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Actually, Mueller's 'witch hunt' is bagging flesh-and-blood villains

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Congratulations, America, indeed.

President Trump was being sarcastic when he tweeted, at 7:28 Thursday morning, "Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History ... and there is still No Collusion and No Obstruction."

A year into the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller,...Read more

Buying Trump's narrative would make chumps of us all

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- We're missing something important, indeed fundamental, in all the legal-political chatter about whether Donald Trump will answer questions from the special counsel and what might happen if the president refuses.

We need to keep in mind: This is the president, not an ordinary witness -- or, to be more precise, ordinary subject -- ...Read more

Hear something, say something -- but keep a sense of proportion

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- "Ladies' lingerie." It was a lame, outmoded joke -- the sort of thing you say in a crowded elevator, an artifact of the days of fancy department stores with operators announcing the floor stops.

Those two words -- the speaker remembers saying "ladies' lingerie," a passenger who was offended recalls hearing "women's lingerie" -- ...Read more

Trump's trickle-down decency deficit

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON --The nation's capital today suffers from multiple deficits: The budget deficit, a failure to match resources to appetite, measured in hard dollars and red ink. The institutional deficit, the misalignment of national needs and political capacity to respond, displayed in legislative gridlock and partisan bickering. But also, and maybe ...Read more

Echoes of Barbara Bush in this past week's three heroines

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Something tells me that Barbara Bush would have enjoyed reading the news over the last week -- and I don't mean the glowing tributes to the former first lady. No, some of the rest of the news, about who in the Trump administration is confused about what; about the nerves-of-steel pilot who brought a crippled airliner to safety; ...Read more

Why the usual political gravity hasn't grounded Greitens and Pruitt

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- It feels some days as if the ordinary laws of political physics have been suspended. Politics operates by unseen but generally predictable forces. Go too far and the mechanism of political gravity will bring you down.

Not now. Not reliably, anyway. This unsettling development has manifested itself, most recently, in the otherwise ...Read more

Firing Mueller would only make things worse for Trump

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- "An attack on our country," a clearly agitated President Trump said of the search of his attorney's office and home. Of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Trump said, "Many people have said, 'You should fire [Mueller].'"

Many people are wrong, actually. They suffer from an inability, chronic in this administration, to see two ...Read more

Williamson isn't politically correct, but he is intellectually honest

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Brace yourselves, readers. I write today in defense of Kevin Williamson, with whom I could not disagree more.

Williamson, if you haven't heard of him, is a relentlessly, seemingly compulsively provocative conservative writer who was hired away from National Review by The Atlantic to help staff its new opinions roster. That ...Read more

Trump's dangerous approach to the Supreme Court

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- So much for judges calling balls and strikes.

President Trump tweeted the other day about the call by retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens to repeal the Second Amendment. (A dumb idea, by the way: won't happen, isn't necessary, wouldn't work).

This was Trump's take: "THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED! As much...Read more

Why women -- not the government -- need the right to choose

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Cathy McMorris Rodgers serves as chair of the House Republican Conference, which puts her in charge of the congressional GOP's messaging. McMorris Rodgers is also the proud mother of a 10-year-old who has Down syndrome, which makes it unsurprising that McMorris Rodgers directed an unhappy message my way after a column about state ...Read more

Presidents can't buy their way out of trouble

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Over the years, Donald Trump honed what seemed like a foolproof method for bad behavior with few consequences: Bully and buy your way out of trouble. A favorite Trump tactic, whether you were a Trump Organization employee, Trump campaign aide or Trump wife, involved the nondisclosure agreement, with the accompanying threat of ...Read more

Decisions about Down syndrome pregnancies belong to the mothers, not the government

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- There is a new push in anti-abortion circles to pass state laws aimed at barring women from terminating their pregnancies after the fetus has been determined to have Down syndrome. These laws are unconstitutional, unenforceable -- and wrong.

This is a difficult subject to discuss because there are so many parents who have -- and ...Read more

You the reader are being denied due process

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- The notion of due process has been much in the news, thanks to President Trump, whose devotion to fairness is characteristically situational: He's all for due process when it comes to alleged spouse abusers or sexual harassers; less so, maybe, for gun owners. But as is too often true in the age of Trump, the president's antics ...Read more

Ivanka Trump's chronic problem

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

Ivanka Trump tells us -- tells NBC's Peter Alexander, to be precise -- that it is a "pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter" whether she believes her father's alleged, and denied, sexual abuse and harassment. "I know my father," she added. "So I think I have that right as a daughter to believe my father."

Okay, I'm a daughter, too, and...Read more

It's past time to hear from the president himself

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- It's been more than a year since Donald Trump held his one and only full-fledged news conference as president. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders emerges occasionally to not-answer questions, but it is past time to hear from the president himself. Here is a partial list of questions:

Mr. President, you said the ...Read more

The age of Trump induces Reagan nostalgia

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- A Presidents' Day weekend visit to the Ronald Reagan presidential library here provoked an unfamiliar and unexpected emotion: Reagan nostalgia.

Seriously. I was a young reporter in Washington, fresh out of college, when Reagan was elected. It felt like nothing less than a hostile takeover of the government. The Reagan ...Read more

Trump's staggering dereliction of duty

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- National security adviser H.R. McMaster is in the news -- and apparently in the presidential doghouse -- for stating the obvious: that evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election is "now really incontrovertible." So it is appropriate to take, as this column's theme, the title of McMaster's book on the Vietnam war, "...Read more

Trump says he's concerned about due process. Since when?

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

Spare us, please, from listening to lectures about due process from President Trump.

"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new," Trump tweeted Saturday morning, combining his trademark ignorance of proper punctuation with a strange echo of Dr. Seuss's "...Read more

Trump and Kelly deserve one another

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- In the spirit of the Olympics, it has long been clear who takes the gold medal for worst performer in the White House. (Hint: his office has no corners.) Now, it's time to award the silver medal to an unexpected choice: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Kelly's triumph, such as it is, comes after serious contenders were ...Read more

How was this man allowed to keep his White House job?

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Look at the picture. Really. Look at the picture. The women's eye socket is the sickly green-yellow of a healing bruise. Around the eyelid, and in a sickening swoosh underneath, there is the deep plum of blood pooling around broken capillaries.

The picture (, if you haven't seen it, shows Colbie Holderness, ...Read more


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