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Updated: 2017-12-11T15:42:03Z

 



The King of Bullshit Mountain

2017-12-11T10:42:06-05:00

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Graham Goes Full Trump Loyalist

2017-12-10T14:33:45-05:00

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All In

2017-12-08T22:37:13-05:00

Our report from Cameron Joseph on the ground in Pensacola tonight, where the president stumped for Roy Moore.

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This Story Is Kind of Wild

2017-12-08T16:20:13-05:00

Trent Franks, who announced yesterday that he would resign in January and actually resigned today, reportedly repeatedly pressed a staffer to serve as a surrogate for $5 million. But he apparently meant “surrogacy” in the sense of having intercourse with Congressman Franks and getting pregnant.

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Watch This

2017-12-08T15:08:59-05:00

I don’t often send you to a thread on Twitter. But this one is important. It’s a longtime TPM Reader, who I did not realize was sick, debating Jeff Flake about the GOP tax plan on a airplane. It’s a series of posts with individual segments. But if you just watch one, watch this.

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These Demands Have One Audience: Donald Trump

2017-12-08T12:44:19-05:00

I’ve wanted to, but haven’t had the time, to pull together a sampling of the rapid ramping up of demands on the right, particularly on Fox News, for President Trump to fire Robert Mueller. Yesterday, when FBI Director Christopher Wray was testifying, I was surprised to see just how aggressively several GOP Reps backed President Trump’s claims about the FBI’s reputation being in tatters.

Here CNN has put together a good quick sampling of where they’re going.

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What's Up With Trump Jr's Lawyer's Statement?

2017-12-08T19:39:03-05:00

[ed.note: I’m leaving this post intact. But the core factual premise was based on CNN reporting that turned out to be wrong. Specifically, the email was not September 4th but September 14th. A mere ten days. But it makes a huge difference since it meant this came after a major Wikileaks email dump. Thus, Futerfas’s statement, rather than being inexplicable did in fact make sense. And these weren’t secret documents but public ones. As I said, I’ll leave this as originally written. Because there’s no rewriting it. It now seems far more likely that the email was simply a supporter flagging attention to a Wikileaks dump that was in fact public.]

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This Sounds Very Big To Me

2017-12-08T20:13:04-05:00

[ed.note: As noted in my editor’s note on the post above, CNN subsequently corrected this story. The correction – dating the email to September 14th, rather than September 4th dramatically changed what the email meant. See the editor’s note above for more detail. But the upshot is that this seems to have been simply an email from a supporter flagging public Wikileaks documents rather than an approach from a secret source. I’m leaving the post below in place. But read it with this in mind.]

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We Need to Keep a Close Eye on Erik Prince

2017-12-07T15:50:22-05:00

From TPM Reader RM

The one thing I think your piece needs to address is the personal interests or motivations for pushing rapprochement with Russia. We should keep in mind that the GOP’s position on Russia underwent a radical shift from hawkish to fawning. Had any other person won the GOP nomination, the position on Russia would’ve been as skeptical as that of the Obama Administration and maybe even more hawkish (particularly if former Romney advisors had influence on a hypothetical non-Trump nominee).

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Rolled and Sold

2017-12-07T13:32:49-05:00

A good run-down of the GOP Senators who were (probably knowingly) hoodwinked into signing on to the GOP tax bill with false promises and other baloney.

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Back to Michael Cohen

2017-12-07T13:19:18-05:00

In recent months, Donald Trump Jr has made a run for the prize of Trump insider with most dogged effort to collude with Russia, even partly sidelining the efforts of Trump lawyer and enforcer Michael Cohen.

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A New Low

2017-12-07T10:51:50-05:00

It’s quite astonishing. In the FBI Director’s testimony this morning, GOP Congressman are openly backing the President’s claim that the FBI’s reputation is “in tatters.” In response Director Wray is avoiding the charge but simply not pushing back against it.

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Announcing The 2017 Golden Dukes!

2017-12-07T09:51:27-05:00

One of the wildest, weirdest dumpster fires of a year ever to hit Washington, D.C. is coming to an end, and we’re bidding it farewell with TPM’s 11th annual Golden Duke Awards.

Nominations should be submitted no later than Tuesday, December 12. To get a sense of what we’re looking for, check out last year’s winners here.

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MSNBC Reverses Course

2017-12-07T08:56:27-05:00

Welcome news. MSNBC had fired Sam Seder from his contributor role on the network after racist provocateur Mike Cernovich dug up and tendentiously misinterpreted a 2009 tweet to gin up a faux outrage campaign. After a significant backlash, MSNBC has now reversed course and offered Seder his gig back.

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Serve Your Constituency

2017-12-07T09:11:50-05:00

With what now seems like Al Franken’s inevitable resignation tomorrow, I wanted to re-up this post from a week ago on who gets forced to resign and who doesn’t. It’s not the press’s fault that Donald Trump is still President and Al Franken is about to be an ex-senator. The same applies to Roy Moore. All of these incidents play out based on the constituency of the accused or the larger organization they represent. That applies whether it’s consumers or voters or comparable category. Most Trump supporters simply don’t care. Same with Roy Moore.

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This Looks Big

2017-12-06T17:59:14-05:00

Here are a few quick thoughts (sub req.) about why I think this Flynn whistleblower story will end up being a bigger deal than one might think.

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In 2016 Tom Barrack Too Said We Needed To Become Friends With Russia

2017-12-06T17:18:46-05:00

I’ve spent the last few days putting together notes and trying to put together all the details of what was clearly the overriding and explicitly top foreign policy goal of the Trump campaign and transition: a rapprochement with Russia.

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Could Deutsche Bank Even Tell Trump?

2017-12-05T18:00:22-05:00

This morning we had news that the Mueller probe had subpoenaed the President’s banking records and perhaps those of his family members from Deutsche Bank, the only major back that has been willing to do business with the President since the early 1990s. Then the President’s television lawyer Jay Sekulow released a statement claiming that he had confirmed with Deutsche Bank and other sources that this was not true.

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