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How to Talk to Your Child About the Islamic State

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The man in the camouflage vest stands with gun-toting goons and, in the background, a missile launcher sits atop a flatbed truck. In the video, he gesticulates wildly and shouts in Arabic.

"I swear to God," he says. "As we struck France and its stronghold Paris, we will strike America and its stronghold Washington."

Among those ...Read more

The House Returns to Regular Disorder

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Well, it was nice while it lasted.

Three weeks ago, Paul Ryan accepted the speaker's gavel with a vow to return to "regular order," in which the Congress runs by deliberation rather than fiat and lawmakers have loose rein to amend and shape legislation. "The committees should retake the lead in drafting all major legislation," he ...Read more

Killing the Islamic State With Cliches

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans unveiled a new strategy Tuesday morning to defeat the Islamic State: Kill it with cliches.

House GOP leaders huddled with their caucus in the Capitol basement for an hour before emerging to hit the enemy with an unrelenting barrage of hackneyed phrases.

"The world needs American leadership," said Paul ...Read more

Republicans' Xenophobic Bidding War

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The attacks in Paris have inspired a xenophobic bidding war among Republican presidential candidates.

Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday signed an order trying to get his state of Louisiana to block the settlement of any Syrian refugee, while Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, proposed we "wake up and smell the falafel" and ...Read more

Time to Ground Congress

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders recently did something that should outrage Americans of all parties and creeds: They declared that the people's representatives will be working an average of only two days a week next year.

The House will be in session just 111 days in 2016. This means the chamber will be closed more weekdays (150) than ...Read more

Ben Carson's Higher Power

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- God has blessed America with great bounty during the 2016 Republican presidential contest, and now, with debate finally turning to the long-neglected question of who built Egypt's pyramids, our cup runneth over.

Ben Carson, the nominal front-runner, last week restated his claim that these wonders of the ancient world were built by...Read more

Netanyahu Further Damages U.S.-Israel Relations

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Benjamin Netanyahu doesn't do regret.

Earlier this year, the Israeli prime minister did more than any of his predecessors over nearly 70 years to turn his country into a partisan political issue in the United States. In his speech to Congress and in other venues, he fought hard against President Obama and the Iran nuclear deal -- ...Read more

Congress Should Work Five Days a Week

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Paul Ryan has two goals. He can accomplish both with one move.

The new speaker of the House wants to make sure the big job doesn't keep him from spending time with his wife and three children, who live in Janesville, Wisconsin.

He also wants to restore "regular order" in the House, the time-consuming process in which all ...Read more

The Bern Doesn't Hurt

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I feel the Bern. But it doesn't hurt.

We are told Bernie Sanders, the 74-year-old "democratic socialist" challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, is taking the proverbial gloves off and going after the front-runner more aggressively. But Sanders doesn't do nasty.

The senator from Vermont loped ...Read more

The Blue Dogs' Last Whimper

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It was a pitiful whimper from the last of a breed.

During last week's House speaker election, almost all Republicans were voting for Paul Ryan and virtually all Democrats for Nancy Pelosi. Then the clerk called on Jim Cooper, a moderate Democrat from Tennessee.

"Colin Powell," he declared.

A moment later, Gwen Graham, a centrist...Read more

I'll Give Republicans the Debate They Want

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

Mr. Ben Ginsberg


Jones Day

51 Louisiana Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20001-2113

Dear Ben:

I write to you in your capacity as debate negotiator for Republican presidential candidates. I understand you may have an opening for a moderator for your Feb. 26 debate. Please consider this letter my application for the job.

I applaud ...Read more

In House's Dark Hour, Speaker Ryan Offers Glimpse of Hope

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The speaker-elect walked down the center aisle Thursday morning, accepting hugs, kisses, handshakes and applause. Then he did something unexpected: He turned left.

Paul Ryan, the young Wisconsin Republican who in minutes would accept the speaker's gavel, walked through the Democratic side of the well. He accepted a bear hug from ...Read more

A Peevish Pack of GOP Contenders

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Has there ever been a more peevish pack, a more petulant populace, than the 2016 Republican presidential contenders?

The complaining began hours before Wednesday night's debate in Boulder.

"I am now in Colorado looking forward to what I am sure will be a very unfair debate!" Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

Trump, the ...Read more

Gun Control Rebrands and Recovers

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The video montage opening the Brady Campaign's conference on gun deaths Tuesday featured praise for Sarah and Jim Brady from leaders past and present.

"They have remained committed to improving the lives and the safety of their fellow Americans," Bill Clinton says in his message.

But both Sarah and Jim Brady have died, and so is ...Read more

Jeb Bush's Punchless Campaign

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The Bushes are burning as they consume the news.

Bush family patriarch George H.W. Bush is alarmed, bewildered and irritated, The New York Times reported last weekend, that his son Jeb is doing so poorly in a Republican presidential primary battle dominated by Donald Trump. The 41st president summoned his son George W., the 43rd ...Read more

The Benghazi Committee Stumbles Into Irrelevance

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The House Select Committee on Blumenthal, as some are now calling it, came to order Thursday at 10 a.m. Lawmakers didn't finish questioning Hillary Clinton until 11 hours later -- just after the Democratic presidential candidate succumbed to a coughing fit.

The name of Sidney Blumenthal was invoked more than 75 times, and scores ...Read more

The Benghazi Panel Unravels

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- If this were one of Trey Gowdy's murder prosecutions, it would be declared a mistrial.

For 17 months, the former prosecutor who leads the House Benghazi committee has labored to give the appearance of diligence and impartiality. But, in an inexplicable and ruinous outbreak of honesty in recent weeks, the thing is unraveling just ...Read more

When $26 Billion Talks, People Listen

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Sheldon Adelson is rambling.

The casino mogul and big-time Republican donor is onstage at the Washington Hilton, talking about, in no particular order: his son's college deliberations; his casinos; his new diet; the Holocaust; his business in Macau; the Spanish Inquisition; Bibi Netanyahu; diamond merchants; the importance of ...Read more

Obama's Passivity on Jason Rezaian

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON-- The consequences of President Obama's passive foreign policy came close to home last week.

My Washington Post colleague Jason Rezaian, the paper's Tehran bureau chief, has been languishing in an Iranian jail for 15 months on bogus charges of espionage. He was put on secret trial by a kangaroo court. Last Sunday, Iranian state TV ...Read more

A (Wo)man Among Boys

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton was a head shorter than her rivals when they lined up on stage for Sheryl Crow's version of the National Anthem at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate. But after that moment, she towered over them.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was preachy and self-righteous.

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb kept ...Read more

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