Saturday, August 1, 2015
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 arrives at the Senate Democratic weekly policy luncheon

Tick-Tock! The Clinton Campaign’s Version Of ‘Times’ Journalistic Debacle

The Clinton campaign’s letter clearly suggests that somebody else outside the Justice Department — on Capitol Hill, perhaps? — planted a false charge against a presidential candidate on the front page of the nation’s most important newspaper.

July 31, 2015
Democratic presidential hopeful Clinton talks about her environmental plan during a visit to the DART Central Station in Des Moines

‘Criminal’ Mischief: Did A Government Official Smear Hillary Clinton?

Determining who leaked the phony “criminal referral” is important because – if we accept the ‘Times’ editors’ version – then one or more federal officials evidently tried under cover of anonymity to smear a presidential contender.

July 30, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame dinner in Cedar Rapids

How ‘The New York Times’ Bungled Its ‘Big’ Clinton Email Story

Given the New York Times’ deep bias against Hillary Clinton, nobody should be surprised by its embarrassing, inaccurate report of a non-existent “criminal referral” involving her.

July 27, 2015
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Service Record: Trump, McCain, And Republican Contempt For Veterans

Nobody should be shocked to hear a right-wing chicken-hawk disparaging a worthy veteran at this late date. In the Republican Party, it is standard operating procedure — and for any Republican to pretend otherwise now is risibly hypocritical.

July 20, 2015
Zarif_Kerry in Vienna

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

Many on the American right have often preferred war, including the utterly insane risk of nuclear war, to dealing with our enemies.

July 14, 2015
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Trump Card: Could Dark Money Win The Nomination For The Donald?

An actual billionaire on the Democratic side — someone like George Soros or Tom Steyer — could simply set up a pro-Trump SuperPAC, funded by “dark money.”

July 10, 2015
Gowdy

Benghazi! Why Trey Gowdy Is Still Hiding Blumenthal Transcript

It is now clear that Gowdy prefers to leak the Blumenthal testimony to smear both Clinton and the witnesss he claims to be protecting.

July 8, 2015
american flag

Why The Fourth Of July Feels (Refreshingly) Different This Year

On this Fourth of July, in Lincoln’s own spirit of charity toward all and malice toward none, we ought to embrace those Republicans who have reaffirmed their loyalty to the one flag that represents all of us.

July 4, 2015
Hillary Clinton Campaigning

Newly Released Emails Reveal The Hillary You (Still) Don’t Know

Time magazine describes Hillary Clinton with adjectives rarely used in conventional profiles: “humble,” “self-deprecating,” and “generous.”

July 2, 2015
Confederate Flag, State Capitol, Charleston SC

Never Patriotic: The Real Meaning Of The Confederate Flag

Today, the Charleston massacre has left the Confederate flag standing irrevocably for the most brutal and criminal aspects of Southern heritage – and it is more deeply irreconcilable with American patriotism than ever.

June 26, 2015
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Bill Clinton’s Health Reform History Lesson, 21 Years Ago Today

Twenty-one years ago, Bill Clinton reminded listeners of all the previous presidents who had tried and failed to create a universal health care system for Americans.

June 25, 2015
Speaker Boehner meets with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who is to serve as chairman of the select committee to investigate the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi. (SpeakerBoehner/Flickr)

Trey Gowdy Throws Credulous Reporters Under The Bus

Rep. Trey Gowdy is defending the Republicans’ misuse of taxpayer funds for an inquisition that has in no way advanced the public’s understanding of the Benghazi tragedy.

June 24, 2015
Carly Fiorina speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Fiorina Dead Wrong About Clinton Foundation — But It’s Worse Than That

Uttered by someone who claims to be a brilliant executive — which includes the capacity to read financial documents — her remarks were embarrassingly stupid.

June 20, 2015
Speaker Boehner meets with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who is to serve as chairman of the select committee to investigate the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi. (SpeakerBoehner/Flickr)

Sneaky Leakers: Why House Republicans Won’t Release Blumenthal Transcript

Naturally the Washington press corps, courageous watchdogs of democracy, have supinely lapped up the Benghazi committee’s selective leaks without demanding the full context. If the Clintons did something like this, they’d bark and growl all night.

June 19, 2015
Sidney Blumenthal

Abusing Power: How The Benghazi Committee Works ‘The New York Times’

Sidney Blumenthal’s sworn testimony debunked the suggestion that he had been involved in any Libyan “business venture,” that he had derived monetary profit from any such venture, or that he had used his friendship with Hillary Clinton to advance his mythical business interests.

June 18, 2015
Donald Trump addresses CPAC 2015 (Michael Vadon via Flickr)

Candidate Trump: Will Media Scrutinize Casino King’s Gamy Connections?

The political press followed Wayne Barrett’s lead to expose the mob ties of Geraldine Ferraro in 1984. Will they do the same with Donald Trump now?

June 16, 2015
Hillary Clinton Campaigning

What Hillary Said About Paid Leave, Child Care, Inequality — Yesterday And 20 Years Ago

Twenty years ago, when President Clinton was running for reelection against the odds, Hillary hedged her message — and yet she was prescient in addressing the harms of an increasingly unfair economy.

June 15, 2015
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The Incomparable Chutzpah Of David Bossie, Failed Dirty Trickster

David Bossie lacks the skill and style of a truly dangerous gremlin like Roger Stone – and his rote recitations of old “scandal” memes aren’t difficult to refute.

June 4, 2015
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Coach Denny, Grandma Nancy, And America’s Family Values

Unlike Newt Gingrich, whose own serial adulteries became a national joke, Dennis Hastert was evidently never suspected of any such “misconduct,” as the indictment described it. Republicans keep telling everyone how shocked they are, but they really shouldn’t be. Here’s why.

June 3, 2015
Sidney Blumenthal

In ‘Politico’ And ‘The Atlantic,’ More On That Fake Blumenthal Scandal

This latest Blumenthal scandal is increasingly reminiscent of the pointless, endless probes of Whitewater by congressional Republicans two decades ago.

May 29, 2015
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Same Old Media Double Standard — And More To Come From This Clinton ‘Fan’

The media double standard becomes apparent when they arraign Democrats over the same alleged misdemeanors for which they have historically neglected to criticize Republicans.

May 27, 2015
George W. Bush, Laura Bush, George H.W. Bush

What Clintons Do Is ‘Scandalous,’ What Republicans Do Is… Ignored

George W. Bush’s foundation solicited millions of dollars while he was president — and refused to disclose its foreign donors for years.

May 26, 2015
JoeS-2

What I Learned On ‘Morning Joe’ Today

There is simply no possibility that Joe, who generously noted that we are “friends” before I left the set, believes I called him “a Nazi” or would ever do so.

May 20, 2015
Trey Gowdy

Straining To Attack Clinton, ‘New York Times’ And Trey Gowdy Deliver Libya Squib

Republican staffers on the House Select Committee on Benghazi plainly leaked Clinton emails to the paper of record — in frustration that their probe is headed nowhere.

May 19, 2015
Rupert Murdoch

Murdoch’s HarperCollins Deletes (Some) Errors From Kindle Version Of ‘Clinton Cash’

At least a dozen additional errors await correction by author Peter Schweizer and his publisher.

May 14, 2015
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