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Tuesday, September 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.

Iran

How Trump’s Iran Tantrum Imperils Our Future

The dangers of arrogance and ignorance are nowhere more starkly illustrated than in Donald Trump’s Oval Office, where anguished advisers seek constantly to steer a rogue president away from international disaster. And now the stakes of his stubborn stupidity have gone nuclear. Having disparaged the Iran nuclear deal for years — without actually understanding its […]

September 23, 2017
Hillary Clinton

Why The Media Want Hillary Clinton To Shut Up

There is something strange about the reproachful media response to What Happened, Hillary Clinton’s new book on the 2016 campaign. Now everyone knows that the Washington press corps dislikes and distrusts the former Democratic nominee. After all, several of its most eminent members have admitted their herd’s prejudice against her. But the nearly unanimous demand […]

September 12, 2017
pardons

What Sessions Should Tell Trump About Pardons — Before It’s Too Late

When Donald Trump issued a tweet reminding everyone that as president he has “the complete power to pardon,” did he mean to suggest that he can pardon himself? Or simply to boast that he can issue pardons without consulting any other authority or facing any consequences? The impact of Trump’s provocative statement — along with […]

July 27, 2017
Mueller

Why Kenneth Starr Deserved Censure — And Robert Mueller Deserves Respect

As Robert Mueller pursues a wide-ranging investigation aimed at Donald Trump, members of Trump’s family, his appointees, and his political associates, the president’s legal advisers have answered by attacking the legitimacy and fairness of the special counsel — which may be the prelude to executive action. Surely, a fearful Trump is contemplating how to rid […]

July 22, 2017
Donald Trump, Jr.

Why Donald Trump, Jr. Should Release More Emails

For many months, Donald J. Trump and his closest associates have assured Americans that their presidential campaign had “absolutely no contact” with any Russians seeking to influence the course of the 2016 presidential election. Among those who issued the most vehement denials were Paul Manafort, the Washington influence peddler who served as campaign manager, and eldest son Donald J. Trump, Jr., who called any such suggestions “disgusting.”

July 18, 2017
patriotic

On July Fourth, A Message For The Patriotic Resistance

On this Fourth of July, Americans live restlessly under a presidential administration hostile to the ideals embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Most Americans despise the president — a blustering, feckless lout who ignores those documents as he undermines freedom of the press and the free exercise of religion. He has appointed […]

July 3, 2017
Mueller

Why Trump (And Gingrich) Should Stop Whining About Robert Mueller

When Newt Gingrich humiliates himself by smearing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it is all too easy to dismiss the former speaker. As a disgraced politician who left office under an ethical cloud, following a decade spent debasing American discourse, Gingrich has no standing to criticize Mueller, a decorated Vietnam veteran who enjoys broad bipartisan esteem […]

June 19, 2017
Mueller

Fire Robert Mueller? Why That Trump Doomsday Scenario Won’t Work

With its echoes of Richard Nixon’s infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” during Watergate, to fire Robert Mueller sounds like an insane, almost suicidal proposition. And yet when asked by George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ This Week whether the president would promise not to interfere with the special counsel probe, his lawyer Jay Sekulow offered no such guarantee — feeding speculation about what Trump might do.

June 12, 2017
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Why Mueller Probe May Be More Like Whitewater Than Watergate

And as Gene Lyons and I learned while covering the Starr investigation to write The Hunting of the President, the impact of those prosecutions will remain long after the national attention turns elsewhere. That sense of disproportionate damage was among the reasons why most Americans were content to see the Independent Counsel Act lapse.

June 10, 2017
Comey's testimony

Comey’s Testimony Stumps Fuming And Fumbling Trump Defenders

In his historic appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Comey explained calmly and cogently how he had approached his fraught relationship with the new president: From day one, the former FBI director said he treated Donald Trump as someone with a propensity to lie. Whatever anyone thinks of Comey and his conduct during last […]

June 9, 2017
Budget

In Trump’s Budget, Both Epic Betrayal And Mathematical Fraud

Aside from defense spending, the Trump budget violates nearly every programmatic promise he made to voters last year. And adding insult to real injuries, he pretends to fulfill his promise to balance the budget with fake numbers.

Not only are the numbers phony, but they represent the most audacious mathematical con game in a federal budget that anyone in Washington can remember. It is phonier than the phony budgets cooked up during the Reagan era, when the president’s own budget director eventually confessed, “None of us really understands what’s going on with all these numbers.”

May 26, 2017
Kushner

Jared Kushner, Trump Adviser And Son-In-Law, Reported Under FBI Scrutiny In Russia Probe

The FBI is closely examining Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner as a person of interest in its ongoing investigation of Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election and related matters. Investigators are scrutinizing an extensive series of meetings that Kushner held with Russians, according to those news outlets, which quoted sources close to the probe.

May 26, 2017
Putin Pays

GOP Majority Leader Told Colleagues In 2016: “Putin Pays” Trump

“There’s . . . there’s two people I think Putin pays: [California Republican Rep. Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at a private meeting of Republican Congressional leaders last June. When his colleagues laughed, McCarthy added, “Swear to God.”

