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Every path to national redemption is perilous

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Although Robert Mueller filed his massive report with the Justice Department, the special counsel must have known he was actually forwarding an impeachment referral to Congress. Between his decision to forgo a criminal indictment of the president and his incriminating recital of the president's 10 instances of potential obstruction of justice, ...Read more

If Trump Weren't POTUS, He Would Be Indicted

From the Left / Joe Conason /

If Donald Trump were the president of any private or public entity -- if he were the president of anything, that is, except the United States -- he would be under indictment today for obstruction of justice, intimidating witnesses and conspiracy, at a minimum. That is what the Mueller report, even in redacted form, tells us in no uncertain ...Read more

Send a Subpoena to Mar-a-Lago

From the Left / Joe Conason /

We were sitting on the patio at Mar-a-Lago, enjoying drinks and dinner with a few friends, when Donald Trump suddenly showed up.

He scowled at me for a few seconds and then did a double take. Perhaps he was rattled to encounter on his own property a journalist whose skeptical coverage dated back to the era when Roy Cohn was still fixing ...Read more

We Need The Mueller Report, Not Barr's Spin Memo

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Even in a moment of triumph, Donald Trump lied.

Exulting over the summary findings of the Mueller report, as spun by his attorney general, William Barr, President Trump declared that the investigation found "no obstruction" and resulted in "complete and total exoneration." But according to Robert Mueller's own words, that boast is utterly ...Read more

How to stop worrying about Socialism

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When President Trump barks about socialism, he is probably thinking (and hopes you're thinking) of the dark, dank and dull version that oppressed the people of the old Soviet bloc. Republican media feeds, including his, currently feature "socialist" as the preferred insult, warning that Democrats aim to transform the United States into the ...Read more

A Manafort pardon will be the ultimate proof of Trump's guilt

From the Left / Joe Conason /

No longer can there be any doubt that Paul Manafort expects Donald Trump to pardon him -- and that Trump has encouraged that expectation in a broad strategy to obstruct the Russia investigation over the past two years.

The signals emanating from Manafort's legal team over the past few days could scarcely have been clearer. Moments after Judge ...Read more

What was good For Clinton is good for Trump

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When the Office of Special Counsel completes its assigned tasks and sends its findings to Attorney General William Barr, Americans will expect to learn what is in that document. Despite recurrent warnings that Barr can legally withhold some or even all of the Mueller report, those expectations of transparency must be fulfilled.

The matters ...Read more

Cohen embodies Trump's sordid career

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Watching the Republicans strenuously berate Michael Cohen as he appeared before the House Oversight Committee, it was clear that they had no idea who this New York character is or what his testimony means. They couldn't grasp that further diminishing this already disgraced attorney could not separate him from the man he had represented for 10 ...Read more

This Trump scandal is radioactive

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Often enough, the ambitious phrase "Middle East peace plan" emanates from the Trump White House, often associated with presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. Only last week, the Polish government joined with the U.S. State Department to host a major international conference on Middle East issues in Warsaw.

But now the House ...Read more

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


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