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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

How low can Republican senators go?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- For all intents and purposes, Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was over as soon as Christine Blasey Ford began to read her opening statement.

Of course she was credible. She's a Ph.D. psychologist in the midst of a distinguished career, for heaven's sake. Her voice was both strong and vulnerable as she ...Read more

Kavanaugh and his accusers deserve a proper investigation

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are learning that "we're going to plow right through it" is a dangerous way to approach a minefield.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., used that agricultural metaphor Friday to promise conservatives the Senate would confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh no matter what. Now, with a second woman accusing ...Read more

We must give Ford's allegation the hearing it deserves

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- "It never happened" and "it wasn't him" are legitimate, if inconsistent, arguments for defenders of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to make. "We have to stick to our deadline" and "there's no need to involve the FBI" are nothing but partisan Republican talking points. And excuses like "he was only 17" and "boys will be boys" ...Read more

Climate change is no longer just a theory

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Hurricane Florence has drenched eastern North Carolina with more than 30 inches of rain, an all-time record for the state. Last year, Hurricane Harvey stalled over Houston and dumped more than 60 inches of rain, an all-time record for the whole country. Also last year, Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Puerto Rico and caused, ...Read more

Trump's radically un-American agenda

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's antics in his "Crazytown" White House inevitably dominate the headlines. Meanwhile, however, his wrongheaded policies are damaging far more than the nation's dignity and honor.

Hampered by inexperience and incompetence, the administration is pursuing a radically un-American agenda that should alarm progressives ...Read more

This week confirms we're already in a constitutional crisis

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Journalist Bob Woodward's new book and an op-ed by an anonymous administration official portray President Trump as dangerously capricious and amoral, exhibiting textbook symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and behaving in ways that suggest, to some, early signs of age-related dementia.

But you knew that.

We've all known...Read more

What's at stake in November? Democracy.

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's incoherence grows to keep pace with his desperation. These days he makes less sense than ever -- a sign that this malignant presidency has entered a new, more dangerous phase.

I can't be the only one who thinks he sounds less like an elected official than like the leader of some apocalyptic cult. Look at the way ...Read more

The Trump administration doesn't see Latinos as Americans

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's bigoted hatred of Latino immigrants has been clear from the beginning. Now his administration is aggressively persecuting Latino citizens as well.

It is hard to be shocked anymore, given the multiple daily outrages committed by Trump and his minions, but a report Thursday by The Washington Post was jaw-dropping: ...Read more

GOP should honor McCain's legacy by showing a spine

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Much of the nation will spend the coming days honoring the late Sen. John McCain. The Republican Party, however, will only pretend to do so.

Donald Trump's GOP could not care less about the ideals McCain stood for, such as honor, service and community. The party is shamefully molded in Trump's image now, with his enormous ...Read more

Trump doesn't care about justice -- only protection

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- There's a reason why President Trump increasingly sounds like the mob boss in a cliche-ridden gangster film: That's basically what he is -- and he must know how such movies usually end.

On Wednesday morning -- a day after his former campaign chairman was convicted of felonies in one federal courthouse and his longtime lawyer ...Read more

Truth is truth

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Whenever the Trump administration ends, we already have its shameful epitaph: "Truth isn't truth."

President Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, made that unintentional confession of method and purpose Sunday on "Meet the Press." From the beginning of the campaign, this whole enterprise has been a lie, a fraud, a grift, a cruel ...Read more

All hail the queen

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at 76, was more than the undisputed "Queen of Soul." She was one of the most important musicians of our time, a genius who soared above genres and expectations to create music that will live forever.

She was not an opera singer, yet she brought down the house at the Grammys in 1998 when she ...Read more

Trump and Omarosa deserve each other

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It's hard to take Omarosa Manigault Newman's word for anything. But Lordy she has tapes, and they offer vivid proof that Donald Trump's White House is part clown show, part nest of vipers.

Omarosa achieved single-name fame as a contestant on Trump's show "The Apprentice," where she performed with Shakespearean villainy -- lying, ...Read more

The table is set for Democrats to take the House

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- For President Trump, this can't be much of a vacation.

The onetime chairman of Trump's presidential campaign, Paul Manafort, is on trial in federal court for tax fraud and other alleged crimes. The prosecution's star witness in that trial is Rick Gates, the deputy chairman of Trump's inaugural committee. The first sitting member ...Read more

GOP bets its future on Trump's scorched-earth megalomania

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Everything you need to know about today's Republican Party is summed up by a photo from President Trump's political rally in Ohio on Saturday. Two men in the crowd look defiantly at the camera, proudly displaying the slogan on their matching T-shirts: "I'd Rather Be A Russian Than A Democrat."

The sound you hear is the GOP ...Read more


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