Media fight takes on an unusually personal tone
NEW YORK (AP) — A skirmish involving President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Washington Post and MSNBC has escalated into unusual personal bitterness this week, with...
WASHINGTON -- They spent 11 months digging into allegations of collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice, money laundering and assorted other misdeeds.
Dana Milbank: New economic adviser sports poor track record
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.
DANA MILBANK: Trump’s chaotic leadership drives people to the exits
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 President Trump.
What respect — if any — is due Donald Trump? Ever since his State of the Union speech, I’ve been wondering if congressional Democrats were out of line when dozens of them refused to stand for the president as he entered the chamber. My Washington Post colleague, the enviably talented Dana Milbank, took the Democrats to task. He said the office of the presidency, if not the man, deserves our respect. I respectfully disagree. In the first place, I am unable to separate the man from the office.
DANA MILBANK: President Trump is saved by scandal overkill
WASHINGTON -- President Trump is a force of nature. Actually, he is a full-blown meteorological phenomenon.
Last 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.
DANA MILBANK: Democrats Are Setting Themselves Up to Lose
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 Democrats' to lose. And you can be sure they will try their best to do exactly that.
Good morning, people. I hope you're having a good day. I just wanted to say one thing: If anyone thinks that Donald Trump is for anything but ... himself, you've got another think coming. He's 100 percent for himself and that is all. ... And he is raping America. Yes, raping America.
DANA MILBANK: It’s a new year, but it’s the same President Trump
WASHINGTON -- New year. Same old president.
2018 was only seven hours and 12 minutes old when President Trump launched his first verbal attack of the year on a foreign country.
His target: the unsuspecting nation of Pakistan, which, he charged, has "given us nothing but lies & deceit" and "safe haven to the terrorists."
Only 10 weeks earlier, Trump tweeted about a "much better relationship with Pakistan," saying, "I want to thank them for their cooperation on many fronts."
DANA MILBANK: Trump’s jingoistic talk of greatness squanders U.S. goodness
WASHINGTON -- In this holiday season, a familiar question arises: Is President Trump trying to undermine democracy, or is he just irredeemably vain?
It's a toss of the coin -- specifically, Trump's commemorative "Challenge Coin," which just had its public debut.
DANA MILBANK: Republicans have their own Obamacare now
WASHINGTON -- Congratulations, Republicans. Now you have your own Obamacare.
Emerging from their caucus meeting in the Capitol basement last Tuesday morning, House Republicans were jubilant about their tax bill, which cleared Congress on Wednesday.
"It's a total winner," said Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va. "And I never lie."
Veteran Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., observed: "They're pretty giddy in there."
Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., a urologist, announced: "This is good medicine for America."
DANA MILBANK: What’s in the tax reform bill for Johnny Lunchbucket?
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.
DANA MILBANK: Jeff Flake out, Roy Moore in: Heaven help us
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 concluding that there is no place for their service in Trump's America.
"With the stroke of a pen, Rod Rosenstein redeemed his reputation," writes Dana Milbank of The Washington Post. What had Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein done to be welcomed home by the Post like the prodigal son? Without consulting the White House, he sandbagged President Trump, naming a special counsel to take over the investigation of the Russia connection that could prove ruinous to this presidency. Rod has reinvigorated a tired 10-month investigation that failed to find any collusion...
Dana Milbank: It’s about time someone attacked Australia. Thank you, President Trump.
WASHINGTON -- President Trump is finally following through on his promise to Make America Safe Again.
Dana Milbank: Members of Congress are learning to play Trump’s ethical blame game
WASHINGTON — Here we go, down the rabbit hole.
Donald Trump won the presidency by feeding Americans a diet of falsehoods and fake news, and, when challenged, he lashed out: shouting down the opposition, bullying the accuser and, particularly, blaming the media.
It was inevitable that his success would bring imitators. Now they have arrived, and they're breeding like, well …
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Dana Milbank: Hamilton helped elect his rival to keep an ‘unruly Tyrant’ from the presidency
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — I came here during the holidays to visit an old friend who's fallen on hard times.
Amid the cultural sensation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton" on Broadway, the protagonist's arch-rival, Thomas Jefferson, has momentarily lost his place of honor in the founding narrative. If Alexander Hamilton is the hero, the Sage of Monticello, though not the villain (that's Aaron Burr) is an impediment.
Dana Milbank: With Trump spokesman, lots more Q’s than A’s
It's time for the presidential transition team's daily news teleconference.
"Let's go ahead and open it up to a couple of questions," Donald Trump spokesman Jason Miller announces at Monday's installment.
Will the president-elect be staying at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida through the new year?
"Wouldn't want to go and forecast next week's schedule," Miller replies.
Will Trump keep the Internal Revenue Service commissioner until his term ends?
DANA MILBANK: Donald Trump is leading purveyor of fake news
WASHINGTON -- BuzzFeed reported recently that fake news stories about the election generated more engagement on Facebook than the top election stories from 19 major news outlets -- combined.
And that's not the half of it.
Not only is fake news getting more attention than actual news but the leading purveyor of fake news in the United States is now the president-elect.
Dana Milbank: Journalists shouldn’t try to win a popularity contest with Trump
WASHINGTON — It was a pathetic spectacle: TV news executives and anchors filing in to Trump Tower on Monday to be the president-elect's whipping boys.
Donald Trump had summoned them for a talk, but it turned out to be part tongue-lashing, part perp walk. The TV news people had foolishly agreed that the session was "off the record," leaving Trump and his aides free to characterize the media representatives as groveling while Trump berated them as liars.
Dana Milbank: Will Trump bring out the ghosts of Nixon and Hoover?
WASHINGTON -- As a Donald Trump victory became clear Tuesday night, the ghost of Herbert Hoover paid a visit to Trump's election night party in New York.
In the Fox News coverage playing on screens in the ballroom, Megyn Kelly turned to Karl Rove. "It didn't happen under Reagan or the Bushes. When was the last time a Republican president had a Republican Congress?"
Millennials could return church to its roots -- John Torgerson
I consider myself a baby boomer, even though I was born a few hours before the ceremonial end of World War II. I can agree with most of what Dana Milbank said about boomers in his Oct. 28 column, "Baby boomers, you're done enough. It's time to go."
Dana Milbank: Trump can’t just be defeated. He must be humiliated.
PHOENIX — Donald Trump is running against democracy itself.
Here, in the land of Barry Goldwater, democracy is fighting back.
DANA MILBANK: Clinton Leaves Party’s Liberal Wing High and Dry
By Dana Milbank
PHILADELPHIA -- As protests go, this one was a doobie.
Democrats gathering here to nominate Hillary Clinton for the presidency had some company: hundreds of Bernie Sanders supporters marching through town, escorted by a 50-foot dirigible in the form of a reefer.
"Berned by the DNC" was the, er, joint declaration printed on the balloon's side.
The Bernie backers have reason to be fuming. Their man lost a hard-fought race. But on Monday,...