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

  • Who's to blame if the ACA blows up? Trump, of course

    Who's to blame if the ACA blows up? Trump, of course

    President Trump still doesn’t get it: He owns Obamacare now. He’s been hard at work undermining the government-regulated health insurance program —eliminating subsidies to insurance companies, slashing programs to enroll new customers, authorizing bare-bones plans to lure healthy patients out of...

  • Think the 25th Amendment will take care of Trump? You're dreaming.

    Think the 25th Amendment will take care of Trump? You're dreaming.

    Just as his critics warned, President Trump is turning out to be unfit for his job, perhaps dangerously so. That’s a harsh judgment, but it’s no longer coming from the president’s opponents. It’s coming from leading members of his own party. “We could be heading toward World War III with the kind...

  • A best-case scenario for the Iran nuclear deal

    A best-case scenario for the Iran nuclear deal

    President Trump plans to demand this week that the international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear programs be revised to make it stronger. He’ll claim that Iran isn’t complying with the 2015 pact, which he has called “the worst deal ever negotiated.” His language will be Trumpian and tough, intended...

  • A narrow gun bill that could pass is better than an expansive one that won't

    A narrow gun bill that could pass is better than an expansive one that won't

    After every mass shooting, the nation trudges through the same familiar steps. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims. Don’t politicize a tragedy by trying to stop the next one. OK, propose something, but unless it would have prevented the last incident, we’re not interested. Eventually,...

  • Trump undercuts Tillerson with every tweet

    Trump undercuts Tillerson with every tweet

    Last weekend, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was hard at work in Beijing, trying to persuade China’s leaders to tighten economic sanctions on North Korea. The United States wants a peaceful solution, he told them, and sanctions could force Kim Jong Un to negotiate. “We’re not going to accept...

  • The GOP's message on guns: It's not our problem, it's God's

    The GOP's message on guns: It's not our problem, it's God's

    In the aftermath of Sunday’s massacre in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the House of Representatives will soon pass a bill that would make mass shootings easier. That’s an unfair way to frame the issue, but it’s not inaccurate. The House is preparing to take up the...

  • Promise the moon, deliver tax cuts for the wealthy

    Promise the moon, deliver tax cuts for the wealthy

    Passing a tax cut should be easy with a Republican Congress. After all, lower taxes are one of the pillars of the GOP faith, one of the few core principles holding the fractious party together. And the tax cut President Trump just unveiled, in his words, is “giant, beautiful, massive — the biggest...

  • About Jared Kushner's email problem...

    About Jared Kushner's email problem...

    Will Democrats soon be chanting “lock them up?” Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and close advisor, disclosed through his lawyer on Sunday that he has been using personal e-mail for government business. He’s not the only one. Kushner’s emails were on a private server he shares with his...

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