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

  • How the GOP healthcare plan would worsen the opioid crisis

    How the GOP healthcare plan would worsen the opioid crisis

    A drug epidemic is ravaging the United States, and it’s getting worse, not better. More than 52,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2015, more than died from automobile accidents or firearms. That’s far more than died from overdoses in any year during the crack epidemic of the 1980s. Most...

  • Trumpcare: Is this what populism looks like?

    Trumpcare: Is this what populism looks like?

    The battle in Congress over how to replace former President Obama’s healthcare law is about much more than health insurance. It’s the first legislative skirmish in a larger struggle over what Trumpism, Donald Trump’s presidential agenda, will turn out to be in practice. Can Trump succeed in remaking...

  • If you thought the Obamacare backlash was bad, Trumpcare will give Democrats a whipping boy for the ages

    If you thought the Obamacare backlash was bad, Trumpcare will give Democrats a whipping boy for the ages

    There’s a new rule in American politics: Whichever party owns healthcare will come to regret it. Seven years ago, Barack Obama’s Democrats passed a health insurance law that promised to cover almost everyone and make medical care more affordable. Best of all, Obama said, the new plan wouldn’t inconvenience...

  • Who's responsible for driving the Trump-Russia story? Trump, of course

    Who's responsible for driving the Trump-Russia story? Trump, of course

    There may yet be an innocent explanation for all the conversations coming to light between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the government of Russia. But the way Trump and his team have responded to questions about the contacts sure hasn’t made them look innocent. Quite the contrary. It...

  • Trump speech: Promise the world, leave out the details

    Trump speech: Promise the world, leave out the details

    President Trump boasted in his speech to Congress Tuesday that he’s keeping the many campaign promises he made to voters, beginning with his pledges to boost economic growth and slash regulations on business. “A new chapter of American greatness is now beginning,” he said. “Dying industries will...

  • Do Trump supporters care about Reagan?

    Do Trump supporters care about Reagan?

    There are two kinds of conservatives in the Republican Party now: those who still invoke the memory of Ronald Reagan, and those who see more value in Trumpism. At last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, traditionalist conservatives, including Vice President Mike...

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