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Trump's friend just tried to blame America first

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Billionaire Tom Barrack, Donald Trump's friend, informal adviser and chairman of the president's inaugural committee, sounded like a man without a soul.

With a bone-chilling bloodlessness, Barrack on Tuesday defended the Saudi government's murder of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Asked at a Milken ...Read more

Trump's sacrifices are hard. You think it's easy working 11 to 5?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Being president isn't easy under the best of circumstances. Imagine how hard it must be if you're Donald Trump.

"I probably work more hours than almost any past president," Trump announced Sunday, adding that he "had no choice but to work very long hours!"

On Monday, after retweeting his own assertion from a few days earlier that...Read more

Ilhan Omar's tweets were appalling. What happened next was inspiring.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Thank you, Ilhan Omar.

The first-term Democratic representative from Minnesota did something ugly Sunday night. Responding to a tweet about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, the young Somali American suggested U.S. lawmakers defend Israel because "It's all about the Benjamins baby."

And who is paying ...Read more

Matthew Whitaker's five minutes are up

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Matthew G. Whitaker runs hot.

During the acting attorney general's previous major public appearance, a Justice Department news conference, he perspired with the output of an oscillating sprinkler. Testifying before Congress for the first time Friday -- an appearance he had threatened Thursday to skip -- Whitaker again overheated: ...Read more

The Democratic apology tour is a sorry spectacle

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Forgive me, but would anybody mind if we declared a moratorium on Democratic apologies?

I don't doubt many public servants have done things worthy of regret. But it's becoming difficult to keep up with the sorry spectacle.

"From the bottom of my heart, I am deeply, deeply sorry," Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said in a ...Read more

Trump calling for 'comity'? That's comedy.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway previewed the State of the Union address as a "call for more comity."

Perhaps she meant "comedy"?

The notion that this president, who governs by insult, leads by division and delights in inflaming grievances, would be associated with comity is, well, funny.

Each year, around ...Read more

Rejoice! The president is doing nothing.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Rejoice! The president is doing a lot of nothing.

A leak of internal White House schedules has caused a to-do over what President Trump is doing -- or, rather, what he may not be doing. According to Axios, which received the leak of 51 daily schedules since the midterm elections, Trump has spent about 60 percent of his scheduled ...Read more

With God on Trump's side, he can do anything

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

President Trump is on a mission from God. Thus spake the White House press secretary, at any rate.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, asked by the Christian Broadcasting Network this last week about Trump being the right man for the moment, replied: "I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald ...Read more

Howard Schultz brings a whole latte trouble

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Howard Schultz has brought a whole latte trouble on himself.

The former Starbucks magnate has provoked boycott threats, heckling and Twitter attacks with his threat to mount an independent presidential run that critics say could get President Trump re-elected. Just about everybody this side of Tucker Carlson believes we do not ...Read more

The Roger Stone clown show is the Trump presidency in microcosm

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- For once, Roger Stone was at a loss for words.

The longtime confidant of President Trump had given nonstop interviews and news conferences since Friday morning, when the FBI pounded on his door, then charged him with seven criminal counts related to alleged lies during the probe of Russia's election interference.

But in ...Read more

The government is trying to turn Trump's lies into truths

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- They say you can fix anything with duct tape. But using it to repair a presidency?

That can get a little sticky.

The Washington Post's Katie Mettler recently caught President Trump in one of his frequent fabrications, this time his oft-repeated claim that migrant women are commonly bound and gagged with tape (alternately duct, ...Read more

Reports of the labor movement's death were greatly exaggerated

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

Something funny happened on the way to the labor movement's funeral.

When Justice Samuel Alito and his antilabor colleagues on the Supreme Court handed down the Janus vs. AFSCME decision last June, unions braced for the worst. The American Federation of Teachers expected it might lose 30 percent of its revenue after the high court gave public-...Read more

Trump finds a cure for his small-hands problem

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The longest government shutdown in U.S. history shows no sign of resolving, and Americans wonder what President Trump and his team are doing.

Now we know. They are doing the important work the people sent them to do. They are elongating Trump's fingers.

The tech website Gizmodo reported this week that it found at least three ...Read more

The uncanny similarities between President Trump and Martin Luther King Jr.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a moment when we pause to recall the contribution the great civil rights leader made toward the universal cause of building a wall along the border with Mexico.

Vice President Pence, appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, drew an indelible line between President Trump and King. "One ...Read more

The government that goes wrong

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

"The Play That Goes Wrong," a British slapstick comedy, finished a short run at the Kennedy Center this month, so most Washingtonians didn't get to see its characters stepping on each other, getting struck by falling objects and stymied by stuck doors, forgetting their lines, missing their cues, and eventually having the whole set fall down ...Read more

Why would William Barr take this job? The answer should alarm Trump.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It was William P. Barr's confirmation hearing. But it was Robert S. Mueller III's affirmation hearing.

President Trump had nominated Barr to be his new attorney general to shield him from Mueller's hoax of a rigged witch hunt. But Barr spent much of his seven-hour confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on ...Read more

Please help Donald Trump find work during the shutdown

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump needs a job.

The government is shuttered, and the president has nothing to do. "I am in the White House waiting for you!" he tweeted plaintively to Democrats on Saturday.

"I'm in the White House, waiting," the underemployed executive tweeted again on Sunday.

"I've been waiting all weekend," he tweeted on Monday. ...Read more

President Trump has a strange sense of honor

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump, on his way to a border photo op that even he reportedly thought pointless, gave insight this last week into the thinking that faked an immigration crisis, shut down the government and gave him the "absolute right" to use emergency powers to circumvent Congress.

Asked an unrelated question on the White House South ...Read more

Trump's wall isn't evil. It's medieval.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump, in his address to the nation, defended the righteousness of his proposed border wall.

"Some have suggested a barrier is immoral," he said, but it's really an expression of "love."

He has a point. The trouble with the wall isn't that it's evil, but that it's medieval.

If the plan is to bet the United States' ...Read more

President Trump is entering his terrible twos

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- He shuts down the government, maybe for "years." He wants a wall that is "transparent," then concrete, then slatted, then steel. One moment he's leaving Syria, the next he isn't. He's watching too much TV and yelling at everyone.

This is all to be expected. President Trump is entering his terrible twos.

The Trump presidency turns...Read more

 

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