Doyle McManus

Columnist

Doyle McManus is Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He has been a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, a White House correspondent and a presidential campaign reporter, and was the paper’s Washington bureau chief from 1996 to 2008. McManus, a native of San Francisco, has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1983 but still considers Hermosa Beach his spiritual home.

Recent Articles

  • What I got wrong in 2017

    What I got wrong in 2017

    A year ago, as the Trump Era was dawning in Washington, I peered into the future and tried to predict what we should expect from our strange new president. “We should give Trump a chance,” I wrote before his inauguration, a chance to keep his promises to “grow jobs, improve healthcare, drain the...

  • What's missing from the GOP tax bill? Just about anything that would help the working and middle classes

    What's missing from the GOP tax bill? Just about anything that would help the working and middle classes

    You’ve probably read plenty about what’s in the tax bill that House and Senate Republicans agreed to last week: A big cut in corporate taxes. Generous tax cuts for the wealthy, including a reduction of the top individual tax rate. More modest cuts for anyone who makes less than $200,000 or so. ...

  • Trump is keeping his promise to destabilize the international order

    Trump is keeping his promise to destabilize the international order

    A pattern is emerging in President Trump’s foreign policy: Time after time, he’s doing what he promised to do. Last week, Trump announced that the United States is formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving its embassy there, even though some of his aides warned that the move...

  • The campaign to delegitimize the Russia probe is well under way

    The campaign to delegitimize the Russia probe is well under way

    Some of President Trump’s biggest fans have declared war against special counsel Robert Mueller — and given Trump’s television-watching habits, he’s surely listening. "Mueller is corrupt. The senior FBI is corrupt. The system is corrupt," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Fox News last...

  • Trump's weaponized whataboutism

    Trump's weaponized whataboutism

    President Trump thinks lots of people should be investigated for wrongdoing. Just not him. Hillary Clinton above all. More than a year after she lost the presidential election, she’s still Trump’s favorite target — a rhetorical security blanket he returns to, over and over. “Everybody is asking...

  • GOP tax promises, broken

    GOP tax promises, broken

    As the Senate’s tax cut bill careened toward passage last week, it should have reminded its Republican authors of all the malpractice they complained about when Democrats were in charge: A big, complex bill unveiled at the last minute. Hasty committee hearings that left important details unwritten....

  • Mike Pompeo would be a more effective secretary of State than Rex Tillerson. That may not be a good thing

    Mike Pompeo would be a more effective secretary of State than Rex Tillerson. That may not be a good thing

    It should come as no surprise that President Trump is thinking about replacing Rex Tillerson as secretary of State—or that CIA director Mike Pompeo is the leading candidate. Tillerson’s early exit has been talked about openly for months, Pompeo’s rise as a likely successor for several weeks. Trump...

  • It's 'High Noon' at the CFPB

    It's 'High Noon' at the CFPB

    The bizarre standoff at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, where two people both claim to be the agency’s rightful leader, is mostly guerrilla theater. Almost everyone involved knows how the story will turn out in the end. Eventually, President Trump will nominate a new director who will obey...

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