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Biden, You Can't Beat Clinton— but Go for It Anyway

His entry could cause a helpful shake-up: Dana Milbank

(Newser) - Some say it won't be pretty if Joe Biden takes on Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president. Dana Milbank, meanwhile, writes in the Washington Post that he doesn't think the VP will end up running, and that even if he does, he wouldn't beat Clinton.... More »

Benghazi Summit Spiraled Into Muslim Hatefest

Up to 300M Muslims 'bent on destruction of Western civilization': panelist

(Newser) - A panel on Benghazi at a conservative think tank devolved into finger-pointing and "ugly taunting"—targeted at a law student wearing an Islamic head scarf, Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post . Asking a question from the back of the room, Saba Ahmed noted that "we portray... More »

Christie's 'Apology' All About Him

Dana Milbank blasts governor's narcissism, and other reactions

(Newser) - With his back to the wall yesterday, Chris Christie delivered "a forum on the virtues of his favorite subject: himself," observes Dana Milbank at the Washington Post . In this " apology ," the governor talked about how "incredibly loyal" he is, his "reputation for honesty" and... More »

Is Obama Truly in Dark on Secrets of White House?

On issue after issue, he's said to be 'in the dark': Dana Milbank

(Newser) - For a guy who's allegedly in charge of the executive branch, President Obama sure seems unaware of a lot of key issues, writes Dana Milbank in the Washington Post . There's the NSA spying on world leaders, which, according to the Wall Street Journal, Obama found out about this... More »

Ted Cruz Making Enemies on Both Sides of the Aisle

Frank Bruni thinks it will backfire; Dana Milbank blames GOP's own system

(Newser) - Ted Cruz is taking the "fast track" to Senate stardom, and that means capitalizing on conflict, writes Frank Bruni in the New York Times . He hasn't been around long, but he's already made "groundless and shameless" accusations against Chuck Hagel, offered Dianne Feinstein some constitutional pedantry,... More »

This Is Why People Dismiss the Benghazi 'Scandal'

Dana Milbank sits in on a meeting laden with conspiracy theories

(Newser) - If you're wondering why people don't seem to be taking accusations about the Benghazi consulate attack seriously, look no further than the meeting at the Heritage Foundation yesterday. Some people raised serious questions, writes Dana Milbank at the Washington Post , but they were drowned out by "participants... More »

Hey Obama, You're Still President in August

Dana Milbank doesn't think it's a coincidence that his approval rating is down

(Newser) - Egypt is unraveling, and Edward Snowden is keeping the NSA in the news. What's Barack Obama doing? Well, he just got back from a six-day Martha's Vineyard golf trip, and today he's holding an event honoring the 1972 Miami Dolphins. "The president is certainly looking forward... More »

Cue Obama's 2nd-Term Scandals

Obama needs to 'say more sooner' to prevent disaster: Dana Milbank

(Newser) - It's all begun, and it's no big surprise to Dana Milbank: "Four months into a fresh four years, President Obama is already assuming the familiar crouch of a scandal-struck second-termer," Milbank writes in the Washington Post . Yesterday saw Obama taking just one question from American media... More »

Obama’s Salary 'Sacrifice' Is Patronizing

Dana Milbank: A $20K cut is nothing for a man worth millions

(Newser) - Obama's decision to give 5% of his salary back to the Treasury to match sequester cuts to government agencies is hardly the "sacrifice" it's getting made out to be, writes Dana Milbank in the Washington Post . Although $20,000 of his $400,000 salary is technically on... More »

Hagel Hearings Ended With Last Salvo of Smears

Dana Milbank thinks Congress should be ashamed of itself

(Newser) - Chuck Hagel was finally sworn in as defense secretary today, but not before enduring one last salvo of smears before yesterday's confirmation vote . Two Republicans said Hagel had accused Israel of "commiting, quote, 'sickening slaughter,'" Dana Milbank reports. "There was something sickening about this,... More »

