Opinion

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

  • Obama's pivot to Asia is working

    Obama's pivot to Asia is working

    When President Obama declared in 2011 that he wanted U.S. foreign policy to pivot to Asia, some derided the move as a clumsy attempt to flee the messy conflicts of the Middle East. But the pivot has actually worked pretty well – as will be evident when Obama travels to Asia this week. Almost every...

  • How brazenly can a candidate lie and get away with it? We're going to find out with Donald Trump

    How brazenly can a candidate lie and get away with it? We're going to find out with Donald Trump

    All politicians bend the truth. All politicians spin the facts. But Donald Trump is mounting an audacious experiment in mendacity: How brazenly can a candidate lie and get away with it? Consider the bizarre (and, in any other context, comical) events of last week. The Washington Post published...

  • Election forecasting in the age of Trump

    Election forecasting in the age of Trump

    Ray Fair of Yale University says that if his election forecasting model is correct, the Republican nominee is likely to win the presidency by a convincing margin. John Sides of George Washington University agrees; the “fundamentals,” he says, give the Republican about a 60% chance of winning. Alan...

  • Trump's 'Crooked Hillary' label may stick

    Trump's 'Crooked Hillary' label may stick

    Donald Trump dispatched his Republican rivals by branding each one with an insulting but memorable nickname: “Lyin' Ted” Cruz, “Little Marco” Rubio. As the general election campaign nears, Trump has settled on a label for the likely Democratic nominee: “Crooked Hillary.” “It works,” he boasted...

  • What's Bernie Sanders' next move?

    What's Bernie Sanders' next move?

    Bernie Sanders has plenty of sound reasons for continuing his presidential campaign, but now that Donald Trump is the apparent Republican nominee, he needs to make a change in tone.Sanders still has a chance — albeit a vanishingly small chance — of winning more pledged delegates to the Democratic...

  • Never say #NeverTrump

    Never say #NeverTrump

    Rarely in modern history has a party appeared as divided over its nominee as Republicans are over Donald Trump. But will his GOP critics really keep their backs turned through November, or will they come around? Some leaders of the conservative movement claim they will never vote for him — not...

  • Obama is pursuing two strategies in Syria. One is working, the other is not

    Obama is pursuing two strategies in Syria. One is working, the other is not

    President Obama is pursuing two different strategies in two halves of Syria. One is working; the other is not. He's making progress in eastern Syria, where the United States is leading an expanding military campaign against Islamic State. American airstrikes and efforts on the ground have taken...

  • Trump says he stands for 'America First.' What does that mean?

    Trump says he stands for 'America First.' What does that mean?

    Donald Trump formally unveiled a snappy new slogan for his not-quite-isolationist foreign policy on Wednesday: “America First.” “America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration,” the Republican front-runner told an audience in Washington. “My foreign policy will always...

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