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.
By Dana Milbank May 16, 2015 6 a.m.
Could this be the populist moment?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
By Dana Milbank February 28, 2015 6 a.m.
'I don't know."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
By Dana Milbank December 27, 2014 6 a.m.
Larry Klayman is losing again.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 …
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.
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.
By Dana Milbank September 27, 2014 6 a.m.
The anti-Obama left was out in force. All 22 of them.
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.
By Dana Milbank September 13, 2014 6 a.m.
It was just like the good old days.
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."
By Dana Milbank August 30, 2014 6 a.m.
It's August in the capital, quiet enough for scapegoats to roam freely.
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.
By Dana Milbank August 9, 2014 6 a.m.
The unfriendly airwaves of talk radio this week gave us an inadvertently revealing moment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.