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A not-so-innocent abroad: Trump bumbles across the Middle East

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump arrived in Jerusalem this week with a most curious bit of information for Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

"We just got back from the Middle East," Trump announced. "We just got back from Saudi Arabia."

At this, the Israeli ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, put his forehead in his palm.

Did Trump not know ...Read more

Trump's cruel budget is just more propaganda

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- So it has come to this: A Russian government-funded propaganda outfit schooling the Trump administration on the cruelty of its proposed federal budget.

Mick Mulvaney, President Trump's budget director, unveiled Trump's ghastly 2018 budget proposal Monday afternoon in the White House briefing room, and one point of pride was that ...Read more

Trump attacked the free press, and he got exactly what he deserved

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The president has the greatest self-pity. The best!

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly," Donald Trump said this week as he heard the special prosecutor's footsteps.

Thus did our assured head of state, equal parts narcissistic and uninformed, rank his treatment ...Read more

Rod Rosenstein saves the Republican Party from itself

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- With the stroke of a pen, Rod Rosenstein redeemed his reputation, preserved the justice system, pulled American politics back from the brink -- and, just possibly, saved the Republican Party and President Trump from themselves.

The deputy attorney general's memo Wednesday night announcing that he had appointed Robert Mueller as ...Read more

Trump can do whatever he wants. God help us.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- National security adviser H.R. McMaster had been cut off at the knees, but somehow he managed to make himself visible above the lectern in the White House briefing room Tuesday.

The night before, he had declared "false" a Post report that President Trump had given highly classified information to Russia, saying "it didn't happen."...Read more

The tragedy of Sean Spicer is classic Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I'm often asked if I think President Trump will make it through all four years of his term.

My stock reply: The better question is whether we will survive the next four years.

It wouldn't surprise me at all if he does make it to 2020 without impeachment, or the 25th Amendment, blocking his path. Trump has a long history of ...Read more

Rod Rosenstein has one chance to save himself

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Rod Rosenstein: Save yourself.

For years, the man who just became the No. 2 official in the Justice Department painstakingly built a reputation as a gifted prosecutor and an above-the-fray lawman, serving Democratic and Republican administrations alike.

Now, just over two weeks into his new job, he has become a national joke.

He...Read more

These Republicans could set the Comey disaster right

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Mitch McConnell is no Howard Baker. Baker, the late Republican senator from Tennessee and GOP Senate leader in the 1970s and 1980s, became a profile in courage when he put country above party during the Watergate investigation, famously asking, "What did the president know, and when did he know it?"

McConnell, who now occupies the...Read more

Trump, like Nixon, will fail

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This will not stand.

President Trump performed his latest impersonation of a Third World strongman, firing FBI Director James Comey Tuesday in ham-handed fashion as it was becoming clear that the FBI probe into Trump's ties to Russia, which Comey was overseeing, was becoming a bigger problem for Trump while new testimony exposed ...Read more

Answers from Yates, more questions for White House

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It had the makings of a Cold War whodunit: The attorney general tells the White House that the Russians have "kompromat" on the president's national security adviser -- but the president, for reasons unclear, stands by the compromised official.

On the morning of Jan. 26, acting Attorney General Sally Yates called White House ...Read more

Congress goes from compromise one day to bitterness the next

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- How does this happen?

On Wednesday, the House passed a $1.2 trillion spending bill by a lopsided margin of 309 to 118. A majority of both Democrats and Republicans supported the measure, which sailed through the Senate.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., alike celebrated, and ...Read more

Now we know: Bill Clinton cost his wife the presidency

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- So now it can be told: Bill Clinton cost his wife the presidency.

Almost three hours into a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey shed new light on his decision to go public about his agency's investigations into Hillary Clinton's emails, first in July 2016 and again, with devastating ...Read more

Airlines abuse passengers, and Washington weighs a crackdown -- on passengers

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This is what laissez faire looks like.

Washington, in its wisdom, deregulated the airline industry and later looked the other way as it underwent a series of mega-mergers leaving a four-carrier oligopoly controlling 85 percent of the market. And what do we have to show for it? Reduced competition; packed cabins; tiny seats; ...Read more

Trump and Duterte, brothers from another mother

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The New York Times reports that President Trump’s aides were “stunned” that he invited Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte to the White House.

I’m stunned that anybody would be stunned. In style, if not in scope, the two men are brothers from another mother.

Both have employed foul language in public, boasted publicly ...Read more

In praise of President Trump (really)

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I’ve written a million columns critical of Donald Trump, give or take. This one is in praise.

His campaign was a toxic stew of dog whistles to white nationalists and at times overt anti-Semitism. He continued during his first weeks in office to flirt with the racist fringe; his administration excised any mention of Jews from a ...Read more

Apparently repealing Obamacare could violate international law

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- We’ve already seen that repealing Obamacare is politically perilous. Now there’s a new complication: It may also violate international law.

The United Nations has contacted the Trump administration as part of an investigation into whether repealing the Affordable Care Act without an adequate substitute for the millions who ...Read more

At Capitol Hill ‘joint session,’ prayers go unanswered

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It was a tokin’ gesture.

Marijuana users are feeling a bit paranoid about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threats to crack down on states (and the District of Columbia) that have legalized marijuana. So on Monday, at “high noon,” activists gathered on the Capitol lawn for what they called a “joint session,” and they ...Read more

Where is Trump’s ‘armada’? Apparently, wherever Fox News says it is.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The USS Carl Vinson, 1,100 feet long, has a displacement of 97,000 tons and sails with two nuclear reactors and about 60 aircraft. It’s escorted by a guided-missile cruiser and two destroyers.

So how did President Trump lose it?

In an interview with Fox Business taped on April 11, Trump confirmed a dramatic escalation in the ...Read more

Dear Kim Jong Un: Watch out for Trump. He’s even crazier than you.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON --

The Hon. Kim Jong Un
The Great Successor
Sun of the 21st Century
Supreme Leader
Marshal of the Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea
Ryongsong Residence
Pyongyang, North Korea

Dear Mr. Kim:

I write to congratulate you on the occasion of your late grandfather’s 105th birthday. I heard...Read more

Trump’s No Populist -- He’s the Swamp Thing

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Last year, Mark Meckler, one of the founders of the tea party movement, had concerns about Donald Trump but gave the Republican nominee the benefit of the doubt, because Trump “at least says he’s going to attack” the crony-capitalist system.

Now the conservative activist has revised his opinion. Trump “said he was going to...Read more

 

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