while Mr. Press is away.

Americans “need to imagine their vote has an impact on policy, an illusion the media encourages them to believe in.”


Peter Isaacson, writing in Fair Observer, seems to be saying . . . oh my God, democracy is a cliché, a big sham. I stand up, put my hand on my ...Read more

Jesse Jackson: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and Ginni Thomas

From the Left / Bill Press /

Last week, two events involving the U.S. Supreme Court occurred.

First, four days of hearings surrounding the nomination and possible elevation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the nation’s highest court.

Second, 29 dangerous and wacky emails sent from conservative activist Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to ...Read more



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