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Bill Press: All Classified Documents Are Not the Same!

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Guest column by Bill Press

After months of outrage, surprise, chagrin, despair, or glee (depending on whose ox is being gored), it's time to settle down, take a deep breath and add up what we've learned from the Great Classified Documents Scandal.

First lesson. It's obvious that there are too many government documents stamped "...Read more

Guest Column: Grovel to anti-vaxxers first, apologize to grieving families later

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

By Mary Sanchez

Thoughts and prayers may eventually come to the 34 Arkansas residents who died of COVID-19 in mid-January.

Their last breaths came during the week leading up to the new governor's inauguration.

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders wasn't about to give pause. There were stands to be taken, pontificating tones to be set for this, ...Read more

DeSantis Following Trump's Lead

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Guest column by Jesse Jackson

Ron DeSantis, just re-elected governor of Florida, is a leading Republican contender for the presidency. He echoes all the favorite tropes of right-wing Republicans: build the wall, send immigrants to Massachusetts, ban abortion after 15 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest, tax cuts for ...Read more

Has Biden Bungled the Border Crisis? He's Not Alone

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Joe Biden's White House won't call it a crisis, but it's not exactly nothing either. Just ask Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and New York's mayor, Eric Adams.

After days of public discussion between the mayors and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis about which city should be responsible for supporting the influx of migrants, Polis announced that Colorado ...Read more

Let C-SPAN Out of Its Cage!

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

There were a lot of losers in last week’s GOP clown show. Hardliners in the Republican caucus lost because they failed in their goal of defeating Kevin McCarthy. Moderates lost because McCarthy gave so much away in appeasing his extremist opponents. And McCarthy himself lost, even though he won, because he had to surrender so much power in ...Read more

How Safe Can We Really Be?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It was the guacamole’s fault!

That’s the guy’s defense, anyway — that plus his right to carry four handguns, an AR-15 and a 12-gauge shotgun into a supermarket in Atlanta. Oh yeah, and he was wearing body armor. This was in March 2021, barely a week after an actual mass shooting at several massage parlors in Atlanta, in which eight ...Read more

What's the Supreme Court's Title 42 Case About? Hint: It's Not the Pandemic

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Amid the constant partisan fussing, feuding and fighting in Washington these days, I was gratified -- however briefly -- by a moment of bipartisan agreement at the Supreme Court.

The moment came in a dissent from the high court's Tuesday ruling to keep the controversial Title 42 policy in effect pending the court's full review of the case, ...Read more

Burning Down the House

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Unlike most others, this column is not about something that happened. It's about something that's happening before our very eyes. A work in progress: the destruction of the House of Representatives as a serious, credible, legislative body - unraveling in the context of this week's embarrassing attempt by House Republicans to elect a new Speaker....Read more

Tuesdays with Mitch: How big was Elon Musk's bombshell? Depends on your news source

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

What's a mountain, what's a molehill? It's getting pretty hard to tell in American media.

On Friday, Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, promised a bombshell report concerning Twitter's involvement in suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story.

And since Twitter is how many people get their news these days, that suggested a mountainous news ...Read more

Musk, Trump, and the Demeaning of America

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Before the midterms, Elon Musk fired half of Twitter's 7,500 employees, including teams devoted to combating election misinformation -- and did it so haphazardly and arbitrarily that most had no idea they were fired until their email accounts were shut off.

This was after he fired Twitter's executives "with cause" to avoid paying them the ...Read more

Yes, I'm woke - and proud of it!

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Growing up in the small town of Delaware City, one of the first lessons I learned, playing in the dirt street in front of our house, was: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

It's so true. It makes so much sense. It's such a powerful lesson it's hard to believe most Republicans today haven't yet learned it. ...Read more

How the Language is Shifting on Abortion

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"A person's a person, no matter how small."

The great humanitarian, cartoonist and children's author Dr. Suess scripted out a few phrases of wisdom on abortion. No. No, he did not.

But that fact hasn't kept anti-abortion advocates from citing him. The late Dr. Seuss, or Theodor Geisel, is just too pithy to resist. And he's dead, with only his ...Read more

Beyond Razor Wire: A Connected Planet

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

OK, he’s a politician — Doug Ducey, the exiting governor of Arizona, who recently began erecting “hundreds of double-stacked shipping containers topped by razor wire” along Arizona’s eastern border with Mexico, including through ...Read more

Good Night, Everybody!

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Well, as Carol Burnett used to say, I’m so glad we had this time together.

I’ve written about 1.6 million words as a columnist. This 600 or so will be the last. I’m retiring for a few reasons. One is that, while I’ve managed to squeeze out four novels between column deadlines, my dream was always to write books full time. I turned 65 in...Read more

Leonard Pitts Jr. Advisory

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

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How to Be a Black Man

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Today’s topic: “How to be a Black man.”

It’s a subject on which white conservatives are often quick to offer instruction to actual Black men, their utter lack of relevant experience notwithstanding. In split screens on Fox “News,” online and in emails to Black male columnists, they give unsought counsel.

Black men, they say, should...Read more

Have We Finally Learned Our Lesson?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Last week, Donald Trump finally crossed the Rubicon.

That is, he took to his social media platform and, for the first time, issued an explicit call to abolish the U.S. Constitution — the document he once swore to “preserve, protect and defend.” Still fuming over widespread election cheating that exists only in his wounded ego and fragile ...Read more

Why is America Like This?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

But why?

It is the question that haunts every mass shooting. It seems to be asked in the tacit belief that if we could just find a reasonable motive, just suss out a cause, it might provide a way to comprehend the incomprehensible — even suggest a road map to preventing the next one. In America, there is always a next one.

Sometimes, we do ...Read more

We Owe Them Much Better Than This

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Joe Engel died last week.

It’s unlikely you will know the name, especially if you don’t live in Charleston, South Carolina, his hometown since 1949. Joe never wrote a great novel or made a scientific breakthrough. His accomplishment was less gaudy, yet no less significant.

Joe lived to tell.

I met him in 2005 — the 60th anniversary of ...Read more

It Was Exactly What It Looked Like

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It might not have been what it looked like.

That, at least, was the message you’d have heard had you turned to Tucker Carlson of Fox “News” for perspective the Monday after the recent massacre at Club Q in Colorado Springs. Club Q is a nightspot that had been known as a gathering place for the LGBTQ community, their oasis in a ...Read more



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