07.24.2016 - 3:21 PM EDT

Still smarting from his Wednesday night humiliation at the hands of Ted Cruz, Donald Trump is now insisting that had he not come into the arena just before the end of Cruz's speech, intensified unified Republican delegates would have dragged Cruz from the podium. "I walked in and the arena went crazy. Because there's great unity in the Republican Party, and people don't know it. Had I not walked in, I think that audience would have ripped him off the stage. I think I did him a big favor."

07.24.2016 - 10:59 AM EDT

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07.23.2016 - 4:15 PM EDT

Over the last year there has been a recurrent refrain about the seeming bromance between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. More seriously, but relatedly, many believe Trump is an admirer and would-be emulator of Putin's increasingly autocratic and illiberal rule. But there's quite a bit more to the story. At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matched to a conspicuous solicitousness to Russian foreign policy interests where they come into conflict with US policies which go back decades through administrations of both parties. There is also something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of evidence suggesting Putin-backed financial support for Trump or a non-tacit alliance between the two men.

07.22.2016 - 8:03 PM EDT

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07.22.2016 - 4:21 PM EDT

Clay Shirky drops a truthbomb on white liberals.

07.22.2016 - 12:43 PM EDT

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