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Biden team vows to show that America is back

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

In March 1999, hundreds of human rights activists from around the world gathered in a hall in Geneva, Switzerland, to meet America's three principal representatives to the United Nations Human Rights Commission at its annual session to spotlight human rights violations. They were in Geneva to prod governments to replace rhetoric with ...Read more

Democracy subversion to dye for: Trump shoots America to kill

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

When Donald Trump's liar-for-hire Rudy Giuliani proclaimed last week that his master's election rejection was due to "a massive fraud," it wasn't only black liquid hair dye that leaked out. It was Giuliani's last remaining droplets of credibility, assuming any still remained after several years of crooked buffoonery in service of a crooked ...Read more

Banana Republicans: Trump and his party take America hostage

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

The news that President Donald Trump has not attended a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in five months recalled satirist Dorothy Parker's reaction upon hearing that Calvin Coolidge had died. "How could they tell?" she asked. It is not quite accurate to say that the president has checked out when it comes to the deadly surge of ...Read more

Debased but not done: America wrestles its strongman to the ground

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

For those who have not yet perceived the flashing red lights and screaming emergency sirens in Donald Trump's America, the president's jolting meltdown at the White House lectern last Thursday should have triggered a revelation. "I'd like to provide the American people with an update on our efforts to protect the integrity of our very important ...Read more

Stain removal: Americans get a chance for a deep cleaning

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Everything that anyone with a head or a heart needed to know about Donald Trump was obvious on the night of Nov. 25, 2015, when he mocked the severe physical disability of a journalist in front of a hooting, jeering South Carolina crowd. Trump had been caught making the false claim that "thousands and thousands" of Muslims in Jersey City, New ...Read more

Agent Orange: Our adversaries' man in the White House

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

When the Donald Trump era comes mercifully to a close, and after the national chore of fumigating the White House is well underway, Americans will need to address this question: Just how many foreign governments had our president in their pocket, and how did he land there?

First up will, of course, be Russia, which appears to have owned The ...Read more

Our proto-Fascist in Chief goes full Mussolini

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

With two weeks to go until we choose our next president and polls continually indicating that Americans are suffering acid reflux at the thought of four more years of Donald Trump, the president has gone full Mussolini: He has threatened that "things will not go well" if Joe Biden defeats him and that he won't agree to peacefully leave office if...Read more

Mensch on the Bench: Remembering Massachusetts Chief Justice Ralph Gants

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Lawyers are not generally known for their humility, and anyone who has spent much time in courts knows that lawyers fortunate enough to become judges can develop a certain, shall we say, arrogance. Some years ago, one Massachusetts trial judge announced to her courtroom, "I'm very smart. I really am," a memorable expression of self-admiration ...Read more

Trashed: On his way out the door, the president leaves America a mess

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

In the classic movie "Annie Hall," the narrator tells the timeless joke of the two friends at a Catskills resort bemoaning the poor quality of the restaurant. "The food at this place is really terrible," one observes. "I know," replies her friend, "and such small portions." Americans living through the dumpster fire that is Donald Trump's ...Read more

When the shoe fits: Biden invokes the F-word for Trump, and he's not wrong

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

In her 2018 book, "Fascism: A Warning," former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, herself a refugee from totalitarians, cautioned that it is hubris at best and delusion at worst to imagine that fascism of the sort that ascended to power in 1930s Europe couldn't do the same here. The book was released two years into Donald Trump's presidency,...Read more

Liar and losers: The president deceives, and Americans take the hit

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

"Once a country is habituated to liars," Gore Vidal once observed, "it takes generations to bring back the truth." Many of us don't have generations left. After four years during which President Donald Trump has waged thermonuclear war on the truth, we face the depressing reality of living out our days in a country in which, thanks to Trump and ...Read more

Congress has a crucial role to play in health care

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

After the 2008 economic collapse, the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations launched a series of inquiries aimed at exposing the rot underlying the financial services industry. During one memorable hearing, then-Sen. Carl Levin grilled Goldman Sachs executives on their sale of investment products they knew to be dubious in order ...Read more

Nuts: The president who was unfit for service

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

On the morning of Dec. 22, 1944, German soldiers waving white flags approached American troops defending the Belgian city of Bastogne against the Nazi counterattack known as the Battle of the Bulge. The German army had the American defenders completely surrounded and outnumbered, and the Americans were rapidly running out of supplies by five to ...Read more



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