Milbank: Obama's once-tired presidency springing back to life

By Dana Milbank July 4, 2015 6 a.m.

'This," President Obama said in the Rose Garden on Wednesday as he announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba, "is what change looks like."

Milbank: More calling themselves liberal, taking liberal positions

By Dana Milbank June 27, 2015 6 a.m.

Since the 1988 presidential campaign, when George H.W. Bush and Lee Atwater turned "Massachusetts liberal" into an epithet, the label has been tainted — so much so that many liberals abandoned it for "progressive."

Milbank: Trump campaign announcement all about the Donald

By Dana Milbank June 20, 2015 6 a.m.

'I'm really rich," Donald Trump informed supporters at his presidential campaign announcement.

Milbank: With this Congress, alternative to Obamacare is nothing

By Dana Milbank June 13, 2015 6 a.m.

Things clearly had gotten off on the wrong foot.

Milbank: U.S. Senate held hostage by presidential ambitions

By Dana Milbank June 6, 2015 6 a.m.

Mike Lee of Utah is part of a vanishing breed — Republican senators who are NOT running for president — and in this role he rose on the Senate floor Tuesday morning to plead for his ambitious colleagues to stop embarrassing the party.

Milbank: Paul takes a stand for liberal causes at his own peril

By Dana Milbank May 30, 2015 6 a.m.

Rand Paul took a left turn on his journey to the Republican nomination, and now his hopes seem to be headed south.

Milbank: Clinton lacks commitment to campaign finance reform

By Dana Milbank May 23, 2015 6 a.m.

In a private meeting last week with 200 of the Democratic Party's top financiers, Hillary Clinton drew vigorous applause when she said any of her nominees to the Supreme Court would have to share her desire to overturn the Citizens United decision. She also put in a plug with the fundraisers (all of whom had hauled in at least $27,000 for her) for a constitutional amendment overturning the ruling, which allows unlimited spending by super PACs.

Milbank: 'Populist moment' hands Obama big defeat on trade

By Dana Milbank May 16, 2015 6 a.m.

Could this be the populist moment?

Milbank: Huckabee's populist message unlikely to attract the rich

By Dana Milbank May 9, 2015 6 a.m.

Before Mike Huckabee took the stage at the launch of his presidential campaign Tuesday, crooner Tony Orlando warmed up the crowd with his 1970s hit, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon." It was a fitting prelude, because Huckabee's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is also a throwback: The former Arkansas governor is the candidate of the little guy at a time when big money is ascendant in politics.

Milbank: Same-sex marriage supporters don't fall for hate bait

By Dana Milbank May 2, 2015 6 a.m.

The biblical-marriage demonstrators were outnumbered 5-to-1 or more outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning, but they were not lacking in vitriol or vulgarity.

Milbank: Using Jesus to curtail reproductive rights is incendiary

By Dana Milbank April 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Michigan Republican Tim Walberg was a Christian minister before winning election to Congress in 2010 — and he hasn't entirely changed jobs.

Milbank: Republicans make push for a permanent aristocracy

By Dana Milbank April 18, 2015 6 a.m.

Give credit to Republicans in Congress. They've discovered, belatedly, that income inequality is a problem, and they're no longer proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. Now they are proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest two-tenths of 1 percent of Americans.

Milbank: All men created equal — unless they need food stamps

By Dana Milbank April 11, 2015 6 a.m.

Rick Brattin, a young Republican state representative in Missouri, has come up with an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state. Call it the surf-and-turf law. Brattin has introduced House Bill 813, making it illegal for food-stamp recipients to use their benefits "to purchase cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood, or steak."

Milbank: Republicans again wander off path to the White House

By Dana Milbank April 4, 2015 6 a.m.

The good news for Republicans: They have a path to victory in 2016. The bad news for Republicans: They are not on that path.

Milbank: Now in charge, Republicans find governing difficult

By Dana Milbank March 21, 2015 6 a.m.

Six men in green ties took the stage in the House television studio Tuesday, and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, a slight leprechaun of a man with silver hair and dark eyebrows, approached the microphone.

Milbank: GOP senators seem set on creating breakaway nation

By Dana Milbank March 14, 2015 6 a.m.

The New York Daily News branded Senate Republicans "TRAITORS" in large type across its cover Tuesday, saying, "GOPers try to sabotage Bam nuke deal."

Milbank: Challenge to Obamacare doesn't make a strong case

By Dana Milbank March 7, 2015 6:01 a.m.

