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Both-sideism not just a journalistic problem

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

A prediction.

When the history of this era is written, when future generations wonder how a mostly educated and largely literate nation became mired in "truthiness," when they ask how we became so mentally muddled that we lost the ability to identify facts and the capacity to care, they'll find many culprits.

They'll blame Fox "News" for ...Read more

Trump's radically un-American agenda

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's antics in his "Crazytown" White House inevitably dominate the headlines. Meanwhile, however, his wrongheaded policies are damaging far more than the nation's dignity and honor.

Hampered by inexperience and incompetence, the administration is pursuing a radically un-American agenda that should alarm progressives ...Read more

Trump has stripped the GOP of its dignity

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

The Republican Party has a communicable disease. It has been intimate for so long with Donald Trump that it acts pretty much as he does. He lies and then Republicans lie about his lies -- they don't matter, just noise, the wall is more important, etc.. These evasions are intended to suggest that moral squalor can be cleansed by a jump in ...Read more

Kavanaugh will further divide us

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Yale Law School, from which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got his law degree, issued a statement about him with glowing quotes from professors attesting to his impeccable legal credentials.

Perhaps the Yale Law faculty deemed his credentials impeccable because he graduated from Yale Law ...Read more

The Kavanaugh Hustle

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

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans and President Trump share the same inclinations when it comes to one of the worst habits in our politics: Placing ideology and partisanship above the health of our institutions.

While Trump is destroying the honor and reputation of the presidency, Senate Republicans are doing all they can to destroy the ...Read more

The camera adds 10 pounds of tears

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I live in Fall River, Massachusetts, a city of 88,000 people invariably described in newspaper stories as either "a gritty former mill town" or "a town at the epicenter of the opioid crisis." In a needle-sharp bit of irony, a company is trying build a new opioid treatment center on the site of an abandoned mill that burned down a couple of years...Read more

So this is how Paul Ryan leaves office?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- So this is how retiring House Speaker Paul D. Ryan wishes to leave public service: with lies, name-calling and racism?

The fall general-election season has begun, and the $100 million Congressional Leadership Fund, which Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, and his House GOP leadership team endorse and raise money for, has released a ...Read more

Actually, there are no 'adults in the room' at the White House

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

For a man who places such a premium on loyalty, Donald Trump inspires remarkably little.

Bad enough his administration is a sieve, embarrassing accounts of bungled phone calls with foreign leaders and cheeseburger-fueled rants with cronies regularly showing up in the news. Bad enough top aides keep fleeing his White House like it's on fire. Bad...Read more

Community policing, homelessness, and people on the streets

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In 1982, James Q. Wilson and his Harvard colleague George Kelling offered a simple idea that had a profound effect on policing: "If a window in a building is broken and is left unrepaired, all the rest of the windows will soon be broken." And that is not simply a blight for the neighbors but a clear message that the neighborhood is dangerous, ...Read more

Not taking oneself too seriously

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Mostly missing from the moving and deserved tributes to Sen. John McCain was attention to McCain's gift for self-deprecating humor. When a Gallup Poll, during his last Senate term, showed that only 11 percent of the public had a favorable view of the U.S. Congress, McCain noted that when you're at 11 percent favorable, it basically means you're ...Read more

Kavanaugh should not decide any cases concerning Trump

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Under the unusual circumstances surrounding his selection, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should have agreed to recuse himself from deciding cases involving the investigation of President Trump. The reason Kavanaugh asserted at his confirmation hearing for refusing to make such a pledge -- that it would violate the ...Read more

Musings on Justice Kavanaugh

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

He will be confirmed, barring some totally unexpected development. He has been vetted by the investigators. He has been vetted by the media. The Republicans have the votes. The Democrats' best argument is against the invocation of executive privilege; the documents should have been disclosed, but getting the country to rally around a process ...Read more

Why the global growth story might be coming to an end

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- For those few people left who still believe Donald Trump is unconventional but canny, that there is a method to the madness, the revelations of this week should clarify. Bob Woodward's new book and The New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous official make plain that behind Trump's ranting, impulsive, incoherent and narcissistic ...Read more

This week confirms we're already in a constitutional crisis

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Journalist Bob Woodward's new book and an op-ed by an anonymous administration official portray President Trump as dangerously capricious and amoral, exhibiting textbook symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and behaving in ways that suggest, to some, early signs of age-related dementia.

But you knew that.

We've all known...Read more

America is still free, and the people will be heard

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

"Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble."

-- First Amendment to the Constitution, ratified Dec. 15, 1791

"I don't know why they don't take care of a situation like that. I think it's embarrassing for the country to allow protesters."

-- President Trump,...Read more

In Boston change couldn't wait

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

BOSTON -- The day before Ayanna Pressley rattled national Democrats by overwhelming Rep. Mike Capuano, a popular 20-year incumbent, in Tuesday's primary, she brought her youthful canvassers to the campaign's Jamaica Plain headquarters to fire them up for the offensive to come.

Pressley always delivers fire in public speeches, but the 44-year ...Read more

Never have we seen such a spectacle

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Brett M. Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing is scheduled to last all week. Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley lost control after just 13 words.

"Good morning," he said. "I welcome everyone to this confirmation hearing on the nomination of --"

"Mr. Chairman?" interrupted Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), a ...Read more

How Trump will rig his own case

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Nothing that Brett Kavanaugh said on his first day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearings relieves the most profound suspicion: that President Donald Trump nominated him to front a legalistic coup against the rule of law.

Of course, he uttered all the expected platitudes. "I am a pro-law judge," he promised, nonpartisan and neutral, "...Read more

A corporation takes a risk to support a man who gave up his career for justice

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Colin Kaepernick is staring at you.

It's a black-and-white image, a portrait taken from a distance that feels painfully close, even intimate. Kaepernick, the reviled and revered NFL quarterback who has been unemployed and unemployable since he sparked a movement of athletes and others kneeling during the national anthem to protest police ...Read more

Seeds of next crash seen in widening imbalance

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Sept. 15 will mark the 10th anniversary of the collapse of politics/fromtheleft/robertbreich/s-2120662">Read more