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Hands Off Gen. Milley

From the Left / Joe Conason /

What Gen. Mark Milley has learned during his most recent years of service is what most Americans have now come to understand about former President Donald Trump. He was always a highly dysfunctional and dangerous leader, or as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi succinctly told the general, "crazy." Treating him as a "normal" president would ...Read more

The Ugly Truth About Afghanistan

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When we last heard from the Taliban 10 months ago, they sent an urgent message addressed to the American people. In early October 2020, the same Taliban official now appearing on screens everywhere as their official spokesman took the highly unusual step of endorsing a candidate for president of the United States.

Their man was then-President...Read more

The Sedition Caucus Under Oath

From the Left / Joe Conason /

It is an indisputable fact that House Republicans including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy were at the very heart of former President Donald Trump's coup plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election. While more than hints and clues have pointed to their involvement ever since the Jan. 6 insurrection, their central role emerged this past ...Read more

The Murder Rate Rose in Republican Cities, Too

From the Left / Joe Conason /

If you're worried by the rise in violent crime -- a real and troubling phenomenon -- don't ask Republicans for solutions. All they can offer is a blame game that relies on dubious cherry-picked data. To get their message, just glance at, the home of hard-right hackery: "Violent Crime Surges 25 Percent in 2021 With Democrats in ...Read more

The Instructive Downfall of Ken Starr

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Of all the lurid nonsense circulating among conspiracy-addled Republicans, none of their theories is viler than the libel of child sexual abuse that began under the rubric of "Pizzagate" and became the basis of the cult ideology of QAnon. So successful was the smear campaign begun by followers of Donald Trump that millions of deranged people ...Read more

Yes, There Is a Conspiracy

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Conspiracy has replaced policy as the motivating force of the Republican Party and its media minions -- but only the most flimsy and imaginary conspiracies qualify for partisan attention. Actual criminal conspiracies that threaten the nation merit no concern.

That's why congressional Republicans killed the independent commission to ...Read more



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