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Joe Conason

A highly experienced journalist, author and editor, Joe Conason is the editor-in-chief of The National Memo, founded in July 2011. He was formerly the executive editor of the New York Observer, where he wrote a popular political column for many years. His columns are distributed by Creators Syndicate and his reporting and writing have appeared in many publications around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, and Harpers.

Since November 2006, he has served as editor of The Investigative Fund, a nonprofit journalism center, where he has assigned and edited dozens of award-winning articles and broadcasts. He is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books, The Hunting of the President (St. Martins Press, 2000) and Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (St. Martins Press, 2003).

Currently he is working on a new book about former President Bill Clinton's life and work since leaving the White House in 2001. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, including MSNBC's Morning Joe, and lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Trump promised millions of jobs on his "thank you" tour

If Trump Imitates GOP Presidents, His Jobs Promise Will Fail

Despite his populist rhetoric, what Trump proposes is scarcely different from what all of his Republican predecessors did. And that doesn’t bode well for jobs.

December 3, 2016
Obama On Trump

One Last Time: Be Thankful For President Obama

Amazingly, the fact that his successor spent years abusing him with calumnies, lies, and disrespect, in an ugly racist style, has not discouraged Obama from showing him and his family every courtesy — and seeking to prepare him for the presidency.

November 24, 2016
"Alt right" gathering in Washington hails Trump with Nazi salutes

White Nationalists “Hail” Trump With Nazi Salutes – And Team Trump Shrugs

When video of Richard Spencer’s speech surfaced, the deceptive branding of “alt right,” a thin scrim invented for social media, was scraped away to reveal the restless Nazi maggots underneath. Such a revolting spectacle should have upset Trump.

November 22, 2016
Cast of Broadway's Hamilton delivering a personal message to Pence

‘Hamilton’ Cast Politely Engages Mike Pence – And On Twitter, Trump Whines

Like so many other Trump episodes, anyone who watches the videotape can see what happened at Hamiton — which differs diametrically from the president-elect’s invented version.

November 19, 2016
David Petraeus, classified leaker, considered for top position by Donald Trump

Trump Considers Petraeus – Who Pled Guilty To Classified Leaking – For Top Position

Trump insisted he wants to lock up Clinton, but he now is considering whether to appoint Petraeus to one of the most sensitive jobs in government.

November 19, 2016
Retired Gen. Michael Flynn attended White House intel briefings while working for foreign clients

Flynn Reportedly Attended Intel Briefings While Paid By Foreign Interests

Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, called Flynn’s presence at classified briefings when he was representing foreign clients “deeply disturbing.”

November 18, 2016
Trump may nominate John Bolton as Secretary of State

Trump May Name Iraq War Propagandist John Bolton As Top US Diplomat

Not only did John Bolton support the scheme to attack Iraq, but he actively promoted the official lies and propaganda that led up to the US invasion.

November 15, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks to children at Overtown Youth Center in Miami, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

What Do We Tell The Children About Their Country Now?

For the moment, I assured the children that Donald Trump, in his victory speech, promised to unite the country and be fair to everyone — to be nicer, in the vernacular of elementary school.

November 9, 2016
Voters mark their ballots on Election Day in Las Vegas, NV - home to major Democratic ground force

Early Exit Poll Indicates Superiority Of Clinton Ground Forces

More than twice as many voters told exit pollsters they had been reached by the Clinton campaign as had been reached by the Trump campaign.

November 8, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a rally with supporters at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, U.S. September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Fascism? Yes, It Can Happen Here

“It Can’t Happen Here” opens with the election of President Buzz Windrip, a charismatic politician with little intellectual curiosity but a great appeal to the regular guy.

November 7, 2016
Trump lied blatantly about President Obama's conduct at November 4 Clinton rally

Was This The Most Blatant Trump Lie Of The Campaign? Study What Happened

It isn’t every day that the Republican nominee utters an outrageous falsehood about an incident that was recorded and witnessed by thousands.

November 5, 2016
Rudolph Giuliani boasted about "a few surprises" two days before Comey letter

In The Shadows, Rogue FBI Agents Deface Democracy

Leaking investigative material is always a violation of rules that protect the rights of all citizens. Violating those rules to achieve a partisan objective before the election is an assault on democracy.

November 4, 2016
FBI director James Comey, who ended the Marc Rich investigation in 2002

Without Explanation, FBI Abruptly Releases Old Documents About Clinton Pardons

The mysterious Internet document dump immediately stoked fresh consternation about FBI director James Comey’s clumsy intervention in the presidential race.

November 2, 2016
Richard Nixon resigning the presidency amid Watergate scandal, August 9, 1974

Worse Than Watergate? Worst Since Watergate? Trump Is Lying Again, Bigly

Watergate, a saga that began with the discovery of a “third-rate burglary” at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in a Washington hotel but soon exploded into a mind-blowing criminal operation at the highest levels in the White House, the Justice Department, the CIA, and the FBI itself.

November 1, 2016
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Ethical Questions Surround FBI Director’s Decision On Email Probe

Nothing could be less surprising than the partisan response by Congressional Republicans, ever ready to string up someone named Clinton immediately, if not sooner.

October 29, 2016
Hillary Clinton at debate

New Poll: Democracy Corps Says Clinton Boasts ‘Commanding’ 12-Point Lead

Most national polls now show the Democrat with a substantial lead. The ABC News tracking poll, second most accurate in 2012, also places Clinton at 50 percent and Trump at 38 percent.

October 26, 2016
Chris Wallace moderates third and final debate

‘Fair And Balanced’ Wallace Parroted Lies About Clinton Foundation

Contrary to the RNC press release, the notion that any Friend of Bill (or Hillary) got “taxpayer money” because they had donated to the Clinton Foundation is entirely untrue.

October 20, 2016
Donald Trump speaks at third and final presidential debate

Why Trump Terrifies The Republicans Who Created Him And His Movement

Even if Republican officials don’t fully grasp the foulness of Trump’s end game, they must have begun to realize that he poses an existential threat to them.

October 20, 2016
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at news conference

Wikileaks: What If Someone Hacked Julian Assange’s Emails?

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange probably wouldn’t appreciate the irony of a US government agency applying his vaunted “transparency” ethic to his own shady operations.

October 19, 2016
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L-R) campaigns for his wife Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she rallies with supporters at an outdoor plaza in Columbia, South Carolina February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Blame Game: Why Donald Trump’s Clinton Gambit Won’t Work

Of the women brought forward by the Trump campaign, only Kathy Shelton’s complaint directly and credibly involves Hillary Clinton. Ms. Shelton, now 53, was raped in 1975 at age 12 by a factory worker – and the trial court appointed Clinton, then a young attorney in Arkansas, to represent him.

October 14, 2016
Kathleen Willey, a former White House volunteer, is seen in file photo during an interview with Larry King in Los Angeles

Trump’s Debate Stunt: Why Should Anyone Believe Kathleen Willey?

As Linda Tripp testified in vivid detail, Kathleen Willey’s sudden claims of indignation didn’t remotely resemble the truth about her feelings toward Clinton in 1993. Not only had she been “happy” after the president’s allegedly feverish embrace in the Oval Office, but she and Tripp had been scheming together for months to stage her seduction of him.

October 11, 2016
Artist Pyotr Pavlensky attends court hearing in Moscow

Now We Know Why Trump Admires Putin, Kim, And The Chinese Regime

The violent misogynist attitude Trump expressed on that tape is fully consistent with the politically abusive attitude he voiced in the debate. Both represent the mindset of a vulgar authoritarian who respects no traditional boundaries of taste, decency, morality, or constitutional legality.

October 10, 2016
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Excerpt: Behind The Secretly Funded Right-Wing Attack On The Clinton Foundation

For conservative funders seeking to take down the most formidable Democratic presidential contender, Schweizer offered not just audacity and experience but his own nonprofit. As president of the Government Accountability Institute in Tallahassee, Florida, he could accept millions of dollars in tax-exempt funds for research, promotion, and expenses (including his $200,000 annual salary) from foundations and individuals. And unlike the Clintons, who had disclosed decades of tax returns and more than 300,000 foundation donors, Schweizer didn’t have to reveal any of his funders.

October 9, 2016
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Former Whitewater Counsel Endorses Clinton – And Dismisses ‘Scandals’

Asked about Clinton’s email problems, former GOP prosecutor Chertoff briskly brushed that overhyped “scandal” aside, comparing it with the Whitewater circus as a frivolous distraction from serious issues.

October 7, 2016
File photo of former U.S. President Clinton addressing campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Nashua

Crazy: How Right-Wing Pundits And Politicians Distorted Bill Clinton On Obamacare

What did Clinton really say? And what did his words mean? He was addressing actual problems with the system under the Affordable Care Act and proposing solutions, not suggesting that the original bill’s reforms should be discarded.

October 5, 2016