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Trump's persecution complex is frighteningly dangerous

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump believes he is being persecuted, and that is a frighteningly dangerous mindset for a man with such vast power.

Amid a week of dizzying developments on multiple fronts, Trump gave a graduation speech Wednesday at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy portraying himself as a victim, unfairly besieged by those who would ...Read more

The runaway Trump train won't stop on its own

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The appalling truth about the Trump administration can be found in something the late Maya Angelou once said to Oprah Winfrey: "My dear, when people show you who they are, why don't you believe them? Why must you be shown 29 times before you can see who they really are?"

The chaos and dysfunction we have seen since Jan. 20 ...Read more

If Trump has nothing to hide, why the secrecy?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign was once little more than a conspiracy theory, but not anymore. The only way to make sense of this week's stunning events is to conclude there is something that President Trump desperately wants to hide.

The party-line explanation of why Trump fired FBI Director James Comey ...Read more

A thuggish abuse of executive power

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's firing of James Comey has to be the most thuggish, venal act committed by a U.S. president since Richard Nixon's desperate Saturday Night Massacre. Trump is trying to shut down the investigation with the most potential to cripple -- or perhaps even end -- his presidency. He is attempting a power play straight from ...Read more

First repeal and replace, then single-payer?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Sooner or later, we will have universal, single-payer health care in this country -- sooner if Republicans succeed in destroying the Affordable Care Act, later if they fail.

The repeal-and-replace bill passed by the House last week is nothing short of an abomination. It is so bad that Republicans can only defend it by blowing ...Read more

100 days of sound and fury, signifying nothing

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump’s first 100 days in office were mostly about empty noise. The next 100 likely will be the same.

There is no principle at the heart of Trump’s policies. In many cases, there are no policies at all, just improvised attempts to bridge the gap between Trump’s rhetoric and inconvenient reality. This is no way to ...Read more

Trump tax plan: Plant beans and wait for the beanstalk

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- You would think that the Trump administration, with so many emigres from the business world, could at least perform simple arithmetic. Judging by the president’s looney-tunes tax plan, you would be wrong.

As usual for President Trump, he has offered few details. But the outlines of his proposal, released Wednesday, are nothing ...Read more

Trump’s border-wall fantasy is crumbling

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- In the annals of pathetic climbdowns, this Sunday morning tweet from President Trump deserves a special place of honor, or perhaps dishonor:

“Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.”

To put those weasel-words in context, let me ask a ...Read more

It’s time to pull the plug on repeal-and-replace

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are apparently ready for yet another attempt to snatch health insurance away from constituents who need it. Someone should remind Speaker Paul Ryan of a saying often attributed to his legendary predecessor, Sam Rayburn: “There’s no education in the second kick of the mule.”

Having failed miserably to win ...Read more

A Cake and Golf Presidency

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump’s spending of public money on his own ease and comfort is lavish and wasteful. His attitude toward taxpayers seems to be, roughly: Let them eat “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen.”

That is how the president described the dessert he shared with Chinese President Xi Jinping at ...Read more

Lack of Focus, Lack of Vision

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- So much for Donald Trump, the “America First” populist champion of the forgotten working class. The president now sounds pretty much like a garden-variety globalist, defending the “rigged” system he denounced during the campaign.

Then again, who knows how he’ll sound next week? He hasn’t even been in office for three ...Read more

Trump’s Missile Attack on Syria Changes Nothing

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The United States has become a combatant in Syria’s horrific civil war. The Trump administration, which intervened with deadly military force, gives no sign of knowing what it’s doing or why.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has absurdly tried to suggest that nothing has changed. He is wrong. Fifty-nine cruise missiles ...Read more

Tasked with Saving the World, Jared Kushner is Destined to Fail

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Jared Kushner is emerging as the smoothest, slickest operator in the Court of King Donald. He is also, by far, the busiest -- and the hardest to fire.

President Trump is apparently convinced that his son-in-law, who serves officially as a senior adviser, can fix anything. Make that everything: In less than three months, ...Read more

Republican Muddle is an Opening for Democrats

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Will anyone be left standing when the Republican circular firing squad runs out of ammunition? Or will everybody just reload and keep blasting away, leaving Democrats to clean up the bloody mess?

The political moment we’re living through is truly remarkable, but not in a good way. Republicans control the White House and both ...Read more

Trump Could Learn Plenty From His Mistakes -- If Only He Acknowledged Them

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Last week’s health care fiasco could end up being a positive experience for President Trump if he learns a few obvious lessons. Spoiler alert: He won’t.

The first thing that should dawn on Trump is that the warring Republican factions in Congress have multiple agendas, none of which remotely resembles his own. This is why the ...Read more

Mr. President, the Disgrace is All Yours

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump called himself “instinctual” this week, but the word he must have been groping for was “untruthful.” He lies incessantly, shamelessly, perhaps even pathologically, and his lying corrodes and dishonors our democracy.

Of course we’ve had presidents who lied -- to name a few, Lyndon Johnson about Vietnam, ...Read more

Does the FBI’s Trail Lead to Russia?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The FBI is investigating whether persons involved with President Trump’s campaign collaborated with Russian officials to help Trump win the election. Let that sink in for a moment. Then take a deep breath, exhale, and try to imagine where this might lead.

FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday what we suspected: An active ...Read more

A Bellicose Budget in Trump’s Own Image

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump’s first budget is an attempt to reshape the federal government in his own image -- crass, bellicose, short-sighted, unserious and ultimately hollow.

Unsurprisingly, Trump titled it “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” The reality is that if Congress were to accept these numbers -- ...Read more

One Congressman’s Unbounded Racism

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- White supremacism was never banished from American political thought, just shoved to the fringe and hushed to a whisper. Now, in the Age of Trump, it’s back in the mainstream and ready to roar.

Witness the words of Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on the subject of immigration: “Culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t ...Read more

The ACA Replacement Bill Reflects the GOP’s Fiscal and Moral Irresponsibility

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It’s time to put an end to the myth that Republicans believe in fiscal responsibility. Saving taxpayer dollars takes a back seat to the ideological imperative of blaming and shaming the poor.

Witness the GOP’s long-awaited plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. House committees are moving forward on the legislation before ...Read more


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