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Why ISIS Needs the 'Useful Idiots' Who Demonize Muslims

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls said after last Friday's attacks in Paris, "nous sommes en guerre" -- we are at war -- there could be no doubt that the rest of the civilized world, including the United States and NATO, will stand beside our oldest ally in a common struggle to extirpate the barbaric ISIS.

But as this conflict deepens...Read more

Hard Questions for Debating Democrats

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Imagine for a moment that the purpose of a presidential debate is to elucidate policy differences on matters of concern to American voters -- instead of engaging the leading Democrats in still more boring babble about Hillary Clinton's email habits or Bernie Sanders' socialist sympathies.

What might a moderator ask, if she is seeking ...Read more

What Socialism Means to Bernie -- and You

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at "educating" voters -- about socialism.

As a successful politician twice elected to the U.S. Senate and showing very respectable numbers in most presidential primary...Read more

Debate Mendacity Even Shocks Conservatives

From the Left / Joe Conason /

For people who so often accuse Hillary Clinton of lying, the Republican presidential candidates seem to feel perfectly free to bend, twist and shred the truth at will. Unsurprisingly, that is just what several of them were caught doing in their free-for-all CNBC debate. They prevaricated about themselves, their policies and their opponents, ...Read more

While the Republicans Snarled, Hillary Smiled

From the Left / Joe Conason /

To watch Hillary Clinton's Republican antagonists during Thursday's public hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi was to wonder how they could possibly behave the way they did. As representatives of the American people, they not only failed to fulfill the responsibilities entrusted to them but also exposed their own ignorance of ...Read more

Clinton Scandals: If the First Time Is Tragedy...

From the Left / Joe Conason /

With a self-proclaimed socialist running a credible campaign for president, perhaps the time has come to revive Karl Marx's wittiest aphorism -- although his pungent quip is relevant to Hillary Clinton, not Bernie Sanders.

At the outset of "The 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon," the young revolutionary said Hegel had once observed that "all ...Read more

Is Benghazi the Real Motive Behind Jason Chaffetz's Bid for House Speaker?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Notable among Rep. Trey Gowdy's many egregious abuses of power as chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi was his manic grilling of witness Sidney Blumenthal about Media Matters for America -- which had everything to do with politics and Hillary Clinton and nothing to do with the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2012.

As Gowdy's pal Jason ...Read more

Hunting Hillary: Dim Speaker-to-Be Reveals Select Committee's Partisan Goal

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Ever since House Speaker John Boehner unveiled yet another committee to investigate Benghazi -- the eighth congressional panel to investigate that September 2012 tragedy, along with a State Department Accountability Review Board -- suspicions have festered that its purpose was purely partisan and political.

Even Fox News Sunday host Chris ...Read more

When Liars Debate, the Truth Always Loses

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Watching the second Republican presidential debate on CNN and its aftermath, millions of Americans learned again what we already know about these candidates: These people embellish, prettify and fabricate their own biographies without hesitation, from Donald Trump's much-parodied boasting about his business acumen to Carly Fiorina's super-...Read more

Iran Debate: Clinton Steps Up to Oppose The Demagogues

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When Sarah Palin joins Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and a motley crew of crazies in Washington this week to rally against the Iran nuclear deal, the speeches are likely to reflect the incoherence of the opposition. None of these right-wing celebrities appears to comprehend its terms, how it was negotiated or -- most important -- why its failure ...Read more

Vendetta or Paranoia? The 'Times,' the 'Beast' and the Clintons

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When Lloyd Grove of The Daily Beast showed up in my email yesterday, asking me to talk about the New York Times and the Clintons, I should have known what to expect. I'm sure Grove did his best (and I appreciate the link to our new e-book, "The Hunting of Hillary"), but his post left much to be desired.

Grove's fundamental mistake is to skew ...Read more

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