Saturday, April 25, 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.

Bill Clinton

Fashionable Bashing: ‘New York’ Columnist Knows Little But Talks Big

What Chait repeats about the Clintons is so easily debunked that the columnist reveals not their lack of character but his own weak journalism.

April 24, 2015
Koch protest

‘Clinton Cash’: Yet Another Charles And David Koch Production

The more closely we look at Peter Schweizer – right-wing author of Clinton Cash and new best friend of the New York Times and Washington Post — the more he appears to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Koch brothers

April 21, 2015
Britain Murdoch

Murdoch Empire Colludes With ‘Liberal Media’ To Promote ‘Clinton Cash’

This partnership between HarperCollins, Fox News, and the nation’s two leading newspapers amounts to an open declaration of war in a presidential election — it’s the journalistic equivalent of the Hitler-Stalin pact — and a very disturbing decision by Times and Post executives.

April 20, 2015
Marco Rubio CPAC 2012

If Inequality Worries Republicans, Why Do They Keep Making It Worse?

Voters should listen closely to the Republicans who assert that they are the true spokesmen for the working class. What do they propose to address inequality? And how “authentic” is their concern?

April 17, 2015
Hillary

Bringing It: Hillary’s Populist Message To A Diverse America

Hillary’s campaign will be an exercise in persuading Americans, so often discouraged and disillusioned, that she really wants to bring about change — and knows how.

April 12, 2015
Ron Paul and Rand Paul

Funny Business: The Financial ‘Shenanigans’ Of Ron Paul And Company

The nagging question about the Paul family business is how much of Ron’s millions were the fruit of his racist, anti-Semitic, gay-baiting, conspiracy-addled newsletters.

April 9, 2015
Rand Paul

Can America Stand Rand? Cranking Up His ‘Libertarian’ Campaign

Rand Paul’s flat tax, a “new idea” from 1983, would worsen inequality, raising the burden on the poor and middle class while benefiting the very rich.

April 7, 2015
Kerry Iran Negotiations

Breakthrough: Iran’s Nuclear Concessions Vindicate Obama’s Diplomatic Strategy

The Iran talks also represent a chance to promote peaceful change in that unfortunate country, whose people desperately desire progress toward normal relationships with Western countries.

April 2, 2015
Secretary_Clinton_at_a_Joint_Press_Conference_in_Tokyo_(7527370072)

Climate 2016: Will Hillary Clinton Become The Next ‘Greenest President’?

In 2008, Clinton promoted an ambitious $50 billion “strategic energy fund” to invest in a clean energy “Apollo Project” — funded by taxing Big Oil’s “excess profits.”

March 31, 2015
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Real Ted Cruz: Country Music, Harvard Law, And Tea Party ‘Populism’

While Cruz highlights his Tea Party persona to appeal to Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of ultra-right “populism.”

March 27, 2015
Day 2-Conservatives Gather For Annual CPAC Convention - DC

Saudi Money And The Moral Posturing Of Rand Paul

Senator Paul ought to explain specifically how the Clinton foundation’s receipt of Saudi support compromised its mission of empowering women and girls.

March 20, 2015
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a World Bank Forum.

Newsflash: Whitewater Is Still A Bogus ‘Scandal’ — And Fox News Is Still Wrong

The gross errors in Jeff Gerth’s 1992 front-page scoop started with the headline: “Clintons Joined S.&L. Operator In an Ozark Real Estate Venture.”

March 17, 2015
Photo: Ripon College via Flickr

Media’s Email Hysteria: Why Are Republicans Exempt?

If Clinton’s use of a private email account is so shocking to the Beltway media, why did they barely notice (and care even less) when millions of emails disappeared from the Bush White House?

March 13, 2015
Day 2-Conservatives Gather For Annual CPAC Convention - DC

Strong February Job Numbers Underline Obama’s Performance — And GOP Failure

Obama’s job record is outstanding and continues to smash the idiotic economic predictions promoted by Republicans.

March 6, 2015
Photo: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2014 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, IA. (Gregory Hauenstein/Flickr)

Big Holes In AP Report On Hillary’s ‘Homebrew’ Email System

Where was the Clintons’ email server? Not in their Chappaqua basement.

March 5, 2015
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a World Bank Forum.

Hillary Clinton’s Emails: Is This A Scandal? Or A ‘Scandal’?

Is there any evidence of actual wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton and her staff – or merely the same old stink of insinuation?

March 4, 2015
BibiCongress

3 Things Americans Need To Understand About Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech

Three Things American Need To Understand About Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech

March 3, 2015
Christie

Christie Loves New Jersey — He Just Loves Oil Money More

It’s easier to bully an ordinary citizen than an oil giant.

March 2, 2015
Carly Fiorina

‘Name An Accomplishment’: A Question Republicans Shouldn’t Ask

Carly Fiorina almost wrecked Hewlett Packard — but at least she gave us the “Demon Sheep” ad.

February 27, 2015
Hillary Clinton

On ‘Morning Joe’: High (GOP) Anxiety About Hillary Clinton

Denigrating Hillary Clinton makes the right feel a little better about 2016. For now.

February 24, 2015
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush looks on prior to speaking at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, DC, November 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

The Smart Brother? Why Jeb Bush Can’t Escape Dubya’s Dubious Legacy

In 2013, Jeb said it was “way too early” to judge whether the Iraq war succeeded in “providing some degree of stability in the region.”

February 20, 2015
Photo: Top US television anchor Brian Williams says he is taking himself off the air for "several days" as he faces an internal investigation for embellishing an Iraq war story (AFP/Robyn Beck)

Big Lies, Little Lies, And The Punishment Of Brian Williams

More than a decade after the Iraq invasion, the only individual deemed worthy of punishment is a TV newsman who inflated a war story on a talk show.

February 12, 2015
desert open road

On Gas Tax Increase, Obama Is Wrong — And (Some) Republicans Are Right

With their strange urge to ruin the transportation systems that made America the world’s strongest country, the Tea Party is more like a Termite Party.

February 4, 2015
Mitt Romney speaks to fellow Republicans at a dinner during the Republican National Committee's Annual Winter Meeting aboard the USS Midway on January 16, 2015 in San Diego, California (AFP/Sandy Huffaker)

End Poverty? Reduce Inequality? What Republicans Must Do First

Republican candidates say they want to reduce poverty and inequality. But how can they become the change?

January 27, 2015
Sharia Law

Useful Idiots: Why The Violent Extremists Welcome Attacks On Islam

Extremists can only be grateful when anti-Muslim propaganda, repeated constantly in right-wing publications and broadcasts, casts them as the defenders of Islam.

January 15, 2015