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

  • Vladimir Putin’s modest investment in cyberspying? It’s paying off, big league

    Vladimir Putin’s modest investment in cyberspying? It’s paying off, big league

    Vladimir Putin must feel as if he’s won the lottery. His government made a modest investment in cyberespionage against Hillary Clinton, a candidate he roundly disliked, and it paid off, big league. Never mind the flap over whether the Russian president aimed to put Donald Trump in the White House;...

  • No sign that Congress will stand up to Trump

    No sign that Congress will stand up to Trump

    Not long ago, during the presidential campaign, Republican leaders in Congress had serious qualms about Donald Trump. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump’s private remarks about women were “repugnant.” House Speaker Paul Ryan said his statements about a Mexican American judge were...

  • Forget populism — Trump’s picking orthodox Republicans

    Forget populism — Trump’s picking orthodox Republicans

    The prevailing opinion on President-elect Donald Trump is that he’s unpredictable, a man of no fixed views who transcends traditional notions of right and left. “Donald Trump is post-ideological,” Trump’s campaign pollster, Tony Fabrizio, said at a Harvard University conference last week. With...

  • Why Trump needs James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

    Why Trump needs James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

    When President-elect Donald Trump announced that James N. Mattis was his choice to lead the Department of Defense, what seemed to delight him most was the retired general’s Iraq war nickname: “Mad Dog.” “Mad Dog Mattis!” Trump told a post-election rally. “Mad Dog. He is great, he is great…. They...

  • Did Trump just cause a diplomatic crisis over Taiwan?

    Did Trump just cause a diplomatic crisis over Taiwan?

    Donald Trump’s aides have been boasting, with some justice, that his transition is moving faster than most of his predecessors’ did. Trump has named almost half his Cabinet; in 2008, President Obama didn’t get that done until mid-December. Now Trump has set a speed record he never intended: He...

  • Don’t believe Trump — he didn’t win in a landslide

    Don’t believe Trump — he didn’t win in a landslide

    It’s been three weeks since Donald Trump won the presidential election, but he can’t stop stewing over the narrow result. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” he tweeted on Sunday. “Serious...

  • Trump admits he has a kleptocracy problem, but so far, he hasn't got a solution

    Trump admits he has a kleptocracy problem, but so far, he hasn't got a solution

    Let us now praise Donald Trump — on one count, anyway: He realizes he faces an ethics problem. Last week, when the president-elect talked to the New York Times, he was widely quoted as saying that conflict of interest laws don’t apply to the president. “The law is totally on my side,” he said....

  • The big-picture problem with Steve Bannon

    The big-picture problem with Steve Bannon

    Stephen K. Bannon, President-elect Donald Trump’s chief political strategist, has been condemned by critics as a closet racist and anti-Semite — presumably disqualifying charges for a top White House aide. Bannon and his friends insist he’s none of those things. Indeed, reporters have scoured Bannon’s...

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