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Putting a Senate Bully in His Place

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Who's afraid of big, bad Ted Cruz?

Not Lamar Alexander. The Tennessee Republican went on the Senate floor to accuse his fellow Republican of proposing actions that would "render ourselves lawless" and cause "chaos." Alexander reminded the Texan that the Senate "requires restraint and goodwill."

Not John Cornyn. The senior senator...Read more

Washington Forgets the Art of Friendship

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Bob Dole, now 92 and in a wheelchair, made a rare return visit to Congress on Monday to celebrate this week's 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act -- the sort of big bipartisan triumph of yore that now seems unimaginable.

How, I asked Dole, can we get back to the days when Washington worked?

"Get us back in ...Read more

Instant Judgment by the GOP

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Negotiators in Vienna had announced the Iran nuclear deal only an hour earlier, but Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican presidential candidate, was already on the airwaves denouncing it.

"You have created a possible death sentence for Israel," he declared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"This is a virtual declaration of...Read more

Blame Boehner for House GOP's Confederate Flag Fiasco

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON --- The Confederates launched a surprise attack, under cover of darkness.

It was 8:30 Wednesday night, and the House was plodding toward its 20th hour of debate on a little-watched appropriations bill, when Rep. Ken Calvert of California, who had been leading the Republican side of the debate, rose. "I have an amendment at the desk,"...Read more

Blame Boehner for House GOP's Confederate Flag Fiasco

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON --- The Confederates launched a surprise attack, under cover of darkness.

It was 8:30 Wednesday night, and the House was plodding toward its 20th hour of debate on a little-watched appropriations bill, when Rep. Ken Calvert of California, who had been leading the Republican side of the debate, rose. "I have an amendment at the desk,"...Read more

Trump: The Monster the GOP Created

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It has been amusing to watch the brands -- the PGA, NBC, Macy's, NASCAR, Univision, Serta -- flee Donald Trump after his xenophobic remarks. Who even knew the Donald had a line of mattresses featuring Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam?

But there is one entity that can't dump Trump, no matter how hard it tries: the GOP, ...Read more

A Lesson in Service From World War II

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- On April 24, 1944, 2nd Lt. John R. Pedevillano was flying in a B-17 over Nazi territory when the fighters escorting his formation were drawn away in combat, leaving the bombers defenseless against air and ground fire for an hour.

Sixteen U.S. planes went down, and Pedevillano -- the youngest B-17 bombardier in the 306th Bomb Group...Read more

U.S. Plays Islamic State Whack-a-Mole

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In the beginning there was Operation Overlord. Then came Operation Rolling Thunder, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Now the fight against the Islamic State has introduced a new concept into modern warfare. Call it Operation Whack-a-Mole.

"If we try to do everything ourselves all across the Middle East, all ...Read more

Clinton and Obama on Wrong Side of (Recent) History

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Scenes from an insurrection:

In Madison, Wisconsin, Wednesday, 10,000 people show up to rally for longshot presidential candidate Bernie Sanders -- giving the self-declared "democratic socialist" the largest crowd any candidate has had so far this election cycle. Sanders, running on a shoestring and a prayer, has closed to within ...Read more

Obama, With Momentum

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "This," President Obama said in the Rose Garden on Wednesday as he announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba, "is what change looks like."

This echo of his 2008 campaign theme was self-congratulatory but deserved, coming at a time of unexpected hope late in his presidency. In the space of just over a week, Obama'...Read more

Liberal is No Longer a Dirty Word

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Since the 1988 presidential campaign, when George H.W. Bush and Lee Atwater turned "Massachusetts liberal" into an epithet, the label has been tainted -- so much so that many liberals abandoned it for "progressive."

But new polling shows a significant increase in the number of Americans who describe themselves as liberal and the ...Read more

Congress: Talking Loud, Doing Nothing

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This is what it's like inside a vacuum:

A half-dozen members of Congress and perhaps twice as many staffers sit, quietly, on the floor of the House. Two reporters sit in the press gallery, and a few dozen tourists, mostly in shorts and T-shirts, fidget in the public gallery. Every few minutes, a police radio is heard as the ...Read more

Donald Trump: The Art of Himself

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "I'm really rich," Donald Trump informed supporters at his presidential campaign announcement.

"I'm proud of my net worth. I've done an amazing job."

"I'm really proud of my success. I really am."

"I have the best [golf] courses in the world ... I have one right next to the White House."

"One of the big banks came to me and ...Read more

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- If Jeb Bush is going to run for president as something other than a Bush, it will take a transformation worthy of Rachel Dolezal.

And yet the former Florida governor, who once accidentally checked "Hispanic" on a voter registration form, is doing everything but change his appearance to de-emphasize his inheritance. His ...Read more

Anti-Abortion Advocates' Faulty Logic

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Thursday -- the very day the bachelor senator was dubbed a "bro with no ho" by his fellow Senate Republican Mark Kirk of Illinois -- proclaimed himself to be "on the right side of history."

It ain't so, Bro.

What led Graham to believe himself on history's side was his introduction of ...Read more

The Kindergarten Congress

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Things clearly had gotten off on the wrong foot.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, wanted to know whether President Obama is going to work with Congress to rewrite health care law if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare -- "or is he going to put concrete around his ankles and say, 'It's my...Read more

Obama's Health Care Dare

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Obama uttered more than 3,600 words on the stage of a hotel ballroom on Tuesday, but his message could be summed up in three: You wouldn't dare.

He was speaking not to the hundreds of hospital administrators assembled for the Catholic Health Association's conference but to five men not there: the conservative justices of...Read more

A Noble Calling With a Deadly Risk

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Washington's Newseum on Monday inducted the newest members into a club that none of us would want to join: journalists who died covering the news around the world.

The Class of 2014 in the museum's Journalists Memorial includes my Washington Post colleague Michel du Cille, who died of an apparent heart attack while photographing ...Read more

Clinton the Inauthentic

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Sean Duffy, a Wisconsin Republican who was a reality TV star before entering politics, is unlikely to be listed in any Smartest Member of Congress rankings. Yet even he finds it easy to uncover scandal at the Clinton Foundation.

At a House hearing last week, Duffy was in high dudgeon, discussing ties between Hillary Clinton ...Read more

GOP Finds a Scapegoat in Ex-Im Bank

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Here's a case study in rapid radicalization.

Just three years ago, the House voted overwhelmingly to extend the charter of the Export-Import Bank and to expand its business of loaning money to boost American exports. Among Republicans, 147 voted yes and 93 voted no.

Nothing much has changed since then. The Export-Import Bank ...Read more

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