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One of the woman the Donald Trump campaign announced last month would be serving on its economic advisory council did not in fact accept the job. Betsy McCaughey, a columnist and notorious Obamacare critic, told TPM in an email Wednesday that she had turned down the invitation.

Her name was among a list of eight woman the Trump campaign touted in an expansion of its economic team, after its initial list of economic advisors featured no women and six guys named Steve. The press release naming her to the council was sent out Aug. 11, and is still live on the Trump campaign website without any correction.

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Over the summer, Donald Trump could not keep his mouth shut.

And it was a big problem for Capitol Hill Republicans.

There was the day in July that Trump came to the Hill and attacked sitting Republican senators in what was supposed to be a cordial meet and greet. That same day he gave conservatives in the House heartburn when he pledged to defend "Article 12" of the Constitution (which doesn't exist).

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With less than two months to go until Election Day, newly surfaced allegations that a Republican congressman from Louisiana slept with prostitutes who were later murdered in a series of unsolved killings are making a splash in a crowded U.S. Senate race.

The outlandish charges against Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) received national press attention this week, after Boustany's campaign released a denial from his wife that prompted his opponents in the Senate race to play up those allegations in their own statements that denied having had any hand in the prostitution story.

The strident denials from Boustany's wife and his campaign prompt the question of whether there is actually anything to the claims outlined in “Murder in the Bayou,” a book published Tuesday by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. Journalist Ethan Brown reported in the book that multiple anonymous sources told him Boustany had sexual relationships with several of the eight sex workers who were found murdered in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana between 2005-2009.

Brown also confirmed that a longtime Boustany aide, Martin Guillory, co-leased an inn in the city of Jennings that was known to police as a hotbed of prostitution and had met “one or two” of the victims before their deaths. Boustany’s staffers said that Guillory concealed his involvement in the motel from them and that he left his post as a field representative for the campaign last week.

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Risqué photographic evidence that cast doubt on Melania Trump's account of immigrating to the United States was based on a faulty report, according to the French photographer who shot the nude pics. Photos taken of Trump in Manhattan in the mid-1990s for the French magazine Max were printed in a February 1997 issue of the magazine, not the January 1996 issue, as the New York Post reported in July, the photographer confirmed to TPM Wednesday.

The dates of the issue and the photoshoot were important, because they were used as evidence that Trump was living and working in the United States as early as 1995, which contradicted her account of when she immigrated to America.

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Debt limit crises are so 2013. House Republican hardliners have found a new outlet to express their frustration with President Obama’s tyrannical rule -- and with the GOP leadership's foot-dragging -- in the form an impeachment vote against a mid-level figure in the administration.

The move, deemed unprecedented by some congressional scholars, comes as Republicans had sought to keep their members in line ahead of what has been an already treacherous election for the GOP. Caught in the crosshairs is IRS Commissioner John Koskinen (pictured), the bureaucrat who was brought in to clean up a controversy at the tax agency and who now faces an impeachment vote this week. GOP leaders gave their rank-and-file plenty of venues to vent about what they have deemed a botched investigation into allegations that the IRS was targeting conservative groups. Their efforts to tamp down the rebellion were rebuffed by procedural moves led by House Freedom Caucus members Tuesday.

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There was a collective sigh of relief coming from Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Finally, they got to chat with Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, a man who seemed to understand politics as they did.

After months of awkward meetings with Trump and surrogates, and being asked repeatedly by the Washington press corps about Trump's controversy de jour, Republican lawmakers welcomed the opportunity to talk to someone they finally were optimistic about, one of their own, Pence.

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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence won't call former KKK leader David Duke deplorable. Instead, he said he just doesn't want Duke's support.

"I have no idea why this man keeps coming up," Pence said during a press conference on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning. "Donald Trump and I have denounced David Duke repeatedly. We have said that we do not want his support and we do not want the support of people who think like him."

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