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Yes, the Green New Deal is audacious. But we have no choice but to think big.

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Who's afraid of the Green New Deal? I'm not. It's ambitious, aspirational, improbable, impractical -- almost as audacious as putting a man on the moon. We used to be able to think big. Let's do it again.

Since the 14-page resolution was introduced in Congress last week by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,...Read more

We have a national emergency, all right. Its name is Donald Trump.

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- We have a national emergency, all right. Its name is Donald Trump, and it is a force of mindless, pointless disruption.

The president's decision to officially declare an emergency -- to pretend to build an unbuildable border wall -- is not only an act of constitutional vandalism. It is also an act of cowardice, a way to avoid the ...Read more

For the benefit of Democrats and Virginia, investigate the state's top leaders

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The decision by Virginia's top three elected officials to hunker down and cling to their jobs is bad for both the state and the Democratic Party. If they won't go, the only thing to do is investigate them all.

Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring have all forfeited the public's trust, in my...Read more

It's time to think big on climate change

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Let's consider some real news, for a change: Last year was officially proclaimed the fourth-warmest on record; scientists predict that melting ice in Antarctica and Greenland could not only raise sea levels but further destabilize weather patterns; and progressive members of Congress are proposing a "Green New Deal," the ...Read more

Northam keeps digging himself deeper into the hole

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- There are 8.5 million Virginians. Surely the commonwealth can find someone to serve as governor whose yearbook page does not prominently feature a picture of a broadly grinning young white man in blackface and another wearing Ku Klux Klan robes.

Surely the commonwealth can find someone who, when confronted with said yearbook ...Read more

The tweeting of a crackpot undermines a nation's respect

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Of all the crackpots on social media, is any more untethered to reality than the president of the United States?

Seriously, there are tinfoil-hatted lunatics yelling on street corners who make more sense than President Trump's increasingly loopy Twitter feed. Think about it: Most mornings, and some evenings as well, the most ...Read more

Howard Schultz is fully capable of winning the 2020 election ... for Trump

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Just what we need, another ego-crazed billionaire with zero experience in government who thinks he is destined to be president. What could go wrong?

Howard Schultz, the man who put a Starbucks on every corner, said in a "60 Minutes" interview aired Sunday that he is mulling a run for the White House as an independent. Schultz ...Read more

Pelosi is schooling Trump, but he's a slow learner

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Contrary to legend, Marie Antoinette probably never actually said "let them eat cake." The Trump administration is saying it loud and clear, though, to government workers who have now gone more than a month without a paycheck.

"I don't really quite understand why" unpaid employees are resorting to food pantries and other forms of ...Read more

Above all else, Trump is a bully

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- As the shambolic Trump presidency caroms and lurches into Year Three, a shameful governing philosophy has emerged: cruelty for cruelty's sake.

Let us take stock:

Roughly one-quarter of the federal government has been closed for a month, in the longest shutdown in U.S. history. An estimated 800,000 employees are either furloughed ...Read more

Pelosi seizes initiative in trench warfare with Trump

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is driving President Trump nuts -- a very short drive indeed -- by doing something he simply cannot abide: She's stealing the spotlight.

She is also seizing the initiative in the trench warfare over Trump's government shutdown and his imaginary border wall, audaciously telling the president that the ...Read more

Why are Republicans suddenly outraged over King's racism?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are shocked, shocked, to learn that Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is a dyed-in-the-wool racist. Also that snow is cold, the ocean is wet and the sky is often blue.

The clamor of GOP voices denouncing King's latest racist eruption is more amusing than inspiring. Where have his Republican colleagues been all these ...Read more

Trump's real fears have nothing to do with the wall

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The government isn't shut down because of President Trump's unbelievable cluelessness as a deal-maker. It's shut down because of his many fears.

I don't mean his pretend fears. Surely Trump doesn't really believe his own racist nonsense about the U.S.-Mexico border being a sieve for homicidal maniacs and walk-to-work terrorists, ...Read more

Congress has the power and the duty to tell Trump: Enough

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- "Our government may at some time be in the hands of a bad man. When in the hands of a good man it is all well enough. ... We ought to have our government so shaped that even when in the hands of a bad man we shall be safe."

Frederick Douglass said that in 1866, as Andrew Johnson -- until now, clearly the worst president in U.S. ...Read more

Pelosi will show Trump he's not the only one in Washington with power

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Capitol really was "the people's house" on Thursday. The sky may have been overcast and the temperature chilly, but still there was the feeling of dawn.

The new Congress was being sworn in and the building was thronged with friends and family who came to fill the galleries. Because of the unprecedented diversity of the ...Read more

The Democratic jockeying begins

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It has begun.

The field of candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination is starting to form, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., announcing Monday that she has launched a campaign "exploratory committee" -- the same step that former housing and urban development secretary Julian Castro took earlier in December. ...Read more

Trump's reckoning is well underway

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- For the new year, critics of President Trump should resolve not to be intimidated by the potential wrath of his vaunted political base. The only one who should cower before the Make America Great Again legions is Trump himself.

And he does fear them, bigly. The latest illustration is the way he chickened out on a bipartisan ...Read more

This Christmas, we must be realistic but never hopeless

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The chaos all around us is what happens when the nation elects an incompetent, narcissistic, impulsive and amoral man as president. This Christmas, heaven help us all.

Much of the government is shut down over symbolic funding for an insignificant portion of a useless border wall that President Trump said Mexico would pay for. The ...Read more

Trump has been walking a tightrope of lies, and now he is teetering

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- There was plenty of awful legal news for President Trump this week, but the worst may have come from an official who hasn't yet been sworn in.

Letitia James, who will become the New York state attorney general next month, told NBC she plans to "use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions ...Read more

What has the president been 'smocking'?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump was up early Monday morning, tweeting falsely that investigators have found "No Smocking Gun" that proves he did anything wrong. He meant "smoking," of course. His vision must be clouded by the haze.

In a sentencing memorandum for the president's one-time personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, federal prosecutors in ...Read more

Bulldoze the 'blue wall of silence'

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- This just in: Black men are still being killed by police officers for no good reason.

But you knew that. Anyone who has remotely been paying attention should be aware that unjustified police killings of African-American men continue unabated. In far too many police departments, the unwritten rule for encounters with black men is ...Read more


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