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Black women could play a decisive role in midterms

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If a "blue wave" does let Democrats seize the House, protect endangered Senate seats and win key governorships, it looks likely that the party will have African-American women to thank.

"Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and we can't take that for granted," Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said ...Read more

Trump has abdicated moral leadership on what should be core issues for America

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- When the United States does not stand up for human rights and freedom of expression, there are tragic consequences. The apparent torture and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is one of them.

From the beginning, President Trump and his advisers have given Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a green ...Read more

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

 

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