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Ivanka Trump, stop the 'you go, girl' Oprah cheerleading. You're complicit.

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- The unceasing debate over Ivanka Trump is whether she is a clueless enabler or a savvy troll, jabbing her father with sly tweets. Whatever the answer to the Ivanka Trump riddle, whether she is a dupe or a nettle, it has become obvious that she serves no useful role in this administration. She has failed to temper any of her father'...Read more

Trump can't lose a grasp on reality he never possessed

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Because of President Trump's absence of downward loyalty, his elevation of the morally impaired and his encouragement of staff factionalism, his administration will produce any number of damaging memoirs and leak-filled exposes. Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" is the latest in this genre, but surely not the last.

Yet what is most ...Read more

Don't underestimate the possibility of "Oprah 2020"

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Wow, it looks like "a new day is on the horizon!" If Democrats decide to fight fire with fire, that is.

When Oprah Winfrey delivered that line at the climax of her thunderous Golden Globes speech, my reaction was the same as everyone else's: Is it my imagination, or does that sound like a well-crafted slogan for a presidential ...Read more

Wolff's book is a reminder of Hitler's frightening ascent

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

About halfway through Michael Wolff's new book on Donald Trump, I had the sense that all this was familiar. As the pages flew by -- and the reading is both alarming and delicious -- the sense of deja vu became even more pronounced. At the three-quarters mark, I realized where I had read all this before: William L. Shirer's "The Rise and Fall of ...Read more

Dear Very Stable Genius: The ingrates don't deserve you. So quit.

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- From one very stable genius to another, I have some advice for President Trump: Resign immediately.

I feel you. Those small, petty, non-billionaire losers who attack you are not worthy of your brilliance. They don't deserve the benefit of your intellect, your strength, your devastating good looks. Take your dazzling brain and your...Read more

Wolff's book is a reminder of Hitler's frightening ascent

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

About halfway through Michael Wolff's new book on Donald Trump, I had the sense that all this was familiar. As the pages flew by -- and the reading is both alarming and delicious -- the sense of deja vu became even more pronounced. At the three-quarters mark, I realized where I had read all this before: William L. Shirer's "The Rise and Fall of ...Read more

Trump may be dumb, but he's a talented con man

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

For more than a year now, I've been hearing from people in the inner circles of official Washington -- GOP lobbyists, Republican pundits, even a few Republican members of Congress -- that Donald Trump is remarkably stupid.

I figured they couldn't be right because really stupid people don't become...Read more

Michael Wolff and the end of denial

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

WASHINGTON -- The most astonishing aspect of the response to Michael Wolff's book is that anyone is surprised. President Trump's unfitness for office was obvious long before he was elected. Once he moved into the White House, the destructive chaos of his administration was there for all to see. Future historians will scratch their heads to ...Read more

Trust and verification

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I start the column and I date it "2018," here in the small spare bedroom of a second-floor apartment in a 125-year-old house.

There's a snowstorm trembling in the air tonight. It hasn't started yet, and isn't supposed to start until about 4 a.m. It's 8 p.m. now, but you can taste the snow in the air. You smell rain coming, but you taste snow, ...Read more

Team Trump tries to push back the clock against legal pot

From the Left / Clarence Page /

An ill-advised order by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' makes federal marijuana prosecutions easier in states that have legalized it. It reminds me of H.L. Mencken's famous definition of Puritanism: "The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."

What other reason could President Donald Trump's attorney general have for interrupting ...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

And this year's Trumpie award goes to ... Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Of all the scandalous revelations in the Michael Wolff book, the most revealing may be the one about the apricot swirl atop the president's head.

For years, Donald Trump has labored to convince us that "I actually don't have a bad hairline," that "it's not really a comb-over," that "it's my real hair." His personal physician ...Read more

What is Trump so desperate to protect?

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Why was President Trump so frantic to ensure that his attorney general would shield him against the inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election?

For all the unsettling questions swirling about Trump in recent days, this may turn out to be the most important and, for the president, the most ominous. The more information that...Read more

A prophet who deserves a little honor

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Anyone who cannot resist the temptation to offer public predictions about public events invites and can expect public ridicule.

Even pre-eminent 20th-century American columnist and public intellectual Walter Lippmann, who was courted by presidents and prime ministers, is regularly remembered for dismissing in print then-New York Gov. Franklin D...Read more

How Democrats Can Lose the House

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"I think we've got the House," one California Democrat said to me not long ago. "It's the Senate we need to focus on."

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Cry, I think.

This is how Democrats lose the House.

I don't know that there has ever been a time, in my lifetime anyway, in which perceptions varied so diametrically from one political...Read more

Iran faces a period of instability -- in an already volatile Middle East.

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The most enlightening commentary on what is going on in Iran right now was written 162 years ago. In his book on the French Revolution, Alexis de Tocqueville explained, "Revolutions are not always brought about by a gradual decline from bad to worse. Nations that have endured patiently and almost unconsciously the most overwhelming ...Read more

In the Iran struggle, information is ammunition

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Though events in Iran are murky, their direction is historic.

The Iranian regime -- which has made a project of destabilizing others through terrorism and regional adventurism -- has been revealed as deeply unstable. Many Iranian citizens thought that the election of the "moderate" Hassan Rouhani as president would bring more ...Read more

New book on Trump reveals an administration built on a desperate delusion

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The White House is being used to stage some kind of dark, dystopian comedy in which all the humor is of the gallows variety. Somebody tell me how we survive another three years of this oppressive, exhausting show.

The revelations about the Trump administration from journalist Michael Wolff are, if true, stunning, jaw-dropping, gob...Read more

A considered response to Trump's critics: Your momma

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- So the haters in the Fake News Media are again having a wild rumpus, this time because President Trump, threatening nuclear war via Twitter, taunted North Korea's Kim Jong Un by saying his "Nuclear Button" is "a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

To those who say it is juvenile for the president of the...Read more

Rushing toward the breaking point

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

WASHINGTON -- Can our government function normally when President Trump tweets about his "button" being bigger than that of an armed adversary? Can there be business as usual when the word "insane" is being applied with increasing frequency to his actions, and when one of his most loyal supporters has called a meeting between Russian operatives ...Read more