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Saturday, March 24, 2018
Editor’s Blog

In Russia Probe, House Committee Looked The Other Way

Like crooked cops protecting a mafia don, the House Intelligence Committee looked the other way last week when drafting its closing report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Denying the obvious — and the shared assessment of U.S. intelligence agencies — the committee’s Republican majority insisted that the Russians weren’t truly seeking to elect Donald Trump, and actually may have meant to promote his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

March 20, 2018

No, ‘Both Sides’ Don’t Smear Prosecutors

So while the Trump administration and its chorus in right-wing media defame special counsel Robert Mueller as a partisan plotter, the Washington press corps endlessly reminds us that Democrats once objected to abuses by Kenneth W. Starr, the independent counsel who spent seven years and $50 million in pursuit of President Bill Clinton.

December 20, 2017

Why Franken Should Not Resign

The chorus of loud demands for Senator Al Franken’s resignation began from the moment that Leeann Tweeden accused him of sexual harassment. Those calls intensified after three more women — two of them anonymous — said the Minnesota Democrat had touched them inappropriately. They haven’t subsided yet.

November 28, 2017

We Need More Than ‘Thoughts And Prayers’

Whenever someone commits a heinous gun crime like the massacre in Las Vegas, politicians swiftly assure us that the victims and their families are “in our thoughts and prayers.” What these mush-mouthed messages mean, in plain English, is that government, as embodied in those politicians, will do nothing to make the country safer from gun violence.

October 3, 2017

Did Colin Powell Advise Clinton To Use A Private Email?

Did Colin Powell suggest that Hillary Clinton should use her private email account as secretary of state—as he had admittedly done in that same job several years earlier?

August 23, 2016

Iran Debate: Clinton Steps Up To Oppose The Demagogues

Clinton has found a balance and a voice that are more vital than ever in a contest against irresponsible politicians, whose demagogy points us again toward war.

September 8, 2015

Both Sides Now: Can We Trust The Clintons?

National Memo editor-in-chief Joe Conason appeared with David Frum of The Atlantic on Both Sides Now, a weekly radio show hosted by Mark Green, to debate the Clintons.

June 1, 2015
Sidney Blumenthal

Sidney Blumenthal: The Old Fake Villain

Has Washington learned nothing from Whitewater? The Clintons have spent their entire political lives in the capital dogged by one fake scandal after another.

May 29, 2015

Bill Clinton: Obama’s ISIS Strategy Can Succeed

Find out how Bill Clinton thinks Obama’s strategy could succeed.

September 23, 2014