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An unsustainable presidency

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- So much for the notion that the second 100 days would be calmer or more reassuring.

As April drew to a close, and with it the artificial marker of the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, it was possible to conjure a relatively comforting scenario: It could have been worse.

After all, President Trump launched his ...Read more

Why didn't Trump want anyone to hear his conversation with Comey?

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- So why did the president ask his vice president and attorney general to leave the room?

The New York Times reports -- and The Washington Post and other news organizations confirm -- that President Trump, at a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey the day after national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned, asked Vice ...Read more

Right or wrong, why now?

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- The news that President Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey left me -- it should leave all Americans -- feeling more than "mildly nauseous."

That was the memorable phrase Comey used last week to describe his feeling that his fateful letter to Congress about Hillary Clinton's emails might have influenced the election. Then, it...Read more

Ivanka Trump's book of platitudes

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump's new book came out last week, and, what with all the focus on her father's step toward yanking health care from millions of people and his fulminating about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War, "Women Who Work" didn't receive the attention it deserves.

OK, maybe it did. As its acerbic reviewers have observed, the book ...Read more

Trump’s Preposterous Rationale for Revoking Transgender Bathroom Rights

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration’s move to rescind bathroom access protections for transgender students rests on the idea that school bathroom policies are “a states’ rights issue,” as White House press secretary Sean Spicer has explained, and that, in any event, it is “preposterous on its face” that the authors of the federal ...Read more

Can this White House Cancer be Managed?

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- On March 21, 1973, White House counsel John Dean confronted President Richard Nixon about the growing Watergate scandal. “We have a cancer -- within, close to the presidency, that’s growing,” Dean warned. “It’s growing daily.”

Dean’s famous metaphor is relevant to the Trump administration -- not because the risk is ...Read more

Please Don’t Retire, Justice Kennedy

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

This is a column on a subject of broad public interest but with a single reader in mind: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Justice Kennedy, if you’re reading this, my message is simple: Please don’t retire. It could put your legacy at risk; even more, it would be terrible for the country at a moment that demands healing, not another bitter ...Read more

The President’s Alarmingly Erratic First Week

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- Week One of the Trump administration was among the most alarming in the history of the American presidency.

There have been scarier weeks for the country, certainly -- the Cuban missile crisis and the Sept. 11 attacks. There have been more tragic ones -- the Sept. 11 attacks again, the terrible toll of wartime, the horror of four ...Read more

 

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