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Stick-it-to-the-libs is all Trump has left

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- The Fifth Avenue Murder Theory now faces its toughest test.

This bold hypothesis was put forward in 2016 by Professor Donald Trump, who claimed that he could "stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody" and not "lose any voters."

His proposition is by no means implausible. He won his Electoral College majority despite...Read more

Warren's plan worked. Now she needs another one.

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- For Elizabeth Warren, the hard part begins now.

The Massachusetts senator is unquestionably the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, which made her the focal point of attacks from her rivals in Tuesday's Democratic debate. Former Vice President Joe Biden had an easier time of it, but this was not good news for ...Read more

Dark money and the art of the shady deal

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- There's understandable delight over the name of a company run by one of Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine-connected buddies arrested last week for allegedly laundering money into Donald Trump's political efforts. It's called "Fraud Guarantee." This will provide an excellent title for a book on the Trump era, deceitfulness being the one Trump...Read more

Senate math could pick Trump's jurors

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- There are two paths for holding President Trump to account for his abuses: one passes through the Senate, the other through the ballot box. With Trump declaring he'll do everything he can to obstruct House impeachment efforts, his opponents need to keep both options in mind as they move to overcome his obstruction, his lying and ...Read more

Trump's base is smaller than he thinks

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- The debate over impeaching President Trump reveals an irony: Those who favor it have far more respect for the president's supporters than those who oppose it.

Critics of impeachment argue that the effort to remove Trump from office over his open invitations of foreign meddling in our elections will only ignite the Trump "base." ...Read more

Will impeachment make Democrats an organized party?

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- If you like your politics orderly and by the numbers, and if you can't stand having to come to terms with people of very different views and backgrounds, here's a piece of advice: Don't bother being a Democrat.

Normally, Democrats wear their diversity as a badge of honor, even as they feud and scuffle. But with House ...Read more

Impeachment: how fast, how far?

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- The dilemma facing House Democrats is captured by one of the most internally contradictory phrases in American legal history. In the very muddy language of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, they need to proceed "with all deliberate speed."

Goldilocks rules again: "Not too fast, not too slow, just right." Alas, for House ...Read more

Trump's betrayal and the duty of patriots

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

We now know the truth: President Trump asked the leader of Ukraine to investigate the man who was widely seen as his strongest potential opponent during a phone call in which he noted that "we do a lot for Ukraine." He threw an invite for a White House visit into the bargain.

Let's say this as simply and clearly as possible. Trump was using the...Read more

Why Trump gets away with everything

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

A depressing mystery hangs over our politics: Why is it that when we have a president whose behavior puts our security interests in peril, our political parties can't confront the threat together?

Here we have a whistleblower from the intelligence community who, as The Washington Post reported, found a "promise" that President Trump made to a ...Read more

Striking workers remind us that they saved GM

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

During the debate over whether the federal government should save the American auto industry in late 2008, a driver rammed into my old Saturn in a late-night accident while it was parked in front of my house. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but I needed a new car.

I strongly supported the rescue effort, so I felt an obligation to look to a ...Read more

Democrats finally realized who their real opponent is

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- After spending the first half-hour of Thursday's debate tearing each other apart over health care -- which happens to be their party's strongest issue -- the Democratic presidential candidates realized that their opponent is Donald Trump and acted accordingly.

As a result, despite jabs and disagreements throughout a three-hour ...Read more

North Carolina's portrait of a deeply torn nation

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's tweeting of a "Trump 2024" meme should concentrate the minds of his opponents. So should the results of North Carolina's special congressional elections on Tuesday.

Perhaps it's a mistake to take the first too seriously. But it does underscore the utterly abnormal, chaotic, norm-breaking, and corrupt nature of ...Read more

Sorry, but Thursday's debate is about electability

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- It has become a habit to scold Democratic voters who say that electability is their standard in deciding whom to support for their party's presidential nomination. Forecasts made hours before Election Day three years ago went spectacularly awry, so who can know what will happen in November 2020?

Yet like it or not, the most ...Read more

Democracy inaction in Britain and the U.S.

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

Two stories at the center of the news -- the Brexit mess in Britain and the U.S. Senate's failure to act on gun violence -- should force us to think hard about what it will take for historic democracies to make their systems work again. We need to accept that different conceptions of democracy sometimes contradict each other, and that some of ...Read more

Remembering the point of Labor Day

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- It was known as the "Treaty of Detroit," but it did not end a shooting war. In 1950, Walter Reuther, the legendary leader of the United Auto Workers union, and Charlie Wilson, the CEO of General Motors, agreed to a historic labor contract that bought the automaker five years of labor peace.

After more than a decade of sometimes ...Read more

The coming implosion of our electoral system

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- The assumptions underlying a controversy are often more important than the controversy itself.

Take the case of our blithe acceptance of the electoral college. There is nothing normal or democratic about choosing our president through a system that makes it ever more likely that the candidate who garners fewer votes will ...Read more

How government can expand freedom

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Complaining about government -- its failures, its corruption and, in the worst cases, its capacity to oppress -- is both an American pastime and a right to be treasured.

But a wholesome desire to preserve ourselves from foolish or tyrannical rule often devolves into disdaining government altogether. The underlying assumption (I ...Read more

The evangelicals' enforcer

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- Are the dominant voices of white evangelical Christianity in the United States destined to be angry and defensive? Is President Trump making sure they stay that way?

I found myself asking these questions after I read my Washington Post colleague Elizabeth Bruenig's revealing and deeply reported essay about her journey to Texas to ...Read more

Real change depends on the Senate

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

There are two quite different paths toward change in the 2020 elections. One would involve getting rid of President Trump but leaving Washington gridlocked. The other would see a Democratic president elected with a Democratic Congress. For the first time in a decade, progressives, with some help from moderates, would have a chance to govern and ...Read more

Trump's China policy: incoherent, value-free

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

WASHINGTON -- A concern for human rights and democracy has often been seen as an add-on to our country's foreign policy, an attractive veneer over the usual realpolitik. But President Trump is demonstrating that a supposedly "America First" policy focused entirely on trade and divorced from a commitment to our values is incoherent.

Trump is ...Read more


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