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Laith Alkhouri is the author of "ISIS Has Lost Land, But It Still Has a Giant Foothold In Cyberspace" for TPM's The Arch and a co-founder and director of Middle East & North Africa research at Flashpoint, where he heads the counterterrorism desk and directs the jihadist threat intelligence service. He has assisted law enforcement in terror investigations, and his team works on identifying latest trends in the Deep Web used by terror groups and their supporters.

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Did They Forget to Mention Something?

As far as I know, this hasn't been mentioned. But it jumped out at me pretty immediately. As far as I can tell, none of the Trump campaign pushback to Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comments have said anything about the people Clinton was talking about not being racist, not being misogynist or by whatever definition not being 'haters.' It's not referenced once. Check out the statements after the jump.

Does that strike you as a bit odd.

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This Is Critical: Hillary Can't Back Down

Let me take a moment to address this "basket of deplorables" comment because I think it's critically important to get this right. Hillary Clinton has simply said what is the premise of most election coverage of the 2016 campaign: a big chunk of Trump supporters are haters. Racists, misogynists, people who are angry at the social and demographic changes in the country that most Americans see as progress. They want to stop it in its tracks and they want payback for what has happened already. To emphasize the point, this is not just what she and likely the great majority of her supporters believe. It has been the premise of most reporting on the campaign and validated by a vast cache of public opinion data confirming these points.

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My New Podcast

If you like podcasts, here's the debut episode of my new podcast, The Josh Marshall Show. In this first episode, I talk to Stuart Stevens, the top strategist for Mitt Romney in 2012. We talk about how he got into politics, growing up in Mississippi, the books he's written and of course the rise of Donald Trump. You can listen here (sub req).

Extreme Contradiction

Tierney Sneed reports from the Values Voter Summit in DC, where this comment from Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) may sum up the extreme contradiction that Trump poses for evangelicals: "I’d like to elect a godly man, but we don’t have that choice.”

Larry King to Trump: Sad!

So this required two fearless TPMers to make a fairly deep dive into the byzantine post-CNN Larry King media universe. But the upshot is that King's production company makes clear that Trump was always booked for “PoliticKING with Larry King", the video show that appears on RT (the Russian state owned news channel formerly known as Russia Today.)

This is contrary to Team Trump's claim that they were booked on King's podcast.

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Clinton Postpones Trip To Charlotte

In a statement released Friday evening, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the Democratic nominee…