May 17, 2017
pressure

Impeach Trump? Transcript Will Tell Whether President Blabbed Secrets To Russians

It is too soon to say whether there are grounds to impeach the president for this reported betrayal of secret intelligence, his obvious unfitness for office, or his admitted effort to curtail a federal counter-intelligence investigation of his presidential campaign’s alleged collusion with the Kremlin (by firing FBI director James Comey the day before his Oval Office meeting with the Russian diplomats).

May 16, 2017
Comey

Tuesday Night Massacre: Who Really Believes The White House Rationale For Firing Comey?

The Trump rationale for firing Comey — as stated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — is obviously false for several reasons, even aside from the fact that Trump had welcomed Comey’s behavior toward Clinton in 2016 and literally embraced the FBI director in the Oval Office last January.

May 10, 2017
death panels

Trumpcare’s Medicaid Cutbacks Will Bring The Real Death Panels

State officials will have to inflict illness and death on people whose only crime is having no money — or as Sarah Palin put it, those who fail the Republican test of “their level of productivity in society.” Those politicians and their appointees who implement the new Medicaid rules will become the real death panels.

May 8, 2017

#EndorseThis: Testimony of FBI Director Leaves Colbert “Mildly Nauseous”

Stephen Colbert is back — actually, he never left, much to the dismay of assorted wingnuts offended by his epic burn of the president — and he doesn’t regret a word of his insulting challenge to Trump. After declaring that it was a fair fight (“He has the launch codes, I have the jokes”) he moves briskly on to James Comey’s appearances on Capitol Hill, where the FBI director tried vainly to explain his actions last October.

May 4, 2017
Mnuchin tax plan

Trump’s Tax Plan: The Grifters Do ‘Tax Reform’

The author of his tax plan, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, vowed last winter that Trump’s reforms would not disproportionately benefit the rich. In fact, he went further: “Any reductions we have in upper-income taxes will be offset by less deductions, so there will be no absolute tax cut for the upper class. There will be a big tax cut for the middle class, but any tax cuts we have for the upper class will be offset by less deductions that pay for it.”

That was then, this is now — which with Trump usually means that he was lying.

April 29, 2017
Russia, Putin, Trump, French election

On Eve Of French Election, Trump (And Putin) Still Pushing ‘Nationalism’

In backing the leader of France’s neo-fascist party, Donald Trump also resumed his role as the Western political stalking horse for Vladimir Putin. Having received LePen in Moscow, where she denounced sanctions and sucked up to Putin, Russia’s authoritarian president has mobilized his entire propaganda apparatus to influence the French election.

April 21, 2017
Russians, Trump,

Reports: Western Agencies Picked Up ‘Suspicious’ Contacts Between Russians And Trump Associates In 2016

The CIA first learned of “suspicious” contacts between Trump associates and the Russians from iBritain’s GCHQ spy agency no later than the end of 2015. During the months that followed, several other allied intelligence services reported similar contacts

April 13, 2017
Trump O'Reilly

#EndorseThis: Trump Backs O’Reilly In Sex Harassment Crisis (And Both Are Baldwin)

The absurdity of this political era — when Donald Trump leaped to defend Bill O’Reilly over renewed scrutiny of the Fox News host’s mistreatment of women — brought them together in a moment made for Alec Baldwin and Saturday Night Live’s writers.

April 10, 2017
Syria

In Syria, The First Step Down A Dangerous Road

Having opposed President Obama’s initiative to punish Assad following that attack, Donald Trump clearly has no idea what to do now that his missiles have landed in Syria. Nor do Congressional Republicans, whose enthusiastic support for Trump’s action today rings hollow for anyone who remembers how they rejected Obama’s request to authorize military force in 2013.

April 7, 2017
Kushner Seth Meyers

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Takes A Closer Look At Nunes, Kushner, And The Kremlin

With presidential aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner suddenly scheduled to testify about his meetings with various Russians — including a banker who looks suspiciously like an intelligent agent — Seth Meyers has noticed a pattern: At this point, it would be easier to list the Trump administration staffers who don’t have shady connections with the […]

March 29, 2017
Trump aides coordinated with Russians

CNN: Officials Have Evidence That Trump Associates ‘Coordinated With Russians’

Coming two days after FBI director James Comey confirmed that agency has been investigating the Trump campaign’s connections with Russian interference in the election since July 2016, the CNN report is stunning but not surprising. It also follows an Associated Press report on Tuesday that Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chair, had secretly devised a plan as early as 2005 to “greatly aid” the Putin regime by influencing the U .S. government and media.

March 23, 2017
Comey testifies on Trump investigation

Comey Confirms Trump Investigation During Intelligence Committee Hearing

After reciting some of the troubling facts in the Trump investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the committee’s ranking Democrat, observed that the likelihood of all these connections being merely coincidental is extremely small. Former White House counsel John Dean, whose 1973 testimony helped to break Nixon’s Watergate defense, went further, saying he sees the Trump White House in a familiar “cover-up mode.”

March 21, 2017