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How to beat the Bernie blues

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

The Democratic Party, to hear some tell it, got crashed by outsider Sen. Bernie Sanders, a crusty Vermonter and "democratic socialist."

Party insiders swear there's no way Sanders, the field front-runner after three contests, can beat President Donald Trump. They know these things, just as they knew Hillary Clinton would beat Trump in 2016. ...Read more

History belle shares her pick of presidents

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON -- So, here we are on Presidents Day in Washington, the city hushed on the holiday. Picture me on the porch looking over my personal A-list.

George Washington receives visitors at his Mount Vernon plantation by the river, but reader, he was never my type. George dresses and dances like a dream yet hardly murmurs a word in company or ...Read more

Pelosi and Paul: The art and arc of resistance

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON -- Women painted the House shining white the night the president came to call to give the annual State of the Union address. And at the evening's end, it proved the perfect shade for tearing up his speech.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and scores of Democratic women in Congress wore suffrage white to honor the fight and right...Read more

A union is broken with a Senate surrender

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON - "The state of the union is fractured, and the reason is all me, folks. I made it my job to tear America in two and did it better than anybody, better than Lincoln."

That's what we won't hear when President Donald Trump delivers the annual State of the Union speech to the assembled Congress, Cabinet, Pentagon brass, chief ...Read more

History has its eyes on you, Senate, and if you don't know, now you know

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON -- Aaron Burr famously foresaw it all, in the room where it happens one winter day in 2020: the Senate chamber.

The impeachment trial of President Donald John Trump happens here. The jury is 100 silent senators. We witness the trial in the press gallery. Things swerved when Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz entered the drama to defend ...Read more

Trump meets history twin Andrew (not Jackson)

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump boastfully likens himself to Andrew Jackson in the American pantheon of presidents, but he's swaggering, scowling Andrew Johnson all over again.

They are historical doppelgangers, or twins.

Jackson, a victorious general and populist president, was made of sterner stuff than Trump. Johnson was nobody's hero.

Johnson ...Read more

The Oscars honor our very own Joker

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON -- He's the true dark Joker, and I don't mean Joaquin Phoenix. The actor can't hold a candle to the president, a character whose lethal whims we fear in the new year.

Has Hollywood gone Washington, or has Washington gone Hollywood? That is the question.

The Academy Award nominations bestowed the biggest kiss on "Joker," a ...Read more

Biden has a flawed foreign policy resume

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

Joe Biden is picking up speed in Iowa and New Hampshire polls as the clear Democratic primary front-runner, yet President Donald Trump just threw a wrench -- or a drone -- at his foreign policy record. The president's assassination of Iran's top military commander in Iraq cracked open a messy egg in the Middle East, even as he awaits a Senate ...Read more

Year ends on hard note for Trump and press

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

Hard rain's falling here in Washington as 2019 ends and the Newseum is closing to underline the dreary moment in time.

The showy museum of journalism, with the First Amendment emblazoned on its frontispiece, is over now, slinking into the shadows while a miscreant, proud hater of the press remains president of the United States.

That's pure ...Read more

On the eve of impeachment, all through the House...

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON -- On the cusp of House impeachment, ye olde Capitol may quake on the cornerstone George Washington laid in 1800.

Inside, scores of hungry reporters run to catch sleepless members of Congress, finding politicians blessed with iron stamina. We try to stay cool under the chandeliers, operating on coffee and a shared sense that here and...Read more

A drama in 2 Acts: The House and Senate

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON -- They kept it simple and solemn in the House late in fall: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

These are twin articles of impeachment now facing President Donald J. Trump, just announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Democratic chairmen, notably Reps. Adam Schiff of Los Angeles (House Intelligence Committee) ...Read more

Democracy's grande dames are opposing Trump's forces

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON -- Wise women elders are our nation's saving grace at a moment when democracy is in peril from the president. Thankfully, a critical mass has aged gracefully into power.

It's high irony, little noted, that women in high government posts are the principals opposing the forces of President Donald Trump.

A female senator, 70, is ...Read more


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