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Why That Russian Dossier Can't Be Ignored

From the Left / Joe Conason /

To see Michael Flynn depart his White House post in a miasma of misconduct -- amid memories of his "lock her up" speech about Hillary Clinton at the Republican convention last summer -- was satisfying. To hear that he might be replaced as national security adviser by someone saner is reassuring.

But Flynn's ouster is only the first chapter in...Read more

'Populist' Trump Punks His Fans

From the Left / Joe Conason /

There was never any reason to think that Donald Trump's stump-speech assaults on Wall Street banks and hedge funds were even momentarily sincere -- but millions of working- and middle-class voters loved his populist rhetoric.

Emerging from his gold-plated jet, Trump would roar about cracking down on the financial vultures who had fattened ...Read more

The Hostile Transition of Power

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Everyone who wondered what Steve Bannon has been doing in Trump Tower now knows the answer: He has been drafting the new president's vengeful and cliche-laden inaugural address, which is certainly the least impressive speech of its kind in memory and likely one of the worst in history.

With its repeated harping on "America First" and the ...Read more

This 'Fake News' May Be Real

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When Donald Trump denounced the latest hints of his collusion with the Kremlin as "FAKE NEWS!" on Twitter, it was hard not to wonder what he meant exactly. Having barraged us all for years with fake news about a wide variety of important matters such as Barack Obama's true birthplace, the charitable work of the Clinton Foundation, the ...Read more

Investigate the Hackers -- and Ignore Trump's Chaff

From the Left / Joe Conason /

In the loud debate over the alleged Russian intelligence attack on our democratic system, Americans have heard all kinds of specious assertions from Donald Trump, his minions and others who, for their own reasons, reject the findings of the U.S. intelligence agencies. Trump clearly fears that a full investigation of those allegations will ...Read more

The Message From the Manger

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is a custom familiar to everyone raised in Western cultures, whether or not they happen to share the Christian faith. So important is Christmas to Americans that even the traditional holiday greeting is misused as a partisan weapon -- seized by a political figure no less profane, irreligious and ...Read more

Donald Trump's Death Panel

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Not long ago, Americans learned that the average life expectancy for white people in this country -- those most likely to have voted for Donald Trump -- actually declined for the first time in many years. The pathologies and frustrations believed to have driven that decline may have motivated the tiny handful of votes that gave Trump his ...Read more

The Man Who Gets Away With Everything

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Only Donald Trump would continue sponsoring campaign-style rallies, a full month after Election Day. And only Trump's most fervent followers, the zealots who still show up to hear him gloat at those events, would continue to chant "Drain the swamp!" at his command -- when he is so obviously emptying that swamp into the White House swimming ...Read more

Why Trump Won't Bring Jobs

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Within a day after Donald Trump's triumphal visit to Indiana, where he claimed credit for "saving" 800 jobs at a Carrier factory, the Department of Labor released its first monthly unemployment report since his election victory -- and one of the last that will come out during the presidency of Barack Obama.

Together those events illustrated ...Read more

A Real Email Scandal -- and Trump's Hypocrisy

From the Left / Joe Conason /

For well over a year, Donald Trump ranted constantly about the woman he smeared as "Crooked Hillary," insisting that her alleged disclosures of classified information -- although unintentional, harmless and ultimately deemed innocent by the FBI director -- were serious felonies for which she ought to be sent to prison. "Hillary Clinton's ...Read more


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