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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.

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
Trump, Ryan health care

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 repeatedly never to cut Medicaid

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

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