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Trump is desecrating America's birthday

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Fourth of July celebration in Washington has long been a grand pageant of democracy, a family-friendly event that transcends ideology and partisanship. President Trump intends to turn it into a cult-of-personality political rally in honor of himself.

No, I'm not surprised, but what Trump is doing makes me angry. And it makes ...Read more

On impeachment, Pelosi has to pick her poison

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she believes President Trump "has been involved in a criminal cover-up." Too bad she's not in a position to do something about it.

Oh wait, she is. If she truly believes the president has committed crimes, if she truly believes he has violated his oath of office, if she truly believes he is...Read more

Fewer Democrats should run for president -- so more can run for Senate

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Dear Democratic presidential candidates: I know all 23 of you want to run against President Trump, but only one will get that opportunity. If you truly believe your own righteous rhetoric, some of you ought to be spending your time and energy in another vital pursuit -- winning control of the Senate.

I'm talking to you, John ...Read more

Only an idiot would sound like Trump

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It is not unfair to point out that President Trump, on many important subjects, is just an idiot.

A vivid illustration of this unfortunate fact came this week in London, when it was revealed that Prince Charles, a knowledgeable environmentalist, had tried to educate the president on climate change -- and utterly failed.

"I ...Read more

Trump poses a test for the Brits' stiff upper lip

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Donald "Bone Spurs" Trump is in Britain, attempting to celebrate a special relationship forged in heroic military sacrifice. Donald "I Didn't Know That She Was Nasty" Trump is imposing his boorish presence on the royal family, including Prince Harry, whose bride he insulted. Donald "Grab 'Em by the [Genitals]" Trump is dining with ...Read more

Mueller gave Congress a clear road map for holding Trump accountable

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- What would a president have to do, hypothetically, to get this Congress to impeach him?

Obstruct a Justice Department investigation, perhaps? No, apparently that's not enough. What about playing footsie with a hostile foreign power? Abusing his office to settle personal grievances? Using instruments of the state, including the ...Read more

Tune out Trump's propaganda machine

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush once said that to get a message across you had to repeat it over and over, "to kind of catapult the propaganda." Donald Trump must have been paying attention.

I predict this will be a summer of nonstop, shameless propaganda from Trump and his minions. It will be clumsy, ridiculous and pathetic -- but don't ignore it...Read more

Pelosi got the better of Trump, again

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Once again, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is large and in charge. Once again, President Trump is frantic and rattled. Once again, a tough and powerful woman is driving an insecure man out of his mind.

I don't think Pelosi's strategy of resisting a formal impeachment inquiry can last forever, but I have to admit it's working. She ...Read more

Bullies like Trump cannot be appeased. They must be confronted.

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Justin Amash finally said out loud what many other Republicans know but will only whisper: "President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment." Amash's party may never forgive him. His nation ought to thank him.

The Michigan congressman on Saturday became the first ...Read more

If Trump doesn't want a war with Iran, he needs to make that clear

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- With a competent president in the White House, the escalating confrontation with Iran would not rise to the level of crisis. With President Trump calling the shots, we should be afraid. Very afraid.

A rational president, of course, would not have abandoned the landmark deal that halted Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. A ...Read more

Trump has no idea what he's doing

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The thing to keep in mind about President Trump, as he thrashes around like a weak swimmer in a strong current, is that he has no idea what he's doing. None. Not a clue.

I know that he can be clever politically, in a tactical sense. I know that his lies are often both deliberate and effective. I know that his utter shamelessness ...Read more

Congress does not have the option to shrug and look away

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The escalating war in Washington is not between the White House and "Democrats," despite what President Trump may claim. It is between an arrogant, out-of-control executive and the people's duly elected representatives in Congress, whose sworn duties transcend politics. There's a big difference.

Trump tries to drag everyone and ...Read more

If you dream of seeing the Great Barrier Reef, don't wait

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- There are roughly eight million plant and animal species in the world. One of them -- homo sapiens -- may soon wipe out a million of the rest. And we're just getting started.

That's the depressing bottom line from a comprehensive new United Nations report on biodiversity. Species are going extinct at a rate unmatched in ...Read more

Give Mueller the mic

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It's Mueller time.

We need public, no-holds-barred testimony before Congress by special counsel Robert Mueller, and we need it now. As we saw Wednesday, trying to get the truth out of Attorney General William Barr is like squeezing blood from a stone.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee did wring out a few droplets. ...Read more

Trump's politics of division fuels deadly hatred

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Hatred, resentment, white supremacy and victimhood are deadly political tools. President Trump wields them with no thought to the consequences -- and people die.

The latest is Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, shot and killed Saturday at the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego. The shooter, a 19-year-old gunman armed with a military-...Read more

Biden has the best shot at beating Trump

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden begins his presidential campaign with a lead over the crowded Democratic field and a simple message the nation can immediately grasp: I can stop the madness. I can beat Donald Trump.

That doesn't mean Biden will necessarily win the nomination, which depends on a host of factors, including how well the 76-year-old ...Read more

Democrats must move fearlessly toward impeachment

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The constitutional case for impeaching President Trump was best made two decades ago by one of his most servile enablers, Lindsey Graham, now the senior senator from South Carolina:

"You don't even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if this body [the Senate] determines that your ...Read more

Only Congress can hold Trump accountable

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- There is a mountain of evidence that President Trump obstructed justice. There is considerable evidence that the Trump campaign embraced and encouraged Russia's attempt to meddle in the 2016 election. Special counsel Robert Mueller laid out the facts -- and now Congress has a solemn duty to confront them.

Contrary to what Trump ...Read more

Our president wants to put up a "No Vacancies" sign for non-white immigrants

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration has manufactured and exacerbated an immigration "crisis" to further the president's most consistent goal: to Make America White Again.

Tens of thousands of Central American asylum-seekers, even hundreds of thousands, do not constitute a serious crisis -- not for a continent-spanning nation of 330 million, ...Read more

A snapshot of science's power to amaze

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Forget everything else for a moment and behold infinity.

On Wednesday, scientists unveiled a fuzzy image that should blow every mind on the planet: the first-ever picture of a black hole, which is a region of space so dense that nothing can escape its gravitational pull, not even light. Black holes were predicted by Albert ...Read more

 

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