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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Dana Milbank March 1, 2014 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON -- It has the makings of a royal mess for "King Barack."
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.
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.
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:
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.
By Dana Milbank January 25, 2014 6 a.m.
Read the bill!
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.
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:
By Dana Milbank January 4, 2014 6 a.m.
Has the Republican big tent evolved into a house of worship?
By Dana Milbank December 28, 2013 6 a.m.
Remember the new spirit of cooperation in Washington? That's so last week.
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.
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.
By Dana Milbank December 7, 2013 6 a.m.
It was like going into the belly of the beast.