Joe Conason

Don’t Be Distracted By ‘Leaks’ Or ‘Wiretaps’
March 21, 2017

Don’t Be Distracted By ‘Leaks’ Or ‘Wiretaps’

BY JOE CONASON From his first tweeted accusation of “wiretapping,” Donald Trump has thrown up a screen of chaff to obscure what he and his cronies seem to fear most: a thorough, transparent investigation of the multiple connections between the Kremlin and his presidential campaign. Self-destructive as his ploy was, he succeeded in distracting attention…

Why Trump [And Bannon] Mirror ISIS
March 12, 2017

Why Trump [And Bannon] Mirror ISIS

BY JOE CONASON What if the purpose of the Trump Administration’s travel ban is not to protect America from terrorist infiltration, as the president and his top advisers insist? What if the true aim of their anti-Muslim rhetoric, articulated over and over again, is actually to offend Muslims – and intensify their alienation from the…

Is It Watergate Yet?
February 27, 2017

Is It Watergate Yet?

BY JOE CONASON As Donald Trump and his subordinates lash out wildly in their campaign to suppress discussion of his presidential campaign’s alleged collusion with the Kremlin, they conjure visions of a truly monumental scandal. With their latest attempts to manipulate the Federal Bureau of Investigation and intimidate the Washington press corps, they clumsily encourage…

Why That Russian Dossier Can’t Be Ignored
February 20, 2017

Why That Russian Dossier Can’t Be Ignored

BY JOE CONASON To see Michael Flynn depart his White House post in a miasma of misconduct – amid memories of his “lock her up” speech about Hillary Clinton at the Republican convention last summer – was satisfying. To hear that he might be replaced as national security adviser by someone saner is reassuring. But…

‘Populist’ Trump Punks His Fans
February 6, 2017

‘Populist’ Trump Punks His Fans

BY JOE CONASON There was never any reason to think that Donald Trump’s stump-speech assaults on Wall Street banks and hedge funds were even momentarily sincere – but millions of working- and middle-class voters loved his populist rhetoric. Emerging from his gold-plated jet, Trump would roar about cracking down on the financial vultures who had…

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