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Giuliani Unmasked

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Eighteen years ago, on a terrible day every American then living remembers too well, Rudolph Giuliani earned respect for his calm, inspiring and unifying leadership of a wounded New York City. Too much has happened since then to feel anything but disappointment in him, but on this year's 9/11 anniversary, the man once known as "America's Mayor...Read more

Bring Brazil's Bolsonaro To Heel

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The most predictable thing about authoritarian government is that it will eventually exceed our worst expectations. With Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right president of Brazil, we didn't have to wait long. Not only has the Brazilian president failed to protect the Amazon rainforest but he also seems madly determined to destroy that most vital ...Read more

Trump is a clear and present danger to our republic

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Whenever Donald Trump says or tweets a remark that embarrasses our country before the world, conventional analysis suggests that it is yet another consequence of his infantile narcissism. So we were told again when the president of the United States insulted Denmark, one of the founding nations of NATO and a dedicated American ally, by canceling...Read more

Why Trump tweeted a conspiracy smear

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When Donald Trump retweeted a malicious fantasy about the apparent suicide of imprisoned pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, he wasn't merely entertaining his deluded fans. Trump's conspiratorial canard -- with attendant promotion by Russian bots, American alt-rightists and far-right media -- was plainly designed to deflect attention from his own ...Read more

No, Mr. President, not both sides

From the Left / Joe Conason /

After the massacres in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, we watched Donald Trump, the president who spends most of his time on social media to divide and polarize America, speak up for national unity and an end to "destructive partisanship." From the White House he issued a statement condemning white supremacy and bigotry as "evil." And even if ...Read more

Democrats, get out of your own way

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Robert Mueller's testimony disappointed anyone seeking drama, but his performance isn't the problem. What keeps congressional Democrats from fulfilling their constitutional duty to confront a lawless president is their own political inertia.

In his own careful and stolid way, Mueller laid out the facts and arguments provided in his 448-page ...Read more

Who hates America?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Nobody expects Donald Trump to speak the truth about himself or his opponents anymore. To support him requires a suspension of disbelief that is impressive in a misbegotten way.

So when the president of the United States tells four duly elected members of Congress to go back to where they came from, an old trope of bigotry that everybody ...Read more

How did Jeffrey Epstein escape justice?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The case of super-rich sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is so disturbing, not only because dozens of women say he victimized them as young girls, and not only because he went almost unpunished, but because his wealth appears to have enabled his criminality for years. While the sources of Epstein's enormous fortune remain mysterious and may never be ...Read more

The Opposite of Patriotism

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Vindication is not always a happy feeling, not when the nation is at such grave risk.

In years past, I've often devoted my Fourth of July column to observing that the right has no monopoly on patriotism. The Tories of the Revolutionary era, who demanded loyalty to the British throne, were the right-wing reactionaries of their time, as were ...Read more

Crimes against humanity on the border

From the Left / Joe Conason /

There may come a time when top officials of the Trump administration, including the president himself, will no longer be able to travel abroad without fear of arrest by international authorities. Every day now, evidence accumulates that Trump and his appointees are perpetrating crimes against humanity on the southern border.

Even Trump's ...Read more


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