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A Holiday Message To Our Readers

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A Holiday Message To Our Readers

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Dear Friends,

On this day, Americans of all religious persuasions, and none, will pause with their families to break bread, perhaps drink a toast, and share a moment of joy – especially if they are among the fortunate. But on this day, we must remember too that here and abroad, there remain millions for whom there is, in that memorable phrase from the Christmas story, “no room at the inn.”

That ancient story celebrates the birth of a child who entered the world sheltered in a stable, whose parents were impoverished and rejected, and who grew up to serve the poor, heal the sick, and comfort the outcast.

It is a tale 2,000 years old, yet never dated – bearing a powerful message of humility, compassion, and charity that too many of our political leaders have yet to comprehend even dimly, no matter how often they profess to worship its teacher. And still many others have upheld its compelling essence over the centuries, regardless of their identification with any spiritual creed.

So today we extend the warmest of holiday wishes to you, our readers, of all beliefs, with hope that the coming year brings our country and our world closer to living in peace, good will, generosity, and justice.

Merry Christmas!

Joe Conason

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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.

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  1. Marilyn December 25, 2014

    Amen, Joe.

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  2. whodatbob December 25, 2014

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  3. Teddy December 25, 2014

    Merry Christmas And may God bless us all

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  4. woco74 January 21, 2015

    Jesus Christ is his name, his parents weren’t any more outcast than someone who keeps finding “no vacancy” signs looking for a room. They were going to pay their taxes (according to the Word of God) so they were not impoverished (since they must have had the money to pay). Since it’s just a “tale” to you, the facts shouldn’t matter.

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