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Tape of Trump scheming with Cohen sounds like just another day at the office

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If President Trump's secretly taped conversation with attorney Michael Cohen reminds you of a crime boss and his consigliere, you're not alone. Trump's current lawyer and mouthpiece, Rudy Giuliani, evidently agrees.

After CNN first played the tape on Tuesday, Giuliani went on Fox News and downplayed its importance, citing his ...Read more

There is just one way to constrain this lunatic administration: Vote

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Last week it was Russia, Russia, Russia. This week began with a bombastic, all-caps screed about Iran -- and, of course, more wailing about the purported "Mueller Witch Hunt." In between was a stray tweet about football and the national anthem, just to stir the racial pot. President Trump is wagging the dog so hard, I fear he will ...Read more

Trump's kowtowing only strengthens 'Vladimir the Great'

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is succeeding wildly in one clear, if unannounced, objective: to Make Russia Great Again.

Trump's summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin went a long way toward achieving Putin's most cherished goal, which is to return his vast and complicated nation to the exalted geopolitical status it long ...Read more

How does kidnapping children make America great again?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's kidnapping -- that's the proper word -- of the children of would-be migrants should be seen as an ongoing criminal conspiracy. Somebody ought to go to jail.

Under a federal court order, all 103 children under the age of 5 who were taken from their families at the border were supposed to be returned by ...Read more

Trump dismays our allies while delighting our adversaries

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- I'm confident that we can eventually repair the damage President Trump is doing to the nation. What he's doing to the world is another story.

As with much of his program, Trump's foreign policy is contradictory and ultimately self-defeating. He wants to lead -- his voracious yet delicate ego demands nothing less -- but does not ...Read more

Try as he might, Trump can't Make America White Again

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Racism is a feature of the Trump administration, not a bug. Like demagogues before him, President Trump and his aides consistently single out one group for scapegoating and persecution: non-white Hispanic immigrants.

Trump doesn't much seem to like non-white newcomers from anywhere, in truth -- remember how he once expressed a ...Read more

Democrats must not defeat themselves

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are afraid they cannot stop Democrats from making big gains in November, so they're trying to convince Democrats to stop themselves. For the sake of the nation, don't fall for it this time.

The GOP's propaganda arm, Fox News, has become obsessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old newcomer who defeated ...Read more

Democrats must channel anti-Trump fervor into winning midterms

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Let me get this straight. President Trump and his associates treat politics like a back-alley knife fight, but his critics are supposed to pretend it's a garden party? I don't think so.

Those who see the Trump administration as an abomination have many things to spend their time worrying about -- most urgently, turning out a ...Read more

Trump's trick of demonizing immigrants may no longer work

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump created an immigration crisis to stoke resentment and anger among his base -- traumatizing innocent children for political gain. Lacking any kind of moral compass, he makes a show of being pleased with what he has wrought. But you can smell his fear.

Trump is desperate to keep his Republican congressional ...Read more


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