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Updated: 2018-03-22T13:48:41Z


What We're Watching: March 22, 2018


Good morning. Here’s what our writers and editors have their eyes on today.

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What We're Watching: March 21, 2018


Good morning from snowbound Washington, D.C., and New York, where TPM is based. Here’s what our team is watching today.

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Why Do Pennsylvania's Voters Have More Rights Than North Carolina's?


On Monday, the Supreme Court said it wouldn’t get involved in Pennsylvania’s redistricting case. That means the state’s voters will go to the polls this fall using re-drawn congressional districts that aren’t illegally gerrymandered by the GOP.

But it raises a question: North Carolina’s congressional map also was ruled a Republican gerrymander. It was drawn, an appeals court found, with “invidious partisan intent.” In fact, the court found that two districts were not just partisan gerrymanders but racially discriminatory gerrymanders that reduced the impact of black votes. North Carolina’s map, though, is likely to still be in effect this November.

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Episode #5 Of The Josh Marshall Podcast Is Out


Episode #5 of The Josh Marshall Podcast is out. This week, we talk to former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa. It’s a fascinating discussion about how counter intelligence investigations operate and why Paul Manafort is a key part of the Trump-Russia story. We also discuss the ongoing Stormy Daniels saga. Listen to the episode here or on iTunes or Google Play. Please subscribe to the podcast and leave a review.  


Will Congress Blow Its Best Chance?


An omnibus package needs to pass by Friday to keep the government open. That omnibus is also Congress’ last, best chance to stabilize Obamacare’s individual markets. But Republicans have attached an expansion of the Hyde Amendment into the stabilization legislation, a poison pill for Democrats. Alice Ollstein has that story — and all the other health care news of the week — in our latest sum-up (Prime access).


What We're Watching: March 20, 2018


Good morning, and happy first day of spring — even if it doesn’t feel like it here on the east coast. Here’s what our team is watching today.

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Clownish First Mates To Trump's Skipper


As we enter the uncharted waters of a President warring with his own Justice Department, the Senate GOP is happy to play the role of Gilligan.


How Trump's White House Counsel Helped Weaken The FEC


A report today by TPM’s Allegra Kirkland poured some cold water on the news that the Federal Election Commission is looking into whether Russians illegally funneled money to the NRA to help Trump’s campaign. In fact, it looks like the agency has done little more than acknowledge it received a complaint on the issue from a Democratic group.

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What We're Watching: March 19, 2018


Happy Monday. Here’s what we have our eyes on today.

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See You In A Week


I’m going to be away for a week. We prerecorded the latest episode of The Josh Marshall show. That will drop on Tuesday. You’re in good hands. Sign up for Prime if you haven’t already. Be excellent to each other.


As Ominous As It Gets


You’ve seen the news of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe’s firing by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, late on a Friday evening East Coast time. Sessions’ full statement is at the bottom of Tierney Sneed’s report. Let’s stipulate that dishonesty, under oath, by an FBI official is a grave matter. That’s what Sessions’ cites in firing McCabe, and he lays it on the findings of the Justice Department’s inspector general and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility. We haven’t seen their reports yet, so it is difficult to make an independent assessment. But this whole thing stinks.

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We Talked To Stormy's Lawyer


Lot of stuff in this interview from earlier this afternoon with Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti. He tells us more about threats of physical violence that have been used to keep her silent, other “Trump surrogates” who’ve been involved in leveling those threats and spreading false information about Stormy. We also get into Michael Cohen’s tactics, his history of strong-arm tactics and more. Listen here on the site or on iTunes or Google Play. This is a Josh Marshall Podcast Extra. Listen and remember to subscribe. It helps us no end if you subscribe on iTunes or Google Play.


Hiring: Reporter On TPM's Investigations Desk


TPM is hiring a reporter to join our investigations desk. Full listing after the jump. Read More →


Everybody Gets Hurt


This is a White House press pool report from a few moments ago …

Since it’s a quiet day — albeit with heightened anticipation — I will point out the flurry around National Security Adviser HR McMaster’s brief appearance outside the West Wing a bit ago. He was escorting guests out of the West Wing entrance, near the stakeout area. Tara Palmeri of ABC News caught up with him. Per her tweet, he said, “Everybody has got to leave the White House at some point.” She asked if he was leaving sooner rather than later, and he said, ‘I’m doing my job.” Then he walked back inside.




Putin critic Nikolai Glushkov found strangled in London.




We just recorded a podcast interview with Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti. We went into more depth on the physical threats Daniels’ has allegedly received to stay quiet, Stormy’s former lawyer, other “Trump surrogates” allegedly spreading rumors and threatening her. There’s a lot there. We expect to post this “Extra!” episode in about an hour. If you’re already subscribed on iTunes or Google Play to The Josh Marshall Podcast, it’ll show up on your device the moment it’s uploaded. Takes a bit longer to show up there if you’re not already subscribed. Stay tuned.


What We're Watching: March 16, 2018


Good morning. Here’s what our team has its eyes on today.

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Get Your Friday Off To A Solid Start


First-rate mashup produced by TPM alum Michael Lester:

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On Our Radar


The emerging story of politically motivated retaliation against career State Department employees by the Trump administration is likely the tip of a very big iceberg.

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Manafort Remains the Key


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