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Why Trump tweeted a conspiracy smear

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When Donald Trump retweeted a malicious fantasy about the apparent suicide of imprisoned pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, he wasn't merely entertaining his deluded fans. Trump's conspiratorial canard -- with attendant promotion by Russian bots, American alt-rightists and far-right media -- was plainly designed to deflect attention from his own ...Read more

No, Mr. President, not both sides

From the Left / Joe Conason /

After the massacres in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, we watched Donald Trump, the president who spends most of his time on social media to divide and polarize America, speak up for national unity and an end to "destructive partisanship." From the White House he issued a statement condemning white supremacy and bigotry as "evil." And even if ...Read more

Democrats, get out of your own way

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Robert Mueller's testimony disappointed anyone seeking drama, but his performance isn't the problem. What keeps congressional Democrats from fulfilling their constitutional duty to confront a lawless president is their own political inertia.

In his own careful and stolid way, Mueller laid out the facts and arguments provided in his 448-page ...Read more

Who hates America?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Nobody expects Donald Trump to speak the truth about himself or his opponents anymore. To support him requires a suspension of disbelief that is impressive in a misbegotten way.

So when the president of the United States tells four duly elected members of Congress to go back to where they came from, an old trope of bigotry that everybody ...Read more

How did Jeffrey Epstein escape justice?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The case of super-rich sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is so disturbing, not only because dozens of women say he victimized them as young girls, and not only because he went almost unpunished, but because his wealth appears to have enabled his criminality for years. While the sources of Epstein's enormous fortune remain mysterious and may never be ...Read more

The Opposite of Patriotism

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Vindication is not always a happy feeling, not when the nation is at such grave risk.

In years past, I've often devoted my Fourth of July column to observing that the right has no monopoly on patriotism. The Tories of the Revolutionary era, who demanded loyalty to the British throne, were the right-wing reactionaries of their time, as were ...Read more

Crimes against humanity on the border

From the Left / Joe Conason /

There may come a time when top officials of the Trump administration, including the president himself, will no longer be able to travel abroad without fear of arrest by international authorities. Every day now, evidence accumulates that Trump and his appointees are perpetrating crimes against humanity on the southern border.

Even Trump's ...Read more

Democracy should turn its attention to the enemies within

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Among the most disturbing moments during the last presidential election cycle occurred in September 2016, when a group of top intelligence officials briefed congressional leaders on the Kremlin's aggressive hacking campaign.

Aiming for bipartisan unity against a threat from a hostile foreign power, then-President Obama sent his counterterrorism...Read more

Kushner proved he is a security risk -- again

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Some blessed day, America will be rid of the Trump administration. But the "normalization" of misconduct by this president's entourage will leave indelible stains -- one of which will bear the name Jared Kushner.

Unlike his constantly blithering and blabbering father-in-law, Kushner usually goes about his self-serving business in the White ...Read more

What Mueller told us about impeachment

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Behind the straight-shooting, ramrod demeanor always mentioned by his friends, Robert Mueller possesses a shrewd intelligence. He demonstrated that strategic acuity on Wednesday morning when, with a few carefully selected sentences, he wielded his own reticence to deliver a crushing blow to Donald Trump (and a hard shot to Attorney General ...Read more

Congress must begin an impeachment inquiry

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Donald Trump is no longer just a persistent object of national shame and revulsion. He has become a threat to the Constitution and the rule of law -- and the question before the House, quite literally, is what to do about him.

For understandable reasons, the Democratic leadership in Congress has been reluctant to answer Trump's lawless conduct ...Read more

 

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