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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.

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

Ethical Questions Surround FBI Director’s Decision On Email Probe

Nothing could be less surprising than the partisan response by Congressional Republicans, ever ready to string up someone named Clinton immediately, if not sooner.

October 29, 2016
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
Pro-trump group, campaign finance

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

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

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

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

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
Trump, Russia

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

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
Joe Scarborough confirms he is advising Donald Trump

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