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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

Trump's deadly ego trip

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Even before the embarrassing demise of his health care legislation, Donald Trump could no longer claim that he would "take care of everybody" with a "beautiful" new system that insures all Americans, regardless of their ability to pay. Such election-year vows were abandoned months ago, when the Trump White House allowed Republican Congressional ...Read more

Why Bob Mueller Is no Ken Starr

From the Left / Joe Conason /

As Robert Mueller pursues a wide-ranging investigation aimed at Donald Trump, members of Trump's family, his appointees and his political associates, the president's legal advisers have answered by attacking the legitimacy and fairness of the special counsel -- which may be the prelude to executive action.

The White House complains that Mueller...Read more


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