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Living the lucky life of a newspaperman

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

EDITORS: Richard Cohen is retiring after four decades in syndication and 51 years at The Washington Post. This is his final column. Note quoted language in last sentence of 8th graf. Until Friday, Oct. 4, you are welcome to run columns by another writer in place of this column. To use a substitute column, first go to syndication.washingtonpost....Read more

Why identity politics is dangerous

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

The best thing the Democratic Party has going for it right now is President Trump. Were he not running for reelection, I might vote for a Republican. It would be only the second time in my life -- I once voted for John Lindsay as mayor of New York -- but that sort of thing would be next to impossible now since liberal Republicans like him exist ...Read more

The mother country teaches Republicans a lesson

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

I'm beginning to think the American Revolution was a mistake. Much would have been different, some things for the better and some for the worse, but at this moment, we'd have politicians willing to resign over matters of principle. Donald Trump would learn the meaning of pride.

As it is, the president has abased his office and the people who ...Read more

A lament for Joe Biden

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

Bid farewell to Joe Biden. I say that with regret, for the former vice president is the nicest of fellows, lacking malice, who likes people and likes doing something for them. Yet, his gaffes continue feeding the impression that he is a touch gaga, and, worse, no one can complete the sentence: "Joe Biden because ... ."

That's not the case with ...Read more

The two Washingtons

From the Left / Richard Cohen /

This is a column about a man named Washington -- not George, but a person named for him: his slave Harry. He had escaped once and been recaptured. Harry lived at Mount Vernon where, eventually, he cared for his master's horses. He later escaped again, this time to join the British army in its effort to suppress the rebellion that his master led....Read more


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