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The only thing over for coal country is coal

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

There is economic life after coal, and the sooner America's coal country concedes that coal as a power source is about dead, the sooner it can move on to better days. This is the reality of coal. It's on the way out whether President Donald Trump "digs" it or not.

Major U.S. coal companies are falling one by one. They've filed over half a dozen...Read more

Sanders Still Sees Democrats As the Problem

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

On a recent "Saturday Night Live," Bernie Sanders (played by Larry David) exclaimed, "l'm so excited to be back and to ruin things a second time." The audience emitted a nervous laugh.

The Vermont senator's fan base takes great offense at the notion that Sanders was a spoiler in the 2016 election who helped elect Donald Trump. But many ...Read more

Are Supermarket Aisles Racist?

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

My supermarket has a giant "international" food aisle dominated by Asian and Latino products. Which items end up in a section dedicated to a particular foreign culture's cuisine and not mixed in with the so-called American staples -- Heinz, Campbell's, etc. -- fascinates me. Why, for example, is Cafe Santo Domingo on a Dominican Republic shelf...Read more

Trump Invades the Democratic Party

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

President Trump's path to reelection goes through the Democratic Party. Goal No. 1 is to get Democrats to eliminate his greatest threat: Joe Biden.

It's not the Iowa and New Hampshire polls that freak out Trump. These contests are dominated by the white liberal gentry, not Biden's huge base of moderates and African Americans. The general ...Read more

Which America speaks to Hong Kong?

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Celebrating 70 years of Communist Party rule, Chinese leader Xi Jinping stood in the open sunroof of a Red Flag limousine and shouted, "Greetings, comrades," to the masses below. Xi wore a Mao-style suit to his giant military parade, which featured a missile that could carry 10 nuclear warheads and strike anywhere in the United States.

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Pelosi and the power of restraint

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

For a long time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a stop sign before vocal Democrats' revving demands to get President Donald Trump's impeachment on the road. Now her sign reads, "proceed with caution." Pelosi knows what she's doing.

The speaker wouldn't launch an impeachment inquiry back then because she knows that impeachments are fraught with...Read more

Help Wanted: Republicans Willing to Defend Country

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

For Democrats, political reasons to avoid stepping on the road to impeachment still stand. But political complications have collapsed in importance compared with reasons to move ahead.

The burning issue is no longer ordinary corruption like President Donald Trump's skimming taxpayer money for his hotel properties or lying about payoffs to a ...Read more

Trump's Need to Destroy Meets the Environment

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

One word best describes Donald Trump's environmental policy: sick. The president has an obsessive urge to ravage nature just for the heck of it. Exhibit A is his crusade to weaken environmental regulations against the very wishes of those being regulated.

Trump seems bent on destruction as an end in itself. He has worked to destroy America's ...Read more

Something's Off About Elizabeth Warren

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Ed Rendell recently whacked Elizabeth Warren when she bashed Joe Biden for taking rich donors' money. The former Pennsylvania governor wrote that he himself had run a "swanky" fundraiser for Warren's Senate race, for which she thanked him royally. Furthermore, she transferred $10.4 million of her big-money hauls into her presidential campaign ...Read more

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