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Are we now at risk of overreacting to sexual harassment?

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- The national debate over sexual harassment and sexual assault has reached an important and precarious moment as it shifts from what behavior is acceptable to what punishment is warranted. Having underreacted for too long, are we now at risk of overreacting?

The welcome news is that society seems to have reached closure -- if not ...Read more

How 'Fiddler on the Roof' explains the GOP tax bill

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- The supposed price tag for the Republican tax bill is $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Republicans would have you believe that the measure would sprinkle enough magical growth dust throughout the economy to wipe out that cost. Don't believe them, but also: Don't believe for a moment that the bill would cost a mere -- mere! -- $1.5 ...Read more

If Republicans believe Moore's accusers, why not Trump's?

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Question for Republicans: If you believe the women now, why didn't you believe the women then?

Specifically, if you believe the women accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, why did you ignore the women who accused presidential candidate Donald Trump? If you're troubled by Moore's alleged behavior, why were you so nonchalant ...Read more

Blaming the messenger doesn't make the message untrue

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- A mere allegation. If true.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, she who has encountered no argument too weak to embrace, had this to say about allegations that Republican senate candidate Roy Moore molested a 14-year-old girl: "Like most Americans the president believes we cannot allow a mere allegation, in this ...Read more

Mr. President, America's criminal justice system is no joke

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's attitude toward the criminal justice system has long blended ignorance with contempt for constitutional values. That ugly mixture was on full display after New York suffered its worst terrorist attack since 9/11 and special counsel Robert Mueller unveiled his first indictments.

The president's instinctive ...Read more

History belies theory that tax cuts magically pay for themselves

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is promising "massive tax cuts," "historic tax cuts," the "largest tax cut in our country's history." So this might be a good time to point out: The country doesn't need a tax cut.

Of course, we should have a saner tax system, one less riddled with needless complexities. Most immediately, we should have a saner ...Read more

Pregnant immigrant is being held hostage by anti-abortion zealots in government

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- All the Trump administration/"Handmaid's Tale" comparisons seemed overwrought. Then came J.D.

She is a 17-year-old detained by federal authorities after illegally crossing the border in Texas without her parents, who she claims abused her. She is also pregnant -- 15 weeks and counting -- and wants an abortion. In fact, she's been ...Read more

Gen. Kelly, women should be seen as equal, not 'sacred'

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- John Kelly had me at the ice. He lost me at the women.

Standing at the podium, in a briefing room that has rarely been so hushed, the White House chief of staff described how the bodies of fallen soldiers are packed in ice, not once but twice, to preserve them on their journey home. Soldiers, he could have said but didn't need to,...Read more

The gauzy language of therapy doesn't excuse Weinstein's conduct

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- One of the most repulsive aspects of the Harvey Weinstein scandal -- and, oh, so many to choose from -- is the attempted medicalization of evil.

In this convenient, entitled telling, Weinstein's alleged use of his industry power and physical force to coerce women into sexual activity is not to be understood as inappropriate and ...Read more

Calibrating outrage in the age of Trump

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- The week that was:

Last Sunday, President Trump once again publicly humiliated his secretary of state, this time tweeting that Rex Tillerson was "wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man."

On Tuesday, the president tossed rolls of paper towels to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico like T-shirts at a sporting ...Read more

GOP needs more Corkers, fewer Moores

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Shortly after Bob Corker was elected to the Senate in 2006, I found myself seated next to the Tennessee Republican at a dinner. Corker's race against Harold Ford Jr. had included a Republican National Committee ad with ugly racial overtones, and I asked the new senator what he had learned about running against an African-American ...Read more

Campuses need fairer system for policing sexual assaults

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- There is no reason to trust the Trump administration and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos when it comes to policing sexual assault on college campuses. Actually, make that stronger: There is every reason not to trust.

Not only because of the president's own words and behavior, but because of the dismissive comments of the ...Read more

Trump has disingenuously downplayed his financial interests in Russia

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- There comes a point in the unspooling of every complex political-financial-legal scandal when the story becomes so complicated that it's easy to lose the thread of what matters. The facts dribble out, in ever more confusing increments. The lengthy cast of characters resembles a Russian novel. Competing news demands our attention.

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Let Trump be Trump, except on foreign policy

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- White House chief of staff John Kelly needs to draw a red line. Not with North Korea, but with President Trump. For the sake of Kelly's own reputation but even more for the sake of the country, there can be no more presidential improv on the subject of North Korea or military threats in general.

This red line should be both ...Read more

A one-man assault on the rule of law

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Scary question of the day: If this is how President Trump reacts to news of a federal grand jury being employed in the Russia investigation, what happens if things turn really serious?

Reports that special counsel Robert Mueller is using a grand jury to collect evidence reaffirmed what was already obvious to legal observers: This ...Read more

Parents should be repulsed by Trump's playing of the father card

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- "The president weighed in just as any father would, based on the limited information that he had," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, effectively confirming The Washington Post's report that President Trump personally drafted Donald Trump Jr.'s misleading statement about his meeting with a Russian lawyer ...Read more

White House down

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- The Trump White House is imploding. The only real thing to debate in that sentence is the tense. "Has imploded" is certainly arguable. Still, as the events of the last few days have shown, implosion, in politics as in physics, is not a moment but a process. The damage continues. It builds on itself as the edifice collapses.

The ...Read more

Attorney General Sessions: Please don't resign

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Words I never imagined typing: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, please stay.

It's obvious that President Trump wants you to go. He and his aides have made that blindingly, humiliatingly clear. But it's also obvious that Trump does not want to do the deed himself.

You may be a dead attorney general walking. Still, don't make the ...Read more


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