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Is Donald Trump Really a 'Fascist'?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Although he is still a clown, nobody laughs at Donald Trump anymore -- which may be the real purpose of his candidacy, at least as far as he is concerned. The casino mogul is pleased to instill fear among Republican elites, as he dominates their presidential nominating contest -- and forces them to face a hard question about the man who is ...Read more

Clinton Emails: Is This Watergate? Or Just Another Whitewater?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Hillary Hysteria is raging everywhere, from the most disreputable websites to the most respected newspapers. Candidate Clinton's polling numbers are down. Her email server is in the custody of the FBI. Her comments brushing aside the controversy have only infuriated the Washington press corps, which has virtually declared war on her.

But why ...Read more

Republicans or Social Security? It's an Easy Choice

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Ten years ago, as Americans celebrated the 70th anniversary of Social Security, the presidency of George W. Bush was already disintegrating over his attempt to ruin that amazingly successful program. The people's rejection of the Bush proposal to privatize the system was so powerful that Republicans in Congress scurried away -- and his ...Read more

Why Israel's Security Experts Support the Iran Deal -- and Iran's Hardliners Don't

From the Left / Joe Conason /

As Congressional Republicans seek to undermine the nuclear agreement between Iran and the international powers, they assert that hardline Islamists in the Islamic Republic are delighted with the deal while Israelis concerned over their country's security are appalled. The same theme is now repeated constantly on Fox News Channel and throughout...Read more

Which 'Senior Official' Smeared Hillary Clinton?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

In the aftermath of that famously discredited New York Times story about a "criminal referral" regarding Hillary Clinton's emails, a few important questions stand out, among many that remain unanswered.

Exactly who told Times reporters Michael S. Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo that the referral to the Justice Department -- concerning whether ...Read more

Trump's Slur Stokes Phony Fury

From the Left / Joe Conason /

As soon as Donald Trump brayed that John McCain is "not a war hero" and went on to mock his suffering in North Vietnamese captivity, the righteous reaction of Republicans was entirely predictable. Nearly every would-be presidential candidate in the GOP immediately sought to wrap the loud-mouthed celebrity's gaffe around his neck.

The incident...Read more

Iran Deal: Why Heed Same Voices That Are Always Wrong?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Nobody was surprised by Benjamin Netanyahu's immediate denunciation of the Iran nuclear agreement as "a historic mistake for the world." Echoing the Israeli prime minister's opposition throughout the negotiations were all the usual suspects in this country -- a panoply of pundits and politicians from Weekly Standard editor William Kristol and ...Read more

Benghazi! Hiding a Transcript -- and the Truth

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The strange saga of the House Select Committee on Benghazi continues as its chair, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., fends off renewed questions about the committee's purpose, as well as demands to release the sworn deposition of Sidney Blumenthal, taken behind closed doors on June 16.

In a CNN interview, Hillary Clinton -- the actual target of Gowdy'...Read more

Newly Released Emails Reveal the Hillary You (Still) Don't Know

From the Left / Joe Conason /

With the release of the first batch of the thousands of emails that Hillary Clinton turned over to the State Department, what has America learned about the former secretary of state and current presidential candidate?

Nothing sufficiently voyeuristic to titillate journalists ever on the hunt for Clinton "scandals" -- but just a few things ...Read more

Never Patriotic: The Real Meaning of the Confederate Flag

From the Left / Joe Conason /

In the intensifying debate over the Confederate flag, important clues about the true meaning of this seditious symbol are staring us in the face. Dozens of those clues were posted by an angry, glaring Dylann Storm Roof on the "Last Rhodesian," website, where the confessed Charleston killer pays homage to certain flags -- notably those of ...Read more

Hillary Finally Spoke Up About Inequality -- 20 Years Ago

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Following Hillary Clinton's first major campaign speech last Saturday, the purveyors of conventional wisdom have assured us repeatedly that she is tacking toward the left to deflect her challengers and mollify her party's liberal base. Such assertions usually hint knowingly that Clinton is not a progressive herself, but merely swayed in that ...Read more

Dennis Hastert, Nancy Pelosi and America's 'Family Values'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Republicans on Capitol Hill keep telling everyone how terribly shocked they are by the tawdry tale of Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House indicted last week for violations of federal money-laundering statutes in an effort to cover up alleged sexual abuse of a male high-school student many years ago.

Long upheld as a paragon of ...Read more


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