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The Clintonites' Rat's Ass

As we prepare for the historic moment when President Obama's estranged half-brother makes an appearance at tonight's final presidential debate, Steve Bannon, Generalissimo of the Trump campaign, is putting out word that more surprises are in store from the Trump debate guest list. Indeed, about an hour ago NBC's Katy Tur tweeted out additional invitees.

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Just 17 Shy!

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Yo, Where's My Wifi? - The Julian Assange Story

There is something quietly delicious about the Ecuadorean government's apparently temporary denial of Internet access to asylum seeker Julian Assange and the herculean scale of entitlement displayed by Assange and his backers in the face of the Ecuadorean government's decision.

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A Josh Marshall Show Mug!

We hope you've been enjoying our new podcast -- and now, fans of the show can listen to the latest episode while drinking coffee from a very appropriate TJMS mug! Check it out here.

Much Ado About Nothing and the Two Weeks From Hell

Here's another interesting thing to consider about the last two months of the campaign.

I don't think I'm exaggerating to say that the second week of September was likely the moment of peak pearl-clutching for Democrats in the entire 2016 cycle. On September 9th, Clinton gave her 'deplorables' talk at a fundraiser. The story broke open the next day. Then the very next day, at a 9/11 memorial in New York City, Clinton collapsed because of some mix of pneumonia and acute dehydration. It seemed like a double whammy. And it did trigger several days of bad polls.

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Big Difference

Here's the trend chart for this year's race from June to the present compared to the 2012 presidential contest from June to election day.

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Commander-in-Chief of Trolling

In his press conference just a short while ago President Obama chastised Donald Trump for trying to discredit the US election process and went through the facts about the falsity of claims that US elections are affected by voter fraud. David gets at the deadly seriousness of the situation and the points Obama was making. But the juiciest parts came when Obama - clearly warming to the subject - