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

  • The trio that pulled the U.S. back from the nuclear brink

    The trio that pulled the U.S. back from the nuclear brink

    After threatening fire and fury, how does a superpower deescalate? By scrambling its secretary of State, secretary of Defense and military chief to reassure foreign leaders that President Trump should be taken seriously, not literally. That’s what Rex Tillerson, James N. Mattis and Gen. Joseph...

  • Por favor, presidente Trump, tómese unas vacaciones reales

    Por favor, presidente Trump, tómese unas vacaciones reales

    Querido presidente Trump: es momento de que tome unas verdaderas vacaciones. Está en un campo de golf, salga y juegue una o dos rondas. Lo perdonaremos. Que sus nietos lo visiten; invite a algunos amigos a cenar. Siéntese y lea un libro. ¿No es muy lector? Muy bien, entonces mire una película....

  • Please, President Trump, take a real vacation

    Please, President Trump, take a real vacation

    Dear President Trump: It’s time you took a real vacation. You’re at a golf course; go out and play a round or two. We’ll forgive you. Have the grandkids over. Invite some friends for dinner. Sit down and read a book. Not much of a reader? Fine, watch a movie. This “working vacation” thing isn’t...

  • Trump's Alice-in-Wonderland approach to the Iran deal

    Trump's Alice-in-Wonderland approach to the Iran deal

    Here’s an international crisis you can, unusually, put on your calendar ahead of time: In October, President Trump wants to declare Iran in violation of the 2015 agreement to limit its nuclear program — a decision that would allow the United States to reimpose tough economic sanctions on anyone...

  • Mitch McConnell: Architect of failure

    Mitch McConnell: Architect of failure

    Mitch McConnell is helping the Trump presidency fail. That’s not the outcome the Senate Republican leader intended, of course. But that’s what he achieved last week when he presided over the apparent collapse of his party’s seven-year campaign to repeal Obamacare. Presidents succeed when they deliver...

  • Will sacking Reince Priebus help Trump get his White House under control? Anything's possible

    Will sacking Reince Priebus help Trump get his White House under control? Anything's possible

    When a White House official has been rumored to be on the way out for three months or more, it's probably an act of mercy to let him go. But Reince Priebus isn't the only one who deserves a moment of sympathy. John Kelly is taking over a White House staff that is badly divided in competing faction...

  • In the absence of an actual Obamacare replacement plan, the GOP votes to debate ... no bill at all

    In the absence of an actual Obamacare replacement plan, the GOP votes to debate ... no bill at all

    Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, proved an old adage wrong on Tuesday. Sometimes, it turns out, you can beat something with nothing. After weeks of negotiations toward a Senate bill to repeal Obamacare, Kentucky Sen. McConnell was at an impasse. He couldn’t amass a majority for any...

  • So this is how Trump fires people. Publicly, with maximum humiliation

    So this is how Trump fires people. Publicly, with maximum humiliation

    This is not the normal way to fire a Cabinet officer. President Trump is subjecting his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to public torture for failing to protect him from the investigation of his campaign’s apparent ties to Russia. Last week, Trump told the New York Times that Sessions’ recusal...

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