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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

Trump's know-nothing stance has not wrecked the Paris Agreement

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- All of the leaders assembled at the Group of 20 meeting in Buenos Aires committed their nations to the fight against climate change, except one -- President Trump, of course. But pay him no mind. As the proverb says, "The dogs bark but the caravan moves on."

We don't have to wait for history to prove how utterly, stupidly wrong ...Read more

Trump won't go down without a fight

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It didn't take long Thursday for President Trump's tweeted complaint about the Robert Mueller probe -- "will it just go on forever?" -- to look like wishful thinking. Michael Cohen's blockbuster court appearance made it clear that Trump is really going to hate the way the investigation ends.

Unless, of course, the president...Read more

The world is on fire, and the president is playing with matches

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Climate change is happening "primarily as a result of human activities" and its damaging impacts -- severe droughts, deadly wildfires, monster tropical storms, punishing heat waves -- "are already being felt in the United States." That's not me talking. It's the conclusion of the U.S. government, in an alarming new report the Trump...Read more

Trump is not a champion of human rights, he is a clueless clown

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- In Riyadh, they must be laughing at President Trump. In Pyongyang, too, and in Tehran. In Beijing and, of course, in Moscow, they must be laughing until it hurts. They look at Washington and they don't see a champion of freedom and human rights. They see a preening, clueless clown.

Trump's reaction -- or non-reaction -- to the ...Read more

Rather than lick his wounds, Trump ramps up his bluster

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Like a television show that has jumped the shark, President Trump's frantic act grows more desperate and pathetic by the day.

Asked by Chris Wallace of "Fox News Sunday" to grade his presidency, Trump absurdly replied: "Look, I hate to do it, but I will do it, I would give myself an A-plus. Is that enough? Can I go higher than ...Read more

Watching the Democrats hold Trump accountable will be fun to watch

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- In mob movies they call it "going to the mattresses"-- getting ready for war.

One day after voters put an end to unaccountable, strongman-style, one-party rule in Washington, Trump moved to cover his flank. He shoved out Attorney General Jeff Sessions and installed a replacement, Matt Whitaker, who has publicly warned special ...Read more

Republicans who don't condemn Trump's demagoguery are complicit

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump and the Republican Party have run the most racist national political campaign since the 1968 presidential bid of segregationist George Wallace. We shall soon see how much the country has changed in 50 years -- and in what direction.

I grew up in the South under Jim Crow, so I've seen and heard this garbage before. ...Read more

On Tuesday, vote to take back the country you love

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's closing argument for the midterm election is a bit confusing:

"It's all about President Trump -- unless he angers, appalls or disgusts you, in which case we've never heard of anyone named Trump. We've also never heard of policies we've voted for repeatedly, like eliminating the guarantee of health insurance ...Read more

Don't tell me that 'both sides' need to do better

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- "Both sides" are not responsible for the horrific political terrorism we have seen this past week. Only the right is to blame -- starting with President Trump and his complicit enablers in the Republican Party.

They have been playing with fire. It was inevitable that people would get burned.

Am I not supposed to blame Trump? Well...Read more

Democrats have nothing to lose -- but a majority (or two) to win

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Dear Democrats,

You can do this. Stop fretting and second-guessing. Get out of your own way. Concentrate on turning out the vote, and remember you have everything to gain in this midterm election and nothing to lose.

I say you have nothing to lose because that is literally true. Republicans control both chambers of Congress, most...Read more

Black women could play a decisive role in midterms

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If a "blue wave" does let Democrats seize the House, protect endangered Senate seats and win key governorships, it looks likely that the party will have African-American women to thank.

"Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and we can't take that for granted," Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said ...Read more

Trump has abdicated moral leadership on what should be core issues for America

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- When the United States does not stand up for human rights and freedom of expression, there are tragic consequences. The apparent torture and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is one of them.

From the beginning, President Trump and his advisers have given Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a green ...Read more

Trump's relentless lying threatens our democracy

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's constant, relentless, remorseless lying is a central feature of his presidency, an unprecedented threat to our democracy and -- in my view -- an impeachable offense.

I realize it does not qualify as news that Trump lies all the time. I also realize it is not always possible to draw a bright line between untruths ...Read more

The tale of Taylor Swift and Kanye West is no 'Love Story'

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- When the big political news of the week involves Taylor Swift and Kanye West, we're in serious trouble. I'm trying to "Shake It Off," but I can't.

I don't mean to sound "Heartless," but we shouldn't have to pay the slightest attention to what those pop-music megastars think about the midterm election and President Trump. We do ...Read more

New climate report reveals planetary horror story

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Here is how to interpret the alarming new United Nations-sponsored report on global warming: We are living in a horror movie. The world needs statesmen to lead the way to safety. Instead we have President Trump, who essentially says, "Hey, let's all head to the dark, creepy basement where the chain saws and razor-sharp axes are ...Read more

Democrats: Harness your rage at Kavanaugh hearings to get out the vote

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Pay attention, Democrats. Watch what Republicans are doing. You'll see what raw power looks like -- and understand why winning in November is so vital for the nation's future.

President Trump, aware that the country is passionately divided on many critical issues, could have nominated a moderate jurist to replace retiring Supreme ...Read more

Make no mistake: GOP senators were putting women in their place

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If Brett Kavanaugh is eventually confirmed to the Supreme Court, Republican senators will be sending a clear message to women who accuse powerful men of sexual misconduct: Tell your story if you must, then shut up and go away.

Kavanaugh's histrionics and the parliamentary drama that followed do not lessen the clarity of Christine ...Read more


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