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Trump's Slur Stokes Phony Fury

From the Left / Joe Conason /

As soon as Donald Trump brayed that John McCain is "not a war hero" and went on to mock his suffering in North Vietnamese captivity, the righteous reaction of Republicans was entirely predictable. Nearly every would-be presidential candidate in the GOP immediately sought to wrap the loud-mouthed celebrity's gaffe around his neck.

The incident...Read more

Iran Deal: Why Heed Same Voices That Are Always Wrong?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Nobody was surprised by Benjamin Netanyahu's immediate denunciation of the Iran nuclear agreement as "a historic mistake for the world." Echoing the Israeli prime minister's opposition throughout the negotiations were all the usual suspects in this country -- a panoply of pundits and politicians from Weekly Standard editor William Kristol and ...Read more

Benghazi! Hiding a Transcript -- and the Truth

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The strange saga of the House Select Committee on Benghazi continues as its chair, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., fends off renewed questions about the committee's purpose, as well as demands to release the sworn deposition of Sidney Blumenthal, taken behind closed doors on June 16.

In a CNN interview, Hillary Clinton -- the actual target of Gowdy'...Read more

Newly Released Emails Reveal the Hillary You (Still) Don't Know

From the Left / Joe Conason /

With the release of the first batch of the thousands of emails that Hillary Clinton turned over to the State Department, what has America learned about the former secretary of state and current presidential candidate?

Nothing sufficiently voyeuristic to titillate journalists ever on the hunt for Clinton "scandals" -- but just a few things ...Read more

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

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