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What if Caesar, Churchill and Custer Could Have Tweeted like Trump?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I configured Twitter a couple of weeks ago to get text alerts on my phone whenever President Trump tweets.


Now any moment of tranquility can be pierced by his random outbursts.

I awake from a restful night to see: “Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile. Should have been thankful for the ...Read more

Why do smart people in the White House do stupid things? Because Trump tells them to.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump has just set the all-time speed record for scandal -- from zero to Watergate in 25 days.

Not yet four weeks into the new administration, Washington has already revived a favorite parlor game based on Howard Baker’s famous question in the Nixon era.

“What did President Trump know, and when did he know it?” ...Read more

While Trump Scandals Mount, Chaffetz Decides to Investigate ... a Cartoon Character

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Angry Utahans shouted down Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, at the Republican’s recent town hall meeting.

“Do your job!” they chanted, scolding him for refusing to investigate the Trump administration.

In fairness to Chaffetz, he is busy with more pressing matters.

True, Chaffetz, after his ...Read more

What Are Republicans Going to Do About Obamacare? ‘No Idea.’

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The Obamacare repeal effort was already in unstable condition. Now its status must be downgraded to critical -- and completely unserious.

After years of Republican yammering about the urgent need to repeal the Affordable Care Act and months of fruitless pursuit of an alternative, President Trump now says he may not unveil a ...Read more

The Grizzly Truth: Trump’s Competence Problems are Bigger than DeVos

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Rarely is the question asked: Is our Cabinet secretaries learning?

And if we is being honest with ourself, we says: No, they is not.

Today’s lesson: the education of Betsy DeVos.

DeVos, a major Republican donor, is nearing the end of her ordeal to be confirmed as education secretary, and it has been a grizzly tale.

...Read more

It’s About Time Someone Attacked Australia. Thank You, President Trump.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is finally following through on his promise to Make America Safe Again.

He has begun our long-overdue attack on Australia.

The president gave Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (who is a total failure!) a good chewing out this week, telling him a refugee agreement between the two countries was the “worst...Read more

In Which Trump Discovers Some Guy Named Frederick Douglass

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is capable of many a miracle. On Wednesday, after just 12 days on the job, he raised the dead.

Addressing a small group of African American aides and supporters to kick off Black History Month, the new president not only offered pro forma praise for the usual suspects -- Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther ...Read more

Surprise, GOP: You Should’ve Taken Trump Literally

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Hey, Republicans: Ready to take him literally yet?

Two days after the election, I spoke with Grover Norquist, a conservative tax activist who had made peace with the prospect of a Trump presidency. Expressing confidence that Donald Trump wouldn’t attempt the crazier promises made during the campaign, Norquist said Trump’s ...Read more

Can Trump Separate Fact From Fiction?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The most worrisome moment for me in a very ominous week was not President Trump’s bizarre rant about crowd size, his bogus claims about election fraud or his moves toward bringing back torture, blocking refugees and provoking a trade war with Mexico.

The most troubling moment was when he spoke about the weather.

“It was ...Read more

Don’t Get Distracted by Trump’s ‘Dead Cats’

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump, we have long known, is a weapon of mass distraction. He detonates daily, or more often.

But now that he is president, the fallout is dangerous.

Just after noon on Tuesday, alarming news began to spread that the Trump administration was imposing a gag order on the agencies of the federal government. The Environmental...Read more

An Early Surprise from Trump’s Team: Humility

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This is probably as close as we’ll get to a mea culpa in Trump World.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer came out for his first official briefing Monday afternoon resembling not at all the madman who unleashed his fury from the same podium Saturday evening. He smiled. He didn’t shout. His suit fit. The lectern had been ...Read more

Is This What We’ve Come to, America?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It began at about the time Chuck Schumer, addressing the inauguration crowd from the Capitol, lamented that politics is “frequently consumed by rancor.”

It sounded at first, from my seat in the plaza below the inaugural platform, like a helicopter flying low over the mall, or perhaps an unusually loud jet taking off from ...Read more

Dr. Price’s Marvelous Medicine for Your Stock Portfolio

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Dr. Tom Price, the orthopedic surgeon tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to oversee the Department of Health and Human Services, has found a miracle cure for ailing investment portfolios.

Price, a Georgia Republican, did some creative investing while leading the House Budget Committee last year. He bought stock in a maker of ...Read more

Trump Gets No Respect. That’s Because He Hasn’t Earned It.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Kellyanne Conway is walking a Dangerfield line.

“We got no forbearance. We got nothing. We got no respect,” the Trump strategist told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last week, complaining about media coverage of her boss. “This man is president of the United States!”

Conway raises a fair question: Why hasn’t the president-...Read more

Tillerson’s Foreign Policy: Russia First

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In New York on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump dismissed as “crap” the intelligence reports suggesting Russia has compromising information on him.

Trump knows this because, as he tweeted, Russia called it “A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION.” And if Vladimir Putin’s government says something, it must be true.

But ...Read more

Members of Congress Are Learning to Play Trump’s Ethical Blame Game

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Here we go, down the rabbit hole.

Donald Trump won the presidency by feeding Americans a diet of falsehoods and fake news, and, when challenged, he lashed out: shouting down the opposition, bullying the accuser and, particularly, blaming the media.

It was inevitable that his success would bring imitators. Now they have arrived, ...Read more

The Farewell Message Obama Wishes He Could Give: ‘You’re Welcome!’

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In the new Disney animated film “Moana,” the once mighty but now fallen demigod Maui, in the voice of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, sings about his earlier triumphs in hopes of earning admiration:

What can I say except you’re welcome

For the tides, the sun, the sky?

Hey, it’s OK, it’s OK

You’re welcome

I’m ...Read more

Trump and Conway’s Transition of Contradictions

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Three weeks ago, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway sat on stage in a hotel ballroom in Washington and praised President Obama’s handling of the transition.

“I was always raised to respect the office of the presidency and its current occupant, and I think that I have done that over the course of my adult life,” she said...Read more

As Trump Prepares His Kissy Face for Putin, a Glimpse into the Dictator’s Soul

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- “Spare us the kissy-face.”

It was June 2001 and I was covering President George W. Bush’s trip to Slovenia, where he had just met Vladimir Putin for the first time. I and others were struck by Bush’s praise for the Russian leader as “trustworthy.” Said Bush: “I was able to get a sense of his soul.”

But back in ...Read more

A New Solution for Trump and His Team: Ignore the Law

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Trump lieutenant Newt Gingrich has proposed an elegant solution for all the conflicts of interest swirling around the president-elect and his team of billionaires: Ignore the law.

President-elect Donald Trump, Gingrich said, should let those in his administration do as they wish with their personal fortunes and business interests ...Read more


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