Michael McGough

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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

  • Jeff Sessions' testimony was curiously uncurious about Comey's firing

    Jeff Sessions' testimony was curiously uncurious about Comey's firing

    Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions went before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday to defend his honor against “scurrilous and false allegations.” How did he do? The first allegation Sessions addressed was actually fairly easily disposed of — that he was involved in collusion with Russia as an adviser...

  • The 'Brexit' blunder continues to bedevil Britain

    The 'Brexit' blunder continues to bedevil Britain

    British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election for Parliament almost three years early so that the United Kingdom would have “strong and stable” leadership to negotiate the terms of “Brexit,” its withdrawal from the European Union approved by voters in a referendum nearly a year ago....

  • Did Gorsuch subtweet Trump on the role of the courts?

    Did Gorsuch subtweet Trump on the role of the courts?

    Not content with politicizing a terrorist attack against one of America’s closest allies, the tweeter-in-chief is now making life difficult for the lawyers who may have to defend his revised executive order on immigration before the Supreme Court. At 6:29 a.m. Monday, President Trump tweeted:...

  • Another terror attack, another thoughtless Trump tweetstorm

    Another terror attack, another thoughtless Trump tweetstorm

    After Saturday night’s terrorist attack in London, President Trump tweeted: “Whatever the United States can do to help in London and the U. K., we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!” Unfortunately, that admirable expression of solidarity wasn’t his first or last Twitter comment on the...

  • A court pays too much attention to Trump's big mouth

    A court pays too much attention to Trump's big mouth

    While President Trump was in Europe, some judges – he might call them so-called judges – on a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., refused to reinstate the second version of his executive order temporarily limiting entry to the United States from a handful of majority-Muslim countries. The decisio...

  • Radical Islamic terrorism: The dogma that didn't bark in Trump's speech

    Radical Islamic terrorism: The dogma that didn't bark in Trump's speech

    President Trump is receiving generally high marks, even from some of his usual critics, for the speech he delivered Sunday in Saudi Arabia at the Arab Islamic American Summit – especially for his conciliatory comments toward Islam, which he called “one of the world’s great faiths.” Of course, the...

  • Say it ain't Joe (for FBI director)

    Say it ain't Joe (for FBI director)

    It’s not news that President Trump is capable of choosing unlikely appointees for important positions — though, as he might put it, some, I assume, are good people. The latest personnel puzzle is the presence of former Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut on the shortlist of possible successors to...

  • Lindsey Graham is right: John Cornyn shouldn't be the next FBI director

    Lindsey Graham is right: John Cornyn shouldn't be the next FBI director

    Sometimes I think newspapers should disregard their stylebooks and identify the senior senator from South Carolina as Lindsey Graham (R-Voice of Reason). The latest example of his too-rare rationality was his objection to the suggestion that President Trump should appoint Graham’s colleague Sen....

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