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On Russia, Trump is still in deep trouble

From the Left / Joe Conason /

If Donald Trump believes his own tweets, then he must be feeling a huge sense of relief. According to the besieged president, he has been exonerated; the hoax has been disproved; and the witch hunt has been canceled.

"The Senate Intelligence Committee: THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA!" he exclaimed in the...Read more

First, she made us listen

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Whatever Congress may do in the weeks and months to come, the introduction of the "Green New Deal" resolution is a major victory for climate advocates and its principal sponsors, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass. For the first time in years -- perhaps for the first time ever -- millions of Americans are not ...Read more

I've tasted my last cup of Starbucks

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The biography of Howard Schultz is the stuff of American capitalist folklore: a man who grew up in a Brooklyn housing project and amassed a fortune worth billions. Now he proposes to repay America by imposing the ruinous rule of Donald Trump for another four years.

Like so many billionaires, including President Trump, Schultz appears to believe...Read more

A conspiracy theory that makes sense

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Like so many other things in American life, political conspiracy theories just aren't as good as they used to be.

Back in the years before the Civil War, the Know-Nothings told one another that the pope was sending Catholic immigrants -- the forebears of many of today's anti-immigrant fanatics -- to take control of the United States so that he ...Read more

What the shutdown really means

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The unprecedented government shutdown is approaching the end of its first month with no foreseeable relief. The costs and the risks are quickly becoming intolerable. The notion of any upside to this fiasco is absurd.

Yet we can at least hope that the American people, often afflicted with historical amnesia, will learn a lesson from this ...Read more

Will partisan politics trump justice?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Certain figures in Washington develop a gold-plated image over the years, praised so often in reputable media outlets as men (almost always men) of integrity that their reputations become unassailable. Nobody criticizes them, because they are defined above criticism. Often enough, these figures prove less perfect than advertised -- think Clark ...Read more

The new sheriff talks impeachment

From the Left / Joe Conason /

On the afternoon of Jan. 3, life will change irrevocably and in many ways for President Donald J. Trump when Democrats take control of the House of Representatives. One of the most important changes is personified by the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., a very able politician who has known Trump -- and ...Read more

The grim truth about impeachment is that Democrats will have little choice

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Sometime during the coming year, Americans are almost certain to confront the question of whether to impeach Donald Trump. The facts that have emerged over the year just past raise grave suspicions about him, his actions and his fitness for office. And still more information will be set before us in the months ahead.

For anyone who respects the...Read more

A tale of two foundations, one slandered, one dishonest

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Nobody ought to be surprised to hear of the belated demise of the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a racketeering enterprise under investigation by the state authorities in New York for the past two years. Barbara Underwood, the state attorney general, announced that the foundation will dissolve and its assets distributed to bona fide charitable ...Read more

Republican respect for the rule of law has diminished substantially

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Those old enough to recall the presidential politics of the 1990s may still hear a certain righteous sentence ringing in their ears: "We must uphold the rule of law."

With irrefutable simplicity, those words were uttered in numbing repetition by the Republicans who pursued Bill and Hillary Clinton for years, at a cost of millions, over "...Read more

With Mueller, patience Is patriotic

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Everyone clamoring for Robert Mueller to finish his investigation of the Trump campaign's connections with the Kremlin should do us all a favor and relax. The special counsel isn't done probing that complex matter -- or the attempt to conceal the facts -- and he will need more time.

Nobody knows when the investigation and any further criminal ...Read more

Pardon Manafort -- and go to jail

From the Left / Joe Conason /

For more than a year, Donald Trump has dangled presidential pardons before former associates who might provide evidence against him. He teased such miscreants as Mike Flynn, his crooked national security adviser, and Michael Cohen, his bullying ex-lawyer. And today we know how blatantly he has been using that same enticement to lure his former ...Read more

Why Pelosi opponents are so wrong

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The tiny faction of Democrats who aim to block Rep. Nancy Pelosi's election as House speaker are only missing two things: a candidate of their own and a rationale that makes sense.

The easier problem is the absence of a candidate, even though the members who have been mentioned so far seem small when measured against Pelosi, who is often ...Read more


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