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Blaming the messenger doesn't make the message untrue

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- A mere allegation. If true.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, she who has encountered no argument too weak to embrace, had this to say about allegations that Republican senate candidate Roy Moore molested a 14-year-old girl: "Like most Americans the president believes we cannot allow a mere allegation, in this ...Read more

It's not all the same

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"Me, too," says the girl who was raped when she was barely old enough to know the word.

"Me, too," says the young woman who gets catcalls every day as she twirls her umbrella on the way to work.

"Me, too," says the woman who sleeps with the boss to keep her job.

"Me, too," says the one who gives as good as she gets.

The thing is, it's not ...Read more

Strongmen have a new playbook for consolidating power

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The news out of Saudi Arabia has been startling. A country famous for its stability to the point of stagnation is watching a 32-year-old crown prince arrest his relatives, freeze their bank accounts and dismiss them from key posts. But on closer examination, it should not be so surprising. Mohammed bin Salman is now applying to Saudi...Read more

Tuesday's election sent a righteous message

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- What happened at the polls Tuesday was a good old-fashioned butt-kicking that exposed the cynical fraud called Trumpism. Hallelujah, people, and let's do it again next year.

Perhaps Republicans forgot that Hillary Clinton -- rightly or wrongly, a candidate distrusted by much of the nation -- won nearly 3 million more votes than ...Read more

Can Virginia's Democratic win revive 'big tent' politics?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Whew! That big whooshing sound you heard Tuesday night was largely Democrats who could stop holding their breath in suspense. And they weren't alone.

"I am pleased that pandering to racists and neo-Confederates," tweeted Bruce Bartlett, a former economic policy expert in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, "appears to have ...Read more

Turns out Wilbur Ross isn't a billionaire. Uh-oh.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Oh, Wilbur.

President Trump's billionaire commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, has a big problem: He is apparently not a billionaire.

Forbes magazine, keeper of the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans, reports that it dropped Ross from its list this year because of a "phantom $2 billion" that Ross claimed he had but apparently ...Read more

Trump was on the ballot in Virginia. He lost.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump may have been 7,000 miles away in Seoul on Tuesday, but make no mistake: He was on the ballot in Virginia when his imitator, Republican Ed Gillespie, lost the closely watched gubernatorial race to Democrat Ralph Northam.

This was, in part, because Trump himself embraced Gillespie, endorsing him and, as Election Day...Read more

Voters yearn for an end to the Trump era

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

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday's Democratic sweep obliterated a series of outdated story lines in American politics and opened a new era.

Forget those repetitious tales about some piece of President Trump's base still sticking with him. It's now clear, from Virginia and New Jersey to Washington state, Georgia, New York, Connecticut and Maine, that the ...Read more

Why are we OK with mass shootings?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I hate mass shootings.

Everybody hates them, of course: innocent death, fathers, fiances, best friends, and sons snatched violently away, sudden carnage crashing ordinary days. But I hate them for an additional reason.

When things like this happen, you see, it's my job to have something to say. And I've got nothing. More accurately, I've got ...Read more

It's time to pull your party together, Democrats

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As Democrats once again find themselves facing questions about Hillary Clinton's campaign, raised this time by the party's former interim chairman Donna Brazile, one stands out: Why did Clinton bother with manipulating party rules when she was going to win anyway?

"Why not welcome (Vermont Sen. Bernie) Sanders and the energy he undoubtedly ...Read more

Trump's most damning legacy

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

In a radio interview last week, Donald Trump said that "the saddest thing is, because I am the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I'm not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I'm not supposed to be doing the kind of things I would love to be doing ..."

Trump then asked, referring to ...Read more

Welcome to the new gilded age

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Corporations are people, my friend. And this is where they feed.

Room 1100 of the Longworth Building, with its ionic columns, gilt-fringed curtains and eagle-topped frieze, has for 80 years been the home of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. But perhaps never before have corporations wielded their power as openly as ...Read more

The blood of innocents is on our hands

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- "Thoughts and prayers" are fine. Locking arms "through the tears and the sadness," as President Trump prescribed, is all well and good. But none of this does a damn thing to stop, or even slow, the carnage.

On Sunday, in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a disturbed and angry man with a military-style semiautomatic assault rifle opened ...Read more

Trump's most damning legacy

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

In a radio interview last week, Donald Trump said that "the saddest thing is, because I am the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I'm not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I'm not supposed to be doing the kind of things I would love to be doing ..."

Trump then asked, referring to ...Read more

A year after Trump's election, both parties are morally and intellectually exhausted

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Political commentators are supposed to be somewhat objective and analytical when it comes to tracking trends. In that spirit, I find the polling snapshot of President Trump at one year since his election to be interesting -- if "interesting" is defined as a downward spiral of polarization, pettiness and prejudice that threatens the...Read more

Putin and Trump: The art of the backfire

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

NEW YORK - When my son was little, I used to read to him from a book called "The Stupids." This decidedly un-P.C. series was about a family of incompetents who managed to screw up the simplest of tasks. I no longer remember what they look like, so pardon me if I envision Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. They fit the bill.

The measure of Trump ...Read more

Virginia will be speaking for the nation

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

ARLINGTON, Va. -- On Tuesday, Virginia's voters confront what will almost certainly be the most consequential election for governor of their lifetimes.

The contest between Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie matters for the state, of course, but its implications will be even larger for the nation.

A Northam victory ...Read more

Cashin' the Checks

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I'm a saver, a working guy who puts money in the bank. If you do that, and you stay continuously employed for 46 years, and you work way up to a middle-class wage, you end up with a solid rock of money in the bank.

And it's not that I'm a financial genius, either. I just lived on 85 percent of my salary for nearly half a century. At first, ...Read more

Where's Trump the negotiator when immigration reform needs him?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

To my great surprise, President Donald Trump's reaction to the Halloween night terrorist attack in New York made me miss the thoughtful eloquence of President George W. Bush.

Ol' Dubya wasn't known to be a master of oratory, most of the time, but when the world needed some words of comfort, hope and resolve after the shock of <...Read more

What's in the tax reform bill for Johnny Lunchbucket?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Poor Johnny Lunchbucket. He's been had.

President Trump promised to look out for the forgotten man and to fix a "rigged" tax system. Now he and congressional Republicans have proposed a tax cut that makes the rich richer and shifts the burden onto the working class.

The numbers don't lie, but if you need more evidence? Consider ...Read more