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Can We Get a Read Out?

So how much has Nigel Farage been in DC since the inauguration? "A lot," one close Farage-watcher tells me. My snoop says he thinks Farage has visited DC at least three times since President Trump's inauguration election. He was here on election night. He was the first foreign politician to meet with Trump after his win. He came to DC against in December. He came at least once in January for the inauguration. And he came again in February. That's a lot. All of these trips have been about deepening Farage's alliance with President Trump and his coterie. The last meeting that we know of between the two men was on February 26th when they dined together at Trump's DC hotel. What business would Farage possibly have meeting secretly with Assange today?

Why Did Nigel Farage Just Meet with Julian Assange

Nigel Farage, ex-leader of the UK Independence Party and key Brexit campaigner, has been spending a lot of time in Washington with President Trump recently. Today, he went to the Embassy of Ecuador in London where Julian Assange has been holed up since 2012 trying to avoid questioning and possible arrest for sexual assault in Sweden.

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Episode 14 of the Josh Marshall Show: OMG Trump Russia Edition

If you're trying to get to the heart of just who Donald Trump's business partners were, where he was getting his money for projects like Trump SoHo and where Russia and organized crime fit into the mix, there's a little known 2003 book which is sort of the Rosetta Stone of maybe half the mysteries involved. In Episode 14 of The Josh Marshall Show I talk to the co-author of that book. You'll want to hear this.

Why Repeal and Replace Is Going So Badly

The outlook for the GOP leaderships' 'repeal and replace' bill looks bleak. That said, I would not underestimate the ability of GOP leaders to get their members to vote for basically anything in the crunch. Also remember that House Republicans have a 20+ vote cushion. But it's worth reviewing what I believe are three key reasons why the current legislation looks to be on life support just a day after it was released.

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You Probably Can't Be Both

According to Wikileaks, the new tranche of CIA documents was provided by a government contractor or ex-government operative concerned at the overreach of various CIA hacking capabilities. But Wikileaks role as a de facto arm of Russian cyber-warfare and disruption operations against the United States certainly complicates its role as a purported or former whistleblower organization.

Let's Agree Not To Lie About GOPCare

Here is the simple secret of health insurance and health care provision policy: You can create efficiencies and savings by constructing functioning markets. But at the end of the day, more money equals more care. Or in the proxy we judge these things by, more money means more people are insured. If you see a plan that costs a lot less money than Obamacare, it means many fewer people will be covered. It's as simple as that. You may have to look closely at the details to see just where the care reductions are made. But it's there, just as certain as night follows day.

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Welp, That Was Interesting

I've mentioned a few times that a big source on Felix Sater, his criminal background and his cooperation with the federal government is the memoir written by his longtime accomplice and coworker Salvatore Lauria. This is a book called The Scorpion and the Frog: High Times and High Crimes which was written by Lauria and a journalist named David S. Barry. I just talked to Barry about the book and Lauria and Sater. It was pretty fascinating.

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Putting The Picture Together

I've written a number of pieces over the last five days about elements of the Trump/Russia story - specifically, looking into the backgrounds of people who've been close to Trump over the last ten to fifteen years and just how they may fit into the picture. I want to pull them together in one place here. Because they fit together into a whole.

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