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Doyle McManus

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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.

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  • Clinton and Trump will be held to different debate standards, but that’s OK

    Clinton and Trump will be held to different debate standards, but that’s OK

    A few weeks ago, Republican pollster Frank Luntz asked a group of undecided voters what they thought of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They didn’t much like either one. Trump’s “crazy,” they chorused — “a charlatan.” Clinton is “deceitful,” “dishonest,” they said. “So what can Trump do to win...

  • A new low? Candidates accuse each other of helping terrorists

    A new low? Candidates accuse each other of helping terrorists

    Terrorism has emerged once again as the central issue in the presidential campaign — but not in a way anyone expected. In the wake of attacks last week in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have accused each other of being the candidate Islamic terrorists prefer....

  • Democrats should worry, not panic

    Democrats should worry, not panic

    In 2008, when Hillary Clinton first ran for the Democratic presidential nomination against Barack Obama, I asked one of her oldest allies how she could be losing a race that appeared to be hers to win. “I’ve known Hillary for many years, ever since she came to Arkansas,” former Sen. Dale Bumpers...

  • Why the Syria cease-fire won’t work

    Why the Syria cease-fire won’t work

    John F. Kerry’s new cease-fire in Syria, launched this week after negotiations with Russia, is an admirable effort to bring a measure of peace to a shattered land. But it’s almost certainly doomed to fail — despite the diligence and even passion the secretary of State has devoted to it. Too many...

  • Fifteen years after Sept. 11, Americans are afraid but don't want it to cloud their judgment

    Fifteen years after Sept. 11, Americans are afraid but don't want it to cloud their judgment

    Fifteen years ago, in the first fearful days after Sept. 11, 2001, the verdict was almost universal: “This changes everything.”  Only it didn’t. The American way of life hardly changed at all.  The U.S. economy recovered within months of the attack. (The crash of 2008 was caused by bankers, not...

  • What are undecided voters waiting for?

    What are undecided voters waiting for?

    As the presidential campaign moves into its final stretch, about 7% of voters (depending on which poll you read) say they’re still undecided between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — more than enough to swing the election either way. After all the noise and drama of the last few months, what are...

  • Trump's hard-line stance on immigration may hurt the GOP for generations to come

    Trump's hard-line stance on immigration may hurt the GOP for generations to come

    Donald Trump’s passionate revival last week of his hard-line stance on immigration looks more and more like a political disaster for the Republican nominee and his party. Trump’s angry speech in Arizona, in which he promised to deport not only criminal aliens but millions of other immigrants living...

  • In this trivia-heavy campaign, Trump is drowning out his message

    In this trivia-heavy campaign, Trump is drowning out his message

    David Plouffe, the political wizard who helped President Obama win two elections, summed up this year’s presidential contest concisely last week. “Each day of this campaign seems big and interesting and crazy,” he wrote on Twitter. “But ultimately [it’s the] least suspenseful race since 1984,”...

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