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Believer: Prime Time Paul Zine No Longer Thinks COVID-19 Is Up for Debate

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

At age 68, former wrestler Paul Zine still looks as though he could personally deconstruct a skyscraper with his bare hands. A personal trainer for the last 20 years, Zine went by the professional name "Prime Time Paul Zine" on the wrestling circuit. In his prime, he once bench pressed 512 pounds. Now, decades later and after too many shoulder...Read more

Fresh Blood, Old Bias: New Israeli Leaders Confront the Stubborn Inanity of the Left

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Last week's formation of a new Israeli government, comprised of Parliament members from across the country's wide political spectrum, was good news for Israel, which needs to move on from long-time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Reinforcing that good news was the election of Isaac Herzog, the widely respected former Labor Party leader, as ...Read more

Renewal: With a Community Assist, Baseball Brings a Win to Worcester

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Even in ordinary times, the inside of a professional baseball stadium is a sight for sore eyes. These are extraordinary times, and not in a good way. So taking in a baseball game on a spring night in the spanking new stadium built by the Boston Red Sox' Triple A affiliate in Worcester, Massachusetts, provided a lift to the fans who streamed ...Read more

The Keeper: In a GOP Dominated By Frauds and Cowards, Liz Cheney's a Profile in Courage

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Addressing Suffolk University graduates on Saturday, retired Washington Post editor Martin Baron summarized the sociopolitical virus afflicting the nation in three sentences. "We learned in recent years that our institutions were more vulnerable to pressure and intimidation than we ever imagined," said Baron. "Many turned submissive when a ...Read more

Complicit: The Left's Indulgence of Hamas Guarantees Palestinians and Israelis Will Continue to Suffer

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

In a statement last week, a Hamas spokesman expressed the mentality behind the suffering in Gaza in a nutshell. "The decision to bomb Tel Aviv, Dimona and Jerusalem," he boasted about the 3,000 rockets Hamas has fired at Israeli communities in recent days alone, "is easier for us than drinking water."

You bet it is. As in the past, the ...Read more

Champion: As Long As Anti-Semitism Isn't Going Anywhere, Neither Is Abe Foxman

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

For anyone who follows sports, the name "Tiger" means golf legend Tiger Woods. Music lovers know that "Yo Yo" means cellist Yo Yo Ma. For Jewish communities around the world, and for those with a stake in the never-ending battle to roll back anti-Semitism, "Abe" means Abraham Foxman, whose name has for decades been synonymous with the struggle...Read more

Pipe Dream: Biden's Call for Republican Bipartisanship Is Fervent, But Futile

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

President Joe Biden's address to Congress last week wasn't merely a sobering recitation of the nation's most profound wounds and weaknesses, and it wasn't only a summary of the specific proposals he has made in his first 100 days to confront them. It was an old-fashioned call for bipartisanship by one who came of age in a different, better ...Read more

Looney Tunes: The Rot on the Right Isn't Going Away Anytime Soon

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Hot tempers at last week's House hearing on the battle against COVID-19 highlighted again the hatred that America's hard right continues to harbor for Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. It's both ironic and fitting that America's preeminent warrior against infectious diseases is despised ...Read more

Revenge of the Nerd: Across the Divide, Bernie Sanders Breaks Through

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Bernie Sanders was never the most all-American of presidential candidates. The Brooklyn-born socialist senator from Vermont has a New York accent less thick than overpowering. Lecturing America relentlessly on its serious ills, he presented as a cross between Scrooge and the Grim Reaper, seemingly as likely to appeal to American voters as Leon...Read more

Rump Party: The Face of the GOP Is Not a Pretty One

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Former House Speaker John Boehner's new book landed just in time to underscore the point that Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz has been making in spades: The Republican Party is a hot mess. In "On The House: A Washington Memoir," the Ohio Republican bluntly assesses the paltry intelligence and dubious character of many of the leading figures in the ...Read more

Time to Go: Protecting Voters' Rights Means Easing the Filibuster's Stranglehold

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Folk singer Phil Ochs was biting about one state's especially noxious mistreatment of Black Americans. "Here's to the land you've torn out the heart of," goes the refrain in "Here's to the State of Mississippi," Ochs' 1965 protest song. "Mississippi, find yourself another country to be part of."

Georgia has now taken center stage as our ...Read more

POTUS Pokes the Bear: No Longer Servile, the US Stirs to Challenge Putin

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

It is hard to imagine that, faced with aggressive, relentless assaults on American elections by the Kremlin, evidence of Russian bounties placed on the heads of American soldiers in the Mideast and bare-knuckled moves to re-gobble Ukraine, Ronald Reagan would have kissed Vladimir Putin's posterior. There was a time -- lasting decades, in fact ...Read more



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