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Here's 'what about' Roy Moore that is different

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Call the CDC. Alert the surgeon general and put the National Institutes of Health on standby.

We're having a severe outbreak of whataboutism.

In mild forms, the primary symptom is a vulnerability to false equivalencies. Virulent strains, such as the current one, can cause victims to lose all moral perspective.

After I wrote ...Read more

For vast majority of women, nothing will change

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I found myself in a TV makeup room with two of the most prominent men in the news business this last week, just after the New York Times suspended White House correspondent Glenn Thrush over allegations of sexual harassment and hours before CBS News suspended Charlie Rose over similar allegations.

We were discussing the question ...Read more

Thank you, George W. Bush and Sally Yates

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "So this is how it's going to work today," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders informed the press corps Monday. She told reporters that "if you want to ask a question," you should "start off with what you're thankful for."

Like good little girls and boys, several obliged. The reporters were grateful for their ...Read more

There is something truly historic about Trump

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump is making history at a historic level. He tells us this himself.

"Good morning," he said at the start of his Cabinet meeting Monday. "We just returned from a historic, 12-day trip to Asia."

We knew the trip would be historic because the White House announced in advance that it would be "very historic." And the day...Read more

Forget alternative facts. We're now in an alternate reality.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- In the beginning, there were alternative facts. Now we are being governed in an alternate reality.

Heading toward approval of their tax bill this week, House Republicans had a teensy problem: Their vaunted tax "cut" actually was a tax hike for millions of Americans. It lowered taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars on the ...Read more

'Bernie Bernstein' wants the world to know his name

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- It is time for us as journalists to come clean and to recognize the great debt our profession owes Bernie Bernstein.

After years of toiling in obscurity, Bernie gained national attention Tuesday when an Alabama pastor shared with a local TV station a voice mail left by Bernie. "Hi, this is Bernie Bernstein. I'm a reporter for The ...Read more

Donald Trump Jr.'s incredible history of dumb decisions

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- With all the documentation of Russian collusion piling up, President Trump's best excuse may be that his people were too incompetent to organize a conspiracy. Luckily for him, an innocent-by-reason-of-stupidity defense has the virtue of being plausible.

For example, there is clear and compelling evidence that Donald Trump Jr. is ...Read more

An absolutely not-made-up dossier on Trump's early years

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- "I just asked him again, and he said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they're saying he did. … I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. … I think he's very insulted by it, if you want to know the truth. … I think that he is very, very strong in the fact that he didn't do it. ��...Read more

Roy Moore and Republicans, taking the Bible literally but not seriously

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- So President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Republicans think Roy Moore, the GOP Senate nominee from Alabama, should quit his Senate run only "if these allegations are true."

If true? Four women, on the record in The Washington Post, say Moore, when he was in his 30s, tried to date them as teens, and one ...Read more

Turns out Wilbur Ross isn't a billionaire. Uh-oh.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Oh, Wilbur.

President Trump's billionaire commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, has a big problem: He is apparently not a billionaire.

Forbes magazine, keeper of the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans, reports that it dropped Ross from its list this year because of a "phantom $2 billion" that Ross claimed he had but apparently ...Read more

Trump was on the ballot in Virginia. He lost.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump may have been 7,000 miles away in Seoul on Tuesday, but make no mistake: He was on the ballot in Virginia when his imitator, Republican Ed Gillespie, lost the closely watched gubernatorial race to Democrat Ralph Northam.

This was, in part, because Trump himself embraced Gillespie, endorsing him and, as Election Day...Read more

Welcome to the new gilded age

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Corporations are people, my friend. And this is where they feed.

Room 1100 of the Longworth Building, with its ionic columns, gilt-fringed curtains and eagle-topped frieze, has for 80 years been the home of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. But perhaps never before have corporations wielded their power as openly as ...Read more

What's in the tax reform bill for Johnny Lunchbucket?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Poor Johnny Lunchbucket. He's been had.

President Trump promised to look out for the forgotten man and to fix a "rigged" tax system. Now he and congressional Republicans have proposed a tax cut that makes the rich richer and shifts the burden onto the working class.

The numbers don't lie, but if you need more evidence? Consider ...Read more

The other huge scandal Mueller brought to light this week

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Robert Mueller brought to light a huge scandal this week, and it has nothing to do with Russia.

He has introduced the world to Sam Clovis.

Clovis, we now know, was the Trump campaign official who oversaw George Papadopoulos and encouraged his efforts to meet with Russian officials. But what's more interesting than what Clovis is ...Read more

Democrats are setting themselves up to lose

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's job approval rating fell to just 33 percent in a Gallup poll this week. One of his campaign aides pleaded guilty in the Russia probe and two more were indicted. Republicans are fighting over their tax plan, increasing the odds of yet another legislative debacle.

It would seem that the midterm election is the ...Read more

Seems like everyone's colluding with Russia now

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Robert Mueller's conviction of a former Trump campaign adviser and his indictment of two more finally prove it: Hillary is guilty!

Technically, President Trump's standard line of defense in the Russia probe -- we did not collude -- suffered a bit of a blow Monday. In a plea deal with the special counsel unsealed Monday (at about ...Read more

How could I have been so stupid?

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- I was amazed by the #MeToo outpouring by women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted. So many women I know have been victims, and yet, I marveled, I had spent my career in charmed workplaces where such things didn't happen.

But this week I learned that, earlier in my career, I worked in a place that was the very definition ...Read more

Jeff Flake is out, and Roy Moore is in. Heaven help us.

From the Left / Dana Milbank /

WASHINGTON -- Out: Jeff Flake.

In: Roy Moore.

This week brought a clarifying moment in the sad denouement of the once-proud GOP into an organ of grievance and intolerance. Flake, a Republican from Arizona, said he was retiring from the Senate. This honorable man and faithful conservative followed another good man, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in ...Read more

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