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Trump Now Hitting Up Iceland MPs for Cash

Today TPM's Caitlin MacNeal brought us the news that Donald Trump and his scion Donald Trump Jr have been bombarding members of the UK House of Commons with fundraising email spam asking for contributions to his political campaign. He even offers to match their illegal foreign contributions dollar for dollar from his own fortune up to two million dollars.

Accepting contributions from foreign nationals is illegal of course though in this case it seems more a matter of incompetence than criminal intent, as though Trump has bought his email list not for a party list vendor but maybe from a Nigerian email scammer. In any case, it's not just the UK. It turns out some or perhaps all members of the Icelandic parliament have also receiving fundraising emails from the Trump campaign asking for money.

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This Would Be a Wonderful Thing

This doesn't have to do with politics. But see it as a personal point of privilege. Because it feels like a certain brush with greatness. Legendary New York Times fashion and party photographer Bill Cunningham died over the weekend. He was 87. He is, as they say, irreplaceable. And yet the Times will replace him. And a friend pointed out to me that some are suggesting Victor Jeffreys II as that replacement. (The link is from the Post's 'Page Six') Jeffreys works for Gawker (now this isn't part of that Gawker saga). But for the last few years I've been lucky enough to get him to moonlight taking portraits of guests at the two or three parties we throw each year for friends and colleagues at TPM's New York office.

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"How Does It Feel To Be Losing So Badly?"

There's a campaign dynamic now coming into view which under other circumstances might only be a matter of trash talk or taunt. In this unique campaign cycle, however, it will likely be a driving issue. Put simply, as Donald Trump's poll numbers continue to fall (or more likely become more anchored in a position with him clearly behind) he is himself being lowered onto his own personal kryptonite: Loserdom.

This one charge, taunt, attack will rile and unhinge him more than any other. That he's a loser. At the moment, the facts leave little question that that is what he is.

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Dobson: Trump Recently Accepted Christ

Perhaps I'm late to this story, what with so much else going on. But apparently just recently Donald Trump accept Jesus as his savior and is now a born-again Christian.

This is what Dr. James Dobson is telling fellow evangelicals. And it is apparently what Trump told him. Dobson even knows the businessman who recently led Trump to Christ. And it all came out at that big evangelical shindig Trump held a week ago in New York City.

Said Dobson:

He did accept a relationship with Christ. I know the person who led him to Christ. That's fairly recent.

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Out of Luck?

I hadn't taken Obama's statement that a post-EU UK would have to go 'to the back of the line' for trade negotiations that seriously. I'd seen it as more a nudge to ward off any expectation that trade relations with the US would be instantly restored on some crash course negotiation. But the possibility of the break-up of the UK itself (which seems like a very real possibility to me over the 4 to 5 year time horizon) hadn't occurred to me as a drag on potential negotiations.

Overall, I liked your post about Brexit. I will have to say though that I'm doubtful the US will make a deal with the UK outside the EU a priority.

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The Big Picture on Trumpism and Brexit Isn't What You Think

We are told we are entering a period of economic nationalism and right wing populism. We see it in the UK with Brexit, in the USA with Trumpism and in other nations and regions with their own unique inflections. From others we hear this is simply a tantrum or irrationality, perhaps a generalized breakdown of trust in elites. These are each true to a degree. But I think they are each also quite misleading. I see a very different or much more specific pattern in the country whose politics I know best, the USA, and the demographics and the voting parallels seem evident enough in Britain as well.

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