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.

Milbank: Whistle-blowers have reason to fear 'proper channels'

By Dana Milbank August 24, 2013 6:01 a.m.

President Obama, in his news conference this month, said that Edward Snowden was wrong to go public with revelations about secret surveillance programs because "there were other avenues available for somebody whose conscience was stirred and thought that they needed to question government actions."

Milbank: GOP keeps changing game plan for taking on Obama

By Dana Milbank August 10, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Republicans need to make up their minds: Is President Obama a socialist or a corporate stooge?

Milbank: Isolationist Rand Paul goes down in flames on Egypt

By Dana Milbank August 3, 2013 6:01 a.m.

To be objectivist about it, you would have to conclude that the Republican Party is shrugging at Rand Paul right now.

Milbank: Rep. King lobs rotten tomatoes in immigration debate

By Dana Milbank July 27, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Now the immigration debate is really getting juicy.

Milbank: Republicans define insanity with countless repeal tries

By Dana Milbank July 20, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Well, this is embarrassing. Republicans have made so many attempts to repeal "Obamacare" that the scorekeepers have lost count.

Milbank: Republicans' bombast prevents meaningful reform

By Dana Milbank July 13, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Watching House Republicans' latest complaint about Obamacare brings to mind the joke Woody Allen used to open "Annie Hall," about two elderly women at a Catskills resort.

Milbank: It's not un-American to hold different political views

By Dana Milbank July 6, 2013 6:01 a.m.

A group of conservatives gathered in Washington on the eve of Independence Day to provide a preview of the opposition to Samantha Power's nomination to be ambassador to the United Nations.

Milbank: High court hits low point by gutting MLK's triumph

By Dana Milbank June 29, 2013 6:01 a.m.

The Roberts court chose a most cynical way to celebrate this summer's 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court's penultimate day in session before the Aug. 28 semi-centenary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, the court's conservative majority announced a 5-to-4 ruling that guts one of King's greatest triumphs, the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Milbank: Rubio runs afoul of Tea Party on immigration issue

By Dana Milbank June 22, 2013 6:01 a.m.

The Tea Party returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, but this time the don't-tread-on-me crowd trod upon one of its own.

Milbank: For congressional GOP, abortion debate a man's world

By Dana Milbank June 15, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Ladies and gentlemen, Republicans are again voting on new abortion restrictions. The House Judiciary Committee gathered Wednesday to pass another anti-abortion bill, and the nameplates on the majority side told the story:

Milbank: Republicans' behavior recalls party's pattern in late '90s

By Dana Milbank June 8, 2013 6:01 a.m.

It's beginning to feel like the late '90s all over again. Then, congressional Republicans howled themselves hoarse about Clinton administration scandals. But the indicators kept pointing to a booming economy, and support for President Bill Clinton climbed steeply through 1998 as House Republicans marched toward impeaching him.

Milbank: GOP, country will gain by Congress losing Bachmann

By Dana Milbank June 1, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Not 72 hours after Fox News aired former Republican leader Bob Dole's suggestion that the GOP put out a "closed for repairs" sign, Michele Bachmann announced that she's going out of business. Just like that, the Republican conglomerate got an unexpected chance to shutter one of the balkiest shops in its supply chain.

Milbank: Civil liberties under assault by Obama administration

By Dana Milbank May 25, 2013 6:01 a.m.

There are various reasons you might not care about the Obama administration's spying on journalist James Rosen and labeling him an "aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator" in an espionage case. Liberals may not be particularly bothered because the targeted journalist works for Fox News. Conservatives may not be concerned because of their antipathy toward the news media generally. And the general public certainly doesn't have much patience for journalists' whining.

Milbank: Recusal no excuse for undermining of Constitution

By Dana Milbank May 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.

As the nation's top law enforcement official, Eric Holder is privy to all kinds of sensitive information. But he seems to be proud of how little he knows. Why didn't his Justice Department inform The Associated Press, as the law requires, before pawing through reporters' phone records? "I do not know," the attorney general told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, "why that was or was not done. I simply don't have a factual basis to answer that question."

Milbank: Diplomat's Benghazi attack tale fails to prove damning

By Dana Milbank May 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.

