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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.

Recent Articles

  • Will John McCain lead the loyal opposition?

    Will John McCain lead the loyal opposition?

    John McCain has long prided himself on his reputation as a maverick, a Republican willing to buck his party’s leaders. Now he faces what may be the biggest maverick moment of his career — and he sounds like a man who’s ready for a fight. The conservative senator from Arizona has warned President...

  • Trump did great this week (according to his supporters)

    Trump did great this week (according to his supporters)

    By most mainstream accounts, President Trump’s first week in office was chaotic, dominated by needless arguments over inauguration crowds, mythical millions of illegal voters and a Twitter fight with the president of Mexico. That’s how it looked to many of us, anyway. But there’s a counter-narrative...

  • The death of facts has been greatly exaggerated

    The death of facts has been greatly exaggerated

    It’s Week One of the Trump presidency and the White House is already at war with the media, touching off panic about the end of the republic and the death of facts. The worries are exaggerated – or, at least, premature. There’s nothing new about politicians hating the press; presidents and their...

  • Trump's permanent campaign won't help him keep his promises

    Trump's permanent campaign won't help him keep his promises

    In 1976, 10 presidential terms ago, an advisor to then-President-elect Jimmy Carter told him he should keep campaigning forever, even after his inauguration. “Governing with public approval requires a continuing political campaign,” Patrick Caddell told Carter. The doctrine became known as “the...

  • Trump's inauguration speech makes it clear: He meant every word he said during the campaign

    Trump's inauguration speech makes it clear: He meant every word he said during the campaign

    Before Donald Trump’s inaugural address Friday, the key question was what tone he would choose to launch his presidency. Which Trump would it be: the slash-and-burn populist of his presidential campaign, or the calmer, almost statesmanlike winner who called for national unity on election night?...

  • The best template for Trump’s inauguration speech? Nixon’s

    The best template for Trump’s inauguration speech? Nixon’s

    Even before his inauguration, Donald Trump has notched up at least one dubious achievement: He’ll be the first modern president to enter the White House without a honeymoon. Most Americans give new presidents the benefit of the doubt. In 2001, for example, a solid majority rallied behind George...

  • Trump's foreign policy nominees flat-out disagree with him

    Trump's foreign policy nominees flat-out disagree with him

    Donald Trump’s foreign policy nominees launched a Reassurance Offensive last week, promising Congress — and the rest of us — that the next president won’t be as scary as he sounds. They almost succeeded. In their Senate confirmation hearings, Trump’s prospective cabinet members smoothed the rough...

  • Trump just compared the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany. Let that sink in

    Trump just compared the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany. Let that sink in

    For a few days, it almost looked as if Donald Trump had made a tenuous peace with U.S. intelligence agencies over their unwelcome finding that Russia’s Vladimir Putin had tried to help his presidential campaign. But it didn’t take much to set him off again – and prompt him to escalate his war against...

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