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Sunday, February 26, 2017
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.

Watergate: Richard Nixon resigning the presidency amid Watergate scandal, August 9, 1974

Trump And Russia: Is It Watergate Yet?

Do Trump and his associates have something to hide — something even bigger and uglier than Watergate? The ferocity of their reactions certainly arouses suspicion, and so did their peculiar effort to conceal the misconduct of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn, which they attempted to hide even from the hapless vice president.

February 26, 2017
Dossier links Putin to Trump and Flynn

Why That Bizarre “Russian Dossier” Can’t Be Ignored

Beyond Flynn’s dubious conduct, however, and the Trump White House attempt to cover it up, an even deeper problem is festering. The allegations in the controversial dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele are increasingly plausible.

February 15, 2017
'Populist' Trump signs order to roll back banking reform

‘Populist’ Trump Punks His Credulous Fans (Again)

The ‘populist’ president delivered a multi-billion dollar gift to Wall Street by eviscerating the Dodd-Frank financial regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 crash. One of Trump’s two executive orders instructed the Department of Labor to delay and ultimately destroy the fiduciary rule that required financial firms to offer advice only in their clients’ best interest — rather than deceptive schemes for self-enrichment.

February 3, 2017
Wayne Barrett

A Legacy Of Truth-Telling: Legendary Journalist Wayne Barrett, 1945-2017

While Wayne Barrett could write an impassioned column on education or hunger, and often did, he was focused on facts, not rhetoric. What he wrote required deep sourcing, or “human intelligence,” and deep research, or “data mining” — skills he acquired back when reporters had to go out and talk to people, root around in dusty archives and persuade clerks to hand over documents.

January 27, 2017
Trump's inaugural: A Hostile Transfer Of Power

Trump’s Inaugural: A Hostile Transfer Of Power

More troubling than the inaugural speech’s false promises and fake facts, which have long since become standard for Trump, was the unrelieved expression of fury. Clearly he and Bannon have decided they know no other way of speaking to the country effectively. So this new president won’t even attempt to bring an uplifting moment or send a signal of calm. He can only do outrage and clamor.

January 21, 2017
Page of the Trump Dossier

The Trump Dossier: This “Fake News” Is Real Enough To Investigate

The Trump dossier is an intelligence file, not a prosecution memo; its purpose is not to prove a case but to point a direction. And as subsequent coverage in the Guardian and Financial Times indicated, its author Christopher Steele is no mere purveyor of gossip. He is a highly respected and experienced former official of MI6, the British foreign intelligence service, where he oversaw the agency’s work in Russia and Eastern Europe for decades.

January 13, 2017
Meryl Streep delivers remarks at Golden Globe awards

At Golden Globes, Meryl Streep Calls Out Trump’s Bullying

“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” said Meryl Streep at the Golden Globe awards. “Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter.”

January 9, 2017
Trump met with spy chiefs about Russian hackers

Investigate The Hackers — And Ignore Trump’s Chaff

There can be no doubt that the series of electronic thefts of information from Democrats, released with the obvious purpose of damaging Clinton’s campaign, represented major crimes. The serious nature of those offenses is aggravated by their purpose, striking at the heart of the republic.

January 6, 2017

Merry Christmas: The Message From The Manger

It is a story that we can imagine transpiring in our own time, among the Central American migrants, homeless in a California border town, or among the Syrian refugees, freezing and hungry in northern Greece. The analogy is clearly lost on politicians like Trump, who not only assure us that we need not concern ourselves with their fate, but that we must coldly spurn small children for the sake of our own comfort and safety.

December 24, 2016
GOP Speaker Ryan plans to repeal health care for 20 million

Trump’s Broken Promise Will Doom Thousands Of His Voters

Back when the president’s health reform plan first passed, Republicans and their media echoes warned loudly about mythical “death panels” embedded in his legislation. Now, the voters who believed that nonsense are about to meet the real death panel — led by Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate leader Mitch McConnell, and Rep. Tom Price, the Georgia Republican slated to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

December 20, 2016
Crony: Linda McMahon's family gave $5 million to Trump's foundation

Pay For Play? Consider Donald Trump’s Crony Cabinet

During the campaign, Trump shrieked “pay for play!” to defame the Clintons over and over again, without proof. But now he is doling out top positions in government to the patrons of his campaign, his businesses, and even his foundation.To Trump, a post in his cabinet is not a commitment of trust granted on behalf of the people, but a plum to bestow on any crony who once did him a favor.

