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Updated: 2017-11-17T21:36:57Z


Making Sense of the Clovis Story


What’s the significance of this new Sam Clovis story and how does it advance our understanding of Trump and Russia? Here’s my backgrounder (sub req).




When I first saw this, I was stunned. A big piece of the Russia puzzle. In a little watched campaign video from Sam Clovis’s failed 2014 Senate run, Clovis stated staunchly pro-Russian views about the Ukraine crisis. This was on March 17th, 2014, a day before the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and more than a year before Donald Trump even announced his candidacy. At one point in the video Clovis says that “Russia, [by] placing forces on the ground in Ukraine, will help assist them in moving back into the Russian empire.” Read our report here.


And Surely More To Come


House Tax Bill would trigger a $25 billion cut to Medicare.




You’ve probably seen the new Fox poll which has Doug Jones with an eight point lead over Roy Moore in Alabama. I’m skeptical. This isn’t a criticism of the particular poll. I’m just skeptical whether Roy Moore has suffered that much of a decline. This doesn’t mean Democrats shouldn’t put everything they have into winning this race. They should. They should be all in. But I think we are fooling ourselves if we think that Jones has now opened up a substantial lead over Moore. Winnable? Yes. But I don’t think Jones has anything like an eight point lead.


Keep An Eye on This


Keep an eye on this …

A gold trader who is close to Turkish President Recep Erdogan is now cooperating with federal prosecutors in a money-laundering case, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter, and legal experts say prosecutors may be seeking information about any ties between the Turkish government and former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.

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Reading List


Josh’s Reading List #6 (sub req).


That's Interesting


Somehow Jared Kushner didn’t think there was any need to turn over to the Senate an emailed document about a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite.”




President Trump’s Obamacare sabotage campaign triggers even more renewal/enrollment confusion. Here’s the story.


Republicans, You Built This - This Being Roy Moore


Late this afternoon, two more women came forward with stories about Judge Roy Moore. Not long after that, Moore (or whoever is running his campaign account) tweeted this.

Dear Mitch McConnell,

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Don't Be So Quick To Expel Roy Moore from the Senate


Over the last 48 hours, Republicans have been abandoning Roy Moore in droves. Last night on his Fox News show, Moore dead-ender Sean Hannity put Moore under a 24-hour deadline to prove his innocence or drop out of the race. In this climate it’s now widely assumed that should he be elected Moore either will be or should be expelled from the Senate over the multiple accusations of pursuing and in some cases assaulting teenage girls in the 1980s.

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You Have To Watch This


A few moments ago on MSNBC, Roy Moore’s lawyer Trenton Garmon brought in host Ali Velshi’s “diverse” background as a partial explanation of why Moore dated underaged girls. The clear gist seemed to be ‘who are you to judge since they do this in your country too.’ For the record, Velshi is from Canada.

Lol: Moore Lawyer to Ali Velshi: They have child marriage where you're from (Canada), right?

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What About Trump's DMs?


TPM Reader MM asks a pretty good question …

Everyone seems to think it’s most likely Don Jr. passed on the link that his dad tweeted.

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Words Travels


In China, after a joint statement with President Trump, President Xi pulled Trump aside and asked: “Who’s Roy Moore?”


Learn About the Big Raid


Last night on CNN, Hill reporter Phil Mattingly explained how and why Republicans have decided to raid Obamacare to help make the numbers work for their tax cut. 13 million are estimated to lose coverage.

Wow, CNNer explains how GOPs decided they had to raid health care to pay for their tax cuts. 13 million to lose coverage …

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This Is For Real


I can tell by how many of you are NOT clicking on the feature that you are skeptical any form of Obamacare repeal is really happening AGAIN. Some skepticism is understandable given the GOP’s track record this year, but this is very much for real.


Trump's Tweets May Be His Undoing


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We're Hiring: Investigations Desk Reporter


We have four open positions we are currently hiring for at TPM, one an existing but vacant position and three new positions: Senior Editor, Prime Editor, Assistant Editor and a third reporter to join our Investigations Desk team. Today we’re posting our listing for our Investigations Desk reporter position.

Full listing after the jump.

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Will Obamacare Repeal Never Die?


It appears that Senate leadership is prepared to include repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate in their big tax cut bill, which is expected to come to a vote the week after Thanksgiving. Here we go again.


It's Getting Bad Folks


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