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Friday, October 28, 2016
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.

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

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

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
Tim Kaine and Mike Pence during their vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.    REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Whatever Mike Pence Won On ‘Style,’ He Lost By Shamelessly Lying

During the debate, Mike Pence repeatedly made statements that were easily checked and found to be false — including his banal slurs against the Clinton Foundation.

October 5, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks with former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (L) and his son Eric Trumo (R) through the new Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Booty Call Rudy: When Giuliani Attacks The Clintons, Remember His Scandals

Why Rudolph Giuliani, who abused his mayoral perks to pursue an adulterous affair, is the perfect Trump surrogate to attack the Clintons’ marriage.

September 28, 2016
Donald Trump speaks during the first debate.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Debate Gaffe: Did Donald Trump Admit Paying No Federal Income Taxes?

Among the most telling consequences of Trump’s poor preparation was what sounded like a very damaging admission by the self-proclaimed billionaire that he doesn’t pay federal income taxes.

September 27, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as she speaks to supporters while her husband Bill Clinton gives a thumbs up to the crowd after Clinton was projected to be the winner in the Nevada Democratic caucuses, in Las Vegas

Hunting The Clintons: The True Story Behind Gennifer Flowers’ $500K Payday

The once-notorious Gennifer Flowers is now expected to attend the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — as the guest of the Republican nominee’s campaign. Whatever she says now, this is her real story.

September 25, 2016
Bill Clinton did not call Obamacare crazy

Goodbye, CGI: A Moral Victory For Bill Clinton — And Many Others

With Hillary Clinton as the historic nominee of the Democratic Party, what Republicans once lauded as a font of good works is denounced as a sewer of venality. While scarcely a word is true, that doesn’t matter as much as the opportunity to smear the Clintons.

September 23, 2016

Exclusive Excerpt 2: ‘Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton’

What they found in the flattened villages left Bill Clinton and his companions stunned, stricken, overwhelmed. There simply wasn’t much left of those places, their small stone houses and concrete storefronts all tumbled into a jagged rubble of rocks, broken red roof tiles, and smashed wood beams, all strewn amid streets that nobody had cleared, two months after the quake.

September 18, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at a gathering of law enforcement leaders at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, U.S., August 18, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Hillary’s Billing Records: The Facts Omitted From Your Morning Infotainment

Based on the Clintons’ sworn interrogatories, interviews with 45 other witnesses, and some 200,000 documents, the Pillsbury firm’s findings, published in several volumes, fully exonerated both Bill and Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing.

September 13, 2016

Morning Joe: Why Scarborough Is So Angry (And So Wrong) About Algeria

Pages 435-426 of Man of the World may suggest why Joe Scarborough was so irritated that he would attack me when I was no longer present to defend myself and my work — and it certainly shows why his verbal indictment of the Clinton Foundation was so wrong.

September 13, 2016

Exclusive Excerpt: ‘Man Of The World: The Further Endeavors Of Bill Clinton’

There was no means of escape from the gang of perhaps a dozen or so reporters, which felt to Bill Clinton like a horde of hundreds who suddenly had total access to him. Nor did Clinton feel he could simply walk away without answering any of their questions—some friendly, some not so friendly.

September 13, 2016
september 11

Solemn Date, Serious Decision: What 9/11 Reveals About Clinton and Trump

Every year, we tell ourselves how much we learned from the experience of 9/11 about courage, compassion, and community. This year, we can look back upon that time and discover everything we should know about the choice that is coming on November 8.

September 11, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally in Kissimmee, Florida, U.S. August 8, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Pay For Play? The Scandal Is Judicial Watch Misleading Gullible Media

Bahrain’s 2005 Clinton Global Initiative commitment doesn’t fit any sane definition of “pay to play.” But it does reveal the deception behind those screaming press releases from Judicial Watch, an outfit whose claims deserve to be treated like anthrax by any journalist with integrity.

August 26, 2016
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell (R) takes part in an onstage interview with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson (L) at the Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Did Colin Powell Advise Clinton To Use A Private Email?

Did Colin Powell suggest that Hillary Clinton should use her private email account as secretary of state—as he had admittedly done in that same job several years earlier?

August 23, 2016
Steve Bannon, head of the news website Breitbart News, was named to the new position of campaign chief executive officer. Bannon, a conservative flamethrower was referred to by ousted Corey Lewandowski as "a street fighter" like himself. The campaign statement announcing the changes touted a Bloomberg Politics article that branded Bannon "the most dangerous political operative in America." REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

From ‘Man Of The World’: Steve Bannon’s Nonprofiteering

Before Donald Trump appointed Stephen K. Bannon as his presidential campaign’s “CEO’ this week, he was known in media and political circles as the abrasive chief of — the right-wing website that increasingly reflects white nationalist ideology. Over the past few several years, however, Bannon has also chaired a shadowy nonprofit group in Tallahassee, […]

August 20, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at Futuramic Tool & Engineering in Warren, Michigan August 11, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

The Latest Clinton Email ‘Scandal’ Is Still…No Scandal

Everyone in Washington, including the reporters who wrote these breathless stories, knows that the same kind of communications have occurred every day, at every level of government, for the past hundred years. It’s only a “scandal” if the Clinton Foundation is involved.

August 12, 2016
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears on screen via video link during a news conference at the Frontline Club in London

Wiki Fiction: Why Is Julian Assange Pushing Right-Wing Conspiracy Claims?

With his brazen attempt to manipulate an American presidential election, in tandem with the Russian oligarchy and the American right, Julian Assange has drifted a long way from the progressive and transparent spirit in which Wikileaks first introduced itself to the world.

August 12, 2016