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The Grifters Do 'Tax Reform'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

If you were paying attention to what we learned about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, then you know that the president of the United States was once the impresario of a student-swindling Trump University, the founder of a Trump Foundation designed for tax evasion and illegal self-dealing, and the chief executive of a The Trump ...Read more

Trump (and Putin) still pushing fascist 'nationalism'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Hold the exhalations of relief about the supposed moderation of Donald Trump and the apparent demotion of Steve Bannon, his official strategist. With Trump's all-but-explicit endorsement of Marine Le Pen, the French neo-fascist presidential candidate, it is now clear that he remains enthusiastic about the fascists who have rebranded themselves ...Read more

First Step Down a Dangerous Path

From the Left / Joe Conason /

For the moment, Donald Trump's bombing of a military airfield in Syria has earned him a measure of success that has eluded his bumbling and malevolent administration during its first three months in office. No doubt he is thrilled by admiring coverage on cable television; by endorsements from voices on the left and right, outraged by Bashar ...Read more

Don't Be Distracted By 'Leaks' or 'Wiretaps'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

From his first tweeted accusation of "wiretapping," Donald Trump has thrown up a screen of chaff to obscure what he and his cronies seem to fear most: a thorough, transparent investigation of the multiple connections between the Kremlin and his presidential campaign. Self-destructive as his ploy was, he succeeded in distracting attention from ...Read more

Why Trump (and Bannon) Mirror ISIS

From the Left / Joe Conason /

What if the purpose of the Trump administration's travel ban is not to protect America from terrorist infiltration, as the president and his top advisers insist? What if the true aim of their anti-Muslim rhetoric, articulated over and over again, is actually to offend Muslims -- and intensify their alienation from the West?

Those questions ...Read more

Is It Watergate Yet?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

As Donald Trump and his subordinates lash out wildly in their campaign to suppress discussion of his presidential campaign's alleged collusion with the Kremlin, they conjure visions of a truly monumental scandal. With their latest attempts to manipulate the Federal Bureau of Investigation and intimidate the Washington press corps, they clumsily ...Read more

Why That Russian Dossier Can't Be Ignored

From the Left / Joe Conason /

To see Michael Flynn depart his White House post in a miasma of misconduct -- amid memories of his "lock her up" speech about Hillary Clinton at the Republican convention last summer -- was satisfying. To hear that he might be replaced as national security adviser by someone saner is reassuring.

But Flynn's ouster is only the first chapter in...Read more

'Populist' Trump Punks His Fans

From the Left / Joe Conason /

There was never any reason to think that Donald Trump's stump-speech assaults on Wall Street banks and hedge funds were even momentarily sincere -- but millions of working- and middle-class voters loved his populist rhetoric.

Emerging from his gold-plated jet, Trump would roar about cracking down on the financial vultures who had fattened ...Read more

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