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From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I am late to write this week. I finally caught the bug that has been tearing families apart, turning friends against each other, hitting as many as half of all Americans.

Trumpitis. A disease. A syndrome.

I've tried to avoid it -- to immunize myself. Listen to a lot of music. Smile at people in the market, but try not to engage. "Yes, indeed...Read more

Russia's not meddling? Then explain Maria Butina.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The yawning gap between the world as it exists and the world as President Trump sees it was on vivid display Wednesday.

A few minutes after noon, reporters in the White House were being ushered out of a Cabinet meeting they had been allowed to witness. One called out a question: "Is Russia still targeting the U.S., Mr. President?"...Read more

Two cheers for democratic socialists

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

WASHINGTON -- "Socialism has known increments of success, basic failure and massive betrayal. Yet it is more relevant to the humane construction of the twenty-first century than any other idea."

With those words, the late Michael Harrington began his book "Socialism," published in 1972. In his day, Harrington was often called "America's leading...Read more

They swore an oath to defend this country

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Donald Trump's performance in Helsinki was certainly historic. On no other occasion since the founding of this country has an American president publicly demonstrated that he is a witting agent of a hostile foreign power -- even as that country's authoritarian ruler smirked beside him.

Standing at the podium with Vladimir Putin, Trump brazenly ...Read more

Donald Trump's politics of tribalism

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Donald Trump's claim that immigration is negatively "changing the culture" of Europe may be his ugliest racial-ethnic dog whistle yet. But it points to a disturbing trend. He's cozying up not only to Russia's Vladimir Putin but with rising far-right, populist ethno-nationalism across Europe.

In a news conference with the United Kingdom's Prime ...Read more

Spare me your shock at Trump's sellout to Putin

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"Lawmakers in both major parties and former intelligence officials appeared shocked ..."

--The Chicago Tribune

"U.S. lawmakers of both political parties reacted with shock ..."

--Voice of America

"Some of Mr. Trump's own advisers privately said they were shocked ..."

--...Read more

How to stop Trump's lie machine

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

As the political season heats up, Donald Trump is ramping up his lies through three amplifiers: his rallies, Fox News and his Twitter account.

The three function as a big propaganda machine.

According to the Fact Checker's database, the average daily rate of Trump's false or misleading claims is climbing.

The problem isn't just the number or ...Read more

We are a deeply stupid country

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- My fellow Americans, we are a deeply stupid nation.

I know this must be the case because President Trump has repeatedly informed us that we are a "stupid country" -- he offered this opinion on at least nine occasions since he launched his campaign for the presidency -- and he should know. As he reminded us after his NATO meeting ...Read more

What Donald Trump shares with Frank Sinatra

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

Franklin Roosevelt had "Happy Days Are Here Again," Harry Truman had "I'm Just Wild About Harry," John Kennedy had "High Hopes," Richard Nixon had the unsingable "Nixon's The One," and Barack Obama had several theme songs, but none that stick. That is the case, too, with Donald Trump. He's tried the Rolling Stones hit "You Can't Always Get What ...Read more

If you work for Trump, quit now

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Everyone who works for President Trump: Quit now. Save your souls. Save your honor, such as it is. Save your reputation, such as it remains. Russia attacked our democracy. Trump has demonstrated repeatedly, and did so again with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, that he doesn't care and won't defend his country.

If you...Read more

Trump's kowtowing only strengthens 'Vladimir the Great'

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is succeeding wildly in one clear, if unannounced, objective: to Make Russia Great Again.

Trump's summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin went a long way toward achieving Putin's most cherished goal, which is to return his vast and complicated nation to the exalted geopolitical status it long ...Read more

Will the blue wave start in Jersey?

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

BORDENTOWN, N.J. -- "Do you feel like there is a steady hand at the wheel? Do you feel like you're in good hands right now?"

Andy Kim, a Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur for a congressional seat in south-central New Jersey, sees these questions as pivotal to November's election. They are singularly appropriate after a week of ...Read more

"This is our president. Isn't he nice and white?"

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Somebody once told me olive oil was a good thing to put in your body, so for six months, I got up in the morning, poured myself a shot glass full of olive oil, and banged it back like a shot of whiskey. Then, I made coffee.

I proudly told the woman who gave me the olive oil tip what I was doing.

"My God!" she said. "You're drinking it?"

"You ...Read more

Under unchecked power, no one is safe

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

They did not have to die.

That's the bitter truth. Katie Sasser and her friend John Hall would likely still be alive if cops and prosecutors in Glynn County, Georgia, had done their jobs. But they were more interested in protecting one of their own. So Sasser and Hall were shot to death in June by Sasser's estranged husband, Robert C. Sasser. ...Read more

The ritual humiliation of Peter Strzok

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

They stuck with Donald Trump when he was heard, on video, boasting about sexually assaulting women. They stuck with him still when he acknowledged paying hush money to a porn actress who alleged an affair.

But this last week, congressional Republicans, determined to discredit the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III into Russia's interference...Read more

Would a Justice Kavanaugh channel Rehnquist and Scalia?

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Brett Kavanaugh describes Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom he clerked and whose seat he has been tapped to fill, as his "mentor." But Kavanaugh's true judicial role models may be two other, significantly more conservative justices -- William Rehnquist and Antonin Scalia.

As it happens, Kavanaugh gave speeches last year about each...Read more

Chico Marx for President

From the Left / Mark Shields /

In a scene in the 1933 film "Duck Soup," the character played by Chico, the most underrated of the funny Marx Brothers, is dressed like another character, and when the other man leaves the room, the woman who remains is surprised to see Chico. She tells him she saw him leave. Chico's response remains a classic in the annals of truth evasion: "...Read more

Trump knows the GOP base is ripe for an ideological revolution

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- President Trump's trip to Europe is being portrayed by both him and his critics as revolutionary. He tells us that he single-handedly and miraculously got members of NATO to increase their defense spending sharply. His critics claim that he single-handedly wrecked the Western alliance by sowing doubt and discord among America's ...Read more

How does kidnapping children make America great again?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's kidnapping -- that's the proper word -- of the children of would-be migrants should be seen as an ongoing criminal conspiracy. Somebody ought to go to jail.

Under a federal court order, all 103 children under the age of 5 who were taken from their families at the border were supposed to be returned by ...Read more

Look what crawled out from under Trump's rock

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Behold, a new breed of Republican for the Trump era.

Seth Grossman won the Republican primary last month for a competitive House seat in New Jersey, running on the message "Support Trump/Make America Great Again." The National Republican Congressional Committee endorsed him.

Then, a video surfaced, courtesy of American Bridge, a ...Read more


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