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Never Patriotic: The Real Meaning of the Confederate Flag

From the Left / Joe Conason /

In the intensifying debate over the Confederate flag, important clues about the true meaning of this seditious symbol are staring us in the face. Dozens of those clues were posted by an angry, glaring Dylann Storm Roof on the "Last Rhodesian," website, where the confessed Charleston killer pays homage to certain flags -- notably those of ...Read more

Hillary Finally Spoke Up About Inequality -- 20 Years Ago

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Following Hillary Clinton's first major campaign speech last Saturday, the purveyors of conventional wisdom have assured us repeatedly that she is tacking toward the left to deflect her challengers and mollify her party's liberal base. Such assertions usually hint knowingly that Clinton is not a progressive herself, but merely swayed in that ...Read more

Dennis Hastert, Nancy Pelosi and America's 'Family Values'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Republicans on Capitol Hill keep telling everyone how terribly shocked they are by the tawdry tale of Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House indicted last week for violations of federal money-laundering statutes in an effort to cover up alleged sexual abuse of a male high-school student many years ago.

Long upheld as a paragon of ...Read more

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

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