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Oval Office: Convicted Felons Need Not Apply

From the Left / Bill Press /

“My fellow Americans.” I’ve always been impressed when the President of the United States, began a speech from the Oval Office with that phrase. Because it meant that he was talking to all of us, regardless of party, about an issue that was so important all of us needed to take it seriously.

Think of John F. Kennedy, warning the nation ...Read more

The Media: Donald Trump's Best Friend

From the Left / Bill Press /

Breaking News! Last week, Donald Trump urged Vladimir Putin not to free Wall Street reporter and American citizen Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested by Russia on bogus charges of espionage in March 2023 and has been held in prison ever since.

I repeat. An American reporter, just doing his job in Moscow, has been in prison for over a year, ...Read more

Disorder in the Court!

From the Left / Bill Press /

Everybody knows the government’s a total mess today: hopelessly divided and unable to get anything done. At least, that’s what they believe, because that’s all they read and hear about in the news. But that’s actually not the case.

Granted, political rhetoric is uglier than it’s ever been. Democrats and Republicans are in open warfare...Read more

Live from New York! Trump Bootlickers on Parade

From the Left / Bill Press /

Let’s say you’re a producer for“ Saturday Night Live” and you want to put together a skit lampooning the parade of shameless sycophants showing up at Donald Trump’s trial. You couldn’t come up with a better – or worse – display of buffoonery than we saw this week.

To qualify as a true Trumper – or to make the list of potential...Read more

Clarence Page: Campus protests carry echoes of five decades ago

From the Left / Bill Press /

As pro-Palestinian protests, along with some arrests, have spread to colleges across the country in recent days, I have a feeling akin to what Yogi Berra is said to have called “deja vu all over again.”

I’ve seen this rodeo before. We’re a long way from Vietnam and more than a half-century from the military draft that probably ...Read more

The ‘Accepted Insanity’ of World War III

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“Mr. Netanyahu faces a delicate calculation — how to respond to Iran in order not to look weak, while trying to avoid alienating the Biden administration and other allies already impatient with Israel’s prosecution of the war in Gaza.”

Yeah, this is virtually nothing: a random, utterly forgettable quote pulled from the New York Times—...Read more

Suffer the Children

From the Left / Bill Press /

Today's guest column is writter by Jesse Jackson.

In January, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill (that in itself is something of a miracle) that would provide tax credits to help 16 million poor children. It would lift an estimated 400,000 children out of poverty in its first year.

To get support from Republicans, ...Read more

No One Owns the Future

From the Left / Bill Press /

Even the international condemnation of the Israeli devastation of Gaza often feels tepid.

Consider, for instance, the words of U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in the wake of Israel’s April 1 drone strike on a convoy of cars from World Central Kitchen, a disaster relief organization bringing food to starving Gazans. The strike killed ...Read more

A Bridge Collapsed, and Almost Simultaneously So Did Our Discourse

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The world has now watched the stunning footage of the collapse in looping video feeds. The expansive bridge broke apart like a child’s toy. The trusses appeared to crumble like an Erector Set, crashing into the water below.

Just as quickly, the worst of America reacted. They displayed some disturbing thought patterns, ideas that are being ...Read more

Riding to the Rescue: Republicans May Save Us From Trump

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You can’t make this stuff up. Donald Trump, who’s tried unsuccessfully to sell everything from steaks to sneakers … Donald Trump, who’s already been found liable of sexual abuse and will soon start trial on charges of paying hush money to a porn star to keep their sexual romp secret from voters … That same Donald Trump is now hawking ...Read more

To Debate or Not to Debate? That is the Dilemma

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It’s now official. The votes are in. The delegates are assigned. It’s the rematch nobody wanted: Republican Donald Trump, again, for the Republican Party; and Joe Biden, again, for the Democratic Party. The race is on.

And Donald Trump can’t wait to debate Joe Biden. On Truth Social this week, he challenged Biden to debate him “ANYTIME,...Read more

 

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