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What Does Charlie McGonigal Know About 2016?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The arrest of Charles McGonigal, chief of the FBI counterintelligence division in New York from October 2016 until his retirement in 2018, reopens festering questions about the troubled election that put Donald Trump in the White House. Among the crimes charged against McGonigal in two lengthy federal indictments is a secret financial ...Read more

Standing Up Against Debt Blackmail

From the Left / Joe Conason /

While Speaker Kevin McCarthy demands transparency from the Biden White House, he has concealed crucial facts from the American public ever since he forged the "corrupt bargain" that greased his ascension to the constitutional post he now holds. The details of the agreement that allowed McCarthy to scrape together the barest majority are said ...Read more

Kevin McCarthy Is No 'Mainstream Moderate'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

With Rep. Kevin McCarthy finally winning a ballot for House speaker, after so many humiliating delays, it is important to understand why his "victory" no longer matters much and probably never did. The Beltway narrative that positions him as a symbol of "governing" and his erstwhile opponents as isolated agents of chaos is badly mistaken.

The ...Read more

Trump Isn't the Only Big Lie Grifter

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Most Americans know by now that former President Donald Trump isn't a brilliant business executive, let alone a "stable genius" who earned billions. We have learned from various investigations, including the forced release of his tax returns, that he is a financial loser -- and that his most conspicuous talent is for brazen grifting.

Now the ...Read more

That Cynical Senator Sinema

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema could scarcely wait three days after the Georgia Senate runoff, which cemented Democratic control of the United States Senate, to announce that she no longer considers herself a member of that party and has changed her registration to independent. A politician who often seems obsessed with drawing attention to herself, the ...Read more

The Lowest Form of Political Comedy

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Now that the Republicans have eked out a tiny majority in the next Congress, their leaders have announced the party's legislative agenda: zero legislation but endless "investigation."

Nobody except small children could have been surprised by the House Republican announcement, which was like a rollout touting the sequel of a mediocre sci-fi ...Read more

Will Murdoch Take Down Trump?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

If the stunning midterm results bear any message for Republicans, it is that former President Donald Trump continues to poison their party's prospects, as he has done in every election following his fluke Electoral College victory six years ago. Nobody sees this more clearly than Rupert Murdoch, the party's would-be kingmaker, whose broadcast ...Read more

The Party of Sham and Chicanery

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Republicans may win or lose elections during this midterm cycle but either way, the once Grand Old Party is completing its devolution into a mirror of former President Donald Trump. The midterm elections have magnified its reflection of his deeply inauthentic and malignant character. Compulsive lying, constant expressions of hostility and ...Read more



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