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.

Milbank: White House provides an airbrushed view of history

By Dana Milbank November 30, 2013 6 a.m.

Is the Barack Obama White House airbrushing history?

Milbank: GOP's effort to sabotage of Obamacare might backfire

By Dana Milbank November 23, 2013 6 a.m.

House Republican leaders could not have been more blatant in their attempts to frighten Americans if they had emerged from their weekly meeting wearing hockey masks and carrying chain saws.

Milbank: Issa's kangaroo court is adept at leaping to conclusions

By Dana Milbank November 16, 2013 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — "The American people do not want to see a kangaroo court here," Rep. Jim Cooper, a Tennessee Democrat, said midway through Wednesday's four-hour prosecution of Obama administration technology experts by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Milbank: Insular administration contributes to Obama failure

By Dana Milbank November 9, 2013 6 a.m.

Near the end of his new book, "Days of Fire," my friend and former colleague Peter Baker recounts a moment in the White House Situation Room in 2008 when President George W. Bush was uncharacteristically reflective.

Milbank: What did Obama know, and when did he know it?

By Dana Milbank November 2, 2013 6 a.m.

For a smart man, President Obama professes to know very little about a great number of things going on in his administration.

Milbank: Rhetoric about Obamacare doesn't match the facts

By Dana Milbank October 26, 2013 6 a.m.

Fox News' Sean Hannity, that paragon of journalistic integrity, hosted six "average Americans" on his show this month who were "feeling the pain" of Obamacare.

Milbank: Despite all the evidence, Cruz refuses to admit defeat

By Dana Milbank October 19, 2013 6 a.m.

Ted Cruz did not lose gracefully.

Milbank: U.S. Supreme Court rulings put Congress up for sale

By Dana Milbank October 12, 2013 6 a.m.

There's a certain irony in the Supreme Court remaining open while much of the federal government is shut, for the high court created much of the dysfunction that cripples Washington today.

Milbank: A little lifeboat for a big sinking ship in Washington

By Dana Milbank October 5, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Democratic lawmakers and liberal activists arranged 20 child-size chairs on the lawn outside the Capitol on Wednesday to represent 19,000 children who could lose access to Head Start because of the government shutdown -- on top of the 57,000 slots lost in the low-income preschool program because of budget cuts.

Milbank: In wake of shootings, Congress goes about its business

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

Why can't conservatives just take the win on gun rights?

Milbank: Obama's stance on Syria shifts on a nearly daily basis

By Dana Milbank September 14, 2013 6:02 a.m.

What is the Obama administration plan in Syria? It depends on whom you ask and when.

Milbank: 'Evidence' isn't adequate if the public doesn't believe it

By Dana Milbank September 7, 2013 6:01 a.m.

John Kerry was making his "beyond a reasonable doubt" case against Syria's Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday when he gave lawmakers a bit of faulty intelligence.

Milbank: Republicans' attempt to appropriate King gets garbled

By Dana Milbank August 31, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Now it can be told: All the prominent black Republicans in America really can fit into one room. In fairness, it was a pretty big room.