The Supreme Court, it would seem, did not want you to see what it was up to on Wednesday. The robed nine were hearing oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a legal effort by conservatives to dismantle Obamacare and probably the most politically charged case to appear before the high court since Bush v. Gore. But, as always, there was no video of the proceedings and, curiously, the court chose not to release same-day audio of the argument.

Milbank: Can the Obama frat house get Hillary elected in '16?

By Dana Milbank February 21, 2015 6 a.m.

The 2016 campaign has acquired an unexpected storyline in its early stages: All Madam President's Men.

Milbank: McCain on the offensive as armed services panel chief

By Dana Milbank February 14, 2015 6 a.m.

John McCain toiled for 28 years in the Senate before he finally won the chairman's gavel of the Armed Services Committee last month. Now he's making up for lost time.

Milbank: Latest Obamacare repeal effort sets futility 'record'

By Dana Milbank February 7, 2015 6 a.m.

It is unfair to say Republicans have achieved nothing in their dozens of attempts since 2010 to repeal Obamacare. In Tuesday's repeal effort by House Republicans — their first of this Congress and their 56th overall — it became clear that they had succeeded at one thing: They had bored even themselves into a slumber.

Milbank: Republicans stumbling badly in first weeks in power

By Dana Milbank January 31, 2015 6 a.m.

'Yeah, there've been a couple of stumbles," John Boehner acknowledged Tuesday. The House speaker had spoken with dry understatement. What has happened since Republicans took full control of Congress three weeks ago has been less a stumble than a pratfall involving the legislative equivalent of a banana peel, flailing arms, an upended bookcase, torn drapes, and a slide across a laden banquet table into a wedding cake.

Milbank: Obama, Congress growing complacent about threats

By Dana Milbank January 24, 2015 6 a.m.

In 1938, Winston Churchill published "While England Slept," about Britain's failure to prepare for the Nazi threat. Let's hope that, when the history of this moment is written, the 2015 State of the Union address will not be retold under the title "While America Slept."

Milbank: Divide on presidential power a conundrum for GOP

By Dana Milbank January 17, 2015 6 a.m.

For six years, Republicans railed about President Barack Obama's "usurpation" of power. So it's no small irony that, in one of their first acts since taking control of Congress, they are planning to invite him to usurp some more.

Milbank: House Speaker Boehner swats away first-day challenge

By Dana Milbank January 10, 2015 6 a.m.

John Boehner won re-election as speaker of the House on Tuesday with the help of an unlikely ally: Mario Cuomo, the former Democratic governor of New York.

Milbank: How can the U.S. inspire the 'Slacktivist Generation'

By Dana Milbank January 3, 2015 6 a.m.

I wanted to do something for my country during the holidays, so I went to the movies.

Milbank: Disorder in the court generates headlines for attorney

By Dana Milbank December 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Larry Klayman is losing again.

Milbank: Elizabeth Warren is left's equivalent of Jim DeMint

By Dana Milbank December 20, 2014 6 a.m.

After Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz attacked the 2015 spending agreement in the Senate last week from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Washington engaged in a little parlor game: Is Warren the Cruz of the left?

Milbank: Done something really dumb? You've Grubered self

By Dana Milbank December 13, 2014 6 a.m.

A gaffe, under the oft-cited Michael Kinsley rule, is when somebody in Washington accidentally speaks the truth. But what happens when frankness leads you to say something so monumentally stupid — the verbal equivalent of a pratfall, a face-plant into a mud pit — that "gaffe" doesn't cover it?

Milbank: Hey GOP, Obama's already won immigration fight

By Dana Milbank December 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Among the many ways Republican members of Congress are contemplating to punish President Obama for his executive actions on immigration is a proposal of elegant simplicity: They would refuse to invite him to the Capitol to give his State of the Union address.

Milbank: Ferguson prosecutor face of race problem in U.S.

By Dana Milbank November 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Ferguson reminds us that we still have a race problem in America. But the face of this problem is not Darren Wilson's. It's Bob McCulloch's.

Milbank: GOP senator sees immigration move as call to action

By Dana Milbank November 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Here's a paradox worth pondering: Could President Obama's executive actions on immigration actually make it easier to enact comprehensive reform?

Milbank: Administration of affirmation does Obama disservice

By Dana Milbank November 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, had a peculiar reaction to the Democrats' defeat in the midterm elections, widely blamed on President Obama's unpopularity.

