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This Is Happening

This is a prominent, sitting member of Congress commenting on a major European white nationalist politician.

What?

Trump toady Devin Nunes (R-CA), who currently serves as the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says America should be thanking disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for his secret conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the 2016 campaign and the presidential transition.

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Oh Look

Please don't share this image far and wide because then people would know all of President Trump's broken promises about health insurance for millions of people.

Weirder Than You Can Imagine

Want to know the surreal backstory of the organized crime and post-Soviet blackmarket weapons trade background of one of President Trump's top business associates? Listen to Episode #14 of The Josh Marshall Show. Listen right here.

Small World

A recently retired FBI agent, Brian McCauley, was the fact witness at the center of yet another Clinton email 'scandal' which broke about three weeks before the November 2016 election. This was the 'quid pro quo' story about email classification which broke in mid-October. It turns out that about two weeks before that story came out, McCauley had been placed on retainer by Trump advisor Michael Flynn, a retainer/consultancy agreement which eventually totaled $28,000.

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Contest!!!

Donald Trump has been saying for more than a year that he'd get rid of Obamacare, replace it with something better and no one would lose their care. We're looking for quotes. Send in your favorite Trump health care promise, with the exact quote and a citation to the news source where you found it. We'll be awarding an official TPM shirt to the winner! For the runners up, immortal glory. Send your Trump promise quote to talk (at) talkingpointsmemo (dot) com with the subject line "Trump Promise Contest"

Late Update: TPM Reader JF strikes early with a great contest entry. 1/15/17 Donald J. Trump: "We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.” Can you beat it? An official TPM shirt hangs in the balance!

Latter Update: Oooooo ... TPM Reader NH is bringing it! 2/19/16: "Obamacare has to go. We can't afford it. It's no good. You're going to end up with great healthcare for a fraction of the price. And that's going to take place immediately after we go in. Okay? Immediately. Fast Quick." (CSPAN, Timestamp 34:23)

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How a Rep Explains Not Facing Constituents

Rep. Dan Donovan (R) from Staten Island was just on CNN trying to position himself on Obamacare, in a fairly dishonest way. But I was most interested in how he explained his refusal to meet publicly with constituents. This is from CNN from earlier this hour...

No I'm not avoiding constituents at all. I've had scores of individual meetings and small group meetings in my office every day that I'm back home. We're down here a lot but every day I'm back home. I had an event with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce a couple of weeks ago, 150 members of the Chamber of Commerce came to exchange ideas about health care, tax reform, immigration reform. And the event was taken over by professional protesters, 40 of which had to be taken out.

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Context

Strong jobs report out this morning. Here's some important context.

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