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Is he their president or ours?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Instead of watching Fox News, which manufactures heroic propaganda about President Donald Trump, Republican voters could learn much more from seeing a few hours of Russian television. It is on shows broadcast from Moscow and St. Petersburg where the truth about the Trump administration can be heard.

The message is emphatically not "Make America...Read more

Now Republicans hate the rules they made

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Congressional Republicans don't want to debate President Donald Trump's attempt to extort political prosecutions of Americans from Ukraine -- and given the damning facts emerging every day, their reluctance is understandable, if not honorable. But whining about the process of the impeachment inquiry is only bringing them and their party into ...Read more

Where to get the money to start fixing inequality

From the Left / Joe Conason /

(Editor's note: Joe Conason is off. The following column is by Jim Hightower.)

When Jesse Jackson ran a strong populist campaign for president in 1988, advocating bold new policies and programs to address inequality, establishment skeptics scoffed, "Where ya gonna get the money?" Jackson answered directly: "Get it from where it went."

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Trump's new mouthpiece a constitutional defender during a constitutional crisis

From the Left / Joe Conason /

On the same day the White House plunged the nation into a constitutional crisis by refusing to provide witnesses or documents to House Democrats conducting an impeachment inquiry, word leaked of a new member on the Trump legal defense team. Engaged to serve as "outside counsel" is former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, best known for his endless...Read more

Smearing Joe Biden, 2016 style

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Not only is Joe Biden innocent of any wrongdoing in Ukraine -- as almost every legitimate news organization now acknowledges -- but his actions concerning his son's business interests there were precisely the opposite of the smears launched against him by the Trump campaign. That truth won't change, no matter how many times President Trump and ...Read more

The Voice of a Gangster

From the Left / Joe Conason /

To anyone familiar with the life and times of Donald Trump, there was nothing surprising in the tone of his July 25 conversation with the new president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump spoke in the oblique yet perfectly clear language of a Mafia don who knows what he wants and how to enforce his will.

The dialogue between the two ...Read more

How to run an impeachment iInquiry

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Americans have good reason to suspect Donald Trump of committing various and serious crimes, but they have no immediate means to hold him accountable. Rising frustration over this malefactor's impunity was only exacerbated by the latest House Judiciary Committee hearings, which featured two empty chairs and an insolent, prevaricating witness ...Read more

Giuliani Unmasked

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Eighteen years ago, on a terrible day every American then living remembers too well, Rudolph Giuliani earned respect for his calm, inspiring and unifying leadership of a wounded New York City. Too much has happened since then to feel anything but disappointment in him, but on this year's 9/11 anniversary, the man once known as "America's Mayor...Read more

Bring Brazil's Bolsonaro To Heel

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The most predictable thing about authoritarian government is that it will eventually exceed our worst expectations. With Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right president of Brazil, we didn't have to wait long. Not only has the Brazilian president failed to protect the Amazon rainforest but he also seems madly determined to destroy that most vital ...Read more

Trump is a clear and present danger to our republic

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Whenever Donald Trump says or tweets a remark that embarrasses our country before the world, conventional analysis suggests that it is yet another consequence of his infantile narcissism. So we were told again when the president of the United States insulted Denmark, one of the founding nations of NATO and a dedicated American ally, by canceling...Read more


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