09.28.2016 - 4:17 PM EDT

09.28.2016 - 2:27 PM EDT

There isn't much of a debate over who won the first presidential debate, though the significance of 'winning' is a more complicated question. Trump has devoted most of his Twitter feed since Monday night to finding online polls of his supporters that 'prove' he won. The more interesting news is about what prep Trump had and what prep he can actually accomplish. There are numerous reports that Trump's team tried to get him to prepare for the debate but that he couldn't focus or couldn't muster the patience to do so.

09.27.2016 - 6:54 PM EDT

Our reporter Tierney Sneed spent the day reporting on the latest information on the Trump Foundation. We now have clear evidence of self-dealing in the payouts made by the Foundation and as of yesterday pretty clear evidence that Trump has used the Foundation to avoid paying taxes on income. The combination could spell real legal trouble for Trump, possible even criminal penalties. In short, you're not allowed to use a family foundation as a piggy bank or slush fund for tax avoidance and personal or business purposes. We've proceeded cautiously in what we know and what we don't. We've also tried to be cognizant of the fact that this is an area of criminal law where intent is critical - which is to say, ignorance of the law is a defense. That said, one top former IRS official involved in oversight of tax exempt organizations told TPM, "Once you see a pattern of that kind of egregious nature, you start to think if whether there’s an appropriate criminal referral there." Here's the story.

If you're a tax law expert, either a practitioner, a professor or involved in enforcement, we are continued to probe this story. So we would like to hear from you with your opinion, thoughts, advice on issues most in need of probing.

09.27.2016 - 6:00 PM EDT

Check out the latest addition to TPM's merch store: a Trump's Razor shirt and mug! The items feature a custom illustration of "Trump's razor" and the definition of the phrase Josh popularized -- both are printed on high-quality materials. Buy them here and get ready to explain Trump's latest antics by pointing at your shirt or mug!

09.27.2016 - 2:43 PM EDT

The TPM Electoral Scoreboard currently stands at Clinton 264, Trump 203. Four states are currently listed as toss-ups: Colorado, Ohio, North Carolina and Florida. The PollTracker Average for the national presidential contest is Clinton 48%, Trump 45.4%.

09.27.2016 - 2:30 PM EDT

It's only barely getting national news attention because of the heat of the presidential battle. But the Bridgegate trial is going on. And it now seems very clear - what was probably obviously all along - that Christie knew all about the traffic james in Fort Lee were engineered as payback. He knew and he was in on it. All from testimony in federal court.

Remember, Christie was 'exonerated' of any involvement by a tax payer funded 'investigation' by Christie's own attorney in matter.

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