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

  • A middle-class tax cut? Hardly.

    A middle-class tax cut? Hardly.

    President Trump and his Republicans are still trying to sell their tax bill as a “middle class tax cut.” The middle class isn’t buying it—but that won’t stop Congress from passing some version of their plan. The GOP’s tax proposal was always going to be a hard sell. Its centerpiece is a deep reduction...

  • Is there anything stopping Trump from launching a nuclear strike? Nope

    Is there anything stopping Trump from launching a nuclear strike? Nope

    Here, in a nutshell, are the laws and procedures that limit President Trump’s power to launch a nuclear strike against North Korea anytime he likes: There aren’t any. If the president wakes up one morning, turns on Fox News and decides that Kim Jong Un has ignored his warnings of “fire and fury”...

  • Tom Steyer's impeachment petition will only make it harder to get rid of Trump

    Tom Steyer's impeachment petition will only make it harder to get rid of Trump

    There are two ways to impeach a president and remove him from office. Only one of them has ever worked. The first way is to let evidence from investigations slowly build a bipartisan consensus for impeachment. That’s how Richard Nixon was pushed out of office in 1974. (Nixon resigned before he...

  • Trump once said we should enforce existing gun laws. Will he keep his promise?

    Trump once said we should enforce existing gun laws. Will he keep his promise?

    When he ran for president last year, Donald Trump said we didn’t need any new laws restricting guns. Instead, we should simply enforce laws already on the books. “We need to fix the system we have and make it work as intended,” Trump’s campaign website said. “What we don’t need to do is expand...

  • Before Congress, social media companies insist they'd rather not 'be evil'

    Before Congress, social media companies insist they'd rather not 'be evil'

    Congress is grilling Facebook, Twitter and Google this week for allowing Russian agents to hijack their social networks. The grilling is long overdue. When Mark Zuckerberg took his company public in 2012, he said his mission was “to bring people closer together” and “create a more open culture,”...

  • There's no smoking gun in the Manafort indictment, but it's still very bad news for Trump

    There's no smoking gun in the Manafort indictment, but it's still very bad news for Trump

    There’s no full-scale smoking gun in the charges against three former Trump campaign officials that were unsealed on Monday — if “smoking gun” means conclusive new evidence of secret collusion with Russia. But the legal actions are still very bad news for President Trump. It’s striking that Mueller...

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