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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

  • Trump critics, relax about Mar-a-Lago

    Trump critics, relax about Mar-a-Lago

    President Trump will be heading back to Mar-a-Lago soon, spending millions of taxpayer dollars for another weekend at his 126-room beachfront palace. Many of his critics will roll their eyes, cluck their tongues and wring their hands. But I say: Get over it. The president’s entitled to his weekend...

  • Trump may actually win the war against Islamic State

    Trump may actually win the war against Islamic State

    While Washington has been absorbed in battles over healthcare and incipient scandals, a real war is escalating sharply in Syria and Iraq: the one against Islamic State. Without much public notice, thousands of U.S. combat troops are back on the ground in the Middle East: roughly 7000 in Iraq, almost...

  • It turns out Donald Trump is not an Artist of the Deal

    It turns out Donald Trump is not an Artist of the Deal

    “Winning is everything,” Donald Trump often said as he campaigned for president. “Nothing is presidential except victory.” This week, Trump suffered a major defeat when he couldn’t force a House vote for the healthcare bill he endorsed. But Trump being Trump, he said it wasn’t really a defeat;...

  • If Trump wants to end the Russia investigation quickly, he should try cooperating

    If Trump wants to end the Russia investigation quickly, he should try cooperating

    At the end of the House Intelligence Committee’s long hearing on the FBI investigation of Russian meddling in the presidential election this week, the Republican chairman, Devin Nunes of California, made a last, vain attempt to clear the White House of suspicion. Do you have any evidence, he asked...

  • The federal bureaucracy needs an overhaul, but Trump's budget plan is nonsensical

    The federal bureaucracy needs an overhaul, but Trump's budget plan is nonsensical

    Here’s one thing President Trump is right about: The federal bureaucracy is due for an overhaul. “Our moral duty to the taxpayer requires us to make our government leaner and more accountable,” Trump said last week before he unveiled his first budget proposal. “We must do a lot more with less.”...

  • How the GOP healthcare plan would worsen the opioid crisis

    How the GOP healthcare plan would worsen the opioid crisis

    A drug epidemic is ravaging the United States, and it’s getting worse, not better. More than 52,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2015, more than died from automobile accidents or firearms. That’s far more than died from overdoses in any year during the crack epidemic of the 1980s. Most...

  • Trumpcare: Is this what populism looks like?

    Trumpcare: Is this what populism looks like?

    The battle in Congress over how to replace former President Obama’s healthcare law is about much more than health insurance. It’s the first legislative skirmish in a larger struggle over what Trumpism, Donald Trump’s presidential agenda, will turn out to be in practice. Can Trump succeed in remaking...

  • If you thought the Obamacare backlash was bad, Trumpcare will give Democrats a whipping boy for the ages

    If you thought the Obamacare backlash was bad, Trumpcare will give Democrats a whipping boy for the ages

    There’s a new rule in American politics: Whichever party owns healthcare will come to regret it. Seven years ago, Barack Obama’s Democrats passed a health insurance law that promised to cover almost everyone and make medical care more affordable. Best of all, Obama said, the new plan wouldn’t inconvenience...

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