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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

Trump’s Clenched Fist Address

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- This will be the presidency of the raised fist, not the outstretched hand.

Inaugural addresses are traditionally occasions of inclusion and healing. In that transformative moment, the new president sheds a partisan identity and assumes the mantle of national leader, president of and for all the people. If any new president should ...Read more

The Art of Journalism in the Age of Trump

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- The approaching presidency of Donald Trump poses daunting challenges for the journalists covering him, not merely because he has described them as dishonest, low-life scum or because of anxiety over whether the new administration will adhere to basic norms of access, such as daily briefings and regular news conferences.

The ...Read more

Does Trump Realize There Can Only be One President at a Time?

From the Left / Ruth Marcus /

WASHINGTON -- One of the hallmarks of our democratic system is its commitment to the peaceful transition of power. This practice comes with two important, linked corollaries that fall under the umbrella that there can be only one president at a time. The first is that the incoming president, especially in the arena of foreign policy, takes care ...Read more

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