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Trump administration mirrors matchmaking service

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- At his confirmation hearing last week, Mike Pompeo, President Trump's nominee to be secretary of state, gave a six-minute opening statement that made no mention of Russia, China, North Korea, Syria or Iran. Here is what Pompeo did say:

"I'm a movie buff. I have a soft spot for my golden retrievers. I love meatballs. ... I love ...Read more

The bottom drops out for Republicans

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., did not have his thoughts collected when he faced the cameras after telling Republican colleagues he would not seek re-election to Congress in November.

"I intend to full my serve term," he announced.

Right. And I luck him good wish.

I can see why Ryan is scrambled. The party he leads is on ...Read more

Facebook's boy billionaire leaves the tough stuff to the grown-ups

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The boy billionaire needed some added stature.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg replaced his usual gray T-shirt with a blue suit for his big day before Congress, a sartorial upgrade that evoked class-photo day at school.

The slight 33-year-old, led into the cavernous Senate hearing room by a phalanx of aides, appeared momentarily...Read more

Trump era ushers in the triumph of the bootlicker

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Last summer, when President Trump said there were "some very fine people" among the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, he was standing in Trump Tower with two of his top economic advisers, Gary Cohn and Steven Mnuchin.

In the days that followed, those two men, both Jewish, made very different choices.

Cohn, after hesitating, spoke out...Read more

It's Mueller time

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- They spent 11 months digging into allegations of collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice, money laundering and assorted other misdeeds.

And now comes Mueller time.

The special counsel had already racked up guilty pleas from top advisers to President Trump and indictments of Russian trolls and the president's former campaign...Read more

My foolproof plan to put President Trump in Amazon's pocket

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- PRESIDENT TRUMP had a brilliant idea over the weekend.

It came during his otherwise zany Twitter attack on Amazon over the past five days, about Amazon not paying taxes (it does), causing the Postal Service to lose money (it's perfectly adept at losing money on its own) and supposedly controlling The Washington Post because Amazon...Read more

The kids are going to save us from ourselves

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The kids have come to save us.

They have come from Florida, where their high school peers were gunned down on Valentine's Day, inspiring them to organize Saturday's March for Our Lives.

They have also come from Minnesota, where my two teenage nephews boarded an overnight bus to Washington to participate in the march.

They have ...Read more

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


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