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.

Milbank: Justices appear skeptical in battle over EPA carbon rules

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

WASHINGTON -- It has the makings of a royal mess for "King Barack."

Milbank: Obama is letting down his party as Dems fall behind

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

WASHINGTON — President Obama, in trouble at home, is quite literally heading for the border. His approval rating is in the 40s, vulnerable Democratic candidates don't want to be seen with him and Republicans think his unpopularity could win them the Senate. So it's likely no coincidence that Obama is making himself scarce in these parts.

Milbank: Republican policymakers seeking a few good ideas

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

It is time, Jim DeMint told his fellow conservatives, to come up with a program beyond opposing everything President Obama does.

Milbank: Obamacare undermined by agency used to support it

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

For years, the White House has trotted out the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to show that Obamacare would cut health care costs and reduce deficits:

Milbank: Right wing thinks Republicans are fumbling the ball

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

Legendary football coach Lou Holtz gives motivational lectures about "overcoming seemingly impossible challenges," according to his page on the Washington Speakers Bureau website. So it would seem that Holtz found an ideal client for his services: He was scheduled to deliver a keynote address Wednesday night to the House Republican Conference, meeting in Cambridge, Md.

Milbank: Obama misses chances to reinforce strong message

By Dana Milbank January 18, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Why is it so hard for President Obama to stick to a theme? Wednesday provided a vivid juxtaposition that underscored this president's on-again, off-again relationship with message discipline.

Milbank: After hitting sour note, Republicans sing same old tune

By Dana Milbank January 11, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Tuesday outlined his party's priorities for 2014. They are, in ascending order of importance:

Milbank: GOP increasingly rejects evolution, devolves as a party

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

Has the Republican big tent evolved into a house of worship?

Milbank: Both parties have method for orchestrating political hits

By Dana Milbank December 28, 2013 6 a.m.

Remember the new spirit of cooperation in Washington? That's so last week.

Milbank: Lessons can be learned from bailout of auto industry

By Dana Milbank December 21, 2013 6 a.m.

When will the criticism of Obamacare finally end? I've done some research on the question, and by my calculations, judging from current trends, this will happen approximately …never.

Milbank: Influence of Tea Party Republicans apparently waning

By Dana Milbank December 14, 2013 6 a.m.

Rep. Steve Stockman's moment as a viable Senate candidate lasted exactly 13 hours, 47 minutes.

Milbank: Shadowy group slowly losing grip on state legislators

By Dana Milbank December 7, 2013 6 a.m.

It was like going into the belly of the beast.