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Donald Trump's Surrogate Circus

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Mark Burns has done well for himself as a Donald Trump surrogate.

The African American pastor, in his Twitter bio, says he "can be seen on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC & Fox Business Network" and provides a link to a Time profile titled "Meet Donald Trump's Top Pastor." He got a speaking slot at the Republican convention, and the ...Read more

Will Putin Spring an October Surprise?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The Russians have just given us an August glimpse of a potential October surprise.

We learned earlier this summer that cyber-hackers widely believed to be tied to the Kremlin have broken into the email of the Democratic National Committee and others. The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima reported Monday night that Russian hackers ...Read more

The Singular Danger of Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- My recent columns on Donald Trump have generated a consistent response from his supporters:

"If ... that lying psycho b---- wins, there will be nothing left of this country. You better stock up on bullets to protect your house!"

"Keep preaching to the Hillary choir."

"Please notify me when you are going to write your column on ...Read more

Donald Trump's New Loose Cannon

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In choosing Stephen Bannon to be the CEO of his campaign, Donald Trump has accomplished the extraordinary: He has found somebody as outrageous as he is.

Bannon, who had been publisher of the far-right website Breitbart, has called the pope a "commie" and said Catholics are trying to boost Hispanic immigration because their "church...Read more

Is Jill Stein the Ralph Nader of 2016?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee, favors alternative energy -- and she leads by example. On Tuesday, she burned one of her own supporters.

Stein, making an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, took her campaign on an unexpected detour when she accused the famed leftist Noam Chomsky of being cowardly...Read more

Sean Hannity, Trump's 'Spin Doctor'

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

"I'm a journalist who interviews people who I disagree with all the time."

-- Sean Hannity, 2008

"I never claimed to be a journalist."

-- Sean Hannity, 2016

WASHINGTON -- Not since lawmakers diagnosed Terri Schiavo's condition from the Senate floor has there been such medical quackery in the political realm.

Last week, Newsweek's Kurt ...Read more

Why a Trump Loss in November Could Still Be Destructive

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

EDITORS: Dana Milbank is taking a two-week vacation. We expect his next column to move Tuesday, Aug. 23, for immediate release.

WASHINGTON -- All Americans should be alarmed by Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone's suggestion that Trump claim Hillary Clinton is trying to steal the election.

Asserting that there is already "widespread voter ...Read more

Best Friends Go Separate Ways on Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Jeff Flake and Mike Pence were the best of friends.

Both men ran conservative free-market think tanks before getting into politics, and both were elected to the House in the Republican class of 2000. Both were affable young lawmakers, happy warriors inspired by Ronald Reagan. Covering Congress, I came to know and admire both of ...Read more

Trump's Act is Wearing Thin

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

ASHBURN, Va. -- Maybe this is how it ends for Donald Trump: not with a bang but with a child's whimper.

The Republican presidential nominee, rallying supporters in a high school auditorium here, was talking about Chinese currency manipulation when an infant began to cry.

"Don't worry about that baby. I love babies," he said. "Don't worry. The ...Read more

The Facts Behind Donald Trump's Many Falsehoods

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's long-tortured relationship with the truth is nearing a point of total estrangement.

The Republican presidential nominee tweeted over the weekend that rival Hillary Clinton and her fellow Democrats "are trying to rig the debates" by scheduling them during NFL games. (In fact, the bipartisan debate commission, ...Read more

Clinton Must Cast Aside Caution

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Midway through Hillary Clinton's discursive speech at last week's Democratic National Convention, she gave a brief insight into her prospective strengths as a president -- and her manifest weakness as a candidate.

"The truth is, through all these years of public service, the 'service' part has always come easier to me than the '...Read more

At the Democratic Convention, Women Seize Their Moment

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

PHILADELPHIA -- Watching Hillary Clinton become the first woman to be nominated for president has inspired women at the Democratic National Convention to celebrate this singular moment.

They put on temporary tattoos that said "Run like a girl" and "Pantsuit Up" and mugged for photos. They slapped stickers on their chests that read "A woman's ...Read more

Some Trump-Style Speculation on the GOP and Putin

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

PHILADELPHIA -- Donald Trump never met a conspiracy theory he didn't like -- until now.

He has dabbled in, among other things, the notion that President Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya, that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered and that Ted Cruz's father was involved in the JFK assassination.

But on one topic, Trump is ...Read more

Clinton Leaves Party's Liberal Wing High and Dry

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

PHILADELPHIA -- As protests go, this one was a doobie.

Democrats gathering here to nominate Hillary Clinton for the presidency had some company: hundreds of Bernie Sanders supporters marching through town, escorted by a 50-foot dirigible in the form of a reefer.

"Berned by the DNC" was the, er, joint declaration printed on the balloon's side. ...Read more

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


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