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Beware the paranoid style of Donald Trump's politics

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I know it's not easy to sort out the alleged conspiracies and counter-conspiracies involved in the House impeachment inquiry, but hang in there.

Most important in my humble view is this: When House Democrats voted in near-unanimity to adopt rules for public impeachment hearings, they effectively locked their party into an argument for the 2020 ...Read more

Democrats preside over stronger economies

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Are you worried that the economy grew by only 1.9% in the recent quarter? That's a pretty weak performance. But it would seem downright dismal if you believed Donald Trump's assertion during the 2016 campaign that 1.9% growth during one of Barack Obama's quarters signaled an economy "in deep trouble."

Economists are now forecasting 1.8% gross ...Read more

Super-enablers Facebook, Twitter should be held accountable

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook says he'll run political ads even if they are false. Jack Dorsey of Twitter says he'll stop running political ads altogether.

Dorsey has the correct approach, but the debate skirts the bigger question: Who is responsible for protecting democracy from big, dangerous lies? ...Read more

We're treating veterans like dogs

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Canines have had an up-and-down kind of month. Pres. Donald Trump noted some similarities between the death of a terrorist and the way a dog dies. That's an insult to every red-blooded American pit bull who ever went down snarling in an illegal dogfight sponsored by a professional athlete. That's why Trump gets booed at ball games.

But he did ...Read more

Social media platforms and the fate of truth

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It may be too much. And also too little.

Meaning last week's announcement by Twitter that it is banning all political advertising over concerns that the medium gives politicians too much reach, too much power to deceive. News of the ban, which takes effect later this month, comes as that other social media giant -- Facebook -- struggles with ...Read more

The killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: illegal, disgusting and degenerate

From the Left / Ted Rall /

As a society degenerates, life cheapens. The rhetoric that follows death coarsens. Respect paid to fallen rivals is replaced by triumphalism.

Historians observed this trend in ancient Rome. As republic turned to empire and domain expanded -- and so also arrogance and hubris -- vanquished chieftains who previously might have been allowed to keep...Read more

Facebook's folly lies in not understanding the First Amendment

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Mark Zuckerberg is certainly a genius, but not when it comes to understanding the First Amendment, much less the politics of a city like Washington, D.C.

Zuckerberg has taken the position that it is neither possible nor appropriate for Facebook to do anything to deal with political ads that are nothing but lies. He's wrong. The First Amendment,...Read more

Obama is right about giving 'woke' culture a rest. Will progressives listen?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Formerly defined as simply the opposite of being asleep, "woke" in the era of Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement frequently describes an awareness of important facts and issues, particularly in areas of racial and social justice.

However, as the crowdsourced and up-to-the-minute Urban Dictionary more recently offers, "woke" also can ...Read more

Republicans convene the cult of Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- That Rep. Devin Nunes serves as the ranking member on something called the Intelligence Committee has always been a contradiction in terms. The California Republican displayed his intellectual heft earlier this year by suing a fictitious dairy cow that was mean to him on Twitter.

Even so, what he said on the House floor during ...Read more

The Middle East is still fertile ground for terror groups

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a real victory in the war against terror groups. The Islamic State is one of the most cruel and dangerous organizations to have roamed the planet in a long time, and its leader's death damages it badly. But as recent protests from Iraq to Lebanon have shown, the Middle East remains a troubled ...Read more

The facts are only going to get worse for the president

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Republicans said they wanted process, so now they have it. The question is whether President Trump's defenders are willing, finally, to address the substance of the allegations against him.

Thursday's historic vote by the House set out procedures for the inquiry into Trump's conduct that give the president every opportunity to ...Read more

This impeachment process is totally "infair to Rupublicans"!

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The extremely stable genius picked up his cellphone at 7:32 a.m. Wednesday.

Republicans "are starting to go after the Substance even more than the very infair Process," President Trump typed. "Rupublicans, go with Substance and close it out!"

The misspelled missive caused laffter and merrymint. But you know what's funnier?

Trump...Read more

Betting billions on bizarre entrepreneurs

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

What can you say about "sophisticated" investors who would pile billions into a startup whose 40-year-old founder walks the streets of Manhattan barefooted and says his company's mission is to "elevate the world's consciousness"? Did I mention that his enterprise has yet to turn a penny of profit?

We speak of Japan-based SoftBank and other ...Read more

Reagan was an "environmentalist hero" who understood the need to act internationally

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Yesterday, Lakers superstar LeBron James and his family evacuated his Brentwood mansion, as did former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and countless rich people whose faces you might recognize. And even richer people who aren't used to packing up in front of cameras. Not everyone in Brentwood is rich, just like not everyone who lives on Fifth Avenue ...Read more

We're polarized and fragmented at the same time. Trump likes that.

From the Left / E.J. Dionne Jr. /

Important Note from ArcaMax Publishing: We regret to inform you that as of Nov. 1, the Washington Post syndication service will no longer license this column to ArcaMax. You may write The Post with your feedback here: or access the column online through the ...Read more

How repugnant is big oil?

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

When you're undergoing a dental procedure, there's one thing you never want to hear you dentist say: "Oops!"

It's also alarming to hear that from a former senator 25 years after he passed a temporary subsidy for Big Oil. With world petroleum prices low at the time, Sen. J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana pushed through a special break in 1995, ...Read more

On mass movements, repressive cops and the cancelled climate cop

From the Left / Amy Goodman /

Puerto Rico. Hong Kong. Ecuador. Haiti. Lebanon. Iraq. And now, Chile. People are rising up around the world against austerity and corruption, defying police forces unleashed to suppress them. Many of these mass movements share a fierce critique of capitalism. In Santiago, Chile, more than 1 million people flooded the streets last weekend, and ...Read more

Pelosi gives Republicans the impeachment process they asked for, and now they're stuck with it

From the Left / Clarence Page /

In their exhausting task of trying to defend President Donald Trump's fishy behavior in the Ukraine scandal, Republicans on Capitol Hill have been flailing this way and that, propping up questionable arguments, only to watch them fall like dominoes.

So far, violating -- or maybe illustrating -- the Washington maxim that if you're arguing about ...Read more

Suddenly Ken Starr doesn't like impeachment so much

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Is there anything Republicans won't say to make impeachment go away?

They attack the patriotism of decorated veterans. They decry rules that they devised. And they discard long-held principles as though the past never happened.

Comes now Ken Starr, responsible more than any other person on Earth for the impeachment of President ...Read more

Democracy puts a point on the board: Trump's jeers and fears

From the Left / Jamie Stiehm /

WASHINGTON -- On an October night, we saw a scene straight out of Americana. A president went to a World Series baseball game and got booed by the ballpark. The crowd chanted, "Lock him up," as if to remind President Donald Trump he faces impeachment in November.

The extraordinary third-inning moment was what Abraham Lincoln called a "public ...Read more