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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 Salon.com. Conason is also a senior fellow at...

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Why Paul Ryan Is Rebranding That Old ‘Compassionate Conservatism’

Nobody in Washington talks much about the poor in America these days, even though they are more and more with us in the economic aftermath of the Great Recession.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013



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Why Republicans Suddenly Care About Canceled Health Policies

Amid the current national uproar over the troubles of the Affordable Care Act, it is almost uplifting to hear the deep concern expressed by politicians, pundits, lobbyists and corporate leaders over cancellation of existing health insurance policies.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013


Are Politicians Who Cut Food Stamps and Deny Health Access Truly ‘Pro-Life’?

When Wendy Davis proclaimed that she is “pro-life”—a description long since appropriated by conservatives opposed to abortion rights—the right-wing media practically exploded with indignation.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013



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Will the Christie Juggernaut Roll Over Ted Cruz and Rand Paul?

With his impending re-election in “Blue Jersey” evidently assured and his national profile rising, Chris Christie is a formidable presidential hopeful.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013



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Peterson Study: Tea Party Extremism Cost Millions of Jobs, Risks Millions More

If Americans learn anything from this month’s shutdown-and-debt-ceiling debacle, they ought to realize that political extremism brings real costs.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013


Corporate Leaders Bemoan Tea Party Default Crisis Created by Their own Donations

The frightened corporate leaders surely know how this happened—because their money funded the tea party candidates and organizations responsible for the crisis.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013


How Republican Extremists Are Shredding Every Principle the GOP Claims to Uphold

By Washington standards, the current government shutdown is an everyday disaster—of a kind we are gradually learning to expect whenever the Republican Party controls Congress.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013


What Really Makes Chelsea Clinton Run (but Not for Public Office)

To discover what Chelsea Clinton is doing with her life—and why—shouldn’t pose much of a challenge to any reasonably industrious journalist.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013


To Repair the Damage Done in NSA Blowup, Start With Clapper

With the conviction of Bradley Manning and asylum granted to Edward Snowden in Russia, it may be time to turn attention away from the controversy over their actions and toward the government—specifically, the intelligence community.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013



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Measuring GOP Extremism: What Carville and Greenberg’s Latest Polling Reveals

It is becoming increasingly plain that the most formidable obstacle to national progress and global security is the Republican Party—and specifically the extremist factions that currently dominate the GOP.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013



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