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

  • A university for smart people behaves stupidly

    A university for smart people behaves stupidly

    Harvard’s decision to invite — and then disinvite — Chelsea Manning to be a visiting fellow at its Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics isn’t the worst PR disaster in the eminent university’s history. It’s not as embarrassing as the revelation that the Unabomber turned out to be a Harvard graduate....

  • Feinstein, a Catholic nominee and a dogma that didn't bark

    Feinstein, a Catholic nominee and a dogma that didn't bark

    Is Sen. Dianne Feinstein an anti-Catholic bigot? Did she violate the spirit if not the letter of the Constitution’s ban on a “religious test” for public office when she worried this week that a Catholic nominee for a federal appeals court might be unduly influenced by her religious beliefs because,...

  • The bizarre debate over whether ‘Dreamers’ are kids or adults

    The bizarre debate over whether ‘Dreamers’ are kids or adults

    The controversy over President Trump’s slow-motion shutdown of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative has spawned a surreal side debate over the age of the 800,000 participants protected by the program. “CNN And MSNBC Claim DACA-Recipients Are ‘Children’ ” blares the headline of...

  • Feinstein says she hopes Trump will improve; outrage ensues

    Feinstein says she hopes Trump will improve; outrage ensues

    Pull out her eyes Apologize Pull out her eyes Apologize. That paraphrase of a passage from James Joyce’s “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” is a fair summary of the reaction among many Democrats to some comments this week by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that in other times would be...

  • No, Mr. President, Obama wasn't a 'nation-builder' in Afghanistan

    No, Mr. President, Obama wasn't a 'nation-builder' in Afghanistan

    Listening to President Trump’s speech Monday night on Afghanistan, it was pretty easy to figure out how his military advisors had convinced him to endorse what is essentially a continuation of the policy he inherited from Barack Obama: using U.S. troops to train and advise Afghan security forces...

  • Trump’s ‘fire and fury’: Not quite apocalypse now

    Trump’s ‘fire and fury’: Not quite apocalypse now

    President Trump’s biblical-sounding warning Tuesday that North Korea would risk “fire and fury” if it continued to threaten the United States inspired a chain-reaction of apprehension, alarm and gallows humor online. (New York Times oped columnist Ross Douthat tweeted: “Nuclear war Twitter will...

  • Trump’s leaked phone calls: Guilty pleasure, problematic precedent

    Trump’s leaked phone calls: Guilty pleasure, problematic precedent

    It was everyone’s guilty pleasure in Washington on Thursday: poring over the transcripts of President Trump’s six-months-old telephone conversations with the president of Mexico and the prime minister of Australia, posted with annotations on the Washington Post website. Mother Jones was pushing...

  • Like other presidents, Trump signs a bill with his fingers crossed

    Like other presidents, Trump signs a bill with his fingers crossed

    President Trump on Wednesday finally signed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, better known in Washington as the “veto-proof Russia sanctions legislation.” Actually, the bill imposes economic sanctions not only on Russia — for aggression in Ukraine, arms shipments to Syria...

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