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Keep focus on killing cruel health care bill

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Focus, America, focus. The most urgent task right now is to make sure a stake is driven through the heart of the Republican effort to gut Medicaid and balloon the ranks of the uninsured.

I know that the Russia investigations are charging ahead, with Capitol Hill appearances by members of President Trump's inner circle scheduled ...Read more

The country deserves better -- much better

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It's exhausting, I know, but don't let outrage fatigue numb you to the moral bankruptcy and gross incompetence of the Trump administration. This ugly departure from American norms and values must be opposed with sustained passion -- and with the knowledge that things will probably get worse before they get better.

Heaven help us, ...Read more

'Golden couple' losing their luster

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have tried their best to soar gracefully above the raging dumpster fire that is the Trump administration. Unhappily for the handsome couple, gravity makes no allowances for charm.

Kushner, already reported to be a "person of interest" in the Justice Department probe of the Trump campaign, is arguably...Read more

Donald Jr.'s meeting is a game-changer

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- From now on, ignore the conventional wisdom about how the Russia scandal is not "resonating" with President Trump's still-loyal base. The question at this point is what strikes a chord with special counsel Robert Mueller -- and what kind of legal jeopardy Trump's closest associates, including his eldest son and son-in-law, might ...Read more

In his puzzling speech in Poland, Trump addressed an alternative world

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- "A little learning is a dangerous thing," wrote the poet Alexander Pope. Three centuries later, Pope's aphorism perfectly -- and dangerously -- describes President Trump's understanding of history as a zero-sum clash of civilizations in which "the West" can triumph by imposing its will.

The speech Trump delivered Thursday in ...Read more

This hothouse flower will wilt, but the star-spangled banner will yet wave

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The signers of the Declaration of Independence were highly imperfect men. Thomas Jefferson and his fellow Southerners were rank hypocrites for declaring "all men are created equal" while owning men, women and children as their slaves. John Adams was sour and disputatious, and later as president would sign the Sedition Act outlawing...Read more

Trump again shines a light on his own delicate and dangerous ego

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If you want to look at the bright side of things, at least we've learned that the nation can survive for half a year without a sane, functioning presidency.

We've had nothing of the sort since Inauguration Day. The man who works in the Oval Office is a walking, talking, tweeting advertisement for Ritalin and perhaps some calming, ...Read more

Stop the GOP from sabotaging our health care system

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- This is a week to keep focused on the most urgent question in domestic policy and politics: Will Republicans snatch health insurance from millions of Americans and slash the vital Medicaid program by nearly $1 trillion, all to enable massive tax cuts for the wealthy and powerful?

Plenty of other news is vying for attention. ...Read more

With health care bill, the GOP is mounting a historic heist

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The "health care bill" that Republicans are trying to pass in the Senate, like the one approved by the GOP majority in the House, isn't really about health care at all. It's the first step in a massive redistribution of wealth from struggling wage-earners to the rich -- a theft of historic proportions.

Is the Senate version less "...Read more

Bill Cosby and the crumbling of an icon

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The final chapter of Bill Cosby's public life is far from the most important spectacle we are witnessing, but it may be the saddest.

Cosby's trial in Pennsylvania on rape charges ended with a hung jury Saturday, which means it didn't end at all -- prosecutors announced immediately that they will try him again. I fully understand ...Read more

Under investigation and feeling the heat

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump now finds himself exactly where he doesn't want to be: under investigation by a dogged, highly respected prosecutor who owes him no personal or political loyalty. And the president has only himself to blame.

Trump let off some steam Thursday morning by issuing a couple of angry statements on Twitter: "They made up ...Read more

Kansas' failed experiment in trickle-down economics should be a lesson to the GOP

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican gospel of cutting taxes and government services to the bone doesn't lead to economic growth; it leads to crisis and decline. Just ask the people of Kansas, who finally have seen the light.

If House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell don't heed the Kansas lesson, they deserve to have their ...Read more

Comey was unabashed, but pay attention to what he didn't say

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- What do you do if you've just been fired as director of the FBI, the administration has chosen to "defame" you with "lies plain and simple," and you believe the president of the United States may be trying to obstruct justice? You leak bombshell information to the media in hopes of forcing the appointment of a special counsel. It ...Read more

Given Trump's moral vacuum, the world must step in

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- With his backward policies and his tiresome antics, President Trump seems to be trying his best to do something that ought to be impossible: Make the U.S. presidency irrelevant to world progress.

Climate change offers one example. Trump tried hard to build suspense for Thursday's announcement about whether he would honor or trash ...Read more

Has Kushner flown too close to the sun?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It's hard to write about Jared Kushner without going straight to the Icarus cliche -- hubris, flying too close to the sun, falling into the sea. I once wrote that he was the only one of President Trump's close advisers who couldn't be fired, but Kushner's father-in-law would be smart to prove me wrong.

It is possible, of course, ...Read more

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

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