04.21.2018 - 2:26 PM EDT

President Trump is now lashing out at The New York Times over a story chronicling his long history of denigrating and abusive behavior toward Michael Cohen. Let me share a few thoughts about the relationship between the two men and how this is likely to play out.

04.21.2018 - 2:00 PM EDT

Roger Ailes, October 16th, 1968, campaign staff working for candidate Richard Nixon.

OCTOBER 16: Roger Ailes, campaign committee member for Republican presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon, is pictured on Oct. 16, 1968. (Photo by Ed Farrand/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
04.20.2018 - 6:05 PM EDT

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04.20.2018 - 5:59 PM EDT

Allegra Kirkland sums up all the critical developments in the Russia probe in this week’s Weekly Primer (sub req.).

Also see this week’s Weekly Primer’s on Voting Rights/Democracy and the Fight for Obamacare.

04.20.2018 - 10:52 AM EDT

There are a host of revelations and confirmations in the Comey memos released yesterday evening. I want to zero in on one point: The President repeatedly and demonstrably lied about his November 2013 trip to Moscow. This is the visit in which the ‘pee tape’ was purportedly recorded. There’s no evidence in the memos that that tape exists or that the President spent the night with prostitutes. But again, he clearly and repeatedly lies about the trip itself, specifically how long he was there. This seems highly significant to me.

Let’s look at the details.

04.20.2018 - 9:57 AM EDT

Good morning; happy Friday. Here’s what our writers and editors are watching today.

04.20.2018 - 9:18 AM EDT

In covering any election, it’s easy to get hung up on winners and losers. After all,
that’s kind of the point.

But if we’re interested in what this year’s special elections tell us about November, the winner doesn’t matter much. A very red district swinging 20 points toward Dems compared to the last election, even while Republicans narrowly hold on, is a much worse sign for the GOP than a more competitive district swinging five points and leading to a Dem pickup.

All this explains why, even though Dems are likely to lose a special election for a congressional seat in a deep red Arizona district next week, they’re feeling pretty good about it. Cam Joseph has the details.

04.19.2018 - 9:12 PM EDT

We have the complete Comey Memos right here.

Nice exclusive from TPM’s Cam Joseph.

04.19.2018 - 6:54 PM EDT

TPM Reader KM gives us some color on the El Caribe social club …

Being from Brooklyn, I wanted to drill down on exactly where it is and give it some color.

It’s actually in Mill Basin. It may not matter to a national audience, but that’s actually a few neighborhoods away from Russian immigrant communities of Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay. It’s off the Marine Park / Flatlands neighborhoods.

04.19.2018 - 5:24 PM EDT

So Rudy Giuliani is joining President Trump’s legal team, a guy who’s never really been a defense litigator and hasn’t been a prosecutor in thirty years. He says he’s joining to “negotiate an end” to the Mueller probe. This sounds like another example of selling the President on comical nonsense like Ty Cobb’s assurances that the Mueller probe would wrap up in late 2017. But here’s another thing to keep in mind. Does Rudy have his own legal trouble coming down the pike?

Check out this Reuters piece about the DOJ Inspector General’s probe …

04.19.2018 - 3:46 PM EDT

We’ve learned so much new information about Michael Cohen just in the last 36 hours – about the Russia mob, how he got the job with Trump – that we decided we needed to do an update on Tuesday’s episode, which had all the Michael Cohen information as of Tuesday. Here’s the new episode and here’s Tuesday’s. If you’ve already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes or Google Play, it’s already on your device.

04.19.2018 - 2:39 PM EDT

There are a handful of articles out in the last 48 hours suggesting Michael Cohen is going to make a deal with federal prosecutors and become a cooperating witness against his boss, Donald Trump. Trump’s own former lawyer and Cohen’s predecessor, Jay Goldberg, warned Trump in a phone call that he thought Cohen was likely to turn on him and might even wear a wire to get evidence against him.

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