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Goodbye Republican party, hello Bigfoot party

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- By now, there are few in the political world who have not yeti heard about what's going on in the 5th Congressional District of Virginia.

The Republican candidate in the race, Denver Riggleman, was discovered to have posted images of "Bigfoot erotica" on Instagram, with the furry fellow's ample nether regions obscured. The ...Read more

Trump is a president whose words are weightless

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Maybe you remember when Mexico was going to pay for the wall.

You should. It was as recently as May. Donald Trump went to Nashville for one of those creepy rallies of his and renewed the vow he made ceaselessly during the 2016 campaign. Mexico, he promised, is "going to pay for the wall" along the U.S. southern border, "and they're going to ...Read more

Trump is assailing the truth in two distinct ways

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

There are two kinds of Donald Trump lies. One is about facts. The other is about those who call him out on his fabrications.

An example of the first occurred on Sunday, when Trump issued a tweetstorm of lies:

"The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased from 13, including an Obama White House lawyer) Angry Democrats, was ...Read more

Linda Tripp, #MeToo icon and champion of good government

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Of all the second acts being performed in American life (remember when Donald Trump supported abortion rights?), there are few as bold as the show Linda Tripp is starring in right now.

Twenty years ago, Tripp's surreptitious recordings of Monica Lewinsky led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment. A former White House official, ...Read more

Does the Trump administration not view Central American immigrants as fully human?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- As of Monday, 711 children who were effectively kidnapped and held hostage by the Trump administration remain in government custody, supposedly "ineligible" to be reunited with their families. What happens to them now? The government won't say, apparently doesn't know and evidently doesn't care.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, ...Read more

Spicer's dismal book tells tale of working for a liar

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

It took a nanosecond to download Sean Spicer's new book on my iPad and, believe me, that was more time than it was worth. "The Briefing" is entirely forgettable, but it does offer some insight into the mind of a mindless apparatchik. After Spicer is told by President Trump that his first briefing asserting the historic hugeness of Trump's ...Read more

Putin, Trump and the reactionary international

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

WASHINGTON -- The links among Vladimir Putin, President Trump, and segments of both the Republican Party and the American conservative movement seem bizarre. How can this be, given the Russian president's KGB pedigree and a Cold War history during which antipathy toward the Soviet Union held the right together?

In truth, there is nothing ...Read more

Non-weed smoker's blues

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

As recreational marijuana becomes legal here and there throughout the country, I feel like I'm losing what people saw as one of my good character traits.

Despite the fact that I was in high school and college during the 1970s and 1980s, I don't smoke marijuana.

Oh, I tried it, but it makes me vaguely nauseated, and it makes me very tired, so ...Read more

Trump brings a new edge to Reagan's 'South Succotash'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

President Donald Trump expressed a familiar beef in his recent travels: The "fake news" media won't cover his fake news.

"What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening," he told a crowd estimated at 4,000 Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, Mo.

What people were seeing and reading was a mixed ...Read more

Grasping the impact of gun violence

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"Imagine the earth beneath you opening up and swallowing you whole. Imagine feeling everything good inside you -- love, joy, kindness, trust, security, hope -- burning and scorching to embers, giving way to fear, desperation, anguish and helplessness. Imagine being trapped in your worst nightmare, knowing that you will never wake from it. ...Read more

All the president's lies

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- "He's been lying all week, he's been lying for years. ... I don't see how he has any credibility."

Exactly. Rudy Giuliani, the president's current lawyer, was talking about Michael Cohen, the president's former lawyer. But if Cohen is so sleazy, and I don't disagree, why did Donald Trump keep the self-described fixer around for so...Read more

GOP Congressional Candidates ... on Their Own

From the Left / Mark Shields /

It's a safe bet that when President Donald J. Trump was a younger man, he never read "To Kill A Mockingbird," Harper Lee's American classic about a young child's awakening to racial prejudice in a sleepy little town in the pre-civil rights South. The admirable Atticus Finch teaches his young daughter, Scout, about empathy, saying: "You never ...Read more

The Trump two-step: Bluster then retreat

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Listen closely. That sound you heard at Wednesday's joint press conference between the presidents of the European Commission and the United States was Donald Trump backtracking once again. This has become a familiar routine. It goes something like this: Begin by hurling insults at the other side, some of which have a basis in reality...Read more

Tape of Trump scheming with Cohen sounds like just another day at the office

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If President Trump's secretly taped conversation with attorney Michael Cohen reminds you of a crime boss and his consigliere, you're not alone. Trump's current lawyer and mouthpiece, Rudy Giuliani, evidently agrees.

After CNN first played the tape on Tuesday, Giuliani went on Fox News and downplayed its importance, citing his ...Read more

Don't Call Me

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

My son was in the other room on the phone, and he sounded like me, which is not always a good thing. By the time I caught on, he was asking for the supervisor's supervisor. Usually, he gets mad at me when I lose it with customer service representatives, but here he was, channeling me at my worst.

It had to be bad.

It was.

He and his ...Read more

Burying old lies with new ones

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

WASHINGTON -- "What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening."

When the history of the Trump era is written, this quotation from our president will play a prominent role in explaining the distemper of our moment and the dysfunction of his administration. Trump was talking about media coverage of his trade war, but he was ...Read more

Tough questions for Trump's newest hire

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When Bill Shine took over as White House communications director during the July 4 holiday, the former Fox News co-president seemed to have dodged the obvious questions that loomed over his appointment.

How could a United States president credibly accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault by dozens of women elevate a man who was forced to...Read more

From 'horseless carriage' to 'driverless car,' are you ready?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Shortly after the first automobile arrived in the small but grandly named village of Ohio City, Ohio, an old story goes, someone brought a second car to town -- which soon collided with the first.

This story, which I learned growing up in another Ohio town, provided such an excellent example of Murphy's Law -- "Anything that can go wrong will ...Read more

On the question of God, condescension gets old

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

All she asked was that someone pray for her.

As relayed on Twitter by the activist Brittany Packnett, the unnamed woman certainly had good reason to seek help, divine or otherwise. She was one of the people held hostage by a gunman last week in an L.A. Trader Joe's. According to Packnett, her friend was hiding in the back of the store with her ...Read more

There is just one way to constrain this lunatic administration: Vote

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Last week it was Russia, Russia, Russia. This week began with a bombastic, all-caps screed about Iran -- and, of course, more wailing about the purported "Mueller Witch Hunt." In between was a stray tweet about football and the national anthem, just to stir the racial pot. President Trump is wagging the dog so hard, I fear he will ...Read more

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