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Trump has turned White House into quid pro freak show

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Et tu, Mulvaney?

Three weeks ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled the impeachment inquiry with a Latin phrase spoken by Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon. "Alea iacta est," she said. The die is cast.

Since then, President Trump has absolved himself by repeating -- ad infinitum -- some Latin of his own: "There was no ...Read more

The world is staring at Trump, mouth agape

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump stood in a crowded East Room on Wednesday afternoon with the Italian president at his side, scores of aides and reporters at his feet, and a bank of cameras relaying his words to millions.

Yet he seemed alone against the world.

The House on Wednesday condemned his sudden Syria pullout in a lopsided 354-to-60 vote....Read more

Democrats flip the script on a cut-and-run president

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- At Tuesday night's presidential debate, Democrats flipped the script on national security.

For several decades -- since the early Cold War, really -- Republicans have usually been able to convince the country that they were the ones to be trusted to keep Americans safe. But, as with so much else, President Trump has squandered ...Read more

Donald Trump, corrupted absolutely

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump has proved to the 21st century that Lord Acton's 19th-century maxim still holds: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Trump began staking his title to absolute power in his first weeks in office. "The whole world will soon see, as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president...Read more

Will Gorsuch abandon his judicial philosophy to get what he wants?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- As gay and transgender Americans march inexorably toward equality, Justice Neil Gorsuch is on the horns of a dilemma: Does he jettison his judicial philosophy to slow their progress?

Gorsuch, President Trump's first appointee to the Supreme Court, literally wrote the book (published last month) on judicial "textualism," the ...Read more

Trump's defense: You can't impeach me. I impeach you.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Constitution, as written by the framers, contains seven articles.

President Trump's version goes to 12.

Trump informed lawmakers of his "Spinal Tap" approach to constitutional law three years ago, but current events make it more ominous in the retelling. Asked what he would do to protect the Constitution's Article I ...Read more

It was never about 'America First.' It's always been Trump first.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- At the core of the impeachment inquiry -- indeed, at the core of almost every complaint about this president -- is one simple truth: Donald Trump is not a patriot.

I don't question that on some level he loves his country. I just know that he loves himself more. Again and again, he has harmed the nation's interests to further his ...Read more

Trump's impeachment defense is all alligators and snakes

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Forget that drain-the-swamp nonsense. Now President Trump wants to fill the moat.

Over at the failing New York Times, Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis composed one of the most delightfully revealing paragraphs of the Trump era:

"Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-...Read more

Trump's violation of the law is as clear as if he shot somebody on Fifth Avenue

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

(1) a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make-

(A) a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State, or local election ...

(2) a person to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation described in ...Read more

On impeachment, the worm has turned

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The worm has turned.

For months, Democrats agonized over whether to impeach President Trump. Would it cause them to lose House seats? Would it hurt their chances of winning the Senate? Wasn't it pointless because of the near certainty the GOP Senate wouldn't convict him?

But Trump just made the Democrats' choice for them. He left...Read more

What Democrats can learn from Mitch McConnell's surrender

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Moscow Mitch blinked.

For more than a year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., went eyeball to eyeball against those demanding the United States protect its elections from ongoing Russian tampering. Repeatedly, McConnell blocked all meaningful attempts to fortify U.S. defenses, and when critics pointed out that he was ...Read more

Is anybody dumb enough to believe Trump would say something inappropriate?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump offered a curious defense against a whistleblower's reported allegation that he made a troubling "promise" on a call with a foreign leader.

"Is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially 'heavily populated' call," he asked.

Why, yes. ...Read more

Correction: Trump never said all those things you heard him say

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Is President Trump losing his marbles? (Or did he not have a full bag to begin with?)

On Tuesday, with characteristic inhumanity, he insulted journalist Cokie Roberts on the occasion of her death: "I never met her. She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well."

On Monday, he declared that he "didn't say ...Read more

Corey Lewandowski debuts his Senate campaign theme: Unbridled nastiness

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Corey Lewandowski has been alternately vulgar, pugilistic and deceitful. Now he wants to run for Senate.

He'll fit right in.

The one-time Trump 2016 campaign manager volunteered to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, not to talk about presidential obstruction of justice -- he happily obeyed White House orders ...Read more

American Pharoah has officially joined the Resistance

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- American Pharoah has joined the #Resistance.

On Friday, Vice President Pence informed House Republicans that Triple Crown winner American Pharoah "bit me so hard" on the arm during a Kentucky visit last year that he (man, not horse) "almost collapsed."

Some might disbelieve the vice president's tale of American Pharoah carnage, ...Read more

Trump is a racist. Democrats should stop calling him one.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is a horrendous racist. And it's time for Democrats to stop calling him one.

Counterintuitive? Yes. But substantial evidence shows that labeling Trump "racist" backfires against Democrats. It energizes his supporters without providing any additional motivation to Democrats, and it drives soft partisans -- voters ...Read more

Trump's Taliban plans leave us wondering: What else is unbeknownst to us?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- There are many things to fear about the Trump presidency. Scariest of all may be those things we don't even know we have to worry about -- such as President Trump preparing to surrender to the Taliban at Camp David on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Few could have dreamed that such an outrage to American ...Read more

Donald and the Black Sharpie

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

With profuse apologies to the late Crockett Johnson, author of "Harold and the Purple Crayon."

One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Donald decided he wanted to be president.

He drew a picture that made his hands look very big.

He drew another picture that made dark people look scary and another that made the president ...Read more

Sticks and stones break bones, but words hurt McConnell's feelings

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Sticks and stones may break his bones, but poor Mitch McConnell thinks words hurt him, too.

The Senate majority leader is distressed that people are calling him names. First there was "Moscow Mitch" (because he refuses to do anything significant to stop Russian interference in U.S. elections), and then there was "Massacre Mitch" ...Read more

This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for American democracy

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This is no time to be on the sidelines.

Stacey Abrams: Stand up and be counted. "I do not want to serve in the Senate," says the hugely popular former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

Steve Bullock: Stand up and be counted. "My talents are best suited" to an executive role, says Montana's well-liked Democratic governor. ...Read more


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