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Bernie Sanders is No Revolutionary

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- For a guy running against the establishment, Bernie Sanders sure seems to crave its approval.

In New Hampshire last week, the Democratic presidential candidate put out an ad touting his endorsements giving the false impression that two local newspapers -- the Nashua Telegraph and the Valley News -- had endorsed him. An early ...Read more

The Utter Nastiness of Ted Cruz

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- When Ted Cruz last month mocked Donald Trump's "New York values," it wasn't entirely clear what he was implying.

Last week, we got a clue: For Cruz, "New York" is another way of saying "Jewish."

At an event in New Hampshire, Cruz, the Republican Iowa caucus winner, was asked about campaign money he and his wife borrowed ...Read more

Rubio, Averse to Risk, Averse to Mentioning Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

BOW, N.H. -- Marco Rubio is in an enviable position among mainstream Republican presidential candidates after his strong finish in Iowa. Yet the man is running scared.

The young Floridian is stumping through New Hampshire as if he's campaigning to win the Cautious Caucus. He gives the same speech everywhere. The most tightly managed candidate ...Read more

Cut Clinton Some Slack

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

NASHUA, N.H. -- Q: When is a win not a win?

A: When the winner is Hillary Clinton.

The Iowa Democratic Party confirmed in its final tally Tuesday that Clinton had won Monday night's caucuses. She not only beat Bernie Sanders but got more votes than any Republican candidate, and she becomes the first woman ever to win the Iowa caucuses. Clinton...Read more

The GOP Establishment Strikes Back

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WAUKEE, Iowa -- The establishment struck back.

The headlines will show that Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses, but the more significant message out of Iowa was that Marco Rubio was neck-and-neck with Donald Trump for second place and within a few points of the lead: It showed that mainstream Republicans are, at long last, pushing themselves back ...Read more

A Triumphant Return for Jason Rezaian

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Of the 545 days my colleague Jason Rezaian spent in an Iranian prison, perhaps the most unusual was the time his captors let him watch "The Shawshank Redemption" on Iranian state television.

The next day, a hulking man who was guarding Rezaian asked if he'd watched the film, in which the Tim Robbins character wrongfully imprisoned...Read more

Holocaust Survivors Worry About Hatred in America

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- International Holocaust Remembrance Day is always a somber time for Auschwitz survivor Irene Weiss. But this year's observance had an additional layer of grief: For the first time, Weiss is worried about her adopted homeland.

"I am exceptionally concerned about demagogues," the 85-year-old Weiss told me at Wednesday's ...Read more

Nominating Sanders would be insane

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I adore Bernie Sanders.

I agree with his message of fairness and I share his outrage over inequality and corporate abuses. I think his righteous populism has captured the moment perfectly. I respect the uplifting campaign he has run. I admire his authenticity.

And I am convinced Democrats would be insane to nominate him.

Hillary...Read more

No Governor, the Failure in Flint is Yours

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush explained Sunday why he still thinks Rick Snyder has been "a great governor for Michigan" even after the mass lead poisoning because of tainted tap water in Flint.

The disgrace over Flint's water, the Republican presidential prospect told ABC's "This Week," "is related to the fact that we've created this complex, no-...Read more

Trump's Conservative Enablers

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Late Thursday night, the National Review, the storied conservative magazine founded by William F. Buckley, published an issue denouncing Donald Trump.

"Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with ...Read more

Rahm Emanuel Ducks His Demons

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, grappling with a police shooting that could destroy his mayoralty, has lamented the "code of silence" around police brutality.

But now the famously outspoken Emanuel seems to be adopting his own code of silence.

The former congressman and top official in the Obama and Clinton administrations ...Read more

The Gospel According to The Donald

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

Two Corinthians, right? Two Corinthians 3:17. That's the whole ballgame. ... Is that the one? Is that the one you like? I think that's the one you like.

-- Donald Trump, preaching the gospel at Liberty University.

The front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination drew laughter from the evangelical students at Liberty ...Read more

For Trump, a British Response of Ridicule

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The British Parliament set out Monday afternoon to debate a question that is often argued on this side of pond but has never before been taken up in the halls of Westminster: Is Donald Trump dangerous? Or is he merely a buffoon?

The man who would Make America Great Again, it turns out, has already done a great job of unifying ...Read more

Trump's Rivals Help Him Hijack the GOP

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "I will gladly accept the mantle of anger."

Thus did Donald Trump react last week to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who in her Republican response to the State of the Union address bravely called on Americans to resist the temptation "to follow the siren call of the angriest voices."

And nobody wears the mantle of anger as well...Read more

Obama Finds His Moral Voice

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's final State of the Union address Tuesday night wasn't a speech to Congress. It was a sermon to the nation.

It wasn't about policy prescriptions, really, or even about Obama's record in office. It was a speech about one man whose name the president never uttered in the House chamber -- Donald Trump -- and the fear...Read more

High Court Again Shows its Political Stripes

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Just in time for the 2016 election, the Roberts Court has found yet another way to stack the deck in favor of the rich.

By all appearances at Monday's argument, the five Republican-appointed justices are ready to upend a 40-year precedent guiding labor relations in favor of a new approach that will deplete public-sector unions' ...Read more

Ted Cruz Gets Burned by Birther Fires

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- When you dance with the devil, the choreography can get awkward.

Ted Cruz last week made his latest appeal to America's nativist fringe by naming Rep. Steve King of Iowa as a national co-chairman of his presidential campaign. King, called a "courageous conservative" and "incredible leader" by Cruz, is the anti-immigrant hard-liner...Read more

Sympathy for Sedition

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers began the new year in Washington with new ideas about how to undermine the government in which they serve.

On Wednesday, the first legislative day of the year, House conservatives gathered with reporters for their monthly "Conversations with Conservatives." When the questioning turned to the armed rebellion in...Read more

Republican Candidates Flirt with Lawbreakers

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Ammon Bundy and the other armed militants occupying a federal facility at a wildlife refuge in Oregon have a beef with the administration -- the Teddy Roosevelt administration.

"It has been provided for us to be able to come together and unite in making a hard stand against this overreach, this taking of the people's land and ...Read more

The GOP Turns 'Political Correctness' Into the Mother of All Straw Men

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Back in the summer, when Megyn Kelly confronted Donald Trump with a few of the nasty things he had said about women, the candidate had a simple retort.

"The big problem this country has is being politically correct," he said.

The big problem? Not economic growth, or terrorism, or war against the Islamic State. No, the big problem...Read more

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