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Marianne Williamson won't be president. But her 2020 competitors should take note.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Marianne Williamson for president!

It is perhaps not the best sign for Democratic prospects in the 2020 election that on a stage packed with senators, governors and the odd congressman and mayor, the one who repeatedly soared above the others Tuesday night was the New Age author and spiritual adviser to Cher.

But, again and again...Read more

It is time to deport Baltimore

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I'm sorry to be the one to say this, but somebody has to: We are going to have to deport Baltimore.

I'm not naive. I know that deporting the Maryland city, which itself is one of America's busiest ports, will be a logistical headache. And yet, it could not be clearer that Baltimore has no place in President Trump's America.

The ...Read more

When it comes to Russia, McConnell is no patriot

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset.

This doesn't mean he's a spy, but neither is it a flip accusation. Russia attacked our country in 2016. It is attacking us today. Its attacks will intensify in 2020. Yet each time we try to raise our defenses to repel the attack, McConnell, the Senate majority leader, blocks us from defending ...Read more

Trump becomes king of the cave

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Back in the 1980s, Donald Trump published his seminal business treatise, "The Art of the Deal." Should he write a sequel about his presidency, he might accurately title it "The Art of the Cave."

In recent weeks, President Trump's record has been a cornucopia of climbdowns. Not since the Paleolithic Period, perhaps, has a man had ...Read more

Send GOP congressmen home

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

If only we could send them back.

Republican lawmakers have long cut profiles in cowardice during the Trump presidency, but never before have the consequences of their leadership vacuum been as vivid.

GOP legislators professed dismay when a crowd at President Trump's North Carolina rally, riled by his attacks on a member of Congress who ...Read more

Trump has done the impossible: He has united the Democrats

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump, bless him, has once again achieved the impossible: He has unified the Democrats.

The fractious opposition party had been holding one of its regular Festivals of Gratuitous Self-Injury over the past few weeks on the matter of race. Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and other Democratic presidential candidates had ...Read more

Conservative justices don't think truth matters

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

Chief Justice John Roberts used every euphemism in the thesaurus this last week to accuse the Trump administration of lying.

"The evidence tells a story that does not match the ... explanation."

"The sole stated reason -- seems to have been contrived."

There was "a significant mismatch between the decision ... and the rationale."

The "...Read more

Remember when conservatives believed no one was above the law?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Something about President Trump causes conservatives to eat their own.

Henry Kerner was a model conservative. A member of the Federalist Society, he clerked for a Reagan-appointed judge. As a Republican staffer, he led House and Senate inquiries into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, Obamacare and ...Read more

Trump demands subservience and gets incompetence

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Can't anybody here play this game?

The Trump administration, if you haven't noticed, is undergoing one of its frequent paroxysms of incompetence.

On the border, the administration holds hundreds of migrant children in deplorable conditions: filthy, frightened and hungry. The president ordered and then called off a massive ...Read more

Trump heroically saves us from himself

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Let us praise President Trump for saving us from himself.

As public outcry swelled, Trump announced over the weekend that he would postpone immigration raids and mass deportations, reversing a reckless plan devised a week earlier by a thoughtless fellow by the name of -- let's see here -- Donald J. Trump.

Last week, Trump ...Read more

Israel builds Trump a Potemkin village

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Finally, the long-anticipated Trump Middle East Peace Plan is taking shape.

Under terms of the proposal, President Trump agrees that Israel gets whatever it wants: all of Jerusalem, all of the Golan Heights, the West Bank, Gaza -- you name it. In exchange, Israel agrees to name a village after Trump.

And not even a real village. ...Read more

Let's talk about what really matters in 2020: Hillary Clinton's emails

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump was up early the day he formally kicked off his re-election campaign, contemplating the issue that has consumed much of his presidency.

He was thinking about Hillary Clinton's emails.

"Wow! The State Department said it has identified 30 Security Incidents involving current or former employees and their handling of...Read more

Trump's mental gymnastics are incomprehensible

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Only a man who is, like, really smart could perform mental gymnastics at the level President Trump has attained over the past few days.

On Saturday, Trump declared that The New York Times committed a "virtual act of Treason" by reporting on a U.S. cyber campaign against Russia.

Mere seconds later, he proclaimed that the ...Read more

Steve King's proof he's not racist? Diamond and Silk.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It has been five months since Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, lost his committee assignments over his support for white supremacy, and on Wednesday he took a step toward rehabilitation.

He gave a news conference on the Capitol grounds -- with two real, live, actual black people!

Not African Americans, mind you. "You ain't gotta call me ...Read more

Is it any wonder Washington is broken? The friendship tree has died.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Metaphor alert! The friendship tree has died.

Fourteen months ago, President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron stood on the South Lawn of the White House for the ceremonial planting of a young oak from France's Belleau Wood, where American soldiers fought in World War I.

"This oak tree (my gift to @realDonaldTrump) will ...Read more

This is worse than Watergate

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Pull up your bell bottoms, slip on your clogs, and turn up the Roberta Flack: Today, we're gonna testify like it's the 1970s.

"Did you ever convey an order to break into the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate Hotel?" asked Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tex..

"What was the Saturday Night Massacre?" asked Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-...Read more

Trump prepares to turn Independence Day into political rally

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- For President Trump, every day is Presidents' Day.

As Trump prepares to turn Independence Day into a political rally, the question is not why he has decided to crash the nation's birthday party on the Mall, but why he didn't do it sooner.

One by one, he has tried to remake our holidays to his benefit.

He issued a federal order ...Read more

For D-Day, Trump recalls the heroism of ... Donald Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- World leaders have assembled on the English Channel this week, on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, for two days of ceremonies recalling the unrivaled bravery and sacrifice of Donald Trump.

President Trump, staying at the U.S. ambassador's residence in London, was up early Wednesday morning and already thinking deep and profound ...Read more

Will Republicans finally stop cowering before Trump?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Not since they strapped Seamus in his dog crate to the roof of the family car has a member of the Romney household been this distressed.

Mitt Romney has watched with varying degrees of displeasure as President Trump turned the Republican Party into the antithesis of the one he led in 2012 as its presidential nominee: alienating ...Read more

Americans must accept that none of these things ever happened

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Oh no, he didn't.

I believe President Trump when he says "I never called Meghan Markle 'nasty.'" I believe him even though Britain's Sun newspaper published an interview with Trump the day before in which he referred to the Duchess of Sussex with that very word -- and even though the Sun has a recording.

Likewise, I believed ...Read more


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