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privilege

Trump Junior’s Privilege Claim Recalls Failed Effort To Shield Marcos

Long before Donald Trump, Jr. claimed “attorney-client privilege” to avoid answering questions before the House Intelligence Committee, that claim was tested and wisely rejected by Congress. Appropriately enough, that prior case also featured a real estate executive who was summoned to testify about suspected connections with a foreign dictator — and tried to avoid questions […]

December 10, 2017
pardons

Why Trump Must Think Twice Before He Gives A Pardon To Mike Flynn

Ever since Michael Flynn departed the Trump White House under a cloud of disgrace last February, speculation has mounted that the president might pardon his former national security adviser. With Flynn’s guilty plea in federal court and disclosure of his cooperation agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller, conjecture about such a pardon is rampant. And […]

December 1, 2017
Moore

Roy Moore: An Acid Test For The Self-Righteous Right

Whenever a politician insists too fervently on his own pious morality — and his duty to impose that particular brand of morality on everyone else — the safest prediction is that sooner or later, a scandal will emerge. For Roy Moore, the former judge now running to fill Jeff Session’s Senate seat, the new revelations […]

November 9, 2017
Kamala Harris

Coulter: If DACA Champion Kamala Harris Runs, She’ll Win 2020 Nomination

Wondering who will emerge to challenge Trump in 2020? Many California Democrats expect Kamala Harris to run, with former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa predicting that before long the freshman senator will be “knocking on doors in Iowa.” That scenario recalls the meteoric rise of a certain freshman senator from Illinois — and one prominent […]

October 15, 2017
harassment

Sexual Harassment? Let’s Not Forget The Alpha Creep

The accumulating allegations of assault and harassment raised against Harvey Weinstein in recent days are deeply disturbing, and may well result in criminal prosecution of the Hollywood producer. Beyond Weinstein’s own fate, this latest episode in the very old history of women’s mistreatment by unscrupulous men seems likely to expose still more perpetrators, in occupations […]

October 12, 2017
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
Sessions

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
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
Clinton

We’ve Seen This Clinton Conspiracy Movie Before — And It Still Stinks

Russian fake news operations, along with Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity, have promoted the idea that Hillary Clinton is responsible for the murder of Seth Rich, a young DNC employee. It is an all too familiar trope.

May 23, 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 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

Uh Oh! A Clinton Book That Ignores The ‘Clinton Rules’

Did globe-trotting with Mick Jagger, Bono and Nelson Mandela make Bill Clinton feel like the King of the World? No doubt. But impoverished, HIV-afflicted children all over the world are alive because of that need.

October 12, 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
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
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

Exclusive Excerpt: ‘Man Of The World: The Further Endeavors Of Bill Clinton’

There was no means of escape from the gang of perhaps a dozen or so reporters, which felt to Bill Clinton like a horde of hundreds who suddenly had total access to him. Nor did Clinton feel he could simply walk away without answering any of their questions—some friendly, some not so friendly.

September 13, 2016
Clinton email

Colin Powell Advised Hilary Clinton To Use Private Email Account

In a new article published in The New York Times today, the publication reports that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton stated to investigators that Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, told her to use a personal email account.

August 19, 2016
Hillary Clinton - martyr of the year

Republicans Hate Hillary Clinton (Unless They Actually Know Her)

To those who are familiar with Hillary Clinton, she has always seemed considerably more agreeable than the vain, bitter, superficial journalists who whine incessantly about her.

August 8, 2016

Watch: Joe Conason Joins Hardball Roundtable On Trump’s Chances In New York

Donald Trump has been doing business in New York for a long time.

April 14, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump gestures as he

5 ‘New York Values’ Donald Trump Doesn’t Have

Despite his strong riposte to Ted Cruz on “New York values,” most of what the billionaire advocates these days is in exact opposition to what makes New York and America great.

January 18, 2016

Watch: ‘National Memo’ Editor Joe Conason Weighs In On Saturday Night’s Dem Debate

‘National Memo’ editor-in-chief Joe Conason sat down with Joy Reid Sunday morning to discuss the final Democratic debate of the year. Regarding the much-hyped Sanders-Clinton clash that ended before it began, Conason remarked: “The two grown-ups decided to put this to rest last night.”

December 20, 2015

Debate Fallout: Even Conservatives Are Appalled By Republican Mendacity

The Republican candidates constantly insult Clinton, but how would any of these slippery blowhards survive something like the 11-hour Benghazi grilling she breezed through on Capitol Hill? If you want to understand who they are, just listen to them whine.

October 30, 2015

Public Editor: No Problem With Dowd Column, But News Story Needs Correction

On national television, Joe Biden went out of his way to correct the record: “Nothing like that ever, ever happened.” Nothing like that – and Maureen Dowd’s column, which set the tone of subsequent sensational coverage in the New York Times and everywhere else, was a lot like that.

October 27, 2015

Benghazi Hearing: While Republicans Barked And Snarled, Hillary Smiled

By the time Rep. Trey Gowdy finally gaveled the hearing to a close, there was little doubt that Hillary Clinton’s composed, dignified demeanor — and the contrast between her and the Republicans — had notched another political victory for her.

October 23, 2015