They summoned a whistle-blower to Capitol Hill, but instead they got a virtuoso storyteller. Gregory Hicks, the No. 2 U.S. diplomat in Libya the night Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed, was to be the star witness for Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the man leading the probe of the Obama administration's handling of the attack on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.

Milbank: Obama needs to get off sidelines and back into game

By Dana Milbank May 4, 2013 6:01 a.m.

It's never a good sign for a president when he feels compelled to assure the public he still has a pulse. This is the unenviable position President Obama was in Tuesday morning when he held a news conference and faced questions about the stalled pieces of his legislative program.

Milbank: 'Compassionate conservatism' revival lacks passion

By Dana Milbank April 27, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Whoever thinks there's no such thing as a free lunch has not been to the Heritage Foundation. After Sen. Mike Lee's speech to the conservative think tank Monday, his listeners didn't rush to the front of the room, where the Utah Republican was greeting well-wishers, but to the back to get in line for sandwiches, cookies and soft drinks provided gratis to the hungry young conservatives who sat through the hour.

Milbank: Cowardice trumps courage as gun control bill goes down

By Dana Milbank April 20, 2013 6:01 a.m.

The gun bill was going down, but Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who reached a compromise to try to save it, went to the Senate floor Wednesday morning to give it one more try.

Milbank: NRA favors brawn over brains in gun-control debate

By Dana Milbank April 6, 2013 6:01 a.m.

The gun-lobby goons were at it again. The National Rifle Association's security guards gained notoriety earlier this year when, escorting NRA officials to a hearing, they were upbraided by Capitol authorities for pushing cameramen.

Milbank: Quiet Kennedy often casts decisive vote on high court

By Dana Milbank March 30, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Imagine how gratifying it must feel to be Anthony Kennedy.

Milbank: Lessons from Iraq inform U.S. response to Syrian crisis

By Dana Milbank March 23, 2013 6:01 a.m.

This week's 10th anniversary of the Iraq War passed quietly, and that's not a bad thing. Most Americans have no wish to celebrate the war, fought under false pretenses to a costly and ambiguous end. But in Washington,D.C., this week there are welcome signs that the lessons of Iraq have finally sunk in, among Republicans as well as Democrats.

Milbank: GOP on Cruz control as veterans cede power to newbies

By Dana Milbank March 16, 2013 6:01 a.m.

The nation has moved on, but Ted Cruz has pulled his fellow Republicans right back into 2010. Three years ago next week, the Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- became law. Last year, the Supreme Court upheld the legislation in an opinion written by the conservative chief justice, John Roberts.

Milbank: Republican governors embracing Obama's health plan

By Dana Milbank March 9, 2013 6:01 a.m.

'It is not a white flag of surrender," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.

Milbank: Justices Sotomayor, Kagan take on high court's bullies

By Dana Milbank March 2, 2013 6:01 a.m.

For a quarter-century, Antonin Scalia has been the reigning bully of the Supreme Court, but finally a couple of justices are willing to face him down. As it happens, the two manning up to take on Nino the Terrible are women: the court's newest members, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Milbank: Jesse Jackson Jr.'s downfall a too-common political tale

By Dana Milbank February 23, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Jesse Jackson Jr. arrived in court wearing a leather bracelet, not the gold-plated Rolex watch he bought with $43,350 in federal campaign cash. The former congressman's head was bare, unadorned by the Michael Jackson fedora, purchased with $4,600 from the campaign kitty. His wife, at his side, eschewed the reversible mink parka, procured with $1,200 in campaign money from Edwards-Lowell furrier of Beverly Hills.

Milbank: Lawmakers party, with little thought about paying bills

By Dana Milbank February 16, 2013 6:02 a.m.

There is something entirely appropriate about holding the State of the Union address on the same day as Mardi Gras. One is a display of wretched excess, when giddy and rowdy participants give in to reckless and irresponsible behavior. The other is a street festival in New Orleans.

Milbank: Republicans' happy talk collides with grim realities

By Dana Milbank February 9, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Republicans have happened upon a felicitous new strategy for reviving their party from its depressed state: They need only think happy thoughts.