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Trump fires the Iran deal live on TV!

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In announcing a U.S. pullout from the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, President Trump boosted exports of a product his administration manufactures in abundance: chaos.

In the Oval Office, standing beneath a portrait of George Washington, Trump spoke at length about the "very weak," "disastrous," "poorly negotiated" and "totally ...Read more

The West Virginia primary shows Trump's election was no aberration

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Sooner or later, Donald Trump will be gone. Trumpism, however, is here to stay.

Look at West Virginia, which holds its Republican Senate primary Tuesday. Candidate Don Blankenship, a disgraced coal baron who spent a year in jail after a mine explosion killed 29 workers, was reportedly trailing two respectable GOP rivals just over ...Read more

What would Trump say if he were the prayerful sort?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- This week brought evidence that God exists -- and has a wicked sense of humor.

At 6:46 a.m. Thursday, President Trump confirmed to the world what Rudy Giuliani had blurted out on television the night before: Trump had reimbursed Michael Cohen the $130,000 in hush money paid to Stormy Daniels over her alleged affair with Trump.

At...Read more

The Trump team discovers facts are stubborn things

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Those defending President Trump's nativist initiatives would like to assure you that the policies are not based in bigotry.

Unfortunately for them, they keep bumping up against the facts.

Trump administration Solicitor General Noel Francisco, defending Trump's travel ban at the Supreme Court last week, asked the justices to ...Read more

President Trump's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

"President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize."

-- South Korean President Moon Jae-in

"No-bel! No-bel! No-bel!"

-- Audience at Trump's Michigan rally Saturday


OSLO, DEC. 10, 2018

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, distinguished members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee:

...Read more

Time for journalists to fight back, not play party hosts

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- How do we square these two scenes from the weekend?

On Saturday night, Washington journalists hobnobbed with politicians and celebrities at the black-tie White House Correspondents' Association dinner -- and then spent Sunday arguing about whether comedian Michelle Wolf was too harsh toward President Trump, who uses his ...Read more

If you preach about the poor, you don't have a prayer in Washington

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Praying for the poor is now apparently a firing offense in the corridors of power.

House Speaker Paul Ryan did not give a reason when his chief of staff this month told the Rev. Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest and House chaplain, to resign or face dismissal.

But we know this much: Ryan's office complained to Conroy about a prayer...Read more

Only a blind justice could overlook Trump's anti-Muslim bigotry

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Wednesday's Supreme Court argument about the travel ban on certain majority-Muslim nations probably wouldn't have happened at all if the ban hadn't been issued by President Trump.

"If it were just the text of the order alone," Neal Katyal, the lawyer arguing against the travel ban, told the justices, "… we wouldn't be here."

...Read more

L'affaire dandruff shows Trump has become the alpha

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- A century ago, l'affaire Dreyfus roiled France. Now, that nation must confront l'affaire dandruff.

Standing in the Oval Office on Tuesday, and with the cameras rolling, President Trump announced to the world that the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, has a flaky scalp.

"We do have a very special relationship," Trump said, ...Read more

Trump calls the Russia lawsuit 'funny.' He once sued to prove he wasn't an orangutan.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "So funny," President Trump remarked of the Democratic National Committee's lawsuit against the Trump campaign, the Russian government and WikiLeaks.


Almost as funny as when Trump sued Palm Beach County, Florida, because of the "malicious" jet noise above Mar-a-Lago.

Or when Trump sued Bill Maher after the comedian ...Read more

Trump is a breed apart

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

"This is not normal," James B. Comey said last week after President Trump threatened him with jail.

If I had a nickel for every time somebody said that, I could repay the national debt. There is so much abnormality from this president that we're numb.

I'd like to pause, therefore, to reflect on just one thing the president did this week that, ...Read more

Nikki Haley was confused, all right

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Nikki Haley thought she knew what President Trump was going to do. Now she looks like a dupe.

What makes Republicans in Congress think their trust in Trump will work out any better for them?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he won't take up legislation blocking Trump from firing special counsel Robert S. ...Read more

Trump's merchandising empire has collapsed. Here's how we can save it.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday morning's Washington Post carried the dispiriting news that Donald Trump's merchandising empire has collapsed.

But I think we can make it great again.

Trump-branded items -- steaks, shirts, underwear, perfumes, chandeliers, mattresses, shoes (for Mexico!), vodka, pillows, eyeglasses, coffee pods, urine tests and more -- ...Read more

Trump's 'fake news' mantra becomes an effective weapon -- against America

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- After the United States last week accused the Russian-backed Assad regime in Syria of a chemical-weapons attack, Russia had a ready rejoinder: Fake News.

A Kremlin statement dismissed "the latest fake news about a chemical attack on Douma," calling the charges "absolutely unsubstantiated lies."

After the Trump administration had ...Read more


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