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The Silencer: With the stakes getting high, the president tightens the muzzle

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

It isn't easy being Donald Trump these days: so many people to silence and so little time. Muzzling those who have damaging evidence on you can be exhausting in the best of circumstances, and keeping a lid on so much incriminating information springing from so many different sources would make anyone cranky. The president has had to block the ...Read more

As dumpster fre worsens, voters seem ready to give Trump the boot

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

It's been another bad stretch for Donald Trump. The president's terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad week began with his labored shuffle down a short, modestly inclined ramp after giving an even more labored speech at West Point, one eliciting an audience response somewhere between tepid and silent. It was an event commandeered by Trump himself...Read more

In his own right: amid a pandemic, Joe Kennedy III turns heads

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

The inhabitants of Chelsea, Massachusetts, have known tough times for a long time, long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit them hard. Almost half of Chelsea's population consists of recent immigrants, largely from Latin America, and almost 1 in 5 lived below the poverty line even before the virus struck and wiped out the economy. Massachusetts has...Read more

Trump's ship of fools springs a leak

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

It wasn't the best of weeks for President Donald Trump. On Friday, he proclaimed it a "great day" for George Floyd, who had been murdered by Minneapolis police the week before. "Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying 'This is a great thing that's happening to our country,'" said Trump as Americans took to the streets in all 50 ...Read more

Bottomless: The president reminds us how low he'll go

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Until recently, it had been Sen. Joseph McCarthy who was the poster child for the thuggish impulse that occasionally rears its head in America -- ebbing here, flowing there, but always present. If he has accomplished nothing else, President Donald Trump has supplanted McCarthy as the embodiment of the American thug, rising and reigning with the ...Read more

Mafia Don: The president guards his swamp

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Notorious mobster Albert Anastasia, proud founder of the modern American Mafia, is best remembered for two things. One is being shot to death while sitting in a Manhattan barber's chair during what proved to be a really bad shave. The second is his distinctive ill humor concerning those who informed law enforcement about his illegal activities. ...Read more

Leader Lost: Remembering Al Lowenstein

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

In 1967, an unknown 38-year-old civil rights activist from New York took it upon himself to change the world, and then he did. Allard Lowenstein, a Yale-educated lawyer who had steadfastly avoided practicing law and was proud of having done so, was already a master of the quixotic. He had smuggled searing evidence about apartheid out of South ...Read more

Trump minion declares Flynn innocent of the crime to which he already pleaded guilty

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

For some leaders, personal responsibility in disregarding warnings of an impending pandemic that has now killed 80,000 Americans and cratered the economy might stimulate reflection about the national good. Not so for Donald Trump, whose disastrous presidency continues to capsize the democratic institutions on which we have prided ourselves.

One...Read more

Hate Wave: Strange thanks for communities of color carrying us on their backs

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

COVID-19 has ripped off any cover that still obscures the deep inequalities burdening communities of color in America -- inequalities that have, in a few months' time, become too obvious and too ugly for the rest of us to ignore. They are driven home by what we watch hour after hour on the news to which we are glued, and by what we can see ...Read more

Voodoomeister: Trump takes a spin as medicine man

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

President Donald Trump's daily appearances at White House COVID-19 briefings have resolved a friendly dispute playing out at dinner tables across America: Is our president more aptly described as a danger or a dolt? There is no longer a need to quibble over this, and here's why: There's no incorrect answer.

The president's suggestion that we ...Read more

Mussolini in the mirror: The president declares he has 'total authority'

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

"Democracy is beautiful in theory," wrote Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. "In practice it is a fallacy. You in America will see that one day." The fiery fascist did not have a perfect score in the prognostication department. For example, his decision to ally with Adolf Hitler worked out poorly for him, and he ended up summarily executed by a ...Read more

Jesus, take the wheel: The president says, 'I'll be the oversight'

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

It's human nature to be drawn to a train wreck, and President Donald Trump's daily press appearances with his COVID-19 task force have been must-see TV for horror show aficionados. The president is pumped at "the ratings" from housebound Americans tuning in, but his appearances are a draw in the same way live footage of the sinking of the ...Read more

Just another hoax: The president who doesn't want us to know what went wrong

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

In the Broadway classic "Guys and Dolls," a gangster named Big Julie From Chicago informs participants in a crap game that they will be using dice specially made for him -- with "invisible" spots. "These dice ain't got no spots on them," protests Nathan Detroit, the game organizer. "They're blank." But Big Julie, a practiced cheater as well as a...Read more


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