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Morning in America It Wasn't

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

CLEVELAND -- It was a grand old party at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night.

Delegates wore cowboy hats, straw hats, tricorn hats, stovepipe hats, cheesehead hats, evergreen hats and Uncle Sam hats. They bopped to the music of a seven-piece band and waved red, white and blue pompoms. There was a Donald Trump action figure here, a Donald ...Read more

Division in the GOP: Kill Hillary Clinton or Jail Her?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

CLEVELAND -- Delegates to the Republican National Convention are divided this week over a crucial question:

Should Hillary Clinton be summarily executed? Or merely imprisoned without trial?

Most favor the latter position, judging from the nightly chants of "Lock her up!" from the convention floor and the regular calls from convention speakers ...Read more

Trump: Self-Worship Over Sound Judgment

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

CLEVELAND -- The Trump campaign has lately alternated between disaster and farce: the awkward rollout of Mike Pence, the botched logo, two parliamentary disputes on the convention floor, a muddled message, a plagiarized speech by the would-be first lady.

But in one respect, the Republican National Convention of 2016 has been a yuge success. It ...Read more

The Crazy Face of Trump's GOP

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

CLEVELAND -- Roger Stone, longtime confidant and informal adviser to Donald Trump, removed his all-access convention credentials and ascended the stage at Citizens for Trump's America First Unity Rally on Monday afternoon.

Stone, wearing a yellow linen suit, white saddle shoes and suspenders, explained that he was late because "I had some ...Read more

For Trump, it's (White) America First

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It was just another week in Donald Trump's (white) America First campaign.

At least twice, Trump alleged that people have called for a "moment of silence" for the madman who killed five police officers in Dallas at a Black Lives Matter protest.

It was an incendiary accusation, bound to stir racial hatred. Like Trump's accusation ...Read more

Republican Attacks on Comey Undermine the Rule of Law

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Republicans summoned FBI Director James Comey to Capitol Hill on Thursday to question him about his determination that Hillary Clinton did not break the law with her use of a private email server. They termed it an "emergency" hearing, and their questions were correspondingly urgent.

"Have you seen the Broadway production '...Read more

Obama's Journey From Hope to Hard Reality

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Behold the reluctant warrior.

Five years and two weeks ago, President Obama addressed the nation about the end of the war in Afghanistan. There would be no more Americans in combat in Afghanistan in 2014, he said, vowing to match what he'd already accomplished in Iraq.

"Tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is ...Read more

No 'Reasonable Person' Can Disagree with Jim Comey

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Jim Comey knows how to spin a yarn.

Nine years ago, I sat in a Senate hearing room and watched Comey, the former No. 2 official in George W. Bush's Justice Department, tell a tale worthy of Tom Clancy about how White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and Chief of Staff Andy Card staged a late-night ambush of Attorney General John ...Read more

The Hypocrisy at the Heart of Trump's Campaign

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign manager, had a message to deliver.

"Hillary Clinton is the epitome of the establishment; she's been in power for 25 years," he informed Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press" last Sunday.

When Trump, Manafort added, "says he's going to bring real change to the country, voters believe him -- ...Read more

Benghazi Conspiracy Theorists Turn On Trey Gowdy

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Et tu, Trey?

A day after the House Benghazi committee released a final report that left Hillary Clinton relatively unscathed, conservative activists -- the conspiracy-minded ones who pressured House leaders to appoint the committee in the first place -- rounded on Chairman Trey Gowdy for failing to deliver the goods.

"To say I ...Read more

Two Years, $7 Million, No Smoking Gun

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The House Select Committee on Benghazi released its long-awaited findings Tuesday and concluded that ... well, it looks as though they're going to have to empanel another select committee to iron out the dueling conclusions reached by various members of the committee.

The panel members spent two years and $7 million to come up ...Read more

Anthony Kennedy Restores a Liberal Supreme Court

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- They celebrated outside the Supreme Court after Monday's surprise decision reaffirming abortion rights. They danced to Michael Jackson ("I want to love you ..."), as they had earlier to the Spice Girls and to Harry Belafonte's "Jump in the Line."

In the front row, facing the marble temple, a young woman held up a homemade sign:

"...Read more

Democrats Should Not Be Too Cocky About Defeating Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "You must be having a blast."

If I had a nickel for every time somebody said this to me during this election, I could close Donald Trump's fundraising gap with Hillary Clinton.

But I'm not having a blast.

As someone who delights in the absurd in politics, I should celebrate Trump: an orange buffoon who flies to Scotland in the ...Read more

For Trump, Fringe Conspiracies Take Center Stage

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Nobody brings the crazy quite like The Donald.

For years, the conspiracy-minded have been trying to prove that Hillary Clinton gave "stand-down" orders blocking the military from helping ambassador Chris Stevens and other U.S. personnel in Benghazi the night of the 2012 attacks. But Donald Trump asserts the opposite: Clinton was ...Read more

Trump's Potemkin Village

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Not long ago, Donald Trump set a $1 billion fundraising goal for his presidential battle against Hillary Clinton.

Now he says there's "no reason" to raise that much, and his operatives fear they will struggle to raise even $300 million. He brought in only $3.1 million in May to Clinton's $27 million, leaving him with $1.3 million ...Read more

Congress On Guns: Doing Nothing Faster Than Ever

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- On May 24, the House Appropriations Committee took up a proposal "to deny transfers of firearms to persons known or suspected to be engaged in conduct related to terrorism." In a party-line vote, Republicans defeated the plan 29 to 17.

Nineteen days later, a man whom the FBI had investigated as a possible terrorist went into an ...Read more

Republicans' Fowl Response to the Orlando Terrorist Attack

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This is how the sausage is made:

After last weekend's terrorist attack in Orlando, the people's representatives in Washington scrambled to counter the growing threat to national security ... from vegetarianism.

A 14-hour filibuster by Senate Democrats to force action on keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists produced little:...Read more

The Right Response to Donald Trump? A Media Blackout

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's ban of Washington Post journalists has left other news outlets with a stark choice: your ratings or your responsibility as journalists in a free society?

Trump's announcement that he is barring Post journalists from his events follows similar bans he put on reporters from Politico, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Gawker,...Read more

Everywhere the GOP Turns, There's the Smell of Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Seven white men and a white woman, Republican members of Congress all, boarded vehicles on Capitol Hill on Tuesday morning for a voyage deep into Anacostia, a largely black and poor section of Washington.

Their mission: to reassure nonwhite voters frightened by Donald Trump, their party's presumptive presidential nominee.

Their ...Read more

GOP Shocked -- Shocked! -- as Trump Remains Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump needed validation.

At a rally Friday, Trump was discussing racial violence at his events and the perception that nonwhite people are against him, when he singled out a black man in the crowd.

"Look at my African-American over here," Trump said, pointing. "Look at him. Are you the greatest?"

The gesture -- ...Read more


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