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No, Crime Is Not Rising

The last year for which full FBI statistics on the national murder rate are available is 2014.

The first half statistics for 2015 show a small upturn. But this has happened more than half a dozen times in the last 20 years in the course of the overall fall of the murder rate.

We Interrupt This Speech

It's important to note during Sheriff Clarke's speech that in fact crime of all sorts is at its lowest levels in almost half a century.


Let's just say it: the theme of tonight's program is death and devastating loss caused by national outsiders and made possible by the betrayals of political enemies.

Alright Let's Get This Terrifying Show on the Road

8:14 PM: Main takeaway from Baio's speech was explaining our no moocher policy to new immigrant voters. Now Perry.

8:16 PM: One thing I'm watching tonight is whether any speaker refers to Trump as "Donald Trump" rather than "Mr Trump."

8:27 PM: The loss Patricia Smith has suffered is unfathomable. And I would grant her anything to emerge from that grief. But it's one thing to feel and express what emerges from that grief and anger, quite another for others to orchestrate and milk it for political ends. It's difficult to fathom the sheer level of exploitation and titillation of the GOP rage organ that is contained in this speech. It's just the most craven level of exploitation.

I've never experienced something like Patricia Smith did. But I did experience the closest person to me in my life die a sudden death from catastrophic physical trauma. I can tell you from experience that you look for some thing or person to blame. It's the closest thing you can grasp on to, not to give meaning to what happened, but simply something to anchor yourself because there's nothing more horrifying than the anchor-lessness and untethered pain of that experience. Most of us have people to help us work through the mind-deforming pain. They don't have an echo chamber confirming us and goading us on in our anger for their own political or monetary purposes. The exploitation is beyond belief.

And Here's Your First TrumpVention Debacle

I'm a pretty healthy guy. But I had a bad sinus headache this afternoon and went to rest in the TPM nap room. I left with boring speakers droning on the platform in Cleveland. I come back and all hell's broken loose. If you're just tuning in, anti-Trump delegates seemed to have enough signatures to force a roll call vote on the convention rules. This is miles aways from denying Trump the nomination. But it would be an embarrassing demonstration of anti-Trump strength and the kind of disruption no convention planner ever wants. (You can see video of chanting on the floor which TPM's Tierney Sneed took on the floor as it was all happening.)

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