Michael McGough

Writer

Michael McGough is the Los Angeles Times’ senior editorial writer, based in Washington, D.C. He has been writing editorials for The Times since 2006. Before that, McGough worked for 30 years for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a reporter, editorial writer, editorial page editor and Washington correspondent. He writes about law, national security, politics, foreign policy and religion. McGough is a graduate of Allegheny College and also attended the University of Kent at Canterbury in England and Yale Law School, where he received a master of studies in law degree.

Recent Articles

  • The case for Secretary of State Mitt Romney

    The case for Secretary of State Mitt Romney

    Any speculation about who will be named as secretary of State in a Trump administration is only one tweet away from disconfirmation. But after Tuesday evening’s awkward-looking dinner involving President-elect Trump, Mitt Romney and future White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, it seems increasingly...

  • Trump tweets: Burn the flag, go to jail

    Trump tweets: Burn the flag, go to jail

    At his second debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald J. Trump said that “I am looking to appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice [Antonin] Scalia.” But on Tuesday the itchy-thumbed president-elect tweeted this: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be...

  • Do Democrats still think ‘we need nine’ on the Supreme Court?

    Do Democrats still think ‘we need nine’ on the Supreme Court?

    Donald Trump’s surprise victory has stoked speculation about a multitude of actions he might take as president, including nominating a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. (President Obama’s choice for the Scalia seat, Judge Merrick Garland,  who has been denied a hearing...

  • Why I voted no on D.C. statehood

    Why I voted no on D.C. statehood

     In addition to voting for president, voters in the District of Columbia, where I have lived since 2003, were asked if we wanted Congress to admit the district to the Union as the new state of New Columbia (raising the question of where Old Columbia can be found).  I voted no. Is that because I’m...

  • The pope (again) disappoints supporters of women being ordained as priests

    The pope (again) disappoints supporters of women being ordained as priests

    A lot of Catholics — not all of them women — seem to be surprised and disappointed by Pope Francis’ suggestion the other day that the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on female priests is permanent. The disappointment is understandable, the surprise less so. The pope’s comments came in a news conference...

  • FBI director should have known what his Clinton emails letter would unleash

    FBI director should have known what his Clinton emails letter would unleash

    In a sane world that wasn’t 11 days away from a presidential election, one might be able to defend the letter that FBI Director James Comey sent Friday to several congressional committees. In the letter, Comey said that the agency had recently “learned of the existence of emails that appear to...

  • Clinton dodges a bullet on her 2nd Amendment evolution

    Clinton dodges a bullet on her 2nd Amendment evolution

    Hillary Clinton is getting a lot of grief for her answer to a question about gun control at her debate Wednesday with Donald Trump. But Clinton dodged what could have been a more lethal political bullet because Trump failed to press her aggressively on her claim that she has always supported an...

  • An archbishop finds Trump and Clinton equally problematic. Really, Your Grace?

    An archbishop finds Trump and Clinton equally problematic. Really, Your Grace?

    On Thursday Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will appear at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a white-tie fundraiser for Catholic charities at which they will flank Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York. Lucky for them that the affair isn’t being held in Philadelphia....

60°