Los Angeles Times

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

  • Brexit for breakfast on the morning after the morning after

    “Could you find me a newspaper?” I asked the young waiter as I sat down for breakfast Saturday morning at my hotel in Warrington, the northern English town where I had attended a friend’s wedding the day before. I wanted to read about the aftermath of Thursday’s referendum on Britain’s membership...

  • John McCain, Mr. Civility, blames Orlando on Obama

    John McCain, Mr. Civility, blames Orlando on Obama

    Last week Sen. John McCain accepted an award – also bestowed on Vice President Joe Biden – for “civility in public life.” I wondered earlier today if Allegheny College, which honored McCain for arguing “passionately but respectfully” for his beliefs, might be having second thoughts. Speaking to...

  • The Supreme Court says a judge should have stepped aside

    The Supreme Court says a judge should have stepped aside

    Donald Trump has attracted widespread and bipartisan scorn for suggesting that a “Mexican” judge presiding over a lawsuit involving Trump University is biased because of his ancestry. (U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel was born in Indiana.) But if it’s absurd to suggest that a judge should disqualify...

  • Trump is Voldemort at an event celebrating civility

    Trump is Voldemort at an event celebrating civility

    On Tuesday, I attended a ceremony here in Washington, D.C., at which my alma mater, Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, awarded its Prize for Civility in Public Life to Vice President Joe Biden and Arizona Sen. John McCain. This is the fifth year in which the prize has been bestowed on public figures...

  • The other slur Trump hurled at a federal judge

    The other slur Trump hurled at a federal judge

    Donald Trump is rightly being savaged for lashing out against the federal judge who is presiding over a class-action suit against Trump University. Most of the criticism has focused on Trump’s comment at a San Diego rally that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel "happens to be, we believe, Mexican,...

  • Hillary Clinton should promise to renominate Merrick Garland

    Hillary Clinton should promise to renominate Merrick Garland

    Unlike Rodney Dangerfield, Judge Merrick Garland gets plenty of respect. The latest praise for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee comes from a bipartisan group of former U.S. solicitors general. In a letter to Senate leaders, they said that "we are unified in our belief that Judge Garland...

  • Advocates of easier voting should make an 'advantage' argument

    Advocates of easier voting should make an 'advantage' argument

    Recently I returned to my high school in Pittsburgh for a reunion of its storied speech and debate society (officially known as the Central Catholic Forensic Society, which sounds as if it’s training teenage crime scene investigators). Reminiscing about my debating days reminded me of a distinction...

  • Can Bernie Sanders still have an impact on the Democratic Party platform?

    Can Bernie Sanders still have an impact on the Democratic Party platform?

    Despite his abysmal showing on the latest Super Tuesday – he won only in Rhode Island – Bernie Sanders insists that he will keep campaigning through the last contest (good news for his supporters in California, which holds its primary in June). But political analysts already are discerning a change...

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