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Once again, Trump diplomacy serves Kremlin interests

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The likelihood that Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal for principled or pragmatic reasons seems vanishingly small, since he probably knows very little about the agreement. His own defense secretary, who understands the deal very well, advised him that it continues to serve our national security interests. Most ...Read more

No, Mr. President, the roast must go on

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Only Donald Trump could manage to justify the continued existence of the White House Correspondents Association dinner, a springtime ritual of journalistic self-indulgence that might just as well have ended years ago. By declaring the dinner "DEAD" -- after yet another humiliating comic takedown of him and his enablers -- the president is ...Read more

A few hard questions for Comey

From the Left / Joe Conason /

For months, the White House has insistently whined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is persecuting the president. Echoed by right-wing propaganda media, that theme is now amplified in Donald Trump's tweeted blasts at former FBI director James Comey, whom he vilifies as a "liar and leaker."

To anyone who remembers the final days of the ...Read more

Don't let Trump Betray veterans

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Whenever Donald Trump fires a member of his administration, the least likely reason is incompetence, corruption, abuse of authority or wasteful extravagance. If those were causes for dismissal in the Trump administration, nearly his entire cabinet would have been replaced by now. That tweet signaling the removal of Veterans Affairs Secretary ...Read more

On Russia, GOP probers looked the other way

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Like crooked cops protecting a mafia don, the House Intelligence Committee looked the other way last week when drafting its closing report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Denying the obvious -- and the shared assessment of U.S. intelligence agencies -- the committee's Republican majority insisted that the Russians ...Read more

The dangers of diplomacy, Trump-style

From the Left / Joe Conason /

This planet just became a more perilous place to live.

It may not have seemed so last week, when Donald Trump agreed to meet Kim Jong Un for negotiations over North Korea's nuclear arsenal. Trump's abrupt diplomatic offer was certainly an improvement on his jeering, boasting and threatening on Twitter -- even if he doesn't understand that he ...Read more

In Cuba, Trump's hostility serves Kremlin

From the Left / Joe Conason /

HAVANA -- The presidency of Donald Trump is teaching millions of Cubans -- along with people around the world -- to see the United States as a symbol of disappointment rather than hope. Within a few months, his abusive attitude toward Cuba has nearly reversed the diplomatic, cultural and humanitarian opening initiated by his predecessor.

Trump'...Read more


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