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No, 'both sides' don't smear prosecutors

From the Left / Joe Conason /

In American political journalism, the most comforting bit of conventional wisdom, the phrase that signals fairness and objectivity regardless of pesky facts, is "both sides."

So while the Trump administration and its chorus in right-wing media defame special counsel Robert Mueller as a partisan plotter, the Washington press corps endlessly ...Read more

No 'Privilege' for Trump Jr.

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Long before Donald Trump Jr. claimed "attorney-client privilege" last week to avoid answering Congressional inquiries, that same claim was tested and wisely rejected by Congress. Junior isn't even the first real estate executive asked to testify about suspected connections to a foreign dictator who tried that gambit to avoid questions in a ...Read more

Why Trump must think twice before he pardons Flynn

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Ever since Michael Flynn departed the Trump White House under a cloud of disgrace last February, speculation has mounted that the president might pardon his former national security adviser. With Flynn's guilty plea in federal court and disclosure of his cooperation agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller, conjecture about such a pardon is...Read more

Why Franken should not resign

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The chorus of loud demands for Senator Al Franken's resignation began from the moment that Leeann Tweeden accused him of sexual harassment. Those calls intensified after three more women -- two of them anonymous -- said the Minnesota Democrat had touched them inappropriately. They haven't subsided yet.

Although not all the facts are clear, ...Read more

When 'reckoning' with Bill, try facts not myths

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Suddenly it has become fashionable again in liberal circles to flay Bill Clinton for his sexual misconduct, whether real, alleged or imagined. Amid the national frenzy swirling around the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore, prominent journalists and politicians are competing to display their dudgeon over the former president and things he ...Read more

An acid test for the self-righteous right

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Whenever a politician insists too much on his own pious morality -- and his duty to impose that particular brand of morality on everyone else -- the safest prediction is that sooner or later, a scandal will emerge. For Roy Moore, the former judge now running to fill Jeff Session's Senate seat, the revelations about his past remained hidden for ...Read more

Now we know John Kelly

From the Left / Joe Conason /

After all the sound and fury and infantile tweeting, what have we learned from the controversy over the president's call to Sgt. La David Johnson's widow? We still don't know much about why he and his three fellow Green Berets died or what the U.S. mission may be in Niger. But we again discovered something about Donald Trump that should have ...Read more


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