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Someone Has This Wrong

There are two versions of a story out this morning about a terrorism assessment opened on Ahmad Rahami in 2014, after his father called him a "terrorist." But they're significantly, even critically different.

The Times version is that Ahmad was involved in some sort of violent domestic incident in his home. When police came to the scene, father Mohammad Rahami told officers his son was a "terrorist." This news was relied to federal authorities. They opened an investigation. But when they returned to interview Mohammad, he recanted his earlier accusation. From the Times story, that's where the trail seemed to end.

About an hour ago NBC's Pete Williams had a significantly different version, recounted on air just after 12 PM.

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Two Myths about American Elections: Bigoted voters and Red vs. Blue States

Political scientists, public opinion analysts and pundits often make two erroneous assumptions about American politics: the first is that there is an ironclad division between red states and blue states; the second is that on the Republican side, the division is based on voters’ racism, nativism or some other “ism” – that is, on irrational prejudice that blinds these voters to their own real interests.

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This Is The Authoritarian Mindset

Look at this exchange caught by CBS's indefatigable Sopan Deb from the Michael Savage radio show.

SAVAGE: Donald Trump is with us on the Savage Nation. Line 10. Donald Trump, you're the only one who can save us from this insanity. We need you Donald. You've got to become president.

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Are The Fascist Labels Really Too Much?

Words count. Listen to these words - trojan horse, cancer from within, secret constant plotting - and see if they don't sound like speeches from the 1930s or dark words spoken before leaders do horrible things.

This is Trump from this morning on Fox and Friends.

"They're here. And I've been saying. This is going to be like the Trojan horse. We're letting tens of thousands of people flow into this country and they are bringing in, in many cases, this is cancer from within. This is something that's going to be so tough and you know they stay together, so nobody really knows who it is, what's happening. They are plotting. They keep plotting, and this has been going on for so long and everybody knows it and the good law enforcement, we have such great people. That's the best thing we have going is that we have great law enforcement. They know about it."

Watch This

If you've heard Donald Trump explain Obama and Clinton's terrible decision to intervene in Libya and how he opposed it all along, watch this video. February 28th, 2011. After the jump ...

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Not An Accident

I think TPM Reader BG has this largely correct ...

I appreciate your latest post about how many mistakes the alleged perpetrator made, and we are all extremely thankful that he was as bad at this as he was. But that's not an accident.

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Trump On Our Timid Police

I suspect most New Yorkers look with some pride at how rapidly the NYPD working with the FBI, New Jersey police departments and other agencies, identified a prime suspect in the Chelsea bombing and took him into custody. But look at what Donald Trump said this morning on Fox and Friends. In the spirit of his constant claims that we're 'losing' everywhere, that things will soon get much worse if we don't make him President, he said this ...

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An Emerging Part of the Story

I wanted to note an emerging part of the bombing story. The perpetrator (or perpetrators) seems to have made numerous mistakes that led both to the lack of effectiveness of the attack (measured in carnage) and to what appears to be his rapid apprehension. Here are a few details.

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