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The Lowest Form of Political Comedy

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Now that the Republicans have eked out a tiny majority in the next Congress, their leaders have announced the party's legislative agenda: zero legislation but endless "investigation."

Nobody except small children could have been surprised by the House Republican announcement, which was like a rollout touting the sequel of a mediocre sci-fi ...Read more

Will Murdoch Take Down Trump?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

If the stunning midterm results bear any message for Republicans, it is that former President Donald Trump continues to poison their party's prospects, as he has done in every election following his fluke Electoral College victory six years ago. Nobody sees this more clearly than Rupert Murdoch, the party's would-be kingmaker, whose broadcast ...Read more

The Party of Sham and Chicanery

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Republicans may win or lose elections during this midterm cycle but either way, the once Grand Old Party is completing its devolution into a mirror of former President Donald Trump. The midterm elections have magnified its reflection of his deeply inauthentic and malignant character. Compulsive lying, constant expressions of hostility and ...Read more

Trusting The Republicans

From the Left / Joe Conason /

No delusion misleads American voters more than their certainty that Republicans are "better" and more worthy of "trust" on the economy than Democrats. Neither facts nor history support this durable fallacy, discredited by reams of studies over the years proving that Democratic administrations are consistently more successful in fostering ...Read more

A Jury Debunks Trump's Russia Lies -- Again

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Proving that there's a sucker born every minute may be the guiding principle of former President Donald Trump's political career. He has succeeded brilliantly in persuading many Americans that he is worth billions, that his actual fortune was earned and not merely inherited and that he cares about them. None of that is true.

But he has also ...Read more

How Can Jews Still Be Republicans?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The antisemitic outbursts of Kanye West have exposed the increasing tolerance of foul bigotry within the Republican Party and among its "conservative" mouthpieces. With West now touted as a new Black GOP voice (despite or perhaps because of his admitted mental illness), his sickening threats against Jews were quickly excused or even endorsed ...Read more

The Saudi Gambit to Elect Republicans

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Only suckers believe that President Joe Biden is responsible for the price of gasoline, but then we all know that a sucker is born every minute, which explains a lot about our politics. The propaganda about oil prices now emanating from the Republican Party, which blames Biden for energy costs, is designed to conceal a much more sinister ...Read more

When Red States Are Dying for Federal Aid

From the Left / Joe Conason /

On his very first day in Congress -- long before he began to preen as a potential presidential candidate -- Ron DeSantis proved he was unfit for national office. The date was January 4, 2013, and he cast his maiden vote on the House floor against $9.7 billion in federal flood insurance aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New ...Read more

Gov. Ron DeSantis: A Communist Dictator's Best Friend

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Ron DeSantis never gets bored of telling us how much he despises communism.

Not only does the Florida governor frequently mention his hatred of communism, but last spring he signed a law that memorializes its victims and mandates an annual day devoted to teaching its harmful history in the Sunshine State's public schools. "I know we don't ...Read more

What We Can Still Learn from Kenneth Starr

From the Left / Joe Conason /

For anyone who criticized the late Kenneth W. Starr in life, it might be prudent to observe the ancient Latin injunction: Say nothing but good of the dead. Or step silently by.

Yet the career of the former federal appellate jurist who served as Whitewater independent counsel and instigated the impeachment of President Bill Clinton invites ...Read more

A Fact-Checked Verdict On 'Her Emails'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The Washington Post's fact-checker Glenn Kessler has delivered a conclusive verdict on the subject that delivered the presidency to Donald J. Trump: What about her emails? His analysis follows a column I wrote last week examining whether any of Hillary Clinton's emails contained government secrets that would have justified her criminal ...Read more



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