Milbank: Without an agenda, victorious GOP set up for chaos

By Dana Milbank November 8, 2014 6 a.m.

During political campaigns, candidates usually tell voters what they would do if elected. But Sen. Mitch McConnell had a different idea.

Milbank: Obama doesn't abuse his power, he uses it too little

By Dana Milbank November 1, 2014 6 a.m.

In July, when House Republicans voted to sue the president, they spoke of the urgent need to stop "tyranny" at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. "Our freedom is in peril," warned Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina, the man behind the lawsuit. "We cannot stand by and watch the president shred our Constitution."

Milbank: Abscam 'hero' fights to return to genteel days of 1978

By Dana Milbank October 25, 2014 6 a.m.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Many issues are at play in these 2014 midterm elections. The 1970s Abscam scandal has not been one of them. Until now.

Milbank: Saying 'no' to Obama is Republicans' midterm platform

By Dana Milbank October 18, 2014 6 a.m.

It sounds like the beginning of a joke: Two libertarians and a corporate lobbyist walk into a social hall …

Milbank: Use of data to predict elections ignores human element

By Dana Milbank October 11, 2014 6 a.m.

In the old days, life had many hardships. Among these: The need to wait until Election Day to determine who had won. But now Big Data has saved us from this struggle. Even close races can be predicted with mathematical precision.

Milbank: Obama, Netanyahu still awkward after 12 meetings

By Dana Milbank October 4, 2014 6 a.m.

The old frenemies sat in the Oval Office on Wednesday, their chair legs 18 inches apart, attempting some reasonable facsimile of personal chemistry. Maybe the 12th time would be the charm.

Milbank: Obama has become the lesser evil for many liberals

By Dana Milbank September 27, 2014 6 a.m.

The anti-Obama left was out in force. All 22 of them.

Milbank: Gowdy gives lesson in proper congressional oversight

By Dana Milbank September 20, 2014 6 a.m.

When Trey Gowdy got the job to run the House's new Benghazi select committee, there was good reason to fear bad things. Gowdy, a former prosecutor, was known for theatrical outbursts in hearings, rank partisanship, and a fascination with Benghazi conspiracy theories about talking points, stand-down orders and Hillary Clinton's culpability.

Milbank: Dick Cheney, still blindly beating the drums of war

By Dana Milbank September 13, 2014 6 a.m.

It was just like the good old days.

Milbank: Obama ought to worry more about global unrest

By Dana Milbank September 6, 2014 6 a.m.

President Obama is not worried. And that is unnerving. British Prime Minister David Cameron presented to Parliament on Monday the alarming conclusions of European leaders who had met in Brussels over the weekend: "The European Council believes the creation of an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria and the Islamist extremism and export of terrorism on which it is based is a direct threat to every European country."

Milbank: Slyly shepherding the scapegoats of immigration

By Dana Milbank August 30, 2014 6 a.m.

It's August in the capital, quiet enough for scapegoats to roam freely.

Milbank: Americans united by loss of confidence in United States

By Dana Milbank August 16, 2014 6 a.m.

It is the very essence of the American Dream: an irrepressible confidence that our children will live better than we do.

Milbank: Blurring of racial lines in America should be celebrated

By Dana Milbank August 9, 2014 6 a.m.

The unfriendly airwaves of talk radio this week gave us an inadvertently revealing moment.

Milbank: Fighting Obamacare just to prove a point costs lives

By Dana Milbank August 2, 2014 6 a.m.

On July 1, the hospital in rural Belhaven, N.C., closed — a victim, in part, of the decision by the state's governor and legislature to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare.

Milbank: Warren more interested in the work than the spotlight

By Dana Milbank July 26, 2014 6 a.m.

It was one of those important-but-dull Senate hearings that don't get broadcast even on C-SPAN 3. An obscure subcommittee was taking expert testimony on patient safety last week, and only four of its 14 members bothered to show up. Several of the public seats were empty, too.

Milbank: GOP plan to sue Obama has merit badges, but not merit

By Dana Milbank July 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Rep. Pete Sessions, the House Rules Committee chairman who led Wednesday's hearing on Republicans' plans to sue President Obama, presented the legal credentials that have put him in this position of responsibility.

Milbank: Obama accused of ‘lawlessness’ for following the law

By Dana Milbank July 12, 2014 6 a.m.

A querulous quartet of conservatives took to the Senate floor Wednesday to condemn President Barack Obama for his latest atrocity against the American way of life.