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Northam keeps digging himself deeper into the hole

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- There are 8.5 million Virginians. Surely the commonwealth can find someone to serve as governor whose yearbook page does not prominently feature a picture of a broadly grinning young white man in blackface and another wearing Ku Klux Klan robes.

Surely the commonwealth can find someone who, when confronted with said yearbook ...Read more

Republicans must denounce the bigotry of the Pences

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

WASHINGTON -- I have a question for those Republicans who, along with Democrats, demand the resignation of Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam for the abhorrent photo that appeared on his page in his medical school yearbook: If bigotry is repugnant, why not demand the resignation of Vice President Mike Pence for his ugly views on ...Read more

The State of the Disunion

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump promised that his State of the Union address would focus on "unification." But Trump advocating national unity is like a pyromaniac promoting lighter fluids. His goal is, and has always been, disunion.

The man thrives on divisiveness. It's how he keeps himself the center of attention, fuels his base, and ensures that no matter what...Read more

The State of the Union: Petrified

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

WASHINGTON -- One should never feel sorry for anyone working in President Trump's White House. They volunteered for this dreadful and chaotic administration. But it's hard to envy those tasked with writing drafts of his State of the Union address.

Trump is an incumbent who behaves as if he is in the opposition. He relishes bemoaning the ...Read more

The first hit's free

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

If you ever smoked cigarettes, chances are you didn't pay for the first one you ever smoked.

You stole one from your mother's pack. Some uncle said, when you were 9 years old, "You wanna puff on my cigarette?" He thought it was cute. You bummed one off an older worker. A friend. Some guy you were dating.

Which generally meant you started to ...Read more

Let's call it Trump Remorse

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It's a new literary genre -- books by former staff members and aides who now want to dish about the awfulness of Donald Trump or his White House. Last month, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie debuted the latest book in that field, "Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics."

Christie thus ...Read more

With God on Trump's side, he can do anything

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

President Trump is on a mission from God. Thus spake the White House press secretary, at any rate.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, asked by the Christian Broadcasting Network this last week about Trump being the right man for the moment, replied: "I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald ...Read more

What America needs is a truly great American movie

From the Left / Mark Shields /

During long, gray, bleak winters -- before the women's and men's college basketball tournaments and before baseball's opening days -- I confess to an embarrassing secret: I thoroughly enjoy watching TV- and movie-related awards shows on TV, not just the Oscars but also the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and others.

Why? To catch ...Read more

In defense of the elites

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- This year's World Economic Forum, more than usual, prompted a spirited round of elite-bashing, which has now become the trendy political posture on both right and left. On one side, President Trump and Fox News hosts slam the out-of-touch establishment that, according to them, has run things into the ground. On the other side, left-...Read more

The tweeting of a crackpot undermines a nation's respect

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Of all the crackpots on social media, is any more untethered to reality than the president of the United States?

Seriously, there are tinfoil-hatted lunatics yelling on street corners who make more sense than President Trump's increasingly loopy Twitter feed. Think about it: Most mornings, and some evenings as well, the most ...Read more

I've tasted my last cup of Starbucks

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The biography of Howard Schultz is the stuff of American capitalist folklore: a man who grew up in a Brooklyn housing project and amassed a fortune worth billions. Now he proposes to repay America by imposing the ruinous rule of Donald Trump for another four years.

Like so many billionaires, including President Trump, Schultz appears to believe...Read more

This could be Trump's Time's Up moment

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The man who claimed he could murder former FBI Director James Comey in midtown Manhattan and his base wouldn't care might still be right.

If you're still with him right now, you'd probably be with him through anything.

The problem for the president is that the base in shrinking. In the meantime, the Democratic base is growing.

Two weeks after...Read more

Howard Schultz brings a whole latte trouble

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Howard Schultz has brought a whole latte trouble on himself.

The former Starbucks magnate has provoked boycott threats, heckling and Twitter attacks with his threat to mount an independent presidential run that critics say could get President Trump re-elected. Just about everybody this side of Tucker Carlson believes we do not ...Read more

Howard Schultz and the Frappuccino Syndrome

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

WASHINGTON -- Holy Chestnut Praline Latte! There was Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, making a case Wednesday for why Americans would flock to him if he decides to run for president as an independent. "They're not going to vote for a left-wing Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris candidate," he explained.

The crashing you heard just then ...Read more

The Roger Stone clown show is the Trump presidency in microcosm

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- For once, Roger Stone was at a loss for words.

The longtime confidant of President Trump had given nonstop interviews and news conferences since Friday morning, when the FBI pounded on his door, then charged him with seven criminal counts related to alleged lies during the probe of Russia's election interference.

But in ...Read more

Redistribute the pain

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Next time, they should redistribute the pain.

That's an expression Martin Luther King used -- he credited Jesse Jackson -- in the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike as he urged boycotts and other forms of economic coercion in support of the strikers. Those men had been suffering alone, he said. Now, let the whole town feel what they were ...Read more

The government is trying to turn Trump's lies into truths

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- They say you can fix anything with duct tape. But using it to repair a presidency?

That can get a little sticky.

The Washington Post's Katie Mettler recently caught President Trump in one of his frequent fabrications, this time his oft-repeated claim that migrant women are commonly bound and gagged with tape (alternately duct, ...Read more

Howard Schultz is fully capable of winning the 2020 election ... for Trump

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Just what we need, another ego-crazed billionaire with zero experience in government who thinks he is destined to be president. What could go wrong?

Howard Schultz, the man who put a Starbucks on every corner, said in a "60 Minutes" interview aired Sunday that he is mulling a run for the White House as an independent. Schultz ...Read more

Howard Schultz is a cup too far

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

In an era of identity politics, I should identify with Howard Schultz and his possible race for the presidency. We are both Brooklyn born, Jewish, the first males in our families to graduate from college, and we both like a good cup of coffee in the morning. But Schultz, if you will forgive my metaphor, is not my cup of tea. He'd effectively ...Read more

It seems fitting that industrial democracy is back on the table

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

The shutdown is over for now, but for five weeks 800,000 federal employees and 1.5 million federal contract workers were pawns in Trump's game of brinksmanship, and they may be so again.

Trump has also frozen federal workers' pay for 2019, stopping the automatic 2.1 percent cost-of-living increase all civilian workers would have received under ...Read more


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