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Bully Bobby Is No Friend of Free Speech

From the Left / Joe Conason /

With every day that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. runs his peculiar presidential campaign, he offers a display of delusional narcissism and feckless duplicity. Aside from drawing attention to himself, Kennedy seems to be trying to ensure the reelection of Donald Trump, provoking the suspicion that he shares Trump's toxic politics despite his own ...Read more

The Anguished Courage of Chuck Schumer

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Nothing in politics is more difficult than breaking with longtime allies, friends and supporters over an issue of principle. In recent years we have seen the "Never Trump" Republicans take that painful step, sometimes abandoning their party and severing relationships built over a lifetime, with bitter consequences.

And last week we watched as...Read more

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s Farce -- And Our Tragedy

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When a neophyte named Edward Moore Kennedy first ran for the Senate in 1962 at barely 30 years old, his primary opponent delivered a debate quip that still echoes.

"If your name were Edward Moore," cracked Ed McCormack, then Massachusetts attorney general, "your candidacy would be a joke." Ted Kennedy won that primary, ascended to the Senate,...Read more

Over Congressional Republicans, Putin Casts His Dark Shadow

From the Left / Joe Conason /

If you believed that the Republicans in Congress couldn't sink any lower, recent events have proved you sadly mistaken. House Speaker Mike Johnson, in his latest displays of subservience to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, has made his most wretched predecessors seem like statesmen and patriots. For the first time ever in America, a branch of ...Read more

Behind The Special Counsel Smear Of Biden

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Plainly visible behind the melodramatic release of a special counsel report on President Joe Biden's retention of classified documents -- and its unprofessional partisan personal attack on him -- are several basic facts that ought to be understood by every American.

First is the character of Robert Hur, the special counsel, a Trump Republican...Read more

What Taylor Swift Is Teaching Us Now

From the Left / Joe Conason /

You don't have to be a follower of Taylor Swift or a fan of professional football to notice the very strange crusade that so-called conservatives have been waging against them. Those icons of music and sport, as American as they could possibly be, are suddenly tarred on right-wing media outlets as secret instruments of a plot by powerful ...Read more

Trump Never Stops Insulting His Followers

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Supporters of Donald Trump often complain about the "liberal elites" who have disrespected them. It is a feeling of cultural grievance that their idol constantly exploits, both to enrich himself with their donations and to defend himself against his critics.

Whenever Trump finds himself under pressure -- in a courtroom, an impeachment or an ...Read more



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