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Charlatan Ted Cruz' s Foreign Policy Views Shift With Opinion Polls

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- As he prepared for his presidential run over the last year or so, a hawkish Sen. Ted Cruz has said U.S. policy in the Middle East and elsewhere is a mess because of President Obama's weakness -- particularly his failure to enforce his own "red line" after the Syrian regime used chemical weapons.

"A critical reason for [Vladimir] ...Read more

The Decline of Rand Paul

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Rand Paul took a left turn on his journey to the Republican nomination, and now his hopes seem to be headed south.

The libertarian Kentucky senator's new book, "Taking a Stand," came out Tuesday, and it is chock-full of lines that would position Paul well -- if he were running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination....Read more

My Return to Organized Labor

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I am proud to be a card carrying member of Local 32035 of the Communications Workers of America.

It was not always thus. The Washington Post is an open shop, and I dropped my membership several years ago when the union was encouraging readers to cancel their subscriptions to protest some management action. I didn't see much sense ...Read more

Hillary Clinton's Hypocrisy

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In a private meeting last week with 200 of the Democratic Party's top financiers, Hillary Clinton drew vigorous applause when she said any of her nominees to the Supreme Court would have to share her desire to overturn the Citizens United decision.

Clinton also, as reported by my Washington Post colleagues Matea Gold and Anne ...Read more

The Clown Car Republican Field

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "If you can't take a joke," Lindsey Graham has said , "don't run for president."

Graham, a senator from South Carolina and one of umpteen Republicans running for president, can take a joke -- which is why he appreciates the absurdity that is the GOP field. There are far too many candidates (so many that there are concerns they won...Read more

Jeb Bush's Alarming Caution

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush promised he would be his "own man," and this week he proved it -- alas for him.

The former Florida governor, often regarded as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, managed over an extraordinary 72 hours to demonstrate that he is not anything like his older brother, the former president. He showed ...Read more

The Domain of 'Dot-Sucks'

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government wants to relinquish control of the Web. But the alternative really dot-sucks.

Going back almost to the days when Al Gore invented the Internet, the federal government has been in charge of online addresses through its contract with the California-based nonprofit ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned ...Read more

How to Lose a Trade Agenda

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Let's suppose you are trying to bring a friend around to your point of view.

Would you tell her she's emotional, illogical, outdated and not very smart? Would you complain that he's being dishonest, fabricating falsehoods and denying reality with his knee-jerk response?

Such a method of a persuasion is likelier to get you a black...Read more

Huckabee's Ill-Fated Quest

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Before Mike Huckabee took the stage at the launch of his presidential campaign Tuesday, crooner Tony Orlando warmed up the crowd with his 1970s hit, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon."

It was a fitting prelude, because Huckabee's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is also a throwback: The former Arkansas governor is the ...Read more

Ben Carson's Version of Himself

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- By Ben Carson, who formally announced his run for the presidency Monday, is a brilliant surgeon, gifted storyteller and charismatic speaker. But modesty is not among his talents.

The retired Johns Hopkins professor's launch video, nearly five minutes long, positions the aspiring Republican presidential nominee right alongside ...Read more

Clinton's Democratic Opponents Need to Smoke Her Out

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton has had some bad luck lately with revelations about her secret email server and foreign contributors to the Clinton Foundation. But in one crucial area, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination has been blessed with abundant good fortune: her opponents.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Thursday ...Read more

'Love Conquers hate'

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The biblical-marriage demonstrators were outnumbered 5-to-1 or more outside the Supreme Court Tuesday morning, but they were not lacking in vitriol or vulgarity.

"Homo Sex is Sin," proclaimed one banner. A sign showed stick figures in an anal-sex position and the words "Fag is Sin." "Dirty Homo, Stop Sinning," proclaimed another ...Read more

Billionaire Politics

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican presidential candidates are set to crucify each other on crosses of gold.

GOP leaders exulted a few years ago when the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other decisions invited the rich to pour unlimited sums into political campaigns -- and they are, by the billions of dollars.

But the Law of Unintended ...Read more

The TPP is an abomination

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- No, President Obama, Elizabeth Warren isn't wrong.

Obama told MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Tuesday that the populist Democratic senator from Massachusetts is in error in opposing a free-trade agreement his administration negotiated with 11 other Pacific nations.

Warren is right: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an abomination ...Read more

A House Republican Steps to the Pulpit

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Michigan Republican Tim Walberg was a Christian minister before winning election to Congress in 2010 -- and he hasn't entirely changed jobs.

In a rare Tuesday-night committee meeting at which House Republicans advanced a bill curtailing reproductive rights, Walberg took the even rarer step of lecturing his colleagues on Scripture....Read more

The Right's New Claim: Same-Sex Marriage is Deadly

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- As the Supreme Court prepares to take up same-sex marriage next week, conservative scholars have produced a last-ditch argument to keep the scourge of homosexual unions from spreading across the land: Gay marriage kills.

They're saying that legalizing same-sex marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.

The logic is about as obvious ...Read more

America's New Cycle of Partisan Hatred

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- After a political rally last week in which Democrats criticized the Obama administration for siding with Republicans on trade, I had a talk about the future of the party with Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat who is one of the most ferocious partisans in the House.

It does no good, he told me, for Democrats to "pretend to be ...Read more

Pop Goes the Democratic Party

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It was another one of those rallies on Capitol Hill where lawmakers line up to take shots at the Obama administration. But this time the lawmakers were all Democrats.

A quartet of senators and a dozen members of the House took the stage in a park across from the Capitol midday Wednesday to join hundreds of steelworkers, union ...Read more

The GOP Push for a Permanent Aristocracy

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Give credit to Republicans in Congress.

They've discovered, belatedly, that income inequality is a problem, and they're no longer proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. Now they are proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest two-tenths of 1 percent of Americans.

On Tuesday afternoon, the House ...Read more

GOP Awash in Contradictions on Iran

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In the 1980s, Ollie North and Fawn Hall gave us the Iran-contra affair. Now we're experiencing the Iran-contradiction affair.

A week ago, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., went on television and proposed abandoning the nuclear deal just reached with Iran and returning to the 2013 interim agreement that started the talks. "What I would ...Read more

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