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One year later...

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

And here we are, one year later.

If you are groping for markers by which to measure how profoundly we have been changed since Inauguration Day, here's one you might want to consider:

In January of 1998, reports surfaced of a sexual affair between President Bill Clinton and a 24-year-old White House intern. It would mushroom into...Read more

Journalism holds power accountable

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I was wrong.

Years ago, people used to ask me what journalists should do to combat the nation's drift toward "factish" and "truthy" logic. What was needed, I'd reply with misplaced confidence, is robust fact-checking. If news media were more aggressive in calling people out for lying, I predicted, they'd be less likely to do so with impunity.

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Dr. King's words still ring true ... 61 years on

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

A few words on the difficulty of voting while black.

As we mark what would have been his 89th birthday, it seems fitting to recall that Martin Luther King spoke to that difficulty in a 1957 speech whose words ring relevant 61 years later. "All types of conniving methods are still being used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters," ...Read more

'Fire and Fury' is the book we got, not the one we needed

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

America desperately wanted this book. America desperately needed it, too.

That's why "Fire and Fury," by journalist Michael Wolff, which purported to be a fly-on-the-wall, inside view of life in the Trump White House, shot to Number One on last week after Donald Trump's lawyers tried to suppress it. It...Read more

'Not enough white men in the room'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

There were not enough white men in the room.

Indeed, there were almost none, if we are to believe an anonymous witness who testified before the Washington, D.C., grand jury that has been handing down indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Donald Trump's campaign and administration. New York Post columnist Richard Johnson ...Read more

2017, the year the last norms fell

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It really wasn't all that bad.

That, at least, was the consensus response from a dozen historians to whom Politico posed a question in the waning hours of the old year: "Was 2017 the Craziest Year in U.S. Political History?"

Only one answered in the affirmative. The rest deferred to years they consider crazier, including 1861, the year America...Read more

Heartland terrorists want Trump fans on their jury

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Call it the deplorables' defense.

Three men in Southwest Kansas who plotted to kill Muslims believe they cannot get a fair trial unless there are hardcore right-wingers on the jury.

Luckily, Curtis Wayne Allen, Patrick Eugene Stein and Gavin Wayne Wright were thwarted in their attempt to blow up an apartment complex and a mosque in Garden City...Read more

Men, let's not take the low road to gender equality

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Editor's note: Mary Sanchez continues to fill in while Mr. Pitts is away.

After the dizzying rush of revelations and accusations of sexual assault and sexual harassment by movie moguls, actors, senators, editors, talking heads, bible-thumping candidates for office and all manner of other powerful men, American society finds itself at a ...Read more

A tax bill only millionaires could love

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Editor's note: Bill Press is filling in for Mr. Pitts while he is away.

It's risky to paint with a broad brush, but it's still no exaggeration to say that, for most Republicans, to cut taxes is their religion. They believe God put them on earth for one reason only: to cut taxes for the rich. And Republicans in Congress just did.

Donald ...Read more

Has a sexual harassment backlash begun?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Two months into the scandals and national reckoning that followed charges of sexual abuse and harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement that spurred it on appears to be entering a new reckoning of its own: fear of a backlash.

No, it is not the sort of backlash that brings men to the streets to defend sexual harassment...Read more

America's Party of God doubles down on Trump

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Leonard Pitts is away. Mary Sanchez is filling in for him.

Is God a Democrat or a Republican?

To the adherents to the American Renewal Project, there is no doubt that the Creator is on board with the party of Trump, and that in return that party must do more to live up to its godly mandate. That's why it is encouraging more conservative...Read more

'Chaos President' Trump keeps us guessing -- and praying

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Why, I am often asked, do media cover President Donald Trump so much? For one thing, the answer is in the question: He's the president. Presidents get covered a lot because what they say -- even coughs, sneezes and harrumphs -- matters. More important, this president offers us an abundance of stuff to talk about.

Much of that talk of late has ...Read more

Flynn proves Russian investigation not going away

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Leonard Pitts is away. Bill Press is filling in for him.

It didn't take long. Robert Mueller had only been on the job for five months when, on October 30, he handed down the first indictments in his investigation of the Trump campaign: against former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates. Plus, news ...Read more

Trump needs to take Rosa Parks' name out of his lying mouth

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Here comes the most meaningless sentence you'll read today: Last week, Donald Trump paid tribute to Rosa Parks.

It's meaningless because Trump obviously has no real idea what Parks did or what it meant. If he did, he could never have cursed Colin Kaepernick.

Oh, sure, he can mouth the words, as he did in the slick video posted online Saturday....Read more

Trump's an empty vessel with nothing to say

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.' " -- Ronald Reagan, Jan. 28, 1986

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Journalism is under siege

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Go ahead and laugh. It is funny, after all.

Indeed, it recalls one of those old Warner Brothers cartoons where Wile E. Coyote gets blown up by the very same Acme dynamite he bought to blast the Road Runner with. Only this time, it's James O'Keefe and his so-called Project Veritas who wind up mutilated and powder burned, holding up a little ...Read more

An accused child molester for U.S. Senate? Really?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So maybe we should just cancel Thanksgiving this year?

It's probably an attractive idea to many of those now traveling over the river and through the woods for turkey, cranberry sauce and political arguments that promise more angst than a flat tire in a thunderstorm. It grows increasingly clear that the problem in America just ...Read more

The diversionary tactics of a child president

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Call it the politics of "I know you are, but what am I?"

It is a form of "reasoning" that could not be more puerile, infantile, juvenile. So it very much appeals to Donald Trump.

You got an example in last year's final presidential debate, when Hillary Clinton called him a "puppet" of Russian president Vladimir Putin. "No puppet," snapped ...Read more

As if you're not worried enough ... enter Brett Talley

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

You are not worried enough.

Granted, that may seem a nonsensical claim. Assuming you don't belong to the tinfoil hat brigades who consider Donald Trump the greatest thing to hit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since Abraham Lincoln left for the theater, you've spent the last year worrying as much as you know how.

There has certainly been no shortage ...Read more

Trumpism wounded, but not dead

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

And there's more where that came from.

Or at least, let us fervently hope.

The Republican Party was thoroughly rebuked in last week's election, and no party in modern history has ever deserved rebuking more. Nor has any party leader ever deserved spanking more than Donald Trump, the boy ...Read more

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