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Tag: Joe Conason

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 READ MORE

When Liars Debate, the Truth Always Loses

The Republican rejection of reality—which these candidates will act out in debate after debate for months to come—inflicts grave costs on this country every day. It is hard to imagine the damage that will be done if one of these deceivers comes to power.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

Is Donald Trump Really a ‘Fascist’?

Genuine conservatives aren’t wrong to fret, but they seem unwilling or unable to grasp the clearest evidence that Trump is channeling toxic currents from the past—namely, his appeals to racial bigotry, his truculent attitude toward other nations and his extremist “solution” to illegal immigration.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

Clinton Emails: Is This Watergate? Or Just Another Whitewater?

Hillary Hysteria is raging everywhere, from the most disreputable websites to the most respected newspapers. But why is the political press so agitated?

Posted on Aug 23, 2015 READ MORE

Why Israel’s Security Experts Support the Iran Deal—and Iran’s Hard-Liners Don’t

As congressional Republicans seek to undermine the nuclear agreement between Iran and international powers, they assert that hard-line Islamists in the Islamic republic are delighted with the deal while Israelis concerned for their country’s security are appalled. But that message is largely false.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

Which ‘Senior Official’ Smeared Hillary Clinton?

In the aftermath of that famously discredited New York Times story about a “criminal referral” regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails, a few important questions stand out among many that remain unanswered.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE

Opposing Hillary’s Corporate Campaign: A Response to Joe Conason

In one Truthdig columnist’s rebuttal of another, Scott Tucker takes on what he calls “a piece of Clintonista campaigning” by Joe Conason.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

The Real Meaning of the Confederate Flag

In the intensifying debate over the Confederate flag, important clues about the true meaning of this seditious symbol are staring us in the face.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE

Dennis Hastert, Nancy Pelosi and America’s ‘Family Values’

Republicans on Capitol Hill keep telling everyone how terribly shocked they are by the tawdry tale of Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House indicted last week on charges of money-laundering in an effort to cover up alleged sexual abuse of a male high school student many years ago.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE

If Inequality Worries Republicans, Why Do They Keep Making It Worse?

You can tell things have gotten very bad when the issue of economic inequality—a serious national problem mostly ignored for more than three decades—is suddenly in political vogue.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE

Progressives Discuss Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy in a Lively Debate on ‘Democracy Now!’

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer joined Seattle’s Kshama Sawant, writer Joe Conason and The Nation’s Michelle Goldberg on “Democracy Now!” to discuss the official beginning of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. 

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Deal: Do the Critics Want War?

Before too much credibility is lavished upon Republican critics of the Iran nuclear agreement draft, including all of the assorted would-be presidential candidates, someone ought to urge them to explain what they would do instead.

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE

Country Music, Tea Party ‘Populism’ and Ted Cruz

While Cruz cleverly seeks to highlight the tea party persona that appeals to many Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of his ultra-right brand of “populism.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE

Measuring the Moral Posture of Rand Paul

Expecting morally serious debate from any would-be Republican presidential contender is like waiting for a check from a deadbeat.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE

Media’s Email Hysteria: Why Are Republicans Exempt?

It is almost eerie how closely Hillary Clinton’s current email scandal parallels the beginnings of the Whitewater fiasco that ensnared her and her husband almost 20 years ago.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 READ MORE

Can the Latest Hillary Clinton Scandal Even Be Called a Scandal?

To someone who has watched many “scandals” surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton evaporate into the Washington mist, the current furor over her emails hardly seems earthshaking.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE

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Big Lies, Little Lies and the Punishment of Brian Williams

The harshest penalties usually tend to be brutal, vengeful and excessive—even when the offender is a celebrity journalist like Brian Williams.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE


On Gas Tax Hike, Obama Is Wrong—and (Some) Republicans Are Right

It doesn’t happen often, but Washington is now debating an important issue on which the United States Chamber of Commerce, Senator James Inhofe, R-Okla., Fox News pundit Charles Krauthammer, and a growing posse of assorted right-wingers are right—and President Barack Obama is wrong.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

End Poverty? Reduce Inequality? What Republicans Must Do First

The latest fad among would-be Republican presidential contenders is to proclaim their deep commitment to fighting poverty and inequality—which sounds as plausible as a promise by McDonald’s to abolish greasy food.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE


Why Violent Extremists Welcome Attacks on Islam

Whenever an act of horrific terror enrages the West, a predictable second act ensues.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE

conejota /

What ‘Je Suis Charlie’ Should Mean to Us

To understand what is at stake in this struggle, it is important to look closely at what we are defending.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

GOP, Stop Making Excuses for Scalise

The leaders of the Republican Party need to ask why their message attracts some of the most despicable elements in American society—and why they can’t effectively reject those extremists.

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 READ MORE

The Visual Explorer /

On Cuba, Republicans Know Only Failure

Listen carefully to the Republican leaders and presidential hopefuls roaring with outrage over President Barack Obama’s courageous decision to normalize relations with Cuba; listen very carefully, because no matter how long or how closely you listen to them, there is one thing you will surely never hear.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE

CIA Crimes Without Punishment

With the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the use of torture by the CIA after 9/11, the final defense of the indefensible by its perpetrators, advocates and publicists is falling apart before our eyes.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What Voters Don’t Know (Yet) About Jeb Bush

Whenever the deep thinkers of the Republican establishment glance at their bulging clown car of presidential hopefuls, they inevitably start chattering about “Jeb Bush.”

