Doyle McManus

Opinion: Tweeting through the apocalypse: Trump's drive-by foreign policy

We must as a nation be more unpredictable," Donald Trump said during the presidential campaign. "We have to be unpredictable!" Mission accomplished. Last week, without warning, Trump announced what sounded like a U-turn in U.S. nuclear weapons policy. Read more

So far Trumpism looks like mainstream conservatism

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. Read more

Government shutdown - a way out for the GOP

Last week, House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and his Republicans declared that they had two clear goals in this fall's battle over federal spending: no government shutdown, and no implementation of Obamacare. Read more

Have the terrorists won?

Last year, in the heat of his campaign, President Obama boasted that he had put al-Qaida "on the path to defeat." This year, with 19 U.S. Read more

Is the GOP self-destructing?

We've all grown used to a Congress locked in bitter warfare between two parties, producing gridlock on federal spending and other pressing issues. Read more

Attack ad politics

In this pivotal election year, fellow citizens, I give you a chilling vision of two Americas. Read more

Americans Elect meets reality

What happens if you start a political party and nobody comes? Six months ago, a newfangled third party burst onto the scene, full of hope and promise. Read more

Lies, damned lies and advertising

The television commercial is designed to spark outrage. "Billions of taxpayer dollars spent on green energy went to jobs in foreign countries," it intones. "The Obama administration admitted the truth - that $2. Read more

Mitt Romney stays put - no pivoting for now

If you've been holding your breath to see whether Mitt Romney would pivot to the center now that it's a two-man race between him and President Obama, you can exhale; he won't. Read more

A smaller, smarter military

President Obama has called a halt to the decade-long rise in defense spending that began after Sept. 11, and has proposed shrinking the Army and Marine Corps by about 14 percent. Read more

The bottom line on taxes

On April 15, everyone's in favor of tax reform. Nobody can survive the ordeal of preparing a federal income tax return without concluding that there must be a simpler, fairer way to pay for the federal government. Read more

The nuclear countdown in Iran

Not long ago, an astute reader noted that it has been nearly two years since I wrote in a column that "most experts now estimate that Iran needs about 18 months to complete a nuclear device and a missile to carry it. Read more

Santorum's surge - to a deadlocked GOP convention?

When this year's presidential campaign began, Rick Santorum looked like a fringe candidate, consigned permanently to the outside edge of an overcrowded debate stage. Read more

Who reviews the U.S. drone 'kill list'?

When it comes to national security, Michael V. Hayden is no shrinking violet. As CIA director, he ran the Bush administration's program of warrantless wiretaps against suspected terrorists. Read more

The Newt Gingrich playbook

Newt Gingrich says he's staying in the Republican presidential race all the way to the GOP convention in August, and that he's willing - even eager - to fight for the nomination on the convention floor. Read more

Fixing red meat for the tea party

Mitt Romney isn't a naturally eloquent man. His stump speeches are nearly content-free. They combine exaggerated denunciations of President Barack Obama ("a pessimistic president," "the great complainer") and ardent professions of patriotism. Read more

Oops! That was the year that wasn't

A year ago, soon after the Tunisian uprising, I demonstrated my powers of prediction in a column about the democracy movement in the Arab world. Read more

For Saudi women, progress comes slowly - and not at all surely

Women in Saudi Arabia won a small but promising victory this year. No, they aren't being allowed to drive; that's still forbidden. Most of the time, they still can't work, travel or even open bank accounts without the approval of a male guardian. Read more

Merkel intent on keping eurozone united

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's impossible prime minister, has committed almost every sin that modern politics affords. He entertains barely-of-age girls as overnight guests and brags about it. Read more

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