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Tillerson’s Foreign Policy: Russia First

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In New York on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump dismissed as “crap” the intelligence reports suggesting Russia has compromising information on him.

Trump knows this because, as he tweeted, Russia called it “A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION.” And if Vladimir Putin’s government says something, it must be true.

But ...Read more

Members of Congress Are Learning to Play Trump’s Ethical Blame Game

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Here we go, down the rabbit hole.

Donald Trump won the presidency by feeding Americans a diet of falsehoods and fake news, and, when challenged, he lashed out: shouting down the opposition, bullying the accuser and, particularly, blaming the media.

It was inevitable that his success would bring imitators. Now they have arrived, ...Read more

The Farewell Message Obama Wishes He Could Give: ‘You’re Welcome!’

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In the new Disney animated film “Moana,” the once mighty but now fallen demigod Maui, in the voice of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, sings about his earlier triumphs in hopes of earning admiration:

What can I say except you’re welcome

For the tides, the sun, the sky?

Hey, it’s OK, it’s OK

You’re welcome

I’m ...Read more

Trump and Conway’s Transition of Contradictions

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Three weeks ago, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway sat on stage in a hotel ballroom in Washington and praised President Obama’s handling of the transition.

“I was always raised to respect the office of the presidency and its current occupant, and I think that I have done that over the course of my adult life,” she said...Read more

As Trump Prepares His Kissy Face for Putin, a Glimpse into the Dictator’s Soul

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- “Spare us the kissy-face.”

It was June 2001 and I was covering President George W. Bush’s trip to Slovenia, where he had just met Vladimir Putin for the first time. I and others were struck by Bush’s praise for the Russian leader as “trustworthy.” Said Bush: “I was able to get a sense of his soul.”

But back in ...Read more

A New Solution for Trump and His Team: Ignore the Law

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Trump lieutenant Newt Gingrich has proposed an elegant solution for all the conflicts of interest swirling around the president-elect and his team of billionaires: Ignore the law.

President-elect Donald Trump, Gingrich said, should let those in his administration do as they wish with their personal fortunes and business interests ...Read more

James Comey’s Year of Unintended -- and Ruinous -- Consequences

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON --What a year it has been for James Comey!

At the start of 2016, the FBI director enjoyed a reputation as a public servant of high integrity, earning bipartisan acclaim for his stewardship of the nation’s preeminent law enforcement agency.

A year later, the FBI, after a series of blows to its credibility, seems increasingly ...Read more

Trump Voters Didn’t Take Him Literally on Obamacare. Oops?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump’s supporters, in conservative writer Salena Zito’s memorable formulation, take him seriously but not literally.

They will be forgiving if, say, he doesn’t literally get Mexico to pay for a border wall, or if he doesn’t literally ban all Muslims from entering the United States.

But in other areas, Trump’s ...Read more

How Schumer and the Democrats Are Preparing to Fight

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- As of Jan. 20, Chuck Schumer will be the most important Democrat in the land. But spend a few minutes with the incoming Senate minority leader and it’s clear where the real power lies.

I was interviewing the New York Democrat last week when he paused to take a call. It was about an event scheduled for the next day to highlight a...Read more

Kellyanne Conway is Playing the ‘Woman Card’ All Wrong

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, orchestrated the presidential election of a man who:

-- Boasted on videotape, in vulgar terms, about assaulting women.

-- Called women bimbos, pigs, slobs, dogs and hookers, publicly rated their breasts and buttocks and boasted during the campaign about his penis size.

-...Read more

In Trump’s America, ‘Pizzagate’ Could be the New Normal

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I was home with my family Sunday afternoon when an email arrived from a reader with a proposal. He wanted to lynch me.

“Rope, Tree, Journalist,” the man wrote. “Some assembly required.” To this slogan, made popular by T-shirts Donald Trump supporters wore at his rallies, my would-be hangman added his offer: “I will ...Read more

Trump, the Pleaser President-Elect

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It is a sign of how secretive the new administration plans to be that when Donald Trump spoke last week with the Pakistani prime minister, Americans learned what was discussed not from their president-elect but from the oppressive Pakistani government’s Ministry of Information.

Luckily, ministry Press Release No. 298 -- Pakistan...Read more

Stick a Sterling Silver Fork in Trump’s ‘Populism’

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Let them eat cake. Specifically, let them eat Jean-Georges Warm Chocolate Cake.

But let them start with Young Garlic Soup with Thyme and Sauteed Frog Legs.

Let them follow that with Diver Scallops, Caramelized Cauliflower and Caper-Raisin Emulsion.

And let them proceed to Niman Ranch Lamb Chops with Mushroom Bolognese and ...Read more

Trump’s ‘News’ Source: Alien Lizards, Fluoride Mind Control and Voter Fraud

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

“Report: Three Million Votes in Presidential Election Cast by Illegal Aliens; Trump may have won popular vote.”

-- Infowars, website of leading conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Nov. 14

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally....Read more

Democrats Need New Blood

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, will be 77 next year.

Steny Hoyer, her deputy, will be 78.

Jim Clyburn, the No. 3 Democratic leader, will be 77.

Their current ages, if combined, would date back to before 1787, the year George Washington presided over the signing of the Constitution.

It is time for them to go.

...Read more

Journalists Shouldn’t Try to Win a Popularity Contest with Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It was a pathetic spectacle: TV news executives and anchors filing in to Trump Tower on Monday to be the president-elect’s whipping boys.

Donald Trump had summoned them for a talk, but it turned out to be part tongue-lashing, part perp walk. The TV news people had foolishly agreed that the session was “off the record,”...Read more

Trump Needs to Disown His White Nationalist Hangers-On

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I’m afraid I missed the conference of white supremacists in Washington this weekend.

I was hosting my daughter’s bat mitzvah.

But I have a pretty good picture of what happened, because luckily -- for me, if not for them -- several other journalists attended Saturday’s gathering of alt-right leader Richard Spencer’s ...Read more

Trump’s Fake-News Presidency

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- BuzzFeed reported recently that fake news stories about the election generated more engagement on Facebook than the top election stories from 19 major news outlets -- combined.

And that’s not the half of it.

Not only is fake news getting more attention than actual news but the leading purveyor of fake news in the United ...Read more

E Pluribus Chaos

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "We're on the same page with our president-elect," Paul Ryan said this week.

If he believes that, the young House speaker may be in need of a pair of Foster Grants.

On Wednesday afternoon, House Republicans from the hard-line Freedom Caucus assembled for the first time since the election for the monthly "Conversations with ...Read more

Mr. President, why the happy face?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Why is this man smiling?

President Obama's chosen successor suffered a devastating loss last week to a man who made a primary campaign issue of Obama's "disastrous" management of the country. The Democratic Party is in a shambles, outnumbered in state legislatures, governors' mansions, the House and the Senate. Conservative ...Read more

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