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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 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 Breitbart.com — 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
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky

Republicans Hate Hillary Clinton (Unless They Actually Know Her)

To those who are familiar with Hillary Clinton, she has always seemed considerably more agreeable than the vain, bitter, superficial journalists who whine incessantly about her.

August 8, 2016
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Country First: Why John McCain Must Dump Trump

“Country first” is not an easy ideal to uphold, especially in our polarized national politics. For years the former prisoner of war could claim, more plausibly than most American politicians, that he has tried to live by those words. Not any more.

August 6, 2016
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Ghosts Of History: Why America Recoils From Donald Trump

Listening to Trump assume the leadership of the Republican Party, a degrading event compared to death by many Republicans, inevitably brought thoughts of that party’s founding president.

July 22, 2016
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How Peter Thiel’s Premier Data-Mining Firm Validated Clinton Global Initiative

Whatever Peter Thiel’s motivation in endorsing Trump, the tech billionaire knows from personal experience that one of the Republican’s principal lines of attack on Hillary Clinton is false.

July 21, 2016
Iraqi counterterrorism forces gesture in Falluja, Iraq, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

French Paradox: Terror Attacks Continue As ISIS Loses Ground

What media coverage of the terror strikes tends to obscure is that the strategy pursued by Obama is gradually destroying ISIS, as its thugs surrender one city after another.

July 15, 2016
FBI Director James Comey testifies before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the "Oversight of the State Department" in Washington U.S. July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

What The Republican Assault On James Comey Reveals About Today’s GOP

The confrontation between the FBI director James Comey and the House Government Oversight Committee revealed something fundamental about politics in America today.

July 7, 2016
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If He Shouts ‘Rape,’ Donald Trump Should Unseal His Divorce Records

If Trump has nothing to hide, he should let the public view the evidence of what he did to his first wife – and then they can judge him accordingly.

May 27, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Sanders reacts to the primary election results during a campaign rally in Phoenix

Bernie Sanders Legitimizes Those Damned Superdelegates

Beyond his disorderly abandonment of what was advertised as a democratic principle, Bernie Sanders has now validated the role of the superdelegates, no matter whom they ultimately choose.

May 4, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders raises a fist as he speaks at his caucus night rally Des Moines

How Bernie Sanders Can Squander – Or Expand – His Victory

A Democratic victory could make Bernie Sanders chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, with power over the fiscal priorities of the next White House.

April 29, 2016
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How Trump’s Paul Manafort Became Expert On “Crooked” Washington

How did Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort become the lobbyist-of-choice for Mobutu Sese Seko? The kleptocratic Congo dictator was impressed when a major influence-peddling scandal exposed Manafort’s machinations.

April 25, 2016
A combination photo shows Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) in Palm Beach, Florida and Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) in Miami, Florida at their respective Super Tuesday primaries campaign events on March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Audette (L), Javier Galeano (R)

The People Who Really Know Trump Best? His Neighbors Voted For Kasich

In the vote totals reported from the precincts closest to Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s actual homes, an amusing wrinkle appeared.

April 19, 2016
Bernie Sanders is right about Israel and Hillary Clinton knows it

On Israel, Bernie Sanders Is Right (And Hillary Clinton Knows It)

Unfortunately, Clinton’s current approach is the dismal standard in American politics, which made Bernie Sanders’ honesty about Israel and Palestine even more refreshing.

April 15, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds a town hall event at the Navajo Nation casino in Flagstaff

Tax Transparency: Sanders Again Promises Full Disclosure

It is also puzzling that the media generally and the top newspaper editorial pages in particular remain so tolerant of stonewalling on taxes by all the candidates. That wasn’t their attitude toward disclosure four years ago, when Mitt Romney tried that strategy.

April 11, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Sanders reacts to the primary election results during a campaign rally in Phoenix

Sanders Was Wrong: Panama Trade Deal Shut Down Tax Shelters

Ever since the ‪#‎PanamaPapers‬ exploded into public consciousness, many observers have waited with excitement (or trepidation) for the names of Bill and Hillary Clinton to appear somewhere in those millions of pages.

April 9, 2016
TrumpandCruz

How To Become Terror-Torn Europe — And How Not To

The would-be presidents vying for the Republican nomination consistently serve as useful idiots, their declarations of hostility to Islam only alienating that faith’s billion followers here and abroad, while in no way advancing our security.

March 25, 2016
A supporter of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders holds a sign and wears a mask of Sanders' rival candidate Hillary Clinton outside of the venue before the start of the Univision News and Washington Post Democratic U.S. presidential candidates debate in Kendall, Florida, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

What Sanders — And His Supporters — Must Remember Before November

It is no accident, as they say, that those who “feel the Bern” today include prominent supporters of Ralph Nader’s independent presidential campaign in 2000. Their urge to reject grubby compromise, and assert moral purity is as powerful today as four cycles ago.

March 11, 2016
How many votesdoes Hillary Clinton have?

Hillary Clinton: “I’ve Gotten More Votes Than Anybody Running On Either Side”

Is she right? My back-of-the-envelope calculations show that Clinton has received more than 4.1 million votes in primaries and caucuses.

March 6, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a campaign event in Radford

Against Fascism: For Honest Conservatives, The Only Answer Is #NeverTrump

For too long, right-wing pundits and politicians seemed much more disturbed by Donald Trump’s past positions on healthcare, abortion, and guns than his current appeals to racism, xenophobia, and violence.

February 29, 2016
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Vetting Bernie: He Never Voted For Intervention In Iraq — Except Twice

The socialist Vermont senator is under fresh scrutiny today on the (further) left, where his support for intervention in Bosnia and Afghanistan has raised sharp questions. In the online magazine Counter-Punch, Jeffrey St. Clair complains that even on Iraq, Sanders is a “hypocrite.”

February 17, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrive on stage ahead of the PBS NewsHour Democratic presidential candidates debate in Milwaukee

His Respected Friend: But What Does Bernie Really Think Of Hillary?

It is wrong to accuse Clinton of “pay for play” when the available evidence doesn’t support that accusation. And if Sanders wants to hold her to a standard of absolute purity, he should apply that same measure to himself.

February 13, 2016