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What Clintons Do Is 'Scandalous,' What Republicans Do Is Ignored

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Whenever a transgression against transparency is charged against the Clintons, whether real, alleged or invented, America's political media rise up in sustained outrage. From the offices of The New York Times Washington bureau to the Manhattan studio of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," journalists bitterly protest Hillary Clinton's erased emails and her ...Read more

When They Scream 'Clinton Scandal,' Wait for the 'Facts'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

A very strange thing has happened to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Suddenly, journalists who never paid the least attention to the foundation's work over the past decade or so -- and seemed content to let the Clintons and their associates try to do some good in the world -- proclaim their concern about the foundation's ...Read more

If Inequality Worries Republicans, Why Do They Keep Making It Worse?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

You can tell things have gotten very bad when the issue of economic inequality -- a serious national problem mostly ignored for more than three decades -- is suddenly in political vogue. And you can be sure things have gotten very, very bad when Republicans -- who usually insist that inequality is natural, inevitable, even beneficial -- ...Read more

Iran Deal: Do the Critics Want War?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Before too much credibility is lavished upon Republican critics of the Iran nuclear agreement draft, including all of the assorted would-be presidential candidates, someone ought to urge them to explain what they would do instead. And when those critics start blathering, someone should interrupt to ask whether they are actually talking about a...Read more

Country Music, Tea Party 'Populism,' and Ted Cruz

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Nobody who knows Ted Cruz -- the Texas freshman Senator who became the first official contestant for the Republican Party's presidential nomination this week -- doubts that he is very, very smart. That includes Cruz himself, whose emphatic confidence in his own superior intelligence has not always endeared him to colleagues and acquaintances (...Read more

Measuring the Moral Posture of Rand Paul

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Expecting morally serious debate from any would-be Republican presidential contender is like waiting for a check from a deadbeat. It could arrive someday, but don't count on it.

Yet listening to someone like Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., feign outrage over a real moral question can still be amusing, if you know enough about him to laugh. The ...Read more

Media's Email Hysteria: Why Are Republicans Exempt?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

It is almost eerie how closely Hillary Clinton's current email scandal parallels the beginnings of the Whitewater fiasco that ensnared her and her husband almost 20 years ago. Both began with tendentious, inaccurate stories published by The New York Times; both relied upon highly exaggerated suspicions of wrongdoing; both were seized upon by ...Read more

Is This a Scandal -- Or a 'Scandal'?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

To someone who has watched many "scandals" surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton evaporate into the Washington mist -- even when Pulitzer Prize-winning pundits predicted that she would end up in prison! -- the current furor over her emails hardly seems earthshaking.

It isn't unreasonable to require public officials to conduct all public business ...Read more

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