Why Congress Is Cool With Sequester: Its Salaries Are Safe

It's just the staffers who face cuts: Roger Simon

(Newser) - We shouldn't be too worried about the sequester—after all, Congress doesn't exactly seem to be recoiling at the thought. And Roger Simon has a theory on why: Lawmakers' own salaries aren't getting cut, he explains at Politico . Sure, their staffers are facing furloughs that amount to... More »

No More Mr. 'Friendly Guy' Obama

Gloves have come off, write Dana Milbank and John Podhoretz

(Newser) - Yesterday, President Obama described himself as "a pretty friendly guy," capable of getting along with Republicans. Which, Dana Milbank at the Washington Post muses, "might have been a touch more plausible if he hadn't spent the bulk of the previous hour demonstrating just how adversarial he... More »

Hagel's Skill: Saying What We Want to Hear

Bret Stephens: Former senator is no GOP maverick

(Newser) - Chuck Hagel showed courage in Vietnam—but those who hail him for the bravery to stand against his party have it wrong, writes Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal . The truth is, Hagel is just good at taking views "exactly in keeping with received Beltway wisdom." Take... More »

Jewish Groups Mobilize Against Chuck Hagel

Neocons say potential defense chief is anti-Israel

(Newser) - Neoconservatives have come out in force against rumored prospective Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accusing him of being an enemy of Israel. "We will make sure every American knows he is an anti-Semite," a GOP Senate aide told the Weekly Standard last week. The controversy centers around a phrase... More »

Outmaneuvered GOP Already Defeated on Budget Battle

With public against them, Republicans look for 'orderly surrender': Dana Milbank

(Newser) - Don't be fooled by posturing or rhetoric, Republicans have already lost the fight with President Obama over increasing taxes—the only question is whether they'll admit defeat before the government goes over the "fiscal cliff," writes Dana Milbank in the Washington Post . With Americans ready to... More »

Congress Just Blew the CIA's Cover in Libya

Dana Milbank thinks outbursts at yesterday's hearing uncovered a CIA base

(Newser) - Some Congressmen are really, really bad at keeping a secret. In their zeal to embarrass the Obama administration over the attack on the Benghazi consulate, House Republicans "accidentally blew the CIA's cover" in a hearing yesterday, Dana Milbank alleges in the Washington Post . Oversight Committee members didn't... More »

Obama Needs to Talk About Snuffleupagus

Dana Milbank: Focus on the imaginary parts of Romney's plans

(Newser) - Barack Obama is focusing on the wrong Muppet. His campaign's new Big Bird attack ad may have garnered lots of attention, but "Big Bird is not the problem," writes Dana Milbank of the Washington Post . "The problem is Snuffleupagus." Snuffy, if you don't recall,... More »

Mitt Romney Is a Junk Food Candidate

Dana Milbank: He's 'all sugary platitudes, no protein'

(Newser) - The New York Times reported over the weekend that, to prepare for the debate, Mitt Romney has been memorizing and practicing "zingers" dreamed up by his team. But "zingers" are just as empty in calories as their junk food namesake, the Hostess Zinger, writes Dana Milbank in the... More »

FRC Shooting: 'Hate' Label Has Gone Too Far

Dana Milbank says it's time liberal groups tone down their rhetoric

(Newser) - The Family Research Council was quick to blame the shooting at its offices on its arch-rivals at the Southern Poverty Law Center, releasing a statement accusing the SPLC of giving the attacker "a license to shoot an unarmed man" by calling the FRC a "hate group." That'... More »

Why the Senate Needs Seersucker Thursday

Dana Milbank links the death of bipartisanship to the death of fun

(Newser) - Last Thursday, something tragic happened: The Senate cancelled Seersucker Thursday. Senate leaders thought the tradition, begun by Trent Lott in the '90s, of wearing the light pajama-esque suits and perhaps hitting up the dairy lobby's ice cream truck, would send the wrong message given the weighty issues of... More »

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