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Trump is Wrong About Black America

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Lewis is the son of sharecroppers. As a child, he wanted to be a preacher; he practiced by delivering fiery sermons to the family’s chickens. But history had other plans for him: lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a seat in Congress representing most of Atlanta. No ...Read more

The Obamas Leave An Image That Will Never Fade

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Hold on to one image from President Obama’s farewell address: The president using his handkerchief to wipe a tear from his eye as he thanked Michelle Obama for her grace and forbearance.

The first lady was holding back tears, too, as was her daughter Malia. Politics aside, it was a touching moment in the life of a family we have...Read more

Trump’s Twitter Tantrums Are a Message of Weakness

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Seriously? Is President-elect Donald Trump so thin-skinned that even criticism from Meryl Streep triggers a nasty, over-the-top response? What kind of crybaby have Americans elected as their leader?

“One of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood,” Trump absurdly called the most acclaimed actress of our time, demonstrating ...Read more

What’s the Deal with Trump and Russia?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Coming from a presidential candidate, Donald Trump’s misty-eyed admiration of Russia and its autocratic leader was weird. Coming from a president-elect, it’s nothing short of alarming.

I repeat the questions I asked back in September: What’s the deal with Trump and Russia? Does he have financial entanglements with Russian ...Read more

What Kind of Democracy Will Israel Be?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The opportunity for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may already have expired. The question going forward, then, is what kind of democracy Israel intends to be.

The Obama administration’s frustration with the situation is understandable. The continued building of Israeli settlements in the occupied West ...Read more

Who in the Republican Party Will Stand up to Trump?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump’s victory tour was more than just an opportunity to strut and preen around the country like a peacock with a comb-over. It was a warning to Republican leaders in Congress that Trump intends to be in charge -- and that there will be consequences if the party establishment does not fall in line.

The ...Read more

If Trump Stands Athwart Progress on Climate Change, He’ll Be in For a fight

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The incoming Trump administration will face passionate and hostile resistance if it tries to deny the reality of human-induced climate change. We can already hear the drums of war.

-- The Department of Energy flatly denied a demand from the Trump transition team to supply the names of employees or contractors who have participated...Read more

Donald Trump’s Strange Defense of Russia

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Good lord. We are about to inaugurate as president a man whose election, according to the CIA, was aided by a Russian intelligence operation. Try as we might, we cannot pretend this didn’t happen.

We can’t ignore outrageous interference by an adversarial foreign power because President-elect Donald Trump’s actions question ...Read more

What Does it Take to Get a Police Officer Punished for Killing an Unarmed Black Man?

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Watch the video. Walter Scott, unarmed and slow of foot, tries to run away. Police officer Michael Slager calmly fires five rounds into Scott’s back. Later, Slager approaches Scott’s body, not to give first aid but apparently to plant evidence of a struggle that never took place.

Now tell me: How cheap is black life in these ...Read more

The Proliferation of Fake News Presents Real Perils

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Fake news leads eventually to real tragedy. It almost got there Sunday when an idiot brought a loaded assault rifle into a Washington pizzeria, firing at least one shot, in an attempt to “self-investigate” a preposterous made-up conspiracy theory.

No one was hurt -- this time. But the same kind of thing will happen again, ...Read more

A Government Of, By and For Corporate America

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump promised to punish U.S. companies that ship manufacturing jobs out of the country. Instead, judging from the way he has handled Carrier, he plans to reward them. Quite handsomely, in fact.

As should be standard practice with Trump, pay attention to the substance, not the theater. United Technologies, ...Read more

Trump Should Support the Cuba Deal

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- At long last, Fidel Castro is dead. Now the oppressive system he installed in Cuba can wither and die, too -- unless Donald Trump reverts to Cold War policies and gives Cuba’s failing dictatorship new life.

It is tempting to see Castro’s death as little more than a formality. After all, his brother Raul has been running ...Read more

Far From Draining the Swamp, Trump Seems Poised to Deepen the Muck

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- It is our duty to demand ethical integrity from our presidents, and Donald Trump cannot be allowed to make himself an exception.

He is already trying hard to do so.

Amid the hustle and bustle of his transition, according to The New York Times, President-elect Trump found time last week for a visit from the Indian partners with ...Read more

The Democrats Must Learn From the GOP and Rebuild

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party is fractured by ideological divisions, led by an inexperienced and unpredictable president-elect, and quite possibly headed for a fratricidal civil war. The Democratic Party should be so lucky.

There is much unpleasant reality for Democrats to deal with right now, starting with this: The GOP controls virtually...Read more

I wish President Trump failure

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- The people chose Hillary Clinton. But it's the electoral vote that counts, not the popular vote, so Donald Trump will be president. And no, I'm not over it.

No one should be over it. No one should pretend that Trump will be a normal president. No one should forget the bigotry and racism of his campaign, the naked appeals to white ...Read more

The American experiment will soon be put to the test

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- What happens when the factories and the steel mills don't come back? When the coal mines fail to reopen? When both a tightfisted Congress and the government of Mexico refuse to pay for his boondoggle of a border wall?

When the president-elect, Donald Trump, takes office and has to confront inconvenient reality, how will he react? ...Read more

Comey's Damage Can't Be Undone

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- So all the over-the-top histrionics about Hillary Clinton's emails amounted, in the end, to nothing, nada, zilch. Next to the word "fiasco" in the dictionary should be a picture of FBI Director James Comey.

Should his picture be next to the word "catastrophe" as well? Did Comey's 10th- and 11th-hour letters to Congress -- one ...Read more

President Havoc

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- This is no ordinary election. Time for a reminder of what's at stake:

Climate policy and the clean-energy economy: For anyone who accepts the scientific consensus that global warming poses a clear and present danger, there is only one choice. Hillary Clinton will continue along the path laid out by President Obama and other...Read more

Breathe Deeply, Then Go Vote

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- Take a deep breath. Exhale. Repeat, until the anxiety attack passes. Then go vote, and soon our long national nightmare will be over.

FBI Director James Comey's "October surprise" decision to cast last-minute shade over Hillary Clinton, based on emails he and his agents had not even read, was appallingly unfair. But there's ...Read more

And The 'Mr. Deplorable" Prize Goes To ...

From the Left / Eugene Robinson /

WASHINGTON -- If Donald Trump's presidential campaign were one of his beauty pageants, instead of a "Miss Congeniality" consolation prize there would have to be a "Mr. or Ms. Deplorable." According to my scorecard, the winner is Rudy Giuliani.

Trump is the master of ceremonies, so he's ineligible. The competition among his enablers -- to see ...Read more

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