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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

Is Donald Trump Really a 'Fascist'?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Although he is still a clown, nobody laughs at Donald Trump anymore -- which may be the real purpose of his candidacy, at least as far as he is concerned. The casino mogul is pleased to instill fear among Republican elites, as he dominates their presidential nominating contest -- and forces them to face a hard question about the man who is ...Read more

Clinton Emails: Is This Watergate? Or Just Another Whitewater?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Hillary Hysteria is raging everywhere, from the most disreputable websites to the most respected newspapers. Candidate Clinton's polling numbers are down. Her email server is in the custody of the FBI. Her comments brushing aside the controversy have only infuriated the Washington press corps, which has virtually declared war on her.

But why ...Read more

Republicans or Social Security? It's an Easy Choice

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Ten years ago, as Americans celebrated the 70th anniversary of Social Security, the presidency of George W. Bush was already disintegrating over his attempt to ruin that amazingly successful program. The people's rejection of the Bush proposal to privatize the system was so powerful that Republicans in Congress scurried away -- and his ...Read more

Why Israel's Security Experts Support the Iran Deal -- and Iran's Hardliners Don't

From the Left / Joe Conason /

As Congressional Republicans seek to undermine the nuclear agreement between Iran and the international powers, they assert that hardline Islamists in the Islamic Republic are delighted with the deal while Israelis concerned over their country's security are appalled. The same theme is now repeated constantly on Fox News Channel and throughout...Read more

Which 'Senior Official' Smeared Hillary Clinton?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

In the aftermath of that famously discredited New York Times story about a "criminal referral" regarding Hillary Clinton's emails, a few important questions stand out, among many that remain unanswered.

Exactly who told Times reporters Michael S. Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo that the referral to the Justice Department -- concerning whether ...Read more

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

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