December 11, 2016
Trump promised millions of jobs on his "thank you" tour

If Trump Imitates GOP Presidents, His Jobs Promise Will Fail

Despite his populist rhetoric, what Trump proposes is scarcely different from what all of his Republican predecessors did. And that doesn’t bode well for jobs.

December 3, 2016
Obama On Trump

One Last Time: Be Thankful For President Obama

Amazingly, the fact that his successor spent years abusing him with calumnies, lies, and disrespect, in an ugly racist style, has not discouraged Obama from showing him and his family every courtesy — and seeking to prepare him for the presidency.

November 24, 2016
"Alt right" gathering in Washington hails Trump with Nazi salutes

White Nationalists “Hail” Trump With Nazi Salutes – And Team Trump Shrugs

When video of Richard Spencer’s speech surfaced, the deceptive branding of “alt right,” a thin scrim invented for social media, was scraped away to reveal the restless Nazi maggots underneath. Such a revolting spectacle should have upset Trump.

November 22, 2016
Cast of Broadway's Hamilton delivering a personal message to Pence

‘Hamilton’ Cast Politely Engages Mike Pence – And On Twitter, Trump Whines

Like so many other Trump episodes, anyone who watches the videotape can see what happened at Hamiton — which differs diametrically from the president-elect’s invented version.

November 19, 2016
David Petraeus, classified leaker, considered for top position by Donald Trump

Trump Considers Petraeus – Who Pled Guilty To Classified Leaking – For Top Position

Trump insisted he wants to lock up Clinton, but he now is considering whether to appoint Petraeus to one of the most sensitive jobs in government.

November 19, 2016
Retired Gen. Michael Flynn attended White House intel briefings while working for foreign clients

Flynn Reportedly Attended Intel Briefings While Paid By Foreign Interests

Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, called Flynn’s presence at classified briefings when he was representing foreign clients “deeply disturbing.”

November 18, 2016
Trump may nominate John Bolton as Secretary of State

Trump May Name Iraq War Propagandist John Bolton As Top US Diplomat

Not only did John Bolton support the scheme to attack Iraq, but he actively promoted the official lies and propaganda that led up to the US invasion.

November 15, 2016

What Do We Tell The Children About Their Country Now?

For the moment, I assured the children that Donald Trump, in his victory speech, promised to unite the country and be fair to everyone — to be nicer, in the vernacular of elementary school.

November 9, 2016
Voters mark their ballots on Election Day in Las Vegas, NV - home to major Democratic ground force

Early Exit Poll Indicates Superiority Of Clinton Ground Forces

More than twice as many voters told exit pollsters they had been reached by the Clinton campaign as had been reached by the Trump campaign.

November 8, 2016
Trump loves his rallies

Fascism? Yes, It Can Happen Here

“It Can’t Happen Here” opens with the election of President Buzz Windrip, a charismatic politician with little intellectual curiosity but a great appeal to the regular guy.

November 7, 2016
Trump lied blatantly about President Obama's conduct at November 4 Clinton rally

Was This The Most Blatant Trump Lie Of The Campaign? Study What Happened

It isn’t every day that the Republican nominee utters an outrageous falsehood about an incident that was recorded and witnessed by thousands.

November 5, 2016
Rudolph Giuliani boasted about "a few surprises" two days before Comey letter

In The Shadows, Rogue FBI Agents Deface Democracy

Leaking investigative material is always a violation of rules that protect the rights of all citizens. Violating those rules to achieve a partisan objective before the election is an assault on democracy.

November 4, 2016
FBI director James Comey, who ended the Marc Rich investigation in 2002

Without Explanation, FBI Abruptly Releases Old Documents About Clinton Pardons

The mysterious Internet document dump immediately stoked fresh consternation about FBI director James Comey’s clumsy intervention in the presidential race.

November 2, 2016
Watergate: Richard Nixon resigning the presidency amid Watergate scandal, August 9, 1974

Worse Than Watergate? Worst Since Watergate? Trump Is Lying Again, Bigly

Watergate, a saga that began with the discovery of a “third-rate burglary” at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in a Washington hotel but soon exploded into a mind-blowing criminal operation at the highest levels in the White House, the Justice Department, the CIA, and the FBI itself.

November 1, 2016