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George H.W. Bush's funeral was a powerful renunciation of Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- George Herbert Walker Bush, before his death, said he wanted President Trump to attend his funeral, a generous gesture that forgave the cavalcade of insults that Trump has rained on the Bush family.

It was a final show of the sound judgment Bush exercised in life.

Trump's name was mentioned not once by the four eulogists at ...Read more

The Republicans' post-midterm strategy: Thievery

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- After the Republican Party's losses in 2012, GOP elders undertook an "autopsy" to discover the cause.

This year, Republicans have opted instead for a good embalming.

After a midterm drubbing that cost Republicans about 40 House seats -- the best Democratic performance since the Watergate era -- there has been, as the New York ...Read more

Of course it's George Soros' fault. It's always George Soros' fault.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Where does George Soros find the time?

To hear the loon-o-sphere tell it, the Hungarian-born liberal Jewish billionaire, at the ripe old age of 88, has been exceedingly industrious.

He dismantled the Soviet Union, launched coups in four Eastern European countries and a revolution in a fifth, while also destroying the Malaysian ...Read more

The 2020 field: An exercise in name-dropping

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

Until now, there were, by my count, 44 Democrats who have either expressed interest in a 2020 presidential run, traveled to Iowa or New Hampshire, or otherwise managed to get themselves mentioned.

But we can now stop the bidding. Because a 45th candidate has just emerged, and he is about to clear the field. Yes, the man Democrats have been ...Read more

Does Trump's great gut mean a tiny brain?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It should go down in history as the "I Have a Gut" speech.

President Trump, asked Tuesday by The Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Josh Dawsey about the Fed's interest-rate hikes, gave a gastrointestinal response.

"They're making a mistake," he said, "because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else's ...Read more

The truth is finally catching up with Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In the beginning, they proffered "alternative facts." Later, they told us that "truth isn't truth."

All along, President Trump and his lieutenants were betting that Jonathan Swift was correct when he wrote more than three centuries ago that "falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it."

But after two long years, the ...Read more

Trump loves kids. So his border guards are firing tear gas at them.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

"I love babies. I hear that baby cry, I like it. What a baby. What a beautiful baby. Don't worry. Don't worry."

-- Donald Trump in 2016, when a baby cried during a campaign speech

"Actually, I was only kidding. You can get the baby out of here."

-- Trump, two minutes later

WASHINGTON -- President Trump loves kids. This is why his ...Read more

Nancy Pelosi is the best person to lead the House Democrats. That's why she should retire.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Nancy Pelosi had an exceptional 2018 midterm election cycle. Her prodigious fundraising and the message discipline she helped impose propelled House Democrats to their biggest gains since 1974. She has proved herself to be a skilled legislative whip, and she is -- by far -- the best person to lead House Democrats in 2019.

This is ...Read more

This is what happens when a stable genius leads a stupid country

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is surrounded by fools.

There's that fool William H. McRaven, Special Operations commander of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and the other fools in the U.S. military, who should have brought down bin Laden "a lot sooner," because "everybody in Pakistan" -- all 208 million of them -- knew the terrorist leader...Read more

While Trump feasts on Thanksgiving, troops on the border eat rations and await Pancho Villa

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

President Trump is reportedly planning to celebrate Thanksgiving once again at his members-only Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida, feasting on (if previous menus repeat) a 24-dish extravaganza of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, marshmallow sweet potatoes, red snapper, leg of lamb, grilled diver scallops, stone crab, ahi tuna martinis, Maine lobster ...Read more

The real fraudster in Florida

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- There is fraud in Florida's U.S. Senate race.

Mitch McConnell just perpetrated it.

Florida has still not certified a winner in the contest between Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Rick Scott. Elections officials are recounting the vote after the initial tally showed the two separated by a mere 13,000 votes of some 8 ...Read more

Matthew Whitaker is steeped in time travel and Bigfoot. He's the right man for the job.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- My colleague Ruth Marcus writes: "The acting attorney general of the United States is a crackpot."

As though that's a bad thing.

Which it isn't.

The "crackpot" bit is not in dispute. In addition to his exotic legal views and his lack of relevant experience, Matthew G. Whitaker was already known to have hawked hot-tub seats for a...Read more

Donald Trump knows the true meaning of sacrifice

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

"We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields."

-- Canadian soldier John McCrae, remembering the sacrifice of fellow World War I troops.

"We're getting drenched."

-- President Trump, noting his own sacrifice during World War I ...Read more

Advice for the new Democratic House majority: Stay on message

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Is "Democratic discipline" an oxymoron?

For years, it was. But in the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats prevailed in the House because they managed to keep a singular and unrelenting focus on health care -- refusing to take President Trump's bait to engage in fights about MS-13, caravans, socialism, tax increases and other ...Read more

Thought the election might restore some order? Oh you poor, sweet child.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, American voters had their say: They gave Democrats control of the House, a check on the chaotic and rageful Trump presidency that left many voters saying in Election Day polls that they felt anxious and overwhelmed.

On Wednesday, President Trump gave his response: He will be even more chaotic and rageful going forward....Read more

America steps back from the abyss

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday night, America stepped back from the abyss.

It was not, perhaps, the overwhelming repudiation of President Trump's vulgar, divisive, race-baiting and sometimes lawless tenure that Democrats had hoped for. But it was, at least, a correction, and a rebuke of the Trump presidency.

Democrats recaptured the House, a ...Read more

Is there no evil the Democrats won't commit?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Is there no evil the Democrats won't commit?

If President Trump is telling the truth -- and why would we suspect otherwise? -- Democrats are trying to open America's borders and fill the country with MS-13 gang killers and drug dealers who will turn the United States into Venezuela, destroy Medicare, trash the economy, and ...Read more

This time, our eyes are wide open

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This time, our eyes are wide open.

Exactly two years ago, many Americans held their noses and voted for Donald Trump. Some were conservatives willing to tolerate his vulgar excesses in hopes of getting tax cuts, a repeal of Obamacare and a friendlier judiciary. Others had Clinton fatigue. Sure, they were concerned about Trump's ...Read more

Guess what? Trump can totally rewrite the Constitution.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't. … Now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order."

-- President Trump, explaining this week that he could unilaterally end the Constitution's protection of birthright citizenship

Jan. 1, 2019 (BREITBART) -- President Trump, under...Read more

The latest lesson in Trumponomics 101: It's the Democrats fault!

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday morning brought a textbook illustration of Trumponomics.

Under this economic theory -- defined roughly as "when it's sunny, credit me; when it rains, blame them" -- President Trump has been claiming sole responsibility for a bull market that began nearly eight years before his presidency.

But this month, wild swings in ...Read more

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