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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

Fall Awakening: As Alarm About the GOP Rises, The Red Wave Recedes

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Republican strategists have rarely seemed more chipper in recent times than when supplies of a certain brand of baby formula ran short and gas prices ran high. Voters were buying what the GOP was selling: Joe Biden's presidency was a "failure," the overwhelming evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.

Biden had steered the country through ...Read more

I Spy: A Former Guy with The Look of a Crook

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

By the end of last week, it wasn't only that our former president was under criminal investigation for conspiracy to obstruct the counting of electoral votes so that he could illegally remain president after losing the 2020 election. It wasn't merely that a Georgia grand jury was investigating whether he had conspired to commit election fraud ...Read more

Armed and Dangerous: Domestic Extremism Grows, and the GOP Goes Along for the Ride

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

It takes a serious case of denial to dismiss the threat to America posed by domestic extremism and to pretend that it isn't a metastasizing civic cancer. But MAGA World isn't merely denying the threat. They're doing their very best to stoke it.

Financial Times editor Edward Luce recently tweeted, "I've covered extremism and violent ideologies...Read more

Rap Sheet: If It's Friday, It Must Be the Espionage Act

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Some week last week.

On Wednesday, former President Donald Trump, already under criminal investigation for conspiring to obstruct the Senate's counting of the electoral votes that made Joe Biden president (federal grand jury), election fraud (Georgia grand jury) and tax and bank fraud (Manhattan district attorney), refused to answer 440 ...Read more

J Street Blues: The Group That Wants to Be AIPAC

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

The lobbying group J Street, which markets itself as "the pro-Israel, pro-peace" organization, wants you to know this: it, uniquely, is "pro-peace," and if you beg to differ with some of its stranger pronouncements on the Middle East, you aren't.

But there's more.

If you believe that some of what J Street asserts is wrong, and you desire to ...Read more

Damned Either Way: Merrick Garland Weighs the Mother of All Indictments

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

In October 1974, President Gerald Ford appeared before Congress to provide his rationale for pardoning former President Richard Nixon after Nixon had resigned from office. Ford's purpose in absolving Nixon of criminal prosecution for crimes including obstructing the investigation into the Watergate break-in, he said, was "to change our ...Read more

Symptoms of a Different Kind: Biden's May Be Mild, but the Former Guy's Aren't

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

On Thursday morning the news broke that President Joe Biden had tested positive for COVID-19, two and a half years after its outbreak. His symptoms were mild. Turns out the vaccine actually helps. Go figure.

But by Thursday night, with the close of the Jan. 6 committee's first set of hearings into former President Donald Trump's attempted ...Read more

Family Visits: Biden's Mideast Trip Starts Warm, Ends Chilly

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

President Joe Biden's recently completed trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia was a tale of two family visits. But these were two very different families.

The warmth that Biden received and returned in Israel was obvious, and unsurprising. Beginning with his arrival at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, he seemed among kin, and he was greeted that way...Read more

Political Asylum: The Jan. 6 Committee Spotlights America's Crazy Problem

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

It was just over a week ago that 100 members of the white nationalist group Patriot Front descended on Boston and marched along the city's iconic Freedom Trail holding a banner reading "Reclaim America." The group, which spearheaded two of the largest white supremacist rallies in the country last year, is described by the Southern Poverty Law ...Read more

Courting Dissolution: An Unprincipled Gang of Justices Threatens to Take America Down

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

In December 2000, then-Rep. Edward Markey was at a charity dinner in Boston, and the conversation turned to the court battle over the disputed Florida election that would determine whether Vice President Al Gore or Texas Gov. George W. Bush would win Florida and be declared the next president. Bush was leading by just over 500 votes in an ...Read more

 

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