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Trump’s ‘Fine-Tuned Machine’ is Going Haywire

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is flailing like a man who fears he’s about to go under, and he hasn’t even been in office a full month. His instinct is to flee to the warmth and comfort of his political base -- but he will learn that while presidents can run, they can’t hide.

Trump’s administration faces two acute, interlocking crises: ...Read more

The GOP’s Profiles in Cowardice

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Imagine how Republicans would have reacted if former president Obama had attacked a retailer for dropping his daughter’s product line. Or asked senators to confirm a Cabinet pick who said guns are needed in schools to defend against grizzly bears. Or tried to undermine the independence of the federal judiciary. Or equated the ...Read more

Governing by Tantrum

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- No one should have been surprised when President Trump raged that the “so-called judge” who blocked his travel ban should be blamed “if something happens.” It is clear by now that the leader of the free world has the emotional maturity of a 2-year-old who kicks, punches and holds his breath when he can’t have ice cream.

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Democrats Should Filibuster Gorsuch with 2018 in Mind

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats should use any and all means, including the filibuster, to block confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. They will almost surely fail. But sometimes you have to lose a battle to win a war.

This is purely about politics. Republicans hold the presidency, majorities in the House and Senate, 33 ...Read more

Don’t Dismiss Trump’s Rants as Distractions

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Where to begin? That’s the daily question for anyone trying to follow the words and deeds of the new administration, which is like drinking through two fire hoses -- one gushing policy, the other spewing insanity.

Neither stream can be ignored. I wish I could agree with those who say we should pay little attention to President ...Read more

Progressives, Use the March to Make a Movement

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It matters that the crowd for the Women’s March on Washington was far bigger than that for President Trump’s inauguration. The new president often boasts of having started a great movement. Let it be the one that was born with Saturday’s massive protests.

If size is important, and apparently to Trump it is, there was no ...Read more

A Tale of Two Crowds in One City

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Two big and passionate crowds have descended on Washington -- one thrilled by Donald Trump’s inauguration, the other appalled. Never in my lifetime has a new president been anticipated with such raw enthusiasm on one side and such fear and loathing on the other.

Admit it, you have no idea what a Trump administration will ...Read more

Trump is Wrong About Black America

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Lewis is the son of sharecroppers. As a child, he wanted to be a preacher; he practiced by delivering fiery sermons to the family’s chickens. But history had other plans for him: lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a seat in Congress representing most of Atlanta. No ...Read more

The Obamas Leave An Image That Will Never Fade

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Hold on to one image from President Obama’s farewell address: The president using his handkerchief to wipe a tear from his eye as he thanked Michelle Obama for her grace and forbearance.

The first lady was holding back tears, too, as was her daughter Malia. Politics aside, it was a touching moment in the life of a family we have...Read more

Trump’s Twitter Tantrums Are a Message of Weakness

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Seriously? Is President-elect Donald Trump so thin-skinned that even criticism from Meryl Streep triggers a nasty, over-the-top response? What kind of crybaby have Americans elected as their leader?

“One of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood,” Trump absurdly called the most acclaimed actress of our time, demonstrating ...Read more

What’s the Deal with Trump and Russia?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Coming from a presidential candidate, Donald Trump’s misty-eyed admiration of Russia and its autocratic leader was weird. Coming from a president-elect, it’s nothing short of alarming.

I repeat the questions I asked back in September: What’s the deal with Trump and Russia? Does he have financial entanglements with Russian ...Read more

What Kind of Democracy Will Israel Be?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The opportunity for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may already have expired. The question going forward, then, is what kind of democracy Israel intends to be.

The Obama administration’s frustration with the situation is understandable. The continued building of Israeli settlements in the occupied West ...Read more

Who in the Republican Party Will Stand up to Trump?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump’s victory tour was more than just an opportunity to strut and preen around the country like a peacock with a comb-over. It was a warning to Republican leaders in Congress that Trump intends to be in charge -- and that there will be consequences if the party establishment does not fall in line.

The ...Read more

If Trump Stands Athwart Progress on Climate Change, He’ll Be in For a fight

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The incoming Trump administration will face passionate and hostile resistance if it tries to deny the reality of human-induced climate change. We can already hear the drums of war.

-- The Department of Energy flatly denied a demand from the Trump transition team to supply the names of employees or contractors who have participated...Read more

Donald Trump’s Strange Defense of Russia

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Good lord. We are about to inaugurate as president a man whose election, according to the CIA, was aided by a Russian intelligence operation. Try as we might, we cannot pretend this didn’t happen.

We can’t ignore outrageous interference by an adversarial foreign power because President-elect Donald Trump’s actions question ...Read more

What Does it Take to Get a Police Officer Punished for Killing an Unarmed Black Man?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Watch the video. Walter Scott, unarmed and slow of foot, tries to run away. Police officer Michael Slager calmly fires five rounds into Scott’s back. Later, Slager approaches Scott’s body, not to give first aid but apparently to plant evidence of a struggle that never took place.

Now tell me: How cheap is black life in these ...Read more

The Proliferation of Fake News Presents Real Perils

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Fake news leads eventually to real tragedy. It almost got there Sunday when an idiot brought a loaded assault rifle into a Washington pizzeria, firing at least one shot, in an attempt to “self-investigate” a preposterous made-up conspiracy theory.

No one was hurt -- this time. But the same kind of thing will happen again, ...Read more

A Government Of, By and For Corporate America

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump promised to punish U.S. companies that ship manufacturing jobs out of the country. Instead, judging from the way he has handled Carrier, he plans to reward them. Quite handsomely, in fact.

As should be standard practice with Trump, pay attention to the substance, not the theater. United Technologies, ...Read more

Trump Should Support the Cuba Deal

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- At long last, Fidel Castro is dead. Now the oppressive system he installed in Cuba can wither and die, too -- unless Donald Trump reverts to Cold War policies and gives Cuba’s failing dictatorship new life.

It is tempting to see Castro’s death as little more than a formality. After all, his brother Raul has been running ...Read more

Far From Draining the Swamp, Trump Seems Poised to Deepen the Muck

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It is our duty to demand ethical integrity from our presidents, and Donald Trump cannot be allowed to make himself an exception.

He is already trying hard to do so.

Amid the hustle and bustle of his transition, according to The New York Times, President-elect Trump found time last week for a visit from the Indian partners with ...Read more


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