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A few hard questions for Comey

From the Left / Joe Conason /

For months, the White House has insistently whined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is persecuting the president. Echoed by right-wing propaganda media, that theme is now amplified in Donald Trump's tweeted blasts at former FBI director James Comey, whom he vilifies as a "liar and leaker."

To anyone who remembers the final days of the ...Read more

Don't let Trump Betray veterans

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Whenever Donald Trump fires a member of his administration, the least likely reason is incompetence, corruption, abuse of authority or wasteful extravagance. If those were causes for dismissal in the Trump administration, nearly his entire cabinet would have been replaced by now. That tweet signaling the removal of Veterans Affairs Secretary ...Read more

On Russia, GOP probers looked the other way

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Like crooked cops protecting a mafia don, the House Intelligence Committee looked the other way last week when drafting its closing report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Denying the obvious -- and the shared assessment of U.S. intelligence agencies -- the committee's Republican majority insisted that the Russians ...Read more

The dangers of diplomacy, Trump-style

From the Left / Joe Conason /

This planet just became a more perilous place to live.

It may not have seemed so last week, when Donald Trump agreed to meet Kim Jong Un for negotiations over North Korea's nuclear arsenal. Trump's abrupt diplomatic offer was certainly an improvement on his jeering, boasting and threatening on Twitter -- even if he doesn't understand that he ...Read more

In Cuba, Trump's hostility serves Kremlin

From the Left / Joe Conason /

HAVANA -- The presidency of Donald Trump is teaching millions of Cubans -- along with people around the world -- to see the United States as a symbol of disappointment rather than hope. Within a few months, his abusive attitude toward Cuba has nearly reversed the diplomatic, cultural and humanitarian opening initiated by his predecessor.

Trump'...Read more

Yes, the president must testify

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Donald Trump tells reporters that he is eager to chat with Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating his campaign's suspected collusion with the Kremlin and his attempts to obstruct that investigation, but his sincerity is in doubt. When he proclaims his willingness to let Mueller question him, "under oath," it sounds like typical Trump ...Read more

Useful idiots vs. the FBI

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Nothing is more fashionable these days on the Republican right than to trash America's law enforcement and intelligence services. Legislators like Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Francis Rooney, R-Fla., broadcast accusations about "major corruption" within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and demand a "purge." Tom Fitton, who runs the right-wing...Read more


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