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Trump's America is not a safe place for Jews

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- George Washington, in his 1790 letter to the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, told Jews they would be safe in the new nation.

"The government of the United States … gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance," he wrote. "May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit ...Read more

Stop the mob, Mr. President

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- What hath Trump wrought?

Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., last year pleaded guilty to assaulting a journalist. President Trump last week celebrated the assault.

"Any guy that can do a body slam, he's my kind of -- he's my guy," Trump said to cheers.

CNN's Jim Acosta said one man at the rally then looked at him "and ran his thumb ...Read more

All the reasons the migrant caravan is totally a national emergency

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This is an emergency!

A caravan of unarmed, destitute people, many of them women and children, is snaking its way through Mexico toward the United States at the breakneck pace of about three miles per hour. Still 1,000 miles from America, the ill-nourished pedestrians travel as a pack for protection against gangs; the few who make...Read more

The Trump presidency is a rogue operation

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Adel al-Jubeir, the Washington playboy cum Saudi foreign minister, on Sunday finally delivered the phrase we've all been expecting: They were rogue operators.

"This was an operation that was a rogue operation," he told Fox News' Bret Baier of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Virginia-based contributor to The ...Read more

We know the GOP has at least one pre-existing condition

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Is selective memory loss a pre-existing condition?

Embattled incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, stands accused of voting against health care for more than 100,000 Mainers. "To clarify," a reporter for the local ABC affiliate asked Poliquin recently, "did you vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act?"

"No," Poliquin said. "I ...Read more

I extend an invitation to Senator Warren to become a Jew

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Poor Elizabeth Warren.

She took President Trump's bait and submitted to a DNA test to demonstrate her Native American genealogy -- and, in so doing, may have doomed her presidential campaign before it began. Now the Massachusetts senator is not only enduring Trump's "Pocahontas" insults (at least when he's not calling another ...Read more

Prince Jared finds himself in the wrong fairy tale

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

"Two princes: Kushner now faces a reckoning for Trump's bet on the heir to the Saudi throne"

-- Washington Post headline, Oct. 15

[Excerpted from: "Salmanella and the Glass Orb: How Prince Charming Met His Prince Charming"]

Once upon a time in the year 2017 -- before Ulysses S. Grant was recognized as a great general, before ...Read more

The economy is crushing it - just like in 2008!

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

After the Dow Jones industrials plunged 832 points on Wednesday, Larry Kudlow, President Trump's chief economic adviser, walked up the White House driveway and proclaimed that there was no cause for concern. Not about the stock market, or turmoil in China's economy, or American casualties of Trump's trade fights, or the president's attempt to ...Read more

Wheeler just the latest example of a Trump adviser going bananas

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Just in time for the election, the Trump administration is back to its monkey business.

The acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency is the latest administration figure found to have trafficked racist imagery. HuffPost reported this week on Andrew Wheeler's "like" of a 2013 post showing President Obama and Michelle Obama...Read more

Trump's utter amorality has been exposed

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump seldom waits for the facts before rendering judgment. But when it comes to the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, allegedly killed by Saudi Arabia in Turkey, Trump has been strangely reticent.

Vice President Pence reacted by denouncing "violence against journalists" and said, "The free ...Read more

The special sauce that flavors Betomania excites partisan Democrats without spooking everybody else

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

It's midafternoon on a weekday, but the University of Texas at San Antonio is in the grips of Betomania.

The first students get in line five hours before Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the Democrat trying to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is scheduled to speak, and when the doors open, the line snakes out the building, across a long breezeway and through ...Read more

Collins's vote is a Declaration of Cowardice

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- After Sen. Susan Collins announced on the Senate floor Friday that she would cast her deciding vote to confirm Brett M. Kavanaugh, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., rose to liken her to another Republican from Maine, Margaret Chase Smith, "the first member of the United States Senate to take on Joseph McCarthy … this...Read more

Radiation? Chemicals? No big deal, says the Trump administration.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This news makes me feel warm all over. Indeed, I am positively glowing.

New regulations floated by the Environmental Protection Agency are set to increase Americans' exposure to radiation -- because, according to scientific theory now in favor with the Trump administration, radiation is not bad for us. It may even be healthy!

The...Read more

I, too, majored in beer at Yale

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- My roommates and I got a low draw in the dorm-room lottery sophomore year at Yale and wound up in a suite on York Street overlooking Demery's, a dive frequented by motorcycle gang members because of its cheap beer and huge triangles of the world's worst pizza.

Often on weeknights we would be kept awake by what we dubbed "fight ...Read more

Trump goes on a bender

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump, in the Rose Garden on Monday morning to celebrate a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, displayed a side seldom, if ever, seen before: a flash of self-awareness.

Goaded by reporters' questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh's memorable testimony last week -- "I like beer! I still like beer!" -- ...Read more

Partisanship and revenge fantasies are exactly what we don't need on the Supreme Court

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Brett M. Kavanaugh proved himself unfit to serve on the Supreme Court.

It has little to do with his treatment of women.

Kavanaugh's freshman-year roommate at Yale had told The New Yorker that the future Supreme Court nominee could become "aggressive "and "belligerent" when drunk. But, as millions have now seen with their own eyes...Read more

Trump is the laughingstock of the world

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Promise made, promise kept.

"The world is laughing at us," Donald Trump often said during the campaign.

The claim was not obviously true then, but Trump has made it so. The world is now laughing at us -- specifically, at our president.

"In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any ...Read more

I smell a rat

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I smell a rat.

Apparently I'm not the only one. Recent reporting by The Washington Post's Rachel Chason and others confirmed what the rest of the country has long suspected: "Rats are overrunning D.C."

Complaints increased 50 percent in 2017 -- which by complete and total coincidence is the year President Trump came to town -- ...Read more


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