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Ben Carson's Version of Himself

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- By Ben Carson, who formally announced his run for the presidency Monday, is a brilliant surgeon, gifted storyteller and charismatic speaker. But modesty is not among his talents.

The retired Johns Hopkins professor's launch video, nearly five minutes long, positions the aspiring Republican presidential nominee right alongside ...Read more

Clinton's Democratic Opponents Need to Smoke Her Out

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton has had some bad luck lately with revelations about her secret email server and foreign contributors to the Clinton Foundation. But in one crucial area, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination has been blessed with abundant good fortune: her opponents.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Thursday ...Read more

'Love Conquers hate'

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The biblical-marriage demonstrators were outnumbered 5-to-1 or more outside the Supreme Court Tuesday morning, but they were not lacking in vitriol or vulgarity.

"Homo Sex is Sin," proclaimed one banner. A sign showed stick figures in an anal-sex position and the words "Fag is Sin." "Dirty Homo, Stop Sinning," proclaimed another ...Read more

Billionaire Politics

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican presidential candidates are set to crucify each other on crosses of gold.

GOP leaders exulted a few years ago when the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other decisions invited the rich to pour unlimited sums into political campaigns -- and they are, by the billions of dollars.

But the Law of Unintended ...Read more

The TPP is an abomination

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- No, President Obama, Elizabeth Warren isn't wrong.

Obama told MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Tuesday that the populist Democratic senator from Massachusetts is in error in opposing a free-trade agreement his administration negotiated with 11 other Pacific nations.

Warren is right: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an abomination ...Read more

A House Republican Steps to the Pulpit

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Michigan Republican Tim Walberg was a Christian minister before winning election to Congress in 2010 -- and he hasn't entirely changed jobs.

In a rare Tuesday-night committee meeting at which House Republicans advanced a bill curtailing reproductive rights, Walberg took the even rarer step of lecturing his colleagues on Scripture....Read more

The Right's New Claim: Same-Sex Marriage is Deadly

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- As the Supreme Court prepares to take up same-sex marriage next week, conservative scholars have produced a last-ditch argument to keep the scourge of homosexual unions from spreading across the land: Gay marriage kills.

They're saying that legalizing same-sex marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.

The logic is about as obvious ...Read more

America's New Cycle of Partisan Hatred

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- After a political rally last week in which Democrats criticized the Obama administration for siding with Republicans on trade, I had a talk about the future of the party with Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat who is one of the most ferocious partisans in the House.

It does no good, he told me, for Democrats to "pretend to be ...Read more

Pop Goes the Democratic Party

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It was another one of those rallies on Capitol Hill where lawmakers line up to take shots at the Obama administration. But this time the lawmakers were all Democrats.

A quartet of senators and a dozen members of the House took the stage in a park across from the Capitol midday Wednesday to join hundreds of steelworkers, union ...Read more

The GOP Push for a Permanent Aristocracy

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Give credit to Republicans in Congress.

They've discovered, belatedly, that income inequality is a problem, and they're no longer proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. Now they are proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest two-tenths of 1 percent of Americans.

On Tuesday afternoon, the House ...Read more

GOP Awash in Contradictions on Iran

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In the 1980s, Ollie North and Fawn Hall gave us the Iran-contra affair. Now we're experiencing the Iran-contradiction affair.

A week ago, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., went on television and proposed abandoning the nuclear deal just reached with Iran and returning to the 2013 interim agreement that started the talks. "What I would ...Read more

The Sugar Lobby's Sweet Talk

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Our mothers told us: Sugar is filled with "empty calories," and it can rot your teeth, make you fat and give you diabetes.

They told us this because, unfortunately, it's true. But this is Washington, and things operate here much like in Willy Wonka's world of "Pure Imagination," where fantasies become real simply by wishing them: ...Read more

Climate-Change Deniers in Retreat

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- There is no denying it: Climate-change deniers are in retreat.

What began as a subtle shift away from the claim that man-made global warming is not a threat to the planet has lately turned into a stampede. The latest attempt to deny denial comes from the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, a powerful group that ...Read more

Bob Menendez Should Resign

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Bob Menendez doesn't belong in the U.S. Senate.

It's not just the New Jersey Democrat's 14-count indictment Wednesday on corruption charges, though that's plenty damning. As bad is the appalling way in which he responded: with a political rally to kick off a campaign against the Justice Department in which Menendez plays the ...Read more

For John Bolton, War is the Answer

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- After the horrors of the Iraq War, some former Bush administration officials pursued healing activities. Donald Rumsfeld set up a foundation, and White House chief of staff Josh Bolten has done philanthropic work overseas. Iraq viceroy Jerry Bremer took up painting, as did his old boss, George W. Bush.

But John Bolton's avocation ...Read more

Republicans Are On the Wrong Side of History

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The good news for Republicans: They have a path to victory in 2016.

The bad news for Republicans: They are not on that path.

At the moment, in fact, they have wandered into a dense thicket and are picking nettles from their skin while being bitten by mosquitoes.

The latest instance of self-defeating bushwhacking comes courtesy ...Read more

The Leader the Democrats Need

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Schumer introduced fellow New Yorker Loretta Lynch, the attorney general nominee, to the Senate Judiciary Committee in January as a public servant who "has earned a reputation for keeping her head down and avoiding the spotlight -- just like me."

The hearing room erupted in laughter.

It has long been said that the most...Read more

The End of the White House's Insularity?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In the early days of the Obama administration, my Washington Post colleague Shailagh Murray and I used to trade tales of the arrogance of White House officials more interested in their insular club and the prestige of their positions than in the responsibility they had.

"They think they're in the movie of their job," she liked to ...Read more

Can Israel Remain a Democracy?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Eleven years ago, I carried my infant daughter into a synagogue basement and plunged her tiny body, head to toe, underwater.

She emerged sputtering and coughing, then wailing, and the procedure, immersion in a Jewish ritual bath called mikvah, felt barbaric. But it was for an important reason: Her mother isn't Jewish, and by ...Read more

GOP Budget is One Big Gimmick

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Six men in green ties took the stage in the House television studio Tuesday, and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, a slight leprechaun of a man with silver hair and dark eyebrows, approached the microphone.

"Good mor -- top o' the mornin' to ya!" Price announced. "Happy St. Patrick's Day to all."

It was altogether ...Read more

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