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The leader we've been yearning for

From the Left / Bill Press /

We Americans have been through many crises before. We know how to do it. We pull together, pitch in, help each other, soldier through and emerge stronger than before. And we're able to do so, partly, thanks to our political leadership.

Indeed, every crisis brings out the best in our political leaders, men and women who rise to the occasion. We ...Read more

In this test of leadership, Trump flunks

From the Left / Bill Press /

Yes, miracles do happen. After two months of dismissing the threat of the coronavirus, this week Donald Trump finally started to take it seriously. He admitted that many more Americans would die, that things will get worse before they get better, and that the economic impact of the virus could lead to a recession.

Yet he still couldn't help ...Read more

Is it time for Bernie to drop out?

From the Left / Bill Press /

It's over. After South Carolina, the diverse, crowded Democratic field of candidates for president suddenly dwindled down to two old white men: Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. On Super Tuesday, I and II, with everybody else out of the way, Biden and Sanders squared off. And Biden won. For all practical purposes, the 2020 Democratic presidential ...Read more

It's now a two-man race

From the Left / Bill Press /

There's only one word for it: "Unfreakingbelievable!" We've never experienced anything like the political upheaval we saw this week in the 2020 Democratic primary. Suddenly, everything's upside down. Who's in is out, who's up is down, who's done is now on top.

Joe Biden's the Lazarus of our time. Back from the dead. It took him 33 years to win ...Read more

Senate races: Good news for Democrats

From the Left / Bill Press /

If Democrats were worried about their chances of defeating Donald Trump before this week's debate, after the debate they're positively catatonic. The imagery of seven presidential candidates shouting at, insulting, and attacking each other nonstop for two hours was a disaster. It's like they forgot that their number one job is to defeat Donald ...Read more

All the money in the world can't make a candidate

From the Left / Bill Press /

In the ninth Democratic presidential debate this week, there were two Michael Bloomberg's on display. The first was poised, confident, and downright presidential. Of course, I'm talking about the Bloomberg who appeared in the 60-second "Bloomberg for President" commercial that appeared in the debate's second hour.

The other Bloomberg, the one ...Read more

Democratic primary gets even more wild

From the Left / Bill Press /

Frustrated, confused, worried, anxious, panicked, suicidal. Those are just a few of the words to describe most Democrats. They felt that way before the Iowa caucuses and after the Iowa caucuses -- and they feel even more that way today, after the New Hampshire primary.

And, in a way, understandably so. After all, Democrats started out with 24 ...Read more

State of the Union is on life-support

From the Left / Bill Press /

It's probably the most famous truism attributed to Abraham Lincoln: "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." Lincoln was right. But Donald Trump tried hard to "fool all the people all the time" this week in what the media still blindly labeled a "State of...Read more

The road map to beating Donald Trump

From the Left / Bill Press /

"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned." As a Catholic, how many times I've said that when going to confession. And now I say it again while confessing to perhaps the greatest sin of all. "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned: I'm praising a book written by a right-wing Republican."

Democrats are notorious bedwetters. It's in their genes. Every ...Read more

The Senate is on trial

From the Left / Bill Press /

Yes, you read that right. That's not a typo. It's not Donald Trump who's on trial in the United States Senate, it's the Senate itself.

No matter how much the media focuses on Lev Parnas or Trump's tweets, or any other distraction, the central question facing 100 senators, sitting as the jury in the trial of Donald Trump, is not whether he ...Read more

Time for Warren/Sanders cease-fire

From the Left / Bill Press /

I know, it's self-serving, but.... We pay so much attention to Donald Trump's tweets -- I even wrote a column recently arguing why we had to take his tweets seriously -- this week I want to elaborate on a tweet of my own, blasted out to the world after this week's Democratic presidential debate: "Message to Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders: ...Read more

Time to stop playing the Susan Collins game

From the Left / Bill Press /

Here we go again. It's crunch time. Senate Democrats are united. They only need four Republicans to break ranks with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell. This time, to set ground rules for a serious but fair Senate trial for Trump, following his impeachment by the House of Representatives -- and not the kind of rigged, sham trial McConnell's trying...Read more

By his tweets we shall know him

From the Left / Bill Press /

As a commentator covering the White House, it's the question I'm often asked: Why pay any attention to Donald Trump's tweets? They're ugly, self-centered, immature, repetitive, and full of lies. Why not simply ignore them?

It's a challenge White House correspondents have struggled with since Trump took office. Can you imagine George W. Bush or ...Read more


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