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What has the president been 'smocking'?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump was up early Monday morning, tweeting falsely that investigators have found "No Smocking Gun" that proves he did anything wrong. He meant "smoking," of course. His vision must be clouded by the haze.

In a sentencing memorandum for the president's one-time personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, federal prosecutors in ...Read more

Is America great again yet?

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

WASHINGTON -- OK, America, are we great again yet? Are we respected throughout the world? Are the Chinese quaking in their boots as we hike tariffs? Has Saudi Arabia come clean about murdering a Washington Post columnist after covering up the atrocity so clumsily that you could almost see blood dripping from the hands of the crown prince? If ...Read more

A tip for Tariff Man

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

"I am a Tariff Man," Trump tweeted last week. "When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. ... We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN."

I'm sorry, Mr. President, but you got this wrong. Tariffs are paid by American consumers. About ...Read more

The utterly lawless 'Individual-1'

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "Individual-1" has a singular problem: His own Justice Department says he directed a crime.

Late Friday, U.S. prosecutors -- ordinary prosecutors, not the ones working for Robert Mueller's supposed rogue witch hunt -- filed papers in court saying President Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen admitted "he acted in coordination with ...Read more

Are Republicans abandoning democracy?

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

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's critics have good reason to focus on the threats he poses to democracy and the rule of law. But the president is not alone in his party.

In case after case, Republicans have demonstrated an eagerness to undercut democracy and tilt the rules of the game if doing so serves their ideological interests. The quiet coup ...Read more

Stop taking Donald Trump's picture

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

As a columnist who writes some pretty un-pretty things about President Donald Trump, I'm about to briefly leave the pack of wolves howling for his death.

They buried former President George H.W. Bush the other day. Trump was there, and cameras got him looking bored, or un-presidential, or not reciting the Apostles' Creed.

This is the ...Read more

George H.W. Bush is gone, and so is his vision of 'a kinder, gentler nation'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

On the last night of the Republican National Convention in 1988, the candidate sought to impart to the country a vision of the America it could be.

"Some," he said, "would say it's soft and insufficiently tough to care" about troubled children. "But where is it written, that we must act as if we do not care, as if we are not moved? Well, I am ...Read more

Democrats have a sobering responsibility

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Yes, it's true that their party just won the House majority and more House seats, 40, than in any election since 1974 (and with the increasing likelihood of a new election in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District after confirmed reports of Republican election fraud there, maybe 41) and Democrats have had reason to celebrate -- especially ...Read more

Bush showed us that brutish masculinity wasn't 'prudent'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

When former President George W. Bush broke down and briefly cried near the end of his eulogy to his father, former President George H. W. Bush, I felt more than sorrow for him. I felt connected.

I was reminded of when I got up to deliver a eulogy at my own father's funeral. "Keep it together, keep it together, keep it together ...," I silently ...Read more

Some of George H.W. Bush's WASP values are worth keeping

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The death of George H.W. Bush has occasioned a fair amount of nostalgia for the old American establishment, of which Bush was undoubtedly a prominent member. It has also provoked a heated debate among commentators about that establishment, whose membership was determined largely by bloodlines and connections. You had to be a white ...Read more

Bulldoze the 'blue wall of silence'

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- This just in: Black men are still being killed by police officers for no good reason.

But you knew that. Anyone who has remotely been paying attention should be aware that unjustified police killings of African-American men continue unabated. In far too many police departments, the unwritten rule for encounters with black men is ...Read more

With Mueller, patience Is patriotic

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Everyone clamoring for Robert Mueller to finish his investigation of the Trump campaign's connections with the Kremlin should do us all a favor and relax. The special counsel isn't done probing that complex matter -- or the attempt to conceal the facts -- and he will need more time.

Nobody knows when the investigation and any further criminal ...Read more

George H.W. Bush's funeral was a powerful renunciation of Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- George Herbert Walker Bush, before his death, said he wanted President Trump to attend his funeral, a generous gesture that forgave the cavalcade of insults that Trump has rained on the Bush family.

It was a final show of the sound judgment Bush exercised in life.

Trump's name was mentioned not once by the four eulogists at ...Read more

Republicans tax churches to help pay for big corporate giveaway (Updated)

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

You would be forgiven for thinking that this is a headline from The Onion or the fantasy of some left-wing website. But it's exactly what happened in the big corporate tax cut the GOP passed last year.

Now -- under pressure from churches, synagogues, and other nonprofits -- embarrassed leaders of a party that casts itself as religious liberty's...Read more

The Republicans' post-midterm strategy: Thievery

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- After the Republican Party's losses in 2012, GOP elders undertook an "autopsy" to discover the cause.

This year, Republicans have opted instead for a good embalming.

After a midterm drubbing that cost Republicans about 40 House seats -- the best Democratic performance since the Watergate era -- there has been, as the New York ...Read more

Mourning President Bush

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I spent more than a year working to beat him. I thought his campaign manager was about the most unethical person I'd ever met. I knew that the fish rots from the head. I was not a big fan of George H.W. Bush's.

Until I -- and much of America -- came face to face with a president who lacks everything we took for granted in him.

Nobody was ...Read more

This is what actual election tampering looks like

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I said it before, I'll say it again.

"As this country becomes blacker, browner, gayer, younger, more Hispanic and more Muslim, it is increasingly the case that the GOP cannot win if all voters vote. It cannot win, in other words, without cheating." That observation, made in this space a few weeks...Read more

Bush 41 was 'an American closer,' says GOP rival Buchanan

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Could former President George H. W. Bush have defeated current President Donald Trump? In a way, it already happened -- in 1992 -- although nobody would have known it at the time.

Trump did not run in that year's Republican primaries, but his ideas did. You can hear them in the fiery speeches of Patrick J. Buchanan, the conservative author, ...Read more

Of course it's George Soros' fault. It's always George Soros' fault.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Where does George Soros find the time?

To hear the loon-o-sphere tell it, the Hungarian-born liberal Jewish billionaire, at the ripe old age of 88, has been exceedingly industrious.

He dismantled the Soviet Union, launched coups in four Eastern European countries and a revolution in a fifth, while also destroying the Malaysian ...Read more

Trump's know-nothing stance has not wrecked the Paris Agreement

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- All of the leaders assembled at the Group of 20 meeting in Buenos Aires committed their nations to the fight against climate change, except one -- President Trump, of course. But pay him no mind. As the proverb says, "The dogs bark but the caravan moves on."

We don't have to wait for history to prove how utterly, stupidly wrong ...Read more


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