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.

Milbank: President overstepping? Try legislating instead of suing

By Dana Milbank June 28, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Republicans, after years of squabbling with President Obama, have decided to resolve their differences with him according to a time-honored American tradition. They are going to sue him.

Milbank: Yes men make Obama a prisoner of groupthink

By Dana Milbank June 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Of the many strange moments in the Bowe Bergdahl saga, the most worrisome was Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's statement about the prisoner exchange.

Milbank: Rep. McKeon may or may not be on to something!

By Dana Milbank June 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Rep. Buck McKeon displayed the probing intellect this week that we expect from a chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Milbank: Carson criticizes division at the same time he stirs it

By Dana Milbank May 31, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Neurosurgeon-turned-conservative icon Ben Carson said in a visit to the capital Wednesday that God's plan for him is to teach Americans that "our strength is in our unity and we need to stop fighting each other."

Milbank: Conservatives grudgingly find positives in Obamacare

By Dana Milbank May 24, 2014 6 a.m.

For the first time since Obamacare split the country in two, the conditions for a cease-fire have begun to appear.

Milbank: Conservatives find new tragedy to blame on Hillary

By Dana Milbank May 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Conservatives have reached the firm conclusion that Hillary Clinton is to blame for those Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, 15 months after she left office.

Milbank: Administration left itself vulnerable on Benghazi details

By Dana Milbank May 10, 2014 6 a.m.

If Republicans succeed in turning the Benghazi "scandal" from a nothingburger into a Double Big Mac, the Obama White House can blame its own secrecy and obsessive control over information.

Milbank: Harry Reid, Democrats have a Koch dependency

By Dana Milbank May 3, 2014 6 a.m.

The time has come to stop the denial and to admit that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a Koch problem. More than 100 times on the Senate floor in the past few months, Reid has invoked Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who have pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into conservative causes and campaigns.

Milbank: Space exploration? It's time for a new mission plan

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

NASA just confirmed what sci-fi enthusiasts have known all along: There are other civilizations out there.

Milbank: Getting lost and disconnected in cloud of technology

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

WASHINGTON — I missed my brother's anniversary last week. But I have a very 21st-century excuse: I lost it in the cloud. I discovered this the next day when my sister-in-law mentioned they had been out to dinner to celebrate their 15th.

Milbank: On Benghazi, Republicans reside in echo chamber

By Dana Milbank April 5, 2014 6 a.m.

House Republicans on Wednesday held Benghazi hearing number 1,372,569, give or take, and this time they were determined to find the proof that had eluded them in the previous 1,372,568: That Obama administration officials had put politics before national security.

Milbank: GOP eyes short-term prospects, ignores long-term reality

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

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratic National Committee chairwoman, was in an elevator with her staff Tuesday morning, leaving the National Press Club, where she had just held a televised news conference.

Milbank: Sleepless in the Senate: a show against climate change

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

The filibuster has been used to delay many things over the years: Civil rights, spending bills, presidential nominees and, most recently, Obamacare. But this may be the first time in history that a group of senators filibustered themselves.

Milbank: Obama budget comes with plenty of vision but no teeth

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

When White House press secretary Jay Carney led a quartet of President Obama's top advisers into an auditorium for the annual rollout of the budget Tuesday, only 40 of the room's 120 seats were occupied — and several of the reporters there had come to ask Carney about Ukraine.