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Let's look at conspiracies, imaginary and real

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Nobody on Capitol Hill rants more fervently about imaginary conspiracies than Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and devoted congressional promoter of Trumpian nonsense. For years, Nunes has regaled America with ideological tall tales, from former President Barack Obama's mythical "spying" on Donald ...Read more

Why we're still thankful

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Americans can be excused for feeling something less than thankful for the ongoing depredations of Washington's ruling regime. Every day for more than three years, we have awakened to the nightmare of a president and his entourage gnawing away at constitutional government like demented termites, seemingly determined to advance the objectives of ...Read more

There are witnesses we still need to hear from

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Accumulating evidence of impeachable offenses by President Donald J. Trump, based on available documents and witness testimony, is overwhelming. It began with the July 25 "transcript" he urged us all to read in which he responds to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky's entreaty for more military assistance by asking for those two "favors." ...Read more

No, everybody doesn't abuse the presidency

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The testimonies of State Department official George Kent and acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor confirmed the elements of the Ukraine scandal that have led to impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, specifically that the president and his associates, especially Rudy Giuliani and Ambassador to the European Union ...Read more

Is he their president or ours?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Instead of watching Fox News, which manufactures heroic propaganda about President Donald Trump, Republican voters could learn much more from seeing a few hours of Russian television. It is on shows broadcast from Moscow and St. Petersburg where the truth about the Trump administration can be heard.

The message is emphatically not "Make America...Read more

Now Republicans hate the rules they made

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Congressional Republicans don't want to debate President Donald Trump's attempt to extort political prosecutions of Americans from Ukraine -- and given the damning facts emerging every day, their reluctance is understandable, if not honorable. But whining about the process of the impeachment inquiry is only bringing them and their party into ...Read more

Where to get the money to start fixing inequality

From the Left / Joe Conason /

(Editor's note: Joe Conason is off. The following column is by Jim Hightower.)

When Jesse Jackson ran a strong populist campaign for president in 1988, advocating bold new policies and programs to address inequality, establishment skeptics scoffed, "Where ya gonna get the money?" Jackson answered directly: "Get it from where it went."

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Trump's new mouthpiece a constitutional defender during a constitutional crisis

From the Left / Joe Conason /

On the same day the White House plunged the nation into a constitutional crisis by refusing to provide witnesses or documents to House Democrats conducting an impeachment inquiry, word leaked of a new member on the Trump legal defense team. Engaged to serve as "outside counsel" is former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, best known for his endless...Read more

Smearing Joe Biden, 2016 style

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Not only is Joe Biden innocent of any wrongdoing in Ukraine -- as almost every legitimate news organization now acknowledges -- but his actions concerning his son's business interests there were precisely the opposite of the smears launched against him by the Trump campaign. That truth won't change, no matter how many times President Trump and ...Read more

The Voice of a Gangster

From the Left / Joe Conason /

To anyone familiar with the life and times of Donald Trump, there was nothing surprising in the tone of his July 25 conversation with the new president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump spoke in the oblique yet perfectly clear language of a Mafia don who knows what he wants and how to enforce his will.

The dialogue between the two ...Read more

How to run an impeachment iInquiry

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Americans have good reason to suspect Donald Trump of committing various and serious crimes, but they have no immediate means to hold him accountable. Rising frustration over this malefactor's impunity was only exacerbated by the latest House Judiciary Committee hearings, which featured two empty chairs and an insolent, prevaricating witness ...Read more


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