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Stormy Daniels beat Trump at his own game

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The president who boasted of treating women like sex objects is being outplayed at his own tabloid-warfare game by a porn star. Maybe there's justice in the world after all.

You might have missed it in the ceaseless fusillade of news, but on Wednesday the White House all but confirmed the story that actress and director Stormy ...Read more

There's an easy way for Trump to end all this unpleasantness

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Watching former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg perform his televised exercise in self-destructive and Trump-destructive behavior this week, I wondered: Is there nothing President Trump can do to stem the daily tide of bad news?

The next day brought more of the same: Economic adviser Gary Cohn was resigning from the White House in ...Read more

Giving populism its due

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

WASHINGTON -- The shambles left by last weekend's Italian election, the chaotic dysfunction of American government under President Trump, and the attack on liberal democratic institutions in Hungary, Poland, Turkey and elsewhere -- all of these are being blamed on the haunting specter of "populism."

But is populism the villain here? Do we even...Read more

Finally, Trump does something Republicans can't stomach

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- What would it take for Republicans to turn against Donald Trump?

Now, finally, we know.

For nearly three years, Republican lawmakers have stood with Trump, offering only isolated protest, through all manner of outrage. Disparaging Mexican immigrants. Videotaped boasts about sexually assaulting women. Alleging that his predecessor...Read more

Guns and cards, or: Why my son is no longer a republican

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was Donald Trump's position on guns that did it. To be more specific, it was President Trump's proposal to address violence in schools by arming schoolteachers that finally made a Democrat of my son. Until then, he'd been holding out hope for the Republican Party. But when the president decided that my son's girlfriend -- a student teacher ...Read more

Best thing Trump can do is ignore April 4th

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I am not looking forward to April 4th.

In fact, I've been dreading it for months. April 4th is, of course, the 50th anniversary of the day Martin Luther King was murdered in Memphis. As such, it is one of those days when a president is called upon for wise words of summation and honor.

Unfortunately, the president...Read more

Is Hollywood's culture ready for real diversity?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

When Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand lit up Oscar night with her puzzling plea for "inclusion riders," civil right lawyer Kalpana Kotogal was watching the event a continent away in Washington and almost leaped out of her seat.

"I was completely floored," she told me in a telephone interview the next morning.

She was, after all, one of ...Read more

President Trump is blessedly weak

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In the category of small mercies, let us file this one: As strongmen go, President Trump has proved to be blessedly weak.

It isn't, apparently, for lack of ambition. The president, who has never been stingy in praising the world's dictators, engaged in that favorite pastime again Saturday night before a friendly audience in what ...Read more

What Trump is breaking will take long to repair

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- As the saying goes, you don't miss the water until the well runs dry: This deeply aberrant presidency threatens to cost the nation much more than even some of Donald Trump's harshest critics may realize.

From 1988-1992, I was The Washington Post's correspondent in Buenos Aires, covering all of South America. It was a time when ...Read more

Trump disrespects the presidency, so I don't respect him

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

What respect -- if any -- is due Donald Trump?

I ask that because, ever since his State of the Union speech, I've been wondering if congressional Democrats were out of line when dozens of them refused to stand for the president as he entered the chamber. My Washington Post colleague, the enviably talented Dana Milbank, took the Democrats to ...Read more

The unconscionable conflicts of Jared Kushner

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Before I turn to Jared Kushner, let me ask: Do you believe the U.S. government does the right thing all or most of the time?

The Gallup organization started asking this question in 1963, when more than 70 percent of Americans said they did. Since then, the percentage has steadily declined. By 2016, before Donald Trump became president, only 16 ...Read more

The cost of our war on public life

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

NEW YORK -- We didn't know how hard it was to be president until we had one with no idea of what it takes to do the job.

We didn't appreciate having a government that was relatively honest and free of venality until we had one riddled with corruption.

And we didn't know how wildly irresponsible Republican criticisms of Barack Obama and Hillary...Read more

A few notes for a new national anthem

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

"Oh, say can you see the holster on me?

I have fed it my vote and the lives of my children."

Too dark. An anthem's got to be, well, not peppy, but you should never use words like "entrails."

In a nation that's abandoned nearly every one of its original promises, there remains the gun, the flag, the anthem, hatred of black people, worship of ...Read more

Shouldn't there be somebody to defend Donald Trump?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Shouldn't there be somebody to defend Donald Trump?

Opinion page editors have been wrestling that question for over a year. A good opinion editor, you see, prides herself on ideological balance, mixing and matching pundits who reliably leave the conservative right gnashing its teeth with those who routinely leave the progressive left rending ...Read more

Trump's chaotic leadership drives people to the exits

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Whom the gods would destroy, they first make toil for Donald Trump.

Jeff Sessions had been a four-term U.S. senator, had served as the top Republican on important committees and had a strong following among hardcore conservatives. Then he went to work for the Trump administration. Now he is publicly ridiculed and mocked -- by ...Read more

You the reader are being denied due process

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- The notion of due process has been much in the news, thanks to President Trump, whose devotion to fairness is characteristically situational: He's all for due process when it comes to alleged spouse abusers or sexual harassers; less so, maybe, for gun owners. But as is too often true in the age of Trump, the president's antics ...Read more

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Pelosi: 2 Real Professionals

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Former President Ronald Reagan is hands down the most electorally successful American politician of the post-World War II era. As the outsider nominee of the nation's then-decidedly minority party, nobody has ever come close to matching his back-to-back 44-state and 49-state landslide White House victories. Acknowledged as a conviction ...Read more

Xi is transforming China. Is Washington taking notice?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Amid the flurry of news about Hope Hicks and Jared Kushner and this week's Trump reality show on guns, it would be easy to miss what's happening in China. But it is huge and consequential. China is making the most significant change to its political system in 35 years. What impact will this have on China and the world? That's the ...Read more

Trump's presidency is not normal -- and it's not acceptable

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The ceaseless barrage of news -- both real and fake -- from the Trump administration can be numbing, so it's important to step back every once in a while and look at the big picture: Never have we seen such utter chaos and blatant corruption.

None of what's happening is normal and none of it should be acceptable. Life is imitating...Read more

Hope Hicks told the truth about lying for Trump. Now she's gone.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- For a brief but glorious moment, we had Hope.

On Tuesday, White House communications director Hope Hicks did what for the Trump White House was extraordinary, if not unprecedented: She admitted to lawmakers that working for President Trump required her to lie.

On Wednesday, she announced her resignation.

There was no connection ...Read more