08.23.2016 - 9:06 PM EDT

9:05 PM: Watching Trump rally as he tries to explain how he's jettisoning his entire campaign agenda 80 days out from the election.

9:08 PM: Sigh. CNN moves off rally because Trump isn't talking about immigration. Notably though, Trump does slogan designed for 1930s and 1940s era Nazi fellow-travelers. So there's that.

9:16 PM: "Crooked Hillary Clinton discriminates against African-American children."

9:17 PM: Trump booting protesters. This is totally Wally George.

9:21 PM: "Give Donald Trump a chance." Like another John Lennon. "So when you walk down the street you don't get shot, which is happening now."

9:22 PM: And here we go to the immigration pivot. Double down on wall, moonwalk mass deportation.

9:22 PM: "We are going to enforce the law." Not a lot of applause.

9:28 PM: So the gist seems to be 1) Double down on the Wall 2) "Enforce the Law" 3) Say various things about how Hillary wants to allow the country to be overrun by foreign hordes. (Basically just forget about mass deportation.)

08.23.2016 - 4:49 PM EDT

The Trump campaign can't decide whether to jettison its signature policy initiative - mass expulsion. The conflagrations and controversies are coming at us at a blinding speed. We're keeping you up to speed on all of them. But did I mention we really need you to sign up for Prime? If you absolutely need TPM, then we absolutely need you. Please take a moment right now and join us as a Prime subscriber. It's important; it's awesome, you will be supporting our independent journalism and you'll be very glad you did. Just click right here.

08.23.2016 - 4:39 PM EDT

To hear the mainstream media tell it, Donald Trump has spent the last week in a stumbly and maybe not terribly effectual outreach to black people. As I noted over the weekend, Republican faux-outreach to African-Americans with the goal of mollifying moderate or educated white voters is a tried and true political move. There's nothing remotely new about it. The problem for Trumpers, as I noted in this piece, is that they have a hard time even staying in character, randomly blurting out angry slurs while trying to execute their faux-outreach. But there's something a deeper and darker going on with Trump himself. It's not just off-tone. It's not just rants at African-Americans from lily-white suburbs. What Trump's doing amounts to trying to rebrand dehumanization verging on hate speech as 'outreach'.

08.23.2016 - 2:51 PM EDT

According to the TPM Electoral Scoreboard, the race now stands at Clinton 326, Trump 154 as Missouri moves from Trump to Toss Up.

Also notable, Clinton currently has a lead of at least 10 points in states that account for 298 electoral votes. Those states include Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida.

08.23.2016 - 2:30 PM EDT

Join us in The Hive for a live chat with Amanda Bellows, the author of the latest TPM Longform on the mysterious black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. Micheaux's films were one of a kind and his work paved the way for African Americans in Hollywood -- check out the piece here, and drop in your questions at or before 1 p.m. EST on Friday, August 26!

08.23.2016 - 11:49 AM EDT

As I noted in my earlier post, the Trump camp, trying to right its ship, has now found itself either embracing President Obama's deportation policy or claiming that they're now just starting to deciding what their policy should be. It's hilarious. And it's important as citizens and Americans that we laugh at their nonsense. But we should also keep in mind the following point.

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