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All hail Ryan Zinke, our imperial viceroy

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Were these normal times, we would now be saying "sayonara" to Ryan Zinke.

President Trump's secretary of the interior has inspired a half-dozen ongoing investigations into his travel expenses, his blending of official business with political activities and personal pleasure, and his whimsical management of a 70,000-person, 500 ...Read more

My odyssey in the criminal underworld

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I have learned not to be surprised by anything these days, but, even so, I did not expect that my wife and I would be flagged as possible financiers of international terrorism.

And here's the really awkward part: The people who flagged us were right to do so.

My odyssey in the criminal underworld began when I stopped at my local ...Read more

Larry Kudlow may have been more wrong about the economy than anyone alive

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It was the eve of the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression. Many on Wall Street worried that a recession loomed and that the housing bubble was bursting.

And then there was Larry Kudlow, the man President Trump just tapped to be his top economic adviser.

"Despite all the doom and gloom from the economic ...Read more

Trump's presidency is becoming 'The Purge'

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It's official: President Trump's 2020 re-election slogan will be lifted from a dystopian thriller in which a white-nationalist U.S. government suspends the rule of law. Variety described the film, "The Purge: Election Year," as "a squalid B-movie political horror film that plays to our most reptile-brained basic instincts."

Could ...Read more

The unappreciated genius of Betsy DeVos

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Betsy DeVos gives every indication that she is, to borrow President Trump's phrase, a "low-IQ individual." Her interview with Lesley Stahl of CBS's "60 Minutes," broadcast Sunday night, is being mocked as the most disastrous televised tete-a-tete since Palin met Couric.

But this unabashed ignorance is DeVos' hidden genius -- and ...Read more

I covered steel decades ago. Imposing tariffs has only gotten dumber.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The steel industry, shedding workers, shutting plants and bleeding red ink, pleaded with the federal government for tariffs on imports. As the government obliged, a young reporter on the steel beat for the Wall Street Journal cautioned that tariffs could "ultimately do the industry more harm than good" because the real threat to ...Read more

There's an easy way for Trump to end all this unpleasantness

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Watching former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg perform his televised exercise in self-destructive and Trump-destructive behavior this week, I wondered: Is there nothing President Trump can do to stem the daily tide of bad news?

The next day brought more of the same: Economic adviser Gary Cohn was resigning from the White House in ...Read more

Finally, Trump does something Republicans can't stomach

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- What would it take for Republicans to turn against Donald Trump?

Now, finally, we know.

For nearly three years, Republican lawmakers have stood with Trump, offering only isolated protest, through all manner of outrage. Disparaging Mexican immigrants. Videotaped boasts about sexually assaulting women. Alleging that his predecessor...Read more

President Trump is blessedly weak

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In the category of small mercies, let us file this one: As strongmen go, President Trump has proved to be blessedly weak.

It isn't, apparently, for lack of ambition. The president, who has never been stingy in praising the world's dictators, engaged in that favorite pastime again Saturday night before a friendly audience in what ...Read more

Trump's chaotic leadership drives people to the exits

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Whom the gods would destroy, they first make toil for Donald Trump.

Jeff Sessions had been a four-term U.S. senator, had served as the top Republican on important committees and had a strong following among hardcore conservatives. Then he went to work for the Trump administration. Now he is publicly ridiculed and mocked -- by ...Read more

Hope Hicks told the truth about lying for Trump. Now she's gone.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- For a brief but glorious moment, we had Hope.

On Tuesday, White House communications director Hope Hicks did what for the Trump White House was extraordinary, if not unprecedented: She admitted to lawmakers that working for President Trump required her to lie.

On Wednesday, she announced her resignation.

There was no connection ...Read more

Trump isn't hiring enough friends and family

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Once again, the dishonest haters in the fake news media are dishonestly and fakely hating on President Trump, this time by falsely claiming that nepotism and cronyism are bad.

They say the president should not name his personal pilot, John Dunkin, to run the $16 billion, 47,000-person Federal Aviation Administration. And they are ...Read more

The Kochs are trying to kill unions. Be careful what you wish for.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Charles and David Koch, be careful what you wish for.

For years, the right-wing billionaires have been bankrolling the effort to kill public-sector unions, and on Monday, when the fruits of their labors -- Janus v. AFSCME -- came before the Supreme Court, the brothers were front and center: The anti-union demonstrators outside the...Read more

No wonder Wayne LaPierre is freaking out

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I had supposed President Trump was causing only his opponents to freak out, not his supporters. Then I heard Wayne LaPierre.

To see the National Rifle Association boss speak this week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference was to see a man in urgent need of mental-health intervention. He turned a conventional ...Read more

Why won't pro-lifers act against our deadly gun culture?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Let us hear no more lectures from Clarence Thomas on the sanctity of human life.

The Supreme Court justice, with timing that could be charitably described as clumsy, issued his latest paean to gun rights Tuesday, as the child victims of last week's school shooting were still being buried.

Reacting to his colleagues' refusal to ...Read more

Putin's useful idiots

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's indictment of 13 Russians over their alleged efforts to elect Donald Trump set off a presidential paroxysm of self-exoneration.

"The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong -- no collusion!" President Trump proclaimed in one of his saner tweets of the ...Read more

Trump is saved by scandal overkill

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is a force of nature. Actually, he is a full-blown meteorological phenomenon.

This week, what in any other presidency would have been a Category 5 hurricane made landfall at the White House. It felt more like a drizzle.

The president's personal lawyer confirmed that he paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels, ...Read more

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is at a loss for words on Rob Porter. I am here for her.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Are you having trouble keeping up with the Rob Porter scandal? Apparently Sarah Huckabee Sanders is.

Her daily press briefing Wednesday was scheduled for 1 p.m., then at 2 p.m. was postponed until 4 p.m., then at 4 p.m. was abandoned entirely. The menu of topics -- scandals at the EPA and VA, confirmation of a payoff to porn ...Read more

Trump won't stop trying to keep America white

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The efforts by President Trump to keep America white are getting increasingly dark.

Make no mistake: What's happening on Capitol Hill this week, at Trump's behest, is nothing other than an attempt by Republicans to slow the inexorable march toward that point at midcentury when the United States becomes a majority-minority nation. ...Read more

President Trump has finally released his comic book

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In a Republican presidential debate in the fall of 2015, moderator John Harwood of CNBC asked Donald Trump about some of his more outlandish claims, such as making another country pay for a border wall and enacting huge tax cuts that wouldn't increase the deficit.

"Let's be honest," Harwood memorably said. "Is this a comic-book ...Read more


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