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You Can't Choose Your Relatives

From the Left / Mark Shields /

George Mitchell, a former federal judge and Senate majority leader, was the chief negotiator of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought to a peaceable end 30 years of civil war in Northern Ireland.

He was a kid from Waterville, Maine, whose father was the orphaned son of Irish immigrants and whose mother, who had come to the United States ...Read more

Republicans are the party of Joe McCarthy

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- It is commonplace to hear and read about President Trump's takeover of the Republican Party. And certainly there is lots of evidence that the GOP is animated these days by an unquestioning devotion to Trump and whatever his ideas may be at any given moment. But the problem is that Republicans are now becoming the party not of Trump ...Read more

On Tuesday, vote to take back the country you love

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's closing argument for the midterm election is a bit confusing:

"It's all about President Trump -- unless he angers, appalls or disgusts you, in which case we've never heard of anyone named Trump. We've also never heard of policies we've voted for repeatedly, like eliminating the guarantee of health insurance ...Read more

Guess what? Trump can totally rewrite the Constitution.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't. … Now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order."

-- President Trump, explaining this week that he could unilaterally end the Constitution's protection of birthright citizenship

Jan. 1, 2019 (BREITBART) -- President Trump, under...Read more

Tuesday's choice: the polarizer versus the problem-solvers

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

GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Listening to the conversation at Robert Jones' Parkside Barber Shop and Grooming Lounge, you'd never know we live in a deeply divided country that seems incapable of discussing everyday challenges.

Jones, a successful local entrepreneur, hosted a group of business leaders and educators here to ponder how to prepare the ...Read more

The latest lesson in Trumponomics 101: It's the Democrats fault!

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday morning brought a textbook illustration of Trumponomics.

Under this economic theory -- defined roughly as "when it's sunny, credit me; when it rains, blame them" -- President Trump has been claiming sole responsibility for a bull market that began nearly eight years before his presidency.

But this month, wild swings in ...Read more

Trump sets a poisonous tone

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Rob Rogers is an editorial cartoonist who was fired in June after 25 years with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His departure, he said, came after weeks of tension with a publisher who wanted a more pro-Trump stance.

"We're living in a very dark time," Rogers told...Read more

Consoler in chief? Not this president

From the Left / Clarence Page /

In her first formal press briefing after a mail bomb plot against more than a dozen prominent Democrats and a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded in a fashion characteristic to her boss: she went on the offense.

After delivering a prepared statement denouncing anti-Semitism, she denounced...Read more

Let's not lose sight of the real victim here: Donald Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Eleven Jews are dead in Pittsburgh, gunned down during Shabbat services allegedly by a man who shared President Trump's paranoia about a migrant caravan. Pipe bombs were sent to more than a dozen of Trump's favorite political targets, including the homes of two former presidents, Democratic leaders and CNN.

But let us not lose ...Read more

Trump's demagoguery inspired it. Fox News magnified it.

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Demagogues rarely commit violence directly. Instead, they focus blame, ridicule, fear and hate -- and then leave the violence to others. That way, they can always claim, "It wasn't me. I don't have blood on my hands."

Of the tens of millions of Americans whom the Donald Trump/Fox News regime has made fearful, only a small percentage -- say, a ...Read more

Don't tell me that 'both sides' need to do better

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- "Both sides" are not responsible for the horrific political terrorism we have seen this past week. Only the right is to blame -- starting with President Trump and his complicit enablers in the Republican Party.

They have been playing with fire. It was inevitable that people would get burned.

Am I not supposed to blame Trump? Well...Read more

Republicans are either historically ignorant or moral cowards

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

While visiting Poland in 1976, I heard about a book. It was called "Anti-Semitism Without Jews: Communist Eastern Europe," and it was mentioned to me because the Jews of Poland, once numerous, had almost entirely been murdered -- yet the hatred of them persisted. The title of that book popped into my head over the weekend when 11 Jews were ...Read more

Trump's America is not a safe place for Jews

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- George Washington, in his 1790 letter to the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, told Jews they would be safe in the new nation.

"The government of the United States … gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance," he wrote. "May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit ...Read more

Trump has stoked the fears of the Bowerses among us

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

The important thing to understand about the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history is that the alleged killer did not merely hate us Jews for who we are. He hated us, judging by his social media postings, for what we believe -- for the highest ideals of what the Jewish religion embodies.

Begin with the name of the synagogue in Pittsburgh he ...Read more

The politics of division can never unite us

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

WASHINGTON -- A well-meaning misunderstanding underlies the horrified hand-wringing over President Trump's refusal to reach for national unity in the face of terrorist threats against his opponents.

It's assumed that those who hold the presidential office automatically push aside partisanship during moments of crisis.

But this wishful thinking...Read more

Sorry, Megyn Kelly, free speech isn't quite that free

From the Left / Clarence Page /

When will they ever learn? Megyn Kelly is by no means the first white person to get into trouble over blackface imitations of black people. But she's the first I can recall who may be punished not for doing it but just for talking about it.

NBC confirmed Friday morning that Kelly was negotiating her exit from the network. She went on hiatus ...Read more

Reality always has the last word

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Just knock the hell -- I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees." -- Donald Trump, Feb. 1, 2016

"I'd like to punch him in the face." -- Donald Trump, Feb. 22, 2016

"You know, part of the problem ... is, ...Read more

Yes, the press has much to answer for

From the Left / Mark Shields /

Our states are anything but united. Our politics are indeed polarized -- with too many of us Americans retreating into our own comfortable spaces, where we can associate only with those who agree with us. And yes, we of the press are anything but blameless for this situation.

Take the simple matter of Election Day exit polls, which we in the ...Read more

Fashion trends in men's weaponry: Kicky new guns for winter!

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

My wife owns 48 pairs of shoes, although, as she huffily pointed out to me, that includes sneakers. Apparently, sneakers are not to be included in any official shoe count.

Before you think I'm the kind of husband who prowls through his wife's belongings looking for forbidden luxury, the only reason I counted her shoes was because we were moving...Read more

Trump owns the bloody crossroads of American politics

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- For those who believe that Donald Trump is a clownish know-nothing who somehow tapped into the mood of the electorate or just got lucky in 2016, the last month has been instructive. Trump has demonstrated uncanny political instincts. When combined with his ruthless "amorality" -- a term used by one of his own senior officials in an ...Read more