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Joe Conason
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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...

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Why Obama Can Keep Gates

If the prospect of appointing Hillary Clinton as secretary of state irritates the Obama base, what will they make of keeping the man who has executed President Bush’s policies at the Pentagon?

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Who’s Afraid of a Filibuster?

Is there enough muscle behind the GOP filibuster threat to block Obama’s mandate? The short answer is no—and the new president’s own political arsenal should enable him to call the Republican bluff.

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The New Political Center

Obama can be expected to behave as Bush ought to have acted in a time of national crisis. That means drawing on goodwill wherever he can find it, drawing on talent regardless of party and drawing on the powerful desire of most Americans to live again in one nation.

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Sarah the Scapegoat

Writing a postmortem for John McCain’s presidential candidacy would be premature. But if and when that moment comes next week, toxic staff infection will be listed as a primary cause of death.

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McCain’s Socialist Delusion

Wherever John McCain appears on the stump in these waning days of the presidential campaign, he is always accompanied by his imaginary friend “Joe the Plumber,” but it is the specter of Karl Marx that lurks just offstage.

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A Bush-Style Whitewash

For anyone who followed the story of how and why Sarah Palin fired her state’s public safety commissioner, last week’s release of a legislative investigation that found she had violated state ethics statutes was anticlimactic.

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Honor Won and Lost

Nothing in the presidential campaign so far has been as instructive as its swift descent into the politics of personal destruction. Although voters have probably heard little lately that they did not already know about Sen. Barack Obama, they have learned something very important about Sen. John McCain.

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Joe Conason
Joe Conason

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 The Nation Institute.

His most recent book, Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (St. Martin’s Press, 2003), was a New York Times and Amazon.com bestseller. He is also the co-author (with Gene Lyons) of The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton (St. Martin’s Press, 2000), which appeared on both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists. Conason co-produced a 2004 documentary film, The Hunting of the President, based on the book.

Prior to joining the Observer, Conason spent two years as editor-at-large for Conde Nast’s Details magazine. From 1978 to 1990, he worked for The Village Voice as a columnist, staff writer and national correspondent.

Conason is an experienced and skilled reporter as well as a sharp commentator. In 1985, he co-authored the Village Voice exposé of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos’s hidden Manhattan real estate holdings. In 1989, Conason arrived in Beijing, China, on the night after the Tiananmen Square massacre and reported on the tragic aftermath for the Voice.

During the Clinton administration, Conason’s investigative reporting on Whitewater and the presidency brought him national media attention. He revealed the existence of the “Arkansas Project,” a secret, multimillion-dollar plan funded by a conservative Pittsburgh billionaire to find or invent negative material about the Clintons. More recently, Conason was one of the first journalists to delve into the background and finances of the so-called “Swift-Boat Veterans for Truth” and its campaign against John Kerry.

Conason’s articles have been published in Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The Guardian (London) and The New Yorker, among many other periodicals in the United States and abroad. He also appears frequently as a commentator on television and radio programs. A winner of the New York Press Club’s Byline Award, he has covered every American presidential election since 1980.

Joe Conason graduated from Brandeis University in 1975 with honors in history. He began his career as a reporter for the East Boston Community News, a small neighborhood newspaper. From there he went on to join The Real Paper, an alternative weekly published in Cambridge, Mass., as a staff writer. He covered environmental, racial and political issues for both papers. He was born in New York City, where he resides today.

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