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE


Fix Decaying Pipelines First for Jobs, Health and Safety

With the Keystone XL pipeline stalled again, now perhaps we can look ahead and consider more promising ways to rebuild our energy system, creating many more jobs than that controversial project ever would.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE


Immigration, Impeachment and Insanity on the Republican Right

Obstructing, denouncing and demonizing Barack Obama are so central to the existence of the Republican Party today that its leaders simply ignore the real purposes of the president’s proposed immigration orders.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE


Beneath the Republican Wave, Voters Still Reject Right-Wing Ideology

In the wake of the 2014 midterm “wave election,” Americans will soon find out whether they actually want what they have wrought.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE

fotostory /

Plutocrat or Populist? Actually, Hillary Clinton Is Neither

As America’s biggest political target—a status she is likely to enjoy for the foreseeable future—Hillary Clinton takes incoming fire of every caliber from all directions.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

Let Obama and the CDC Do Their Jobs

If the prospect of hanging concentrates the mind, then even the possibility of infection with Ebola should do the same—for all of us.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE


What Ebola Can Teach Us

The lessons are quite obvious at this point—and contain implications that are political in the most urgent sense.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE

Amy Phillips

Those Budget-Busting, Job-Killing GOP Governors

Even as Republicans boast of their chances to take over the United States Senate come November, their party’s governors across the country are facing dimmer prospects.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Navy/Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements

American Amnesia: Why the GOP Leads on National Security

If the latest polls are accurate, most voters believe that Republican politicians deserve greater trust on matters of national security.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Republicans’ Reaction to Obama Speech Reveals Much—About Them

Minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy the terrorist organization the Islamic State, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Charlie Riedel

Missouri Burning: Why Ferguson’s Inferno Is No Surprise

For decades, Missouri has spawned or attracted many of the nation’s most virulent racists, including neo-Nazis and the remnants of the once-powerful Ku Klux Klan.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE

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Ranting About Robin Williams, Limbaugh Exposes a Hole in His Own Soul

Having infuriated millions of Robin Williams fans with insensitive remarks on the late actor’s suicide, Rush Limbaugh now blames the “liberal media” and “despicable leftists” for distorting his innocent message.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE


Ebola’s Message: Foreign Aid and Science Funding in a Time of Global Peril

Most Americans have long believed, in embarrassing ignorance, that the share of the U.S. federal budget spent on foreign aid is an order of magnitude higher than what we actually spend abroad.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

From Clinton to Obama: Why GOP Impeachment Fever Is Now So Predictable

There is at least one future event that could be safely forecast years ago, almost as soon as President Barack Obama entered the White House: a movement among House Republicans to impeach the president.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE


Border Crisis Tests Religious Faith—and Some Fail Badly

Flamboyant piety has long been fashionable on the political right, where activists, commentators and elected officials never hesitate to hector us about their great moral and theological rectitude.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Borderline Behavior: GOP Demands Action, Blocks Solutions—and Always Complains

Listening to Republicans in Washington (and Texas and Arizona) scream about the “crisis” of migrant children arriving from Central America on our southern border, it is puzzling to realize they don’t actually want to do anything to solve the problem.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

Tom Thai (CC-BY)

A Message for Patriots of All Persuasions

When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I remember what my late father taught me about love of country. Much as he despised the scoundrels and pretenders he liked to call “jelly-bellied flag flappers,” after a line in a favorite Rudyard Kipling story, he was deeply patriotic.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE

Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What New Details Reveal About Benghazi ‘Scandal’—and Its Promoters

If the Benghazi tragedy has revealed anything, it is the utterly partisan obsession of those who have tried to stoke the “scandal.”

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

As Iraq Implodes, Hawks Still Have No Plan—Except ‘Blame Obama’

As the failed state of Iraq strains under attack from a jihadist force—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—all the usual suspects are popping up on the Senate floor to denounce the president.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE

In Bergdahl Case, ‘Conservatives’ Ignore Basic American Principles

What the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl saga demonstrates beyond question—to anyone who still nurtured any doubt—is that the Republican right will junk just about any basic American value to satisfy its hatred of President Barack Obama.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE


In VA Scandal, Accountability for All—Including Congress

Unlike most of Congress, especially on the Republican side, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki opposed the incompetent war plans of the George W. Bush administration that left so many American service men and women grievously wounded.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE

Everett Collection /

How Monica Lewinsky Deserves to Be Remembered

Monica Lewinsky must be satisfied to learn that with a few stylish photographs and a few innocuous paragraphs, she can still discombobulate Maureen Dowd, Lynne Cheney and a swarm of demented figures in American politics and media.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE


Now We Know: Economic Inequality Is a Malady—and Not a Cure

It has been a long, long time since Americans accepted the advice of a French intellectual about anything important, let alone the future of democracy and the economy.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE

Photo by Jeff Bottari/AP Images for Human Rights Campaign

Congratulations! A New Conspiracy Is Born

No, Chelsea Clinton did not get pregnant to help her mom become president.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE


On Our Highest Court, a Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

For a large and bipartisan majority of Americans, the increasing power of money in politics is deeply troubling. But not for the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court, whose members appear to regard the dollar’s domination of democracy as an inevitable consequence of constitutional freedom—and anyway, not a matter of grave concern.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE

stocklight /

Bill Clinton Urges Democrats to Embrace Health Care Reform

As the midterm elections approach, both public opinion data and the facts on the ground are taking a significant turn.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE

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