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The Murder Rate Rose in Republican Cities, Too

From the Left / Joe Conason /

If you're worried by the rise in violent crime -- a real and troubling phenomenon -- don't ask Republicans for solutions. All they can offer is a blame game that relies on dubious cherry-picked data. To get their message, just glance at, the home of hard-right hackery: "Violent Crime Surges 25 Percent in 2021 With Democrats in ...Read more

The Instructive Downfall of Ken Starr

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Of all the lurid nonsense circulating among conspiracy-addled Republicans, none of their theories is viler than the libel of child sexual abuse that began under the rubric of "Pizzagate" and became the basis of the cult ideology of QAnon. So successful was the smear campaign begun by followers of Donald Trump that millions of deranged people ...Read more

Yes, There Is a Conspiracy

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Conspiracy has replaced policy as the motivating force of the Republican Party and its media minions -- but only the most flimsy and imaginary conspiracies qualify for partisan attention. Actual criminal conspiracies that threaten the nation merit no concern.

That's why congressional Republicans killed the independent commission to ...Read more

Dr. Fauci and His Enemies

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Ever since the Republican Party devolved into a wholly owned subsidiary of former President Donald Trump, it is increasingly preoccupied with conspiracy theories and smear campaigns. For Trump himself, as well as such Trump operatives as Roger Stone, smears and conspiracies define politics, rather than policy or principle. Over the past few ...Read more

Begin the Jan. 6 Investigation -- Now

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Framing his diplomatic visit to Europe within a broader historical mission, President Joe Biden rightly warns us that authoritarians are eager for democracy to fail. He knows very well that democracy's enemies are active here as well as abroad. Now, he and the leadership of his party must act to fully expose the most overt assault on our ...Read more

It's Time to Dump, Depose and Defenestrate DeJoy

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Now that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has confirmed reports that he is under investigation by the FBI for alleged campaign finance violations, ordinary postal customers who have suffered under his regime may rightly wonder why he is still in office. That is an urgent question -- and has been an urgent question ever since President Joe Biden'...Read more

The Party of Surrender to Tyranny

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When the violent mob finally dispersed from the Capitol late on Jan. 6, it left behind a troubling choice that Republican congressional leaders are only now being forced to make.

This week, they had to decide whether to fulfill their constitutional oath by supporting a full and independent investigation of that day's terrible events, which ...Read more

The Dirty Secret Behind the Cheney Purge

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When House Republicans deposed Liz Cheney from her leadership post, they were widely mocked for that display of abject servility to former President Donald Trump. But the motives behind her abrupt removal are more profound -- and far more sinister -- than the Wyoming representative's penchant for angering Trump.

Only a few months ago, Trump's...Read more

Suspend Those Vaccine Patents Now

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Images of the uncontrolled pandemic in India or Brazil may seem too distant to worry us in America, separated as we are by thousands of miles and decades of development. But any such complacency is badly misplaced. Raging contagion poses an existential threat to us, whether abroad or at home, and can only be stanched by an emergency ...Read more



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