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

  • Another day, another vulgar Trump tweet. The president clearly isn't learning on the job

    Another day, another vulgar Trump tweet. The president clearly isn't learning on the job

    President Trump issued the following statement on Twitter this morning under a subtitle reading “45th President of the United States”: “I heard poorly rated @MorningJoe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights...

  • Is Mitch McConnell trying to tank Trumpcare?

    Is Mitch McConnell trying to tank Trumpcare?

    For weeks, insiders in Washington have been wondering: Is it possible that the Senate’s wily majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, secretly wants his healthcare bill to fail? That sounds unlikely, I know. McConnell prides himself on his prowess as a legislative strategist; he likes nothing...

  • Al Franken hates all those 'no joke' headlines

    Al Franken hates all those 'no joke' headlines

    Ever so carefully, Al Franken is allowing himself to be funny again. The former “Saturday Night Live” star, now a second-term senator from Minnesota, spent a decade turning himself into a stolid, serious politician. "When I first came to the Senate, I had to be very careful not to be funny," Franken...

  • The Trump administration wants us to think 2 + 2 = 5

    The Trump administration wants us to think 2 + 2 = 5

    The Trump administration got caught attempting to commit fake math last week. It didn’t succeed. Here’s what happened: Every year, the president is required to send Congress a budget proposal, to lay out his wish list for taxes and spending. President Trump ordered up a plan that would lower taxes,...

  • To avoid a Manchester-type bombing on American soil, integrate Muslims

    To avoid a Manchester-type bombing on American soil, integrate Muslims

    The suicide bombing in Manchester on Monday was a sickening reminder that the West still lives under the threat of terrorism. And the claim of responsibility that followed was chilling confirmation that Islamic State has ordered adherents outside the Middle East to carry out attacks in their own...

  • Should we wish for a President Pence?

    Should we wish for a President Pence?

    President Mike Pence? The question is way ahead of where we are. There’s no solid reason to expect that President Trump will leave office before his term is done, whether by resignation, impeachment or the untried mechanism of the 25th amendment. But that hasn’t stopped anyone from talking about...

  • In Trump's downward spiral there's far more at stake than espionage etiquette

    In Trump's downward spiral there's far more at stake than espionage etiquette

    When Donald Trump was elected president six months ago, his supporters thought he’d soon grow into the job. He’d surround himself with smart people, listen carefully to their advice, and run his administration with the efficiency of a successful businessman. That seems a long time ago. Trump hasn’t...

  • Trump's dangerous credibility gap

    Trump's dangerous credibility gap

    When Donald Trump was merely a real estate mogul, he exaggerated flamboyantly and reporters considered it charming: He promoted Trump Tower as a 68-story building, even though it has only 58 floors. When Trump was a presidential candidate, he lied enthusiastically, but that didn’t prevent him from...

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