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2/2/18 Leonard Pitts bonus column

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Leonard Pitts has filed a BONUS column on the death of singer Dennis Edwards. It is available for immediate release.

Dennis Edwards, a Temptation who stood nine feet tall

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"The first time I met Dennis Edwards, I thought he stood nine feet tall.

As I recall, it was 1977. Edwards, who died of meningitis in a Chicago hospital on Friday, a day short of his 75th birthday, strode into the Los Angeles offices of SOUL Magazine that day to give his first interview after leaving the Temptations. And I had assigned it to me...Read more

Beware of Trump derangement syndrome, Democrats

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Back in 2003, conservative writer Charles Krauthammer coined the term "Bush derangement syndrome" to describe people who had gone off the rails with their hatred of President George W. Bush.

The crazy was only starting to begin.

Six years later, conservative author David Horowitz warned that criticism of President Barack Obama was approaching ...Read more

Trump has drawn three red lines that are bound to be crossed

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- President Trump's State of the Union speech mostly ignored the world outside of America. He made a few tough statements on things like the Iran deal and Guantanamo and described (accurately) the evil nature of the North Korean regime, but he said very little about his foreign policy. This masks a more dangerous reality. The Trump ...Read more

Trump and his minions can't out-leak the FBI

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Presidents don't win fights with the FBI. Donald Trump apparently wants to learn this lesson the hard way.

Most presidents have had the sense not to bully the FBI by defaming its leaders and -- ridiculously -- painting its agents as leftist political hacks. Most members of Congress have also understood how unwise it would be to ...Read more

Democrats' behavior at the State of the Union was embarrassing

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It gives me no pleasure to say this, but the Democrats' behavior at the State of the Union was embarrassing.

I take a back seat to nobody in decrying President Trump's cynical and divisive performance. He repeatedly exploited Americans' divisions on race, guns, God, immigration -- anything to distract from the broken promises, ...Read more

Trump's speech shows the sorry State of the Union

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"Tonight," Donald Trump said, "I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people."

Who is he kidding?

How dumb does he think we are?

Is this the same man who can't stop tweeting about how Hillary Clinton should be investigated and locked up? Is this the same...Read more

Yes, the president must testify

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Donald Trump tells reporters that he is eager to chat with Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating his campaign's suspected collusion with the Kremlin and his attempts to obstruct that investigation, but his sincerity is in doubt. When he proclaims his willingness to let Mueller question him, "under oath," it sounds like typical Trump ...Read more

A uniquely depressing State of the Union

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- He couldn't help himself.

The White House took pains to say President Trump's State of the Union address would be "unifying" and contain a "bipartisan" tone. Excerpts released before the speech repeated the word "together" three times.

But Trump was still in the first minute of his speech -- 72 words from the start -- when he ...Read more

Instead of seeking 'common ground,' Trump gives a flabby, divisive speech

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

WASHINGTON -- President Trump leaned heavily on the stories of American heroes in his State of the Union address Tuesday night because he didn't have much else to say. From the Coast Guard, the fire departments, the shop floor and many other quarters they came, providing structural support for a flabby speech that was one of the least ...Read more

Sisters are doin' it for us all

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Sisters are doin' it for themselves.

That, you may remember, was the title of a hit 1985 pop song. But 33 years later, pop has become prophecy.

What other conclusion can one draw from the tsunami of woman power now bearing down on us? As chronicled by the New York Times, CNN, NBC News, Time and others, 2018 has brought a record number of women...Read more

Paranoia strikes deep in Trump's politics

From the Left / Clarence Page /

My fellow Americans, the state of our union is (Drumroll, please) paranoid.

The complex of mysteries known as "the Russia investigation" has become tangled up in conspiracy theories voiced by President Donald Trump's Republican allies and his friends in the tabloid sensationalist wing of right-wing media.

The aim is not to find evidence or ...Read more

Trump's America: Open to global capital, not people

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Trump to global CEOs and financiers in Davos, Switzerland, last week: "America is open for business." We're now a great place for you to make money. We've slashed taxes and regulations so you can make a bundle here.

Trump to ambitious young immigrants around the world, including those brought here as children: America is closed. We don't want ...Read more

The State of the Union, in Trump's real words

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday night, the president will read a speech somebody else wrote for him. The pundits will say he sounds presidential. And on Wednesday, Donald Trump will go back to being Donald Trump.

White House officials prepped reporters for Tuesday's performance by saying that President Trump will be "optimistic" as well as "very ...Read more

Trump is trying to Make America White Again

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's immigration proposal reveals what he has been after all along: an end to family-based immigration and the "lottery visa," which would mean fewer Latino, African and Muslim newcomers. And perhaps more Norwegians, if any want to come.

Yes, Trump is trying to Make America White Again. You're probably not surprised. ...Read more

A new Trump is not possible

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

If, as it is said, an infinite number of monkeys pounding on an infinite number of typewriters will eventually produce "Hamlet," then sooner or later Donald Trump was going to deliver an inoffensive speech. By nearly universal agreement, he did so Friday at Davos, but the speech was highly notable in only one respect: It contained no bombastic ...Read more

Hawaii and the politics of war jitters

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

HONOLULU -- Gov. David Ige, who speaks in the quietly measured way of his engineering profession, likes to tout everything Hawaii is doing to battle climate change.

He lights up about the state's Early College initiative that allows high school students to take enough college courses to earn associate degrees along with their secondary school ...Read more

Yankee Doodle

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I am a REAL American.

Whew! Glad we got that out of the way. For a minute there, I thought I might be considered disloyal. You can't go to jail for that yet, but you will.

And why am I busting with American-ness?

Dig it.

My mother's family, the Munroes, were brought to America in the 1600s, before it was America, back when the English ...Read more

What if Donald Trump were smart?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

What if Donald Trump were smart?

It is likely not a question you've given a lot of thought. After all, the urgency of our ongoing disaster leaves little time for speculation. One is too busy tallying up the damage that's happening to worry about the damage that could.

But maybe it's time we did.

Tyrannies, we tend to think, are things that ...Read more

When Trump leaves what will be left of us?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

Someday, likely three years from now, perhaps sooner, perhaps -- gulp -- later, President Trump will depart the stage.

But what will be left of us?

New evidence suggests the damage he is doing to the culture is bigger than the man. A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found that two-thirds of Americans say Trump is not a good role ...Read more


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