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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

Trump has an atrocious report card, but will he fail with his voters?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- I've got the perfect slogan for President Trump's re-election campaign: "Promises Made, Promises Not Kept, But I'm Betting My Voters Are Too Stupid to Notice."

Let's take stock:

Trump promised to build a wall along the 2,000-mile southern border, with the cost of the "big, beautiful" barrier to be borne by Mexico. Trump made this...Read more

Trump's rambling CPAC speech should alarm all of us

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The president of the United States gave a rambling and incoherent two-hour speech in which he raved like a lunatic and told crazy, self-serving lies from start to finish. If that no longer qualifies as alarming, we're in serious trouble.

I realize the speed-of-light news cycle has moved on. I realize anything that happened last ...Read more

Cohen cast the president in a devilish light

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- In Michael Cohen's historic testimony Wednesday, there was a moment when the long-lost spines of President Trump's political enablers, probably heaped in a clattering pile somewhere, must have felt a chill. It was when Cohen looked at his Republican inquisitors and foretold their future.

"I did the same thing you are doing now for...Read more

Oscars showed why Trump's reactionary crusade is doomed to fail

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- "Let's all be on the right side of history," a jubilant Spike Lee said Sunday night as he accepted his Oscar. He needn't have worried. Hollywood seems to have gotten the message.

For the most part, at least.

I'd have preferred seeing the biggest award, Best Picture, go to Lee's razor-sharp "BlacKkKlansman" (because of its ...Read more

In allegedly faking his attack, Smollett grievously injured countless others

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- I hope actor Jussie Smollett gets the psychological help he apparently needs. And I hope authorities in Chicago throw the book at him, because the lies he is accused of telling will likely bring great harm to innocent victims.

Smollett's arrest Thursday for allegedly filing a false police report came as no surprise. His improbable...Read more

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


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