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Marianne Williamson won't be president. But her 2020 competitors should take note.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Marianne Williamson for president!

It is perhaps not the best sign for Democratic prospects in the 2020 election that on a stage packed with senators, governors and the odd congressman and mayor, the one who repeatedly soared above the others Tuesday night was the New Age author and spiritual adviser to Cher.

But, again and again...Read more

The first night of the CNN debate showed just how fractious the Democratic primary fight may get

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

It was the Detroit Donnybrook. Tuesday's Democratic debate was choppy but passionate, opening up wide philosophical divisions within the party's presidential field and providing sound bites critical of progressive ideas and candidates that Republicans are certain to use in 2020.

Moderate candidates trailing in the polls went in determined to ...Read more

Trump framing election as a referendum on white people

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

If you are a regular here, you may have heard this story before. But it bears repeating.

In 1958, George Wallace ran for governor of Alabama against John Patterson, a fire-breathing segregationist. Wallace, though also a segregationist, was considered enough of a racial moderate to be endorsed by the politics/fromtheleft/leonardpittsjr/s-2255840">Read more

Will voters fall for Trump's identity politics?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I'll say this -- and it's not much -- about President Donald Trump's incendiary tweet attacks at Rep. Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore: At least, for a change, he's laid off my beloved Chicago.

The Republican president has treated Chicago, hometown of his predecessor President Barack Obama, as his favorite symbol of "American carnage,"...Read more

It is time to deport Baltimore

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I'm sorry to be the one to say this, but somebody has to: We are going to have to deport Baltimore.

I'm not naive. I know that deporting the Maryland city, which itself is one of America's busiest ports, will be a logistical headache. And yet, it could not be clearer that Baltimore has no place in President Trump's America.

The ...Read more

Trump's appeals to racism reveal his fear of losing the election

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's decision to put away his racist dog whistle and bring out his racist bullhorn has just one plausible explanation: desperation.

Disregard, as usual, what Trump claims about his political standing and his prospects for winning a second term. He is acting as if he knows he is likely to lose the election, perhaps by ...Read more

Trump, Impeachment and #MoscowMitch

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

WASHINGTON -- Nothing unites Democrats more than a deep belief that President Trump must be driven from office. And right now, nothing divides Democrats more than finding the best way to bring this about.

Trump is not a political genius. He is president because of our outdated and undemocratic Electoral College. What he is skilled at is taking ...Read more

Two Words, Chanted

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

If we can't chant it, we don't want it.

Doesn't rhyme. Doesn't have to. It's too long anyway.

Like "Yankees Suck" or "Sieg Heil," what you want in a chant is brevity. If possible, two words, maybe three words.

"Couldn't arrest him because he's a sitting president," can't be chanted, so it's no good.

"Lock her up!" Now, there's a chant. It'...Read more

When it comes to Russia, McConnell is no patriot

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset.

This doesn't mean he's a spy, but neither is it a flip accusation. Russia attacked our country in 2016. It is attacking us today. Its attacks will intensify in 2020. Yet each time we try to raise our defenses to repel the attack, McConnell, the Senate majority leader, blocks us from defending ...Read more

It never should have come to this

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"Hold tight to your anger, don't fall to your fears."

Bruce Springsteen, "Wrecking Ball"

It never should have come to this.

The first responders who, on a September morning 18 years ago, rushed into toxic clouds that once had been the World Trade Center never should have been put through bureaucratic hell. Sick and dying because they answered...Read more

Can Democrats ever get to the fourth stage?

From the Left / Mark Shields /

It is time to remind ourselves of the Four Stages of Political Defeat and whether the losing side -- in this case, the Democrats who suffered an unexpected and stinging rebuke in 2016 -- will be able to recover and compete.

Because political parties are composed of human beings, when a party loses a big election, there is an understandable ...Read more

It's not me, it is hotter than usual

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On the day I left Paris (after a well-timed visit to my daughter), the temperature was 96 degrees Fahrenheit, and it was still morning. That day, it climbed to 104; the next day was the hottest in France in recorded history.

Unlike the United States, where I mostly need a jacket to deal with summer air conditioning (perfect for a man in a suit)...Read more

Trump budget deal shows the tea party is very dead

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Ah, memories. Remember how presidential candidate Donald Trump grandly promised to eliminate the federal debt in eight years? That's a memory he apparently hopes we forget.

You could hear that in the absence of "debt" or "deficit" in the high praise he enthusiastically tweeted Thursday ("I am totally with you!") for the two-year budget deal ...Read more

Boris Johnson will accelerate the decline of Europe

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Britain has a new prime minister, and Donald Trump approves. "He's tough and he's smart," Trump said of Boris Johnson. "They call him 'Britain Trump.' And people are saying that's a good thing. They like me over there." In fact, according to YouGov, only 21% of Britons have a favorable view of Trump, while 67% have a negative view. (...Read more

After Mueller, Trump's wrecking ball keeps swinging

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Robert Mueller testified before Congress Wednesday. Meanwhile, out there in the real world:

-- A federal judge in California was issuing an injunction blocking a new Trump administration policy that would have flatly denied most Central American migrants the right to lawfully seek asylum at the southern border.

-- Attorney ...Read more

Democrats, get out of your own way

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Robert Mueller's testimony disappointed anyone seeking drama, but his performance isn't the problem. What keeps congressional Democrats from fulfilling their constitutional duty to confront a lawless president is their own political inertia.

In his own careful and stolid way, Mueller laid out the facts and arguments provided in his 448-page ...Read more

Pa'lante Puerto Rico

From the Left / Amy Goodman /

Just before midnight on Wednesday, Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rossello announced in a prerecorded video message that he would resign, effective Friday, Aug. 2. This capped close to two weeks of nonstop protests.

In Old San Juan, cries of "!Ricky Renuncia!" had been ringing out alongside the traditional refrain, "!Pa'lante!" The first was a ...Read more

Republicans make it clear: They're lying about Trump's innocence

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

WASHINGTON -- President Trump and his Republican apologists -- including his defense lawyer who moonlights as the nation's attorney general -- do not believe a single word they have said about former special counsel Robert Mueller's report. The GOP has claimed that it shows "no collusion, no obstruction." But their behavior at Wednesday's ...Read more

Honorary whiteness must be one powerful drug

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

You had to become an "honorary white."

That was the status South Africa used to bestow upon black performers from the United States who visited the apartheid regime. The O'Jays, Tina Turner, Ray Charles and Eartha Kitt were among those who received that designation, allowing them access to hotels and restaurants from which black Africans were ...Read more

Chicago's 1919 race riots, and their resonance today

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It's not healthy to repress bad memories, yet we always try.

Perhaps that explains why Chicagoans have not memorialized the city's 1919 race riots, which erupted 100 years ago this week, very much.

Even the Fort Dearborn Massacre, a 15-minute battle in 1812 that U.S. soldiers lost to the Potawatomi Native Americans, has its own park and a ...Read more


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