Tuesday, September 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.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally held in Ladd-Peebles stadium in Mobile

‘Fascist’ Trump Isn’t First Demagogue Laughed Off As A Buffoon

Whether Trump may be accurately defined as a “fascist” or not, his political ascent increasingly resembles a “Saturday Night Live” version of the rise of Hitler or Mussolini. Both dictators were mocked as buffoons in their day, but when they suddenly came to power, the joke was no longer quite so funny.

August 25, 2015
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Clinton Emails: Is This Watergate? Or Just Another Whitewater?

Obscured by sensational and often stupid media coverage, the fundamental facts are simple. There is no evidence that Hillary Clinton violated any rule or law in her use of a private email server, however badly advised.

August 20, 2015
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Republicans Or Social Security? On 80th Anniversary, Still An Easy Choice

Greed is always in fashion on Wall Street. But working Americans see no reason to hand Social Security over to the banks, as the Republican candidates propose, when its administrative costs amount to well under one percent of its revenues.

August 14, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in West Columbia

Still Perplexed And Worried About Hillary Clinton’s Emails? Calm Down

We can expect some partisan figures – like Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and his fellow Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi – to continue to willfully misrepresent these fundamental facts.

August 13, 2015
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Inside Story: Behind Trump’s Breakup With Consultant Roger Stone

The tumultuous split between Roger Stone and Donald Trump erupted from internal divisions in the real estate mogul’s presidential campaign — and now disreputable operative David Bossie may fill the strategic vacuum.

August 9, 2015
Obama delivers remarks on a nuclear deal with Iran at American University in Washington

Why Israel’s Security Experts Support The Iran Deal — And Why Iran’s Hardliners Don’t

On the Iran deal, mainstream opinion in Israel’s military and intelligence circles is more closely aligned with Barack Obama than Bibi Netanyahu — as two former chiefs of the Jewish state’s spy services have publicly declared.

August 6, 2015
Elijah Cummings

‘Criminal Referral’ Smear: What Trey Gowdy Knew — And When He Knew It

Suspicion grows that the leaks behind the bungled New York Times “criminal referral” story came from the Republican side of the House Select Committee on Benghazi chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy.

August 3, 2015
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
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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
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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
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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
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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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