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The National Memo is pleased to announce the publication of The Hunting of Hillary, a new e-book from Memo editor-in-chief Joe Conason and Gene Lyons.

The book is being made available today for free to subscribers of National Memo’s daily newsletter.

The Hunting of Hillary recounts the true history of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” — as Hillary Clinton herself once famously described it — that sought to bring her down along with her husband when he was president. Drawn from the pages of The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton, a national bestseller, this new e-book is focused on her ordeal and ultimate vindication.

The story begins, like so many American political narratives, on the front page of The New York Times, which publishes the very first article about the Whitewater real estate development during the heat of the 1992 presidential primaries. Lacking basic facts, let alone substance or proof, it soon fades away.

But that single example of skewed reporting eventually explodes into sustained national hysteria — and unscrupulous figures swiftly emerge from the swamps of Arkansas, the halls of Congress, the federal courts, and the nation’s most respected newsrooms to exploit the burgeoning “scandal.” A pioneering female attorney in a male-dominated profession, Hillary Clinton suddenly sees her hard-won achievements turned into a partisan weapon against her and her family.

While the Office of Independent Counsel seeks the means to prosecute her, and Republicans in Congress convene hearings to condemn her, a network of operatives known as the Arkansas Project secretly plots to influence the courts and the media against her, using millions of dollars — “dark money” — provided by a right-wing billionaire.

Withering attacks on her character proliferate across every platform, from talk-radio behemoth Rush Limbaugh’s insinuations blaming Hillary for the “murder” of her former law partner Vince Foster, to New York Times columnist William Safire’s repeated predictions that she is soon destined for conviction and imprisonment.

The names and details may be different, but the same machinery that defamed Hillary Clinton two decades ago is still grinding away. The parallels to the present are stunning — and the stakes are at least as high as in 1996.

The Hunting of Hillary includes a new introduction by authors Joe Conason and Gene Lyons, and a “Where Are They Now?” appendix about the story’s main characters.

The Hunting of Hillary is available free of charge to subscribers to The National Memo. Download your free copy here today.

Sen. David Perdue

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) pulled out of his final debate against Democrat Jon Ossoff on Thursday —because he'd rather attend a Donald Trump campaign rally.

The Nov. 1 Senate debate was planned months ago, but Perdue's campaign said he could not participate as promised because he has been too busy doing his job.

"Senator Perdue will not be participating in the WSB-TV debate but will instead join the 45th president, Donald J. Trump, for a huge Get-Out-The-Vote rally in Northwest Georgia. For 8 of the last 14 days of this campaign, Senator Perdue went back to Washington to work for much needed COVID relief," his spokesperson John Burke said in a statement, referencing a failed attempt by Senate Republicans to pass Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) "skinny" $500 billion proposal.

"To make up for the lost time, Senator Perdue has over 20 campaign stops planned for the closing days of this race, and he is excited to welcome and join President Trump in Georgia before November 3rd to campaign for both of their re-election efforts," Burke added.

WSB-TV noted on Thursday that it offered Perdue's campaign other time slots to accommodate the Trump rally, but the overture was rebuffed.

Ossoff's campaign blasted Perdue's "cowardly withdrawal," saying in a statement that the move "says it all: David Perdue feels entitled to his office, and he'll do anything to avoid accountability for his blatant corruption and his total failure during this unprecedented health crisis."

The incumbent's decision to break his promise to debate came one day after a video of Jon Ossoff criticizing Perdue's anti-Obamacare record at a Wednesday debate went viral. As of Friday morning, a 72-second clip of Ossoff has been viewed more than 12 million times.

Perdue responded to that attack by making the odd claim that he repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act — which would take insurance away from hundreds of thousands of his constituents — because he believed doing so would cover more people.

"I voted against the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, because it was taking insurance away from millions of Georgians. Today almost 18 percent of Georgians don't have any health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act," he falsely claimed.

This is not the first time Perdue has put Trump ahead of the interests of Georgians. According to FiveThirtyEight, he has voted with Trump about 95 percent of the time, including backing his right-wing Supreme Court nominees, his tax cuts for large corporations and the very wealthy, and his repeated attempts to take money from military families to pay for a massive Southern border wall.

Medical experts and data analyses have suggested Trump's rallies have been super-spreader events for the coronavirus. Trump has refused to adhere to social distancing rules or to require mask usage at the events and the mass gatherings have frequently been immediately followed by case spikes in the communities where he holds them.

One poll this week found that voters across the country said they are less likely to vote for Trump because of his "large, in-person campaign rallies where wearing a mask is not required of attendees."

The race between Ossoff and Perdue is considered a "toss-up" by election experts, and polls show it as virtual tied.

If no candidate gets a majority on Tuesday, the top two finishers will face off in a January runoff.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.