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When Red States Are Dying for Federal Aid

From the Left / Joe Conason /

On his very first day in Congress -- long before he began to preen as a potential presidential candidate -- Ron DeSantis proved he was unfit for national office. The date was January 4, 2013, and he cast his maiden vote on the House floor against $9.7 billion in federal flood insurance aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New ...Read more

Gov. Ron DeSantis: A Communist Dictator's Best Friend

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Ron DeSantis never gets bored of telling us how much he despises communism.

Not only does the Florida governor frequently mention his hatred of communism, but last spring he signed a law that memorializes its victims and mandates an annual day devoted to teaching its harmful history in the Sunshine State's public schools. "I know we don't ...Read more

What We Can Still Learn from Kenneth Starr

From the Left / Joe Conason /

For anyone who criticized the late Kenneth W. Starr in life, it might be prudent to observe the ancient Latin injunction: Say nothing but good of the dead. Or step silently by.

Yet the career of the former federal appellate jurist who served as Whitewater independent counsel and instigated the impeachment of President Bill Clinton invites ...Read more

A Fact-Checked Verdict On 'Her Emails'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The Washington Post's fact-checker Glenn Kessler has delivered a conclusive verdict on the subject that delivered the presidency to Donald J. Trump: What about her emails? His analysis follows a column I wrote last week examining whether any of Hillary Clinton's emails contained government secrets that would have justified her criminal ...Read more

Don't Compare 'Her Emails' to Trump's Misconduct

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Ever since the FBI searched his premises at Mar-a-Lago to retrieve the boxes of files he kept there unlawfully, former President Donald Trump has tried to distract attention by bawling about "her emails" -- the electronic documents that prompted the FBI to investigate Hillary Clinton and almost certainly cost her the 2016 election.

For years,...Read more

He May Not Get Away This Time

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Most Americans have long believed former President Donald Trump perpetrated multiple felony offenses both before and after entering the White House, according to opinion surveys -- and yet those same citizens have also assumed that Trump would never be held accountable. But just at the moment that his escape from the law no longer seems quite ...Read more

Viktor Orban Is a Racist Bully -- And a Failed Leader

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Nobody should still pretend to be shocked that the Conservative Political Action Conference, an entity no longer "conservative" in any meaningful sense, would feature an appearance by an authoritarian leader like Viktor Orban. The Hungarian autocrat is the idol of the international far Right. He has repeatedly enjoyed the bootlicking attentions ...Read more

The Republicans Have a Nazi Infestation

From the Left / Joe Conason /

As the Republican Party gives off an increasingly strong stench of fascism -- with the antisemitic, racist and xenophobic attitudes inherent in that ideology -- the party establishment looks more and more like the "Junker" conservatives of Germany in the 1930s. While those monarchists and militarists felt distaste for Hitler and his Nazi thugs...Read more

Bannon Reveals Plot Against America

From the Left / Joe Conason /

In the world according to former President Donald Trump and his apologists, the former president sincerely believed -- and still believes -- that election fraud and "irregular" voting deprived him of victory in the 2020 election. They will tell you that he never thought those he had summoned to Washington on Jan. 6 would attack the Capitol, ...Read more

For Trump, Things Are Getting 'Real Bad'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The stunning revelations from the last public session of the Jan. 6 committee have not yet been fully analyzed. Side disputes concerning the details of Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony -- such as whether the former president assaulted a Secret Service agent on Jan. 6 for refusing to drive him to the Capitol (though there is no doubt that he ...Read more



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