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If Trump won't lead, Pelosi will

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Last week's viral photograph of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pointing her finger at President Trump and reading him the riot act reflected a larger reality: If Trump won't responsibly lead the nation, Pelosi will.

The president has pretty much ceased being president. Trump never really seemed to enjoy the job, except for ceremonial ...Read more

Trump is in a tailspin -- and dragging the country down with him

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The most powerful office in the world is occupied -- and being abused -- by a man who is entirely unfit and is spinning dangerously out of control. Everyone needs to stop pretending otherwise.

And it's all getting worse.

President Trump's train wreck of a performance Wednesday, at a meeting with congressional leaders, represented...Read more

Racist attitudes lead to tragic outcomes

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- This is a serious question: What can a black person do to keep from getting killed by police in this country?

Driving-while-black has long been potentially a capital offense, as witnessed by the case of Philando Castile, who was shot to death. Driving-while-black got Walter Scott tasered, but it was running-away-while-black that ...Read more

Removing Trump may be unlikely -- but not impossible

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- How much more of this can we take?

That is the question Congress must now confront. How much more of the Trump administration's lawlessness, incompetence and corruption must the nation endure? If President Trump serves the full 15 months that remain in his term of office, how bad will the damage be? For the good of the country and...Read more

The GOP's bootlicking cowardice knows no bounds

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's defense against impeachment is bombastic, full of lies and incoherent to the point of lunacy, which is no surprise. Republicans are beclowning themselves to pretend Trump is making sense -- and that, sadly, is also no surprise.

Trump has described his smoking-gun phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr ...Read more

The president is trying to gaslight the American people

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's call with the Ukrainian president was an impeachable abuse of power.

I repeat: President Trump's call with the Ukrainian president was an impeachable abuse of power.

Once again, President Trump's call with the Ukrainian president was an impeachable abuse of power.

No apologies for the redundancy. Trump is ...Read more

The laughable Republican defense of the indefensible

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Impeachment of a president is a deeply serious affair. Efforts by President Trump and his defenders to explain away his clear-as-day abuse of power are providing a bit of comic relief.

The problem for the president and his amen chorus is that the White House released a document proving Trump guilty of an impeachable act. In the ...Read more

Pelosi should move to impeach ASAP

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The impeachment of Donald Trump need not be a long, drawn-out affair. Speaker Nancy Pelosi could bring articles of impeachment to the floor of the House within weeks -- or she could leave the president twisting slowly in the wind. Her call.

That Trump committed at least one impeachable offense is not in question. He unilaterally ...Read more

Trump is practically begging for impeachment

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- I get my felonies mixed up. Was President Trump committing bribery, if he offered the Ukrainian president $250 million in foreign aid in exchange for an investigation to smear potential Democratic nominee Joe Biden? Or would that be considered extortion?

It doesn't matter. The real question is whether now, finally, the House of ...Read more

Trump administration is more 'Game of Thrones' than 'West Wing'

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- I want to hear the Democratic presidential candidates explain, convincingly, how they're going to beat Donald Trump. Then I want to hear how they propose to repair the devastating damage Trump has done to all three branches of government -- and to our trust in our institutions.

First, Trump has to be sent packing. I shudder to ...Read more

Congress is shirking its constitutional duty by not impeaching Trump

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats can't have it both ways. Either they're impeaching President Trump or they're not -- and it looks like they're not.

Why Congress is not fulfilling what would seem to be its constitutional duty has nothing to do with the merits of the case against Trump, who adds to the list of his impeachable offenses almost daily....Read more

Help hurricane victims, but also fight to stop climate change

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- "It is impossible to prepare for an apocalypse," Dr. Duane Sands, the health minister of the Bahamas, told reporters Sunday.

Somehow, though, we all had better try.

Those who have witnessed the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama, Great Abaco and Little Abaco islands struggle to describe it. "Some places it's ...Read more

Trump's bogus map embodies the man

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- This doesn't qualify as earth-shattering news at this point, but President Trump showed us again this week how spectacularly ignorant, vainglorious and obsessive he can be. This time, he did it with a clumsily doctored map.

Yes, I'm talking about the out-of-date National Hurricane Center map of Hurricane Dorian's projected path ...Read more

It's still Biden's race to lose

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The big news in the Democratic presidential race is that not much has changed since Joe Biden jumped in.

To be sure, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has steadily gained ground, according to polls. California Sen. Kamala Harris rose sharply after the first debate but then gradually slid back into single-digit-land. Vermont Sen...Read more

Trump's trade war with China may spell his electoral defeat

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is conducting his trade war with China as if it were a zero-sum game, but it's not. It's a negative-sum game. Both sides lose.

Sad! And self-defeating.

It's clear at this point that Trump's ill-advised gambit of tariffs and bombast is hurting both economies. The question is who can more stoically withstand the ...Read more

Trump's Obama Envy

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Is it my imagination, or is President Trump's chronic and debilitating case of Obama Envy getting worse?

One of the things that genuinely seems to matter to Trump is comparing himself -- favorably, of course -- to his predecessor, no matter how delusional the rationale. Trump gave an illustration at the end of the G-7 summit, when...Read more

The unhinged presidency

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The flood of bizarre pronouncements and behavior from President Trump is likely to get worse, I fear. He is now completely unfiltered -- and, apparently, increasingly untethered to reality.

Quick, can you name the White House press secretary? Do you have any idea what she looks or sounds like? Stephanie Grisham has held that job ...Read more

Trump is panicking that his reality show presidency won't be renewed

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Uh-oh. President Trump is in such a state of panic about his dimming reelection prospects that he's getting his lies mixed up and occasionally blurting out the truth.

"It's tough for Apple to pay tariffs if it's competing with a very good company [Samsung] that's not," the president told reporters Sunday -- flatly contradicting ...Read more

Trump's climate denial could hasten the demise of his own empire

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Someday, in the not-so-distant future, sea-level rise could claim Mar-a-Lago. Perhaps President Trump -- by then no doubt disgraced, shunned and all but forgotten -- would still be around to see his beloved Florida resort wiped out by a "Chinese hoax."

Of all the wrongheaded policies Trump and his Republican Party insist on ...Read more

Trump's message to the world: Keep your tired, your poor, your huddled masses

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The erratic Trump administration has had just one consistent policy principle, one guiding North Star: punitive and often sadistic treatment of nonwhite immigrants.

President Trump's claim that he supports legal immigration, as opposed to the undocumented "invasion" he rails against, turns out to be -- big surprise -- a lie. On ...Read more

 
 

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