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No wonder Wayne LaPierre is freaking out

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I had supposed President Trump was causing only his opponents to freak out, not his supporters. Then I heard Wayne LaPierre.

To see the National Rifle Association boss speak this week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference was to see a man in urgent need of mental-health intervention. He turned a conventional ...Read more

Why won't pro-lifers act against our deadly gun culture?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Let us hear no more lectures from Clarence Thomas on the sanctity of human life.

The Supreme Court justice, with timing that could be charitably described as clumsy, issued his latest paean to gun rights Tuesday, as the child victims of last week's school shooting were still being buried.

Reacting to his colleagues' refusal to ...Read more

Putin's useful idiots

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's indictment of 13 Russians over their alleged efforts to elect Donald Trump set off a presidential paroxysm of self-exoneration.

"The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong -- no collusion!" President Trump proclaimed in one of his saner tweets of the ...Read more

Trump is saved by scandal overkill

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is a force of nature. Actually, he is a full-blown meteorological phenomenon.

This week, what in any other presidency would have been a Category 5 hurricane made landfall at the White House. It felt more like a drizzle.

The president's personal lawyer confirmed that he paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels, ...Read more

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is at a loss for words on Rob Porter. I am here for her.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Are you having trouble keeping up with the Rob Porter scandal? Apparently Sarah Huckabee Sanders is.

Her daily press briefing Wednesday was scheduled for 1 p.m., then at 2 p.m. was postponed until 4 p.m., then at 4 p.m. was abandoned entirely. The menu of topics -- scandals at the EPA and VA, confirmation of a payoff to porn ...Read more

Trump won't stop trying to keep America white

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The efforts by President Trump to keep America white are getting increasingly dark.

Make no mistake: What's happening on Capitol Hill this week, at Trump's behest, is nothing other than an attempt by Republicans to slow the inexorable march toward that point at midcentury when the United States becomes a majority-minority nation. ...Read more

President Trump has finally released his comic book

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In a Republican presidential debate in the fall of 2015, moderator John Harwood of CNBC asked Donald Trump about some of his more outlandish claims, such as making another country pay for a border wall and enacting huge tax cuts that wouldn't increase the deficit.

"Let's be honest," Harwood memorably said. "Is this a comic-book ...Read more

Falsehoods fly freely in Trump's America

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This is the autopsy of a lie.

On the night of Nov. 18, Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was found dying on the side of an interstate in West Texas. There were immediate signs it had been an accident. Martinez's partner, Stephen Garland (who suffered a head injury and doesn't recall the incident), had radioed for help, saying ...Read more

Trump doesn't need a parade. He needs a Roman triumph.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Post's scoop about President Trump's plans for a grand military parade in Washington brings to mind Evelyn Waugh's classic satire about England's upper crust in the early days of World War II, "Put Out More Flags," named after a Chinese proverb:

"A man getting drunk at a farewell party should strike a musical tone, ...Read more

It's treason not to applaud Trump. Join AmeriClaps and avoid execution.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

"I got a standing ovation. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl, and they said it was equal. I got a standing ovation. It lasted for a long period of time."

-- President Trump

"I live for the applause, applause, applause

"I live for the applause-plause, live for the ...Read more

Reality is catching up with Trump -- everywhere

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump, in his State of the Union address last week, boasted to the nation about stock market gains: "The stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion and more in value in just this short period of time."

He has boasted about the booming market in tweets no fewer than 54 times since taking office...Read more

History as seen through memos

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Wouldn't it be great to be Devin Nunes?

Not only does the California Republican get to be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, but he simultaneously gets to serve President Trump by making public tidbits of classified information given to him by the White House. He is recused from the Russia investigation but still gets ...Read more

Democrats' behavior at the State of the Union was embarrassing

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It gives me no pleasure to say this, but the Democrats' behavior at the State of the Union was embarrassing.

I take a back seat to nobody in decrying President Trump's cynical and divisive performance. He repeatedly exploited Americans' divisions on race, guns, God, immigration -- anything to distract from the broken promises, ...Read more

A uniquely depressing State of the Union

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- He couldn't help himself.

The White House took pains to say President Trump's State of the Union address would be "unifying" and contain a "bipartisan" tone. Excerpts released before the speech repeated the word "together" three times.

But Trump was still in the first minute of his speech -- 72 words from the start -- when he ...Read more

The State of the Union, in Trump's real words

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday night, the president will read a speech somebody else wrote for him. The pundits will say he sounds presidential. And on Wednesday, Donald Trump will go back to being Donald Trump.

White House officials prepped reporters for Tuesday's performance by saying that President Trump will be "optimistic" as well as "very ...Read more

When Trump leaves what will be left of us?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

Someday, likely three years from now, perhaps sooner, perhaps -- gulp -- later, President Trump will depart the stage.

But what will be left of us?

New evidence suggests the damage he is doing to the culture is bigger than the man. A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found that two-thirds of Americans say Trump is not a good role ...Read more

Inside the secret, sinister and very illegal cabal trying to destroy Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It began, as these things generally do, with Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Benghazi.

The voluble congressman, who speaks as if he is arguing the trial of the century even if he is ordering breakfast, went on Fox News on Tuesday to divulge a secret.

"There's a text exchange between these two FBI agents" -- Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who had...Read more

Women are ready to rain down fire and fury on Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- As hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets on Saturday to vent their discontent with President Trump's first year in office, the president, who is supported by just 29 percent of women, did what he does best. He played the troll.

"Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March," he ...Read more


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