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Trump's racism makes him corrosive to national fabric

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- By now it should be clear that racism is a feature of the Trump administration, not a bug.

White House chief of staff John Kelly's hideous rewriting of Civil War history is merely the latest evidence. Can anyone really believe "the lack of an ability to compromise" caused that bloody war? Is it possible to become a four-star ...Read more

Trump must be wondering who else is talking to Mueller

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- After Monday's legal shock and awe, one thing is certain: The Mueller investigation poses a serious and perhaps existential threat to the Trump administration.

Apologists for the president can yell "nothing burger" until they're blue in the face. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates -- now ...Read more

With both parties in crisis, turmoil is the new normal

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump is not the disease that afflicts our politics. He's a symptom, like nausea or an embarrassing rash.

Both major parties are in crisis, and I believe the reason is that the ground has shifted beneath them in ways they do not understand. Until the contours of the new political landscape become clear and the parties ...Read more

Congress needs to reclaim its war-making powers

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration, its foreign policy largely shaped by military men, urgently needs to tell Congress and the American people what we're doing in Niger -- and where else we're doing it.

Like most Americans, I had no idea that roughly 800 U.S. troops were deployed in the arid, landlocked West African nation, where four ...Read more

Trump's the one who didn't know 'what he was signing up for'

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- One person who obviously didn't know "what he was signing up for" is President Trump. Others include Trump voters who believed they were electing a decent human being to be commander in chief.

What Trump reportedly said to the grief-stricken widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who gave his life for his country, is not some kind of ...Read more

Weinstein's alleged sexual abuse is appalling -- both now and then.

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Confronted with allegations of serial sexual abuse and rape, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's instinct was to lie: "I came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then."

No, it wasn't.

The different-era defense was also used by those who would excuse ...Read more

Abandoning Puerto Rico would be impeachable offense

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- More than 80 percent of Puerto Rico is still in the dark, more than a third of its residents still have no clean drinking water, much of the island's infrastructure still lies in ruins -- and President Trump cruelly threatens to cut off federal aid. Doing so would be government by spite, and should be considered an impeachable ...Read more

Our democracy could be sunk by a president adrift

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The truth can no longer be ignored: Donald Trump is dangerously unfit to be president and could lead the nation to unthinkable disaster. So what are we going to do about it?

The White House "has become an adult day care center," where the president's senior aides spend "every single day ... trying to contain him." That terrifying ...Read more

In the White House, blind respect is not a two-way street

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Do President Trump's Cabinet members have to call him "Dear Leader" when graced by his august presence? Must they enter the Oval Office on bended knee? Do they weep with joy when he reaches out a delicate hand and pats their bowed heads?

One of the most appalling aspects of the Trump presidency is the sycophancy he requires of the...Read more

Sadly, the carnage will continue

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- We will never know why. We already know how, but we don't care about that. And we know, beyond the slightest doubt, that it will happen again.

There can be no rational motive for mass murder, which means that asking why Stephen Paddock turned the Las Vegas Strip into a killing zone is ultimately a futile exercise. He may have had ...Read more

Trump's cabinet loves living large

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- So are there members of President Trump's Cabinet who don't travel by private jet? Put another way, do any of our top officials understand the difference between public service and personal luxury?

Trump may not have Made America Great Again for you or me, but he's made it pretty sweet for political appointees who want to ...Read more

Trump's race-baiting rhetoric is not political calculation. It's simply who he is.

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's race-baiting attack on African-American athletes is nothing new. During the civil rights movement, blacks in the South who dared to stand up for justice were often punished by being fired from their jobs. Trump is demanding that National Football League team owners act like the white segregationists of old.

It ...Read more


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