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This Is Not the Natural State of Things

Thirty plus years ago I was lucky enough to be one of two poor kids on scholarships in my class at a school for rich kids in a small town in California. The other was the renowned science fiction writer John Scalzi. I just noticed this tweet from him as I was watching a welter of reports about what appears to be yet another terror attack in France.

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An Appealing Opening Address by Britain's New Prime Minister

Ever wonder what a center-right and not a rightwing politician sounds like. They used to be fairly common in the United States, but beginning in the late 1970s, they were hounded out of the Republican party and are now virtually extinct. Here’s what Britain’s new Tory prime minister Theresa May said in her brief opening speech:

…we believe in a union not just between the nations of the United Kingdom, but between all of our citizens, every one of us, whoever we are and wherever we are from.

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Okay, Let's Do This

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Come chat with Lauren Fox & Tierney Sneed in The Hive!

TPM reporters Lauren Fox and Tierney Sneed are in The Hive (Prime sub required) taking questions from Prime members about covering the national conventions, what they are and aren't excited about, as well as the general state of the election. Come join!

An Oily Ball of Rage

There was some question until last night whether the Trump operation was actually going to be able to put on a convention. Until what amounted to the last minute they'd failed to put out a list of convention speakers. But now we have a tentative list and some indication of what the program will involve. It is, as it must be, classic Trump, a tribute to him, his family, various yes-men and lickspittles and a hard doubling down on the red meat base Republican politics that got him here in the first place.

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That's It Exactly

This is a very shrewd take on what's unfolded over the last few days in the GOP platform drafting process. In one sense, Donald Trump having a particularly extreme party platform is no surprise. But it's not quite that. Normally, the nominee and the people around him invest a fair amount of time keeping party activists and interest groups in check, the ones who want to really pile on the red meat and extremism. They hardcore folks want X; the nominee tussles with them and makes them settle for 1/2X. But this time, Trump doesn't care and no one is there to provide a counterbalance. He may not even know there is a platform. So instead of 1/2X it's 2x or, shall we say, XXX. It's allowed the hardest core of the right to produce what's probably the most extreme GOP platform in history.

Thanks, Donald

Give this a close read and I think you'll see good evidence that the party the GOP establishment, such as it is, gets back after the disastrous fling with Trump will be structurally a lot more conservative and a lot less forgiving.

A Propagator of Race Hatred and Violence

This isn't getting a lot of attention. But it should. Everybody took note when Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that American Muslims across the river in New Jersey celebrated and cheered as the Twin Towers fell on 9/11 - an entirely fabricated claim. Last night on Bill O'Reilly's show and then separately at a rally in Westfield, Indiana he did something very similar and in so doing cemented his status an impulsive propagator of race-hatred and violence.

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