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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.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to questions at Rochester Opera House campaign town hall meeting in Rochester

Most Of The “Most Valuable Progressives” Named By ‘The Nation’ Have Endorsed…Hillary?

As voting approaches and primary rhetoric gets super-hot, it is worth remembering that progressives can differ honestly over whether Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will represent the nation’s real interests most effectively.

January 28, 2016
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Unhappy Anniversary: How Anthony Kennedy Flooded Democracy With ‘Sewer Money’

On today’s anniversary of the ‘Citizens United’ decision, which exposed American democracy to increasing domination by the country’s very richest and most reactionary figures, it is worth recalling the false promise made by the Supreme Court justice who wrote the majority opinion in that case.

January 21, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidates Trump and Cruz speak simultaneously during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston

New York Values: What Tiny Ted Cruz Will Never Understand About The Big City

Disparaging New York has long been a favorite trope for reactionary loudmouths, always with an ugly undertone of bigotry against racial, ethnic, religious and, more recently, sexual minorities. Ted Cruz is no exception.

January 15, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to her introduction at a campaign event in Sioux City

Did Hillary Clinton Try To Silence Juanita Broaddrick? She Told NBC News That ‘Nobody’ Ever Did

Juanita Broaddrick recently posted on Twitter her claim that “Hillary tried to silence me” about her alleged rape by Bill Clinton in 1978. But as with all of her sensational charges, it is hard to know what to believe about that accusation because she has also said — and perhaps sworn — precisely the opposite.

January 12, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is joined onstage by her family at a campaign kick off rally in New York

Below Par: Donald Trump’s Ardent Courtship Of Bill And Hillary Clinton

Like so much of Trump’s loud talk, his disparaging remarks about Bill and Hillary Clinton have scant credibility. Whatever he claims to think of them now, he has spent years sucking up to the Clintons in the most abject way.

January 1, 2016
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The Simple, Clear, And Still Radical Meaning Of The Christmas Story

It is the story of a child born to a carpenter and his wife, the working class of ancient Judea, who lived under the rule of a distant dictatorial regime and its local enforcers. Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were refugees.

December 24, 2015
Senate Majority Leader McConnell talks to reporters after the Senate Republican weekly policy luncheon at the Capitol in Washington

When Will Corporate America Confront Republican Climate Denial?

What would forward-looking American corporations do if they really, truly, seriously wanted to stop climate change? They would do what they do whenever they want to influence any important policy change, of course.

December 4, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey during the 68th annual presentation of the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington

Thanksgiving: In A Time Of Malevolence, Renewed Appreciation For Barack Obama

Donald Trump promises to make Americans proud of our country again, but the spectacle of furious thousands cheering him at a rally evokes revulsion and shame. So when President Obama speaks out to defend immigrants and refugees from his brand of scurrilous abuse, I feel a deep sense of gratitude

November 26, 2015
An undated photograph of a man described as Abdelhamid Abaaoud that was published in the Islamic State's online magazine Dabiq and posted on a social media website

ISIS Assumes We’re Stupid — And Our Useful Idiots Keep Proving It

The enemy has showed us quite clearly what not to do, expecting that we will continue to do it anyway because we’re bigoted and stupid. So far, they’ve been proved right.

November 19, 2015
Owner Jim Fadden escorts U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich through Fadden's General Store in North Woodstock

Today’s Useful Idiot: John Kasich

Too bad: John Kasich, the Republican presidential aspirant who seemed comparatively sane, turns out to be as loony as any of his companions on the GOP debate stage – perhaps even loonier.

November 18, 2015
The Eiffel Tower is lit with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag in Paris, France, November 16, 2015, to pay tribute to the victims of a series of deadly attacks on Friday in the French capital.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Paris Terror: Why ISIS Needs The ‘Useful Idiots’ Who Demonize Muslims

Every imbecile who threatens Muslims is an unwitting agent of ISIS; in fact, it would be unsurprising to learn that ISIS itself is covertly promoting such messages in order to intensify enmity between the peoples of the Quran and the rest of the world.

November 16, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with rival candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (L) and thanks him for saying that he and the American people are sick of hearing about her State Department email controversy and want to hear about issues that effect their lives as they participate in the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Carbon Tax, ExIm Bank, Glass Steagall: Hard Questions For Democratic Debaters, Please

The Democratic candidates ought to be asked about their differences in dealing with the most challenging issue of our time: global climate change. So far Clinton has failed to endorse a tax on carbon emissions, which Sanders supports and many experts believe is essential if the world is to avoid a climate calamity.

November 13, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes part in a rally to preserve union pensions in Washington

What “Socialism” Means To Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton — And You

Bernie Sanders assures voters that he is running to win and there is no reason to doubt him. But win or lose, his campaign nevertheless is proving highly educational for Americans perpetually perplexed by the meaning of “socialism.” Or as Sanders sometimes specifies, “democratic socialism,” or the even milder “social democracy.”

November 6, 2015
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Only Softballs? Transcript Shows Trump Lied About Democratic Debate

Not only did CNN’s Anderson Cooper pose several tough questions to Clinton, from the very beginning of the debate, but he seized every chance to pillory Hillary in framing questions he put to the other candidates. (And he did ask her — and the others — about the damned emails.)

November 3, 2015
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Debate Fallout: Even Conservatives Are Appalled By Republican Mendacity

The Republican candidates constantly insult Clinton, but how would any of these slippery blowhards survive something like the 11-hour Benghazi grilling she breezed through on Capitol Hill? If you want to understand who they are, just listen to them whine.

October 30, 2015
Biden, delivers opening remarks at the White House Build America Investment Initiative Roundtable in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington

Public Editor: No Problem With Dowd Column, But News Story Needs Correction

On national television, Joe Biden went out of his way to correct the record: “Nothing like that ever, ever happened.” Nothing like that – and Maureen Dowd’s column, which set the tone of subsequent sensational coverage in the New York Times and everywhere else, was a lot like that.

October 27, 2015
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Dowdgate? Biden Insists Deathbed Scene With Son Beau Never Happened

Appearing on ’60 Minutes,’ Vice President Biden denied that the affecting deathbed scene between him and his older son Beau, as famously recounted by Maureen Dowd, had ever occurred.

October 26, 2015
Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Benghazi Hearing: While Republicans Barked And Snarled, Hillary Smiled

By the time Rep. Trey Gowdy finally gaveled the hearing to a close, there was little doubt that Hillary Clinton’s composed, dignified demeanor — and the contrast between her and the Republicans — had notched another political victory for her.

October 23, 2015
Trey Gowdy

Latest Gowdy Fakery: Name Of CIA Source In Clinton Email Was No Secret

So here is yet another absurd episode, humiliating both for Rep. Trey Gowdy and the journalists who promoted this fraudulent story, and highly reminiscent of the bogus “criminal referral” leak that made the front page of the New York Times last summer.

October 19, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Clinton shakes hands with rival candidate and U.S. Senator Sanders as they participate in the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas

Scandalizing Hillary: If The First Time Is Tragedy, Then The Second Time Is…

Karl Marx’s piercing insight can be applied to the “Clinton scandals,” now playing again, courtesy of the Congressional Republicans and especially the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

October 15, 2015
Chairman of House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chaffetz question Planned Parenthood president Richards in Washington

Is #Benghazi The Real Motive Behind Jason Chaffetz’s Bid For House Speaker?

is Jason Chaffetz now running against Kevin McCarthy to avenge the infuriated Trey Gowdy? Chaffetz has denied it emphatically, which is only another reason to think it may be true.

October 7, 2015
House Majority Leader McCarthy speaks at the John Hay Initiative in Washington

Hunting Hillary: Dim Speaker-To-Be Reveals Select Committee’s Partisan Goal

Only three weeks from now, Trey Gowdy will face Hillary Clinton in an open hearing. That event is framed not by her email controversy, but by the blurted confession of Speaker-to-be Kevin McCarthy – who exposed the malignant abuse of congressional authority that Gowdy has sought to conceal.

September 30, 2015
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When Liars Debate, The Truth Always Loses

Try as they will to reject Trump, he fits in perfectly among Republicans – and not only because he worships money, spews xenophobic nonsense, and encourages callous bigotry. Like them, he relies on fabrications and falsehoods, manipulating the prejudices of ill-informed voters.

September 17, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses a panel on healthcare in San Juan

Iran Debate: Clinton Steps Up To Oppose The Demagogues

Clinton has found a balance and a voice that are more vital than ever in a contest against irresponsible politicians, whose demagogy points us again toward war.

September 8, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is joined onstage by her family at a campaign kick off rally in New York

Vendetta Or Paranoia? The ‘Times,’ The ‘Beast,’ And The Clintons

The test of time? A conservative estimate of the amount of taxpayer treasure wasted on “investigating” Whitewater – a money-losing venture that ended years before Bill Clinton ran for president – is around $100 million.

September 2, 2015
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