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Murder, Then Sweets: The Palestinians Reelect Benjamin Netanyahu

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Neither the savage attacks on Israelis over the past two weeks nor the sadistic celebrations of them in Palestinian quarters was anything new. For Israelis, the killings of their innocents took on a dreadful familiarity long ago, and the same is true of the scenes of Palestinians rejoicing in those deaths by honking horns and handing out candy...Read more

Schadenfreude Express: Democrats Should Beware Of Hubris

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger came up with a good line about the Iran-Iraq War, the vicious conflict of attrition between Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. "Pity," Kissinger quipped, "both sides can't lose."

Democrats elated by Republicans' poor showing in the 2022 midterms are taking similar pleasure ...Read more

Bad Night for Crazy: Trumpism Stalls -- For Now

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

The first thing they teach you at Kamikaze School is: If you're going to blow yourself up, at least get the other guy. There are a whole bunch of election deniers and fraud-peddlers running for office this election cycle who appear to have missed the first day of class. Either that or they confused "kamikaze" with "hara-kiri," the ritual self-...Read more

Officious Nonsense and Putin Apologists: Biden Bears a Cross on Ukraine

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Legend has it that in 1944, bowing to traditional protocol at 10 Downing Street, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill circulated a draft of one of his speeches to civil servants in his office for their review. One bureaucrat took the perfunctory procedure somewhat overly seriously, returning the draft with a correction. The prime minister,...Read more

Bloody Hands and Guilty Parties: Just Another Tourist Visit to The Pelosi Home

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Though they spent much of the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021, hiding in undisclosed locations and running for cover, most congressional Republicans have spent the past 22 months treating former President Donald Trump's attempted coup d'etat and his bloody insurrection at the Capitol as a nothingburger, too much ado about pretty much zero. "Watching...Read more

Land Of Oz: America Barrels Toward a Crossroads

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

The tea leaves suggest that next month's midterms will fall somewhere between a Republican wavelet and a wave, with the GOP virtually certain to win control of the House and given a strong shot at taking the Senate. This will set off a tsunami of finger-pointing within Democratic circles, complete with the recriminations that are their extra-...Read more

Letter From Sing Sing: Trump's Subpoena Response Sounds Like He's Already in Solitary

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

The House Committee investigating former President Donald Trump's assorted efforts to overthrow the 2020 election and remain in power wrapped up its hearings last Thursday, capping a mountain of evidence that the former president, knowing he'd lost, tried everything but the kitchen sink to torpedo American democracy -- and then tried the ...Read more

Reckless Disinterest: Iranians Get Oppressed as Their Regime Gets Coddled

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Nineteenth-century French politician Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin is remembered for only one thing, but that's more than will be said for most of us. "There go my people," history records that he mused at one point. "I must find out where they are going so I can lead them."

This was called to mind by Rep. Ilhan Omar's sudden flurry of ...Read more

Loose Cannon: Trump's Mar-A-Lago Judge Says 'You've Got a Friend In Me'

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

When we last left U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, a former President Donald Trump appointee to the federal bench had bestowed upon the man to whom she owed her judgeship a most welcome gift. To recap: A federal magistrate reviewing a detailed FBI affidavit had found probable cause to conclude that Trump had violated the Espionage Act and ...Read more

Safe Space for Bigots: The University of Vermont Gets the Federal Investigation It Deserves

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

The facts at the core of the current antisemitism scandal at the University of Vermont don't seem especially disputable, and the University hasn't really disputed them. A University teaching assistant, feeling perhaps correctly that the University offered a safe space for antisemites, wasn't content to merely bully Jewish students who ...Read more

Frozen Hearts Club: The DeSantis Human Trafficking Show Lays an Egg

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

In July 2014, then-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick defied angry opposition from certain quarters by offering two Massachusetts military bases as temporary shelter for 1,000 children who had entered America illegally from Mexico. "I believe that we will one day have to answer for our actions -- or our inaction," Patrick said at a news ...Read more

Special Privileges: The Judge Granting Trump a Special Master Handed Him a Special Deal

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Former President Donald Trump's lawsuit demanding that the Justice Department's investigation into his purloining and concealing of classified documents be frozen and taken over by a "special master" was a shrewd maneuver for this reason: He doesn't seem to have any actual defense to the criminal charges headed his way -- unless he was ...Read more

 

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