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A fair and balanced impeachment

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When Mitch McConnell declares that the impeachment of President Donald Trump should follow the same rules and procedures as the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton, that must sound reasonable to many Americans. As the Senate majority leader puts it in his folksiest voice, "Fair is fair."

Leave aside the fact that McConnell -- who swore...Read more

The dangers of a chaos presidency

From the Left / Joe Conason /

What President Donald Trump said to the nation about the prospect of war with Iran impressed many listeners far less than the way he said it -- or slurred it. Unlike the manipulated video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made her appear drunk, Trump delivered a live speech that made him sound impaired.

The president's sputtering crystallized ...Read more

In the new year, we need to free our democracy from the curse of Trump

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The spirit of goodwill can take us by surprise this season, without respect to religion (or even politics). And while such a moment may not quite become an epiphany, it can still make us think again about our lives and times. Which is what happened to me over the weekend before Christmas.

Visiting the nation's capital, as we do every year at ...Read more

Will Republicans risk a rigged trial?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When President Donald Trump's defenders aren't simply lying about the House impeachment inquiry -- it all happened in a Capitol Hill basement with no Republicans present, as one of his lawyers told National Public Radio -- they complain about the lack of firsthand witnesses to presidential abuse. They assume nobody will notice that Trump himself...Read more

The inspector general brings the truth

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Whenever President Donald Trump is caught doing wrong, he answers with categorical denial and a fervent claim that he was wronged. Almost since the day he won election in November 2016, that is how Trump and his minions in politics and media have sought to obscure the glaring and indecent fact that he was sponsored by a Russian dictator who ...Read more

Let's look at conspiracies, imaginary and real

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Nobody on Capitol Hill rants more fervently about imaginary conspiracies than Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and devoted congressional promoter of Trumpian nonsense. For years, Nunes has regaled America with ideological tall tales, from former President Barack Obama's mythical "spying" on Donald ...Read more

Why we're still thankful

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Americans can be excused for feeling something less than thankful for the ongoing depredations of Washington's ruling regime. Every day for more than three years, we have awakened to the nightmare of a president and his entourage gnawing away at constitutional government like demented termites, seemingly determined to advance the objectives of ...Read more

There are witnesses we still need to hear from

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Accumulating evidence of impeachable offenses by President Donald J. Trump, based on available documents and witness testimony, is overwhelming. It began with the July 25 "transcript" he urged us all to read in which he responds to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky's entreaty for more military assistance by asking for those two "favors." ...Read more

No, everybody doesn't abuse the presidency

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The testimonies of State Department official George Kent and acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor confirmed the elements of the Ukraine scandal that have led to impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, specifically that the president and his associates, especially Rudy Giuliani and Ambassador to the European Union ...Read more

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


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