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Incels: As if hating women could get you a girlfriend

From the Left / Clarence Page /

What are we to make of "incels," the oddball community of frustrated guys who go online to complain about how they can't find women who want to have sex with them?

Gee, I wonder why?

There's room for all sorts of opinions on the web, I like to think. But this one has turned deadly. An incel, which stands for "involuntary celibate," is blamed ...Read more

Do we really need to 'understand' Trump supporters?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

This is for Rose.

She is a nice lady who wrote me a nice email in which she spoke about the need to try to understand Donald Trump's supporters. As Rose put it, "We need to not close ourselves off to how the other side thinks."

It's a sentiment I hear a lot from progressives, and it bespeaks a great generosity of spirit.

But I couldn't ...Read more

What would Trump say if he were the prayerful sort?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This week brought evidence that God exists -- and has a wicked sense of humor.

At 6:46 a.m. Thursday, President Trump confirmed to the world what Rudy Giuliani had blurted out on television the night before: Trump had reimbursed Michael Cohen the $130,000 in hush money paid to Stormy Daniels over her alleged affair with Trump.

At...Read more

Character does matter

From the Left / Mark Shields /

With news that Sen. John McCain's last book, "The Restless Wave" -- the seventh he has written with his friend and former speechwriter Mark Salter -- is about to come out, I thought of the man I covered and traveled with and grew to both like and respect enormously.

On election night 1986, when he won the Arizona U.S. Senate seat long held by ...Read more

Buying Trump's narrative would make chumps of us all

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- We're missing something important, indeed fundamental, in all the legal-political chatter about whether Donald Trump will answer questions from the special counsel and what might happen if the president refuses.

We need to keep in mind: This is the president, not an ordinary witness -- or, to be more precise, ordinary subject -- ...Read more

Why Trump is manufacturing an immigration crisis

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump has claimed that the group of migrants that recently made its way from Central America to the United States symbolizes out-of-control immigration, lawlessness and violence besetting the country. "Getting more dangerous. 'Caravans' coming," he tweeted last month. This week, he added: "The migrant 'caravan' that is openly ...Read more

Trump saga enters even more acrimonious phase

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- That unpleasant odor wafting from the direction of the White House is the sour smell of panic, as the president's lies threaten to unravel -- and the law closes in.

The new public face of President Trump's legal defense, Rudy Giuliani, looked and sounded like a man in need of an intervention Wednesday night as he went on Sean ...Read more

Leaking the List

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It is "so disgraceful," the president said.

He was referring to the leaking of the list of 49 questions that special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly wants to ask the president, questions his office supposedly provided to the president's lawyers in an effort to convince the president to sit for an interview.

The president's lawyer, for all ...Read more

The Trump team discovers facts are stubborn things

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Those defending President Trump's nativist initiatives would like to assure you that the policies are not based in bigotry.

Unfortunately for them, they keep bumping up against the facts.

Trump administration Solicitor General Noel Francisco, defending Trump's travel ban at the Supreme Court last week, asked the justices to ...Read more

Hear something, say something -- but keep a sense of proportion

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- "Ladies' lingerie." It was a lame, outmoded joke -- the sort of thing you say in a crowded elevator, an artifact of the days of fancy department stores with operators announcing the floor stops.

Those two words -- the speaker remembers saying "ladies' lingerie," a passenger who was offended recalls hearing "women's lingerie" -- ...Read more

Trump's anti-life, anti-work initiative

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

WASHINGTON -- How can we reduce the number of abortions in the United States? One way is to make sure that women are confident they'll have medical coverage throughout their pregnancies and after.

And how can we encourage people to work? By making work pay, which is why Republicans and Democrats have supported the Earned Income Tax Credit, ...Read more

Can the White House correspondents' dinner be saved?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Could this be the end of "nerd prom?" Major news organizations have threatened to withdraw financial support from the White House Correspondents' Association's annual spring dinner, affectionately known among Washington's media workers as "nerd prom," if the organization doesn't drop its traditional comedy act from the program.

Yes, as you may ...Read more

President Trump's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

"President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize."

-- South Korean President Moon Jae-in

"No-bel! No-bel! No-bel!"

-- Audience at Trump's Michigan rally Saturday


OSLO, DEC. 10, 2018

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, distinguished members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee:

...Read more

Open letter to Sen. Marco Rubio

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear Sen. Marco Rubio:

You didn't answer the question.

Questions, plural, actually. As a result, I find myself addressing you for the second column in a row via open letter -- and feeling not unlike Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction." That is to say, "I'm not going to be ignored, Mario."

But first, let me offer some context for those who are ...Read more

Time for journalists to fight back, not play party hosts

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- How do we square these two scenes from the weekend?

On Saturday night, Washington journalists hobnobbed with politicians and celebrities at the black-tie White House Correspondents' Association dinner -- and then spent Sunday arguing about whether comedian Michelle Wolf was too harsh toward President Trump, who uses his ...Read more

Denying asylum seekers would be a stain on America's conscience

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The "caravan" of asylum-seeking migrants that has finally arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border is a test of American character and purpose -- a test that President Trump wants us to fail.

I put caravan in quotation marks because the group that reached Tijuana hardly qualifies for the term. Just a few dozen would-be entrants presented...Read more

Trump is where the end begins

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

The Economist, a news magazine of British pedigree, devoted a recent cover to an obituary. The stiff in question is the GOP, once the party of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt but now decidedly that of Donald J. Trump. He has taken it over. He demands personal loyalty, refuses to abide dissent and rules by whim. For the once Grand Old Party, ...Read more

No, Mr. President, the roast must go on

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Only Donald Trump could manage to justify the continued existence of the White House Correspondents Association dinner, a springtime ritual of journalistic self-indulgence that might just as well have ended years ago. By declaring the dinner "DEAD" -- after yet another humiliating comic takedown of him and his enablers -- the president is ...Read more

How Democrats can stop Trump (and prevent future Trumps)

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Why did working-class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful megalomaniac for president?

With the 2018 midterms around the corner, and prospective Democratic candidates already eyeing the 2020 presidential race, the answer is important because it will influence how Democrats campaign.

One explanation ...Read more

The steep price of the Trumpian circus

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

WASHINGTON -- One of the many costs of the Trump era is the dumbing down of our political discourse. The incoherent spoken and tweeted outpourings from President Trump and the daily outrages of his administration leave little time for serious debate about policy or meaningful dialogue about our larger purposes.

In a normal environment, the ...Read more