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Joe Conason has written his popular political column for The New York Observer since 1992. He served as the Manhattan Weekly’s executive editor from 1992 to 1997. Since 1998, he has also written a column that is among the most widely read features on Conason is also a senior fellow at...


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Country First: Why John McCain Must Dump Trump

The Arizona senator remains among the craven Republican officials who have endorsed Donald Trump for president, even though they know he is unfit to fill that office—and especially the role of commander in chief.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016

On Israel, Bernie Sanders Is Right (and Hillary Clinton Knows It)

Pressed for a serious answer to Israel’s excessive use of force against the Palestinians in Gaza, Clinton pandered to the most conservative voters, Jewish and Christian, who mistakenly believe friendship with Israel means supporting any violence perpetrated by its government.

Posted on Apr 16, 2016

How Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Help Terrorists Achieve Their Aims

Recoiling from last week’s carnage in Brussels, Americans may be attracted to the “tough” posturing of Trump and Cruz. Yet we know that the leaders of Islamic State welcome such signs of panic.

Posted on Mar 27, 2016

Citizens United Anniversary: How Anthony Kennedy Turned American Democracy Into an ‘Open Sewer’

The Supreme Court justice masterminded the 2010 decision to undo a century of public-interest regulation of campaign expenditures in the name of “free speech.” He had every reason to know how damaging that decision would prove to be.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016

New York Values: What Tiny Ted Cruz Will Never Get About the Big Town

Demagogues denigrating New York come and go with boring predictability—and the nation’s greatest city will continue to thrive long after the Texas senator is merely an unpleasant memory.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016

Will Corporate America Confront GOP Climate Denial?

Republican congressional leaders in both houses know they can continue to lie and deny on climate, so long as the nation’s business leaders fail to demand change. Although they will always collect millions from ExxonMobil, the Koch brothers and assorted fossil fuel profiteers, they might begin to worry if other economic interests that have traditionally supported them suddenly turned off the money and turned on the pressure.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015

What Socialism Means to Bernie Sanders—and You

Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at “educating” voters—about socialism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015

GOP Debate Mendacity Shocks Even the Conservatives

For people who so often accuse Hillary Clinton of lying, the Republican presidential candidates seem to feel perfectly free to bend, twist and shred the truth at will. Unsurprisingly, that is just what several of them were caught doing in their free-for-all CNBC debate.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015

While the Republicans Snarled, Hillary Clinton Smiled

To watch Clinton’s Republican antagonists during Thursday’s public hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi was to wonder how they could possibly behave the way they did. Often, the sheer mindlessness was stunning.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015

Hunting Hillary: Dim Speaker-to-Be Reveals Select Committee’s Partisan Goal

Ever since House Speaker John Boehner unveiled yet another committee to investigate Benghazi—the eighth congressional panel to investigate that September 2012 tragedy, along with a State Department Accountability Review Board—suspicions have festered that its purpose was purely partisan and political.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015

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