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When 'reckoning' with Bill, try facts not myths

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Suddenly it has become fashionable again in liberal circles to flay Bill Clinton for his sexual misconduct, whether real, alleged or imagined. Amid the national frenzy swirling around the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore, prominent journalists and politicians are competing to display their dudgeon over the former president and things he ...Read more

An acid test for the self-righteous right

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Whenever a politician insists too much on his own pious morality -- and his duty to impose that particular brand of morality on everyone else -- the safest prediction is that sooner or later, a scandal will emerge. For Roy Moore, the former judge now running to fill Jeff Session's Senate seat, the revelations about his past remained hidden for ...Read more

Now we know John Kelly

From the Left / Joe Conason /

After all the sound and fury and infantile tweeting, what have we learned from the controversy over the president's call to Sgt. La David Johnson's widow? We still don't know much about why he and his three fellow Green Berets died or what the U.S. mission may be in Niger. But we again discovered something about Donald Trump that should have ...Read more

Let's not neglect the alpha creep

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The accumulating allegations of sexual assault and harassment raised against Harvey Weinstein in recent days are deeply disturbing, and may well result in criminal prosecution of the Hollywood producer. Beyond Weinstein's own fate, this latest episode in the very old history of women's mistreatment by unscrupulous men seems likely to expose ...Read more

We need more than 'thoughts and prayers'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Whenever someone commits a heinous gun crime like the massacre in Las Vegas, politicians swiftly assure us that the victims and their families are "in our thoughts and prayers." What these mush-mouthed messages mean, in plain English, is that government, as embodied in those politicians, will do nothing to make the country safer from gun ...Read more

Why Trump is so wrong on Iran

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The dangers of arrogance and ignorance are nowhere more starkly illustrated than in Donald Trump's Oval Office, where anguished advisers seek constantly to steer a rogue president away from international disaster. And now the stakes of his stubborn stupidity have gone nuclear.

Having disparaged the Iran nuclear deal for years -- without ...Read more

Why the media want Hillary to shut up

From the Left / Joe Conason /

There is something slightly strange about the reproachful media response to "What Happened," Hillary Clinton's new book on the 2016 campaign.

Now everyone knows that the Washington press corps dislikes and distrusts the former Democratic nominee. After all, several of its most eminent members have admitted their herd's prejudice against her. ...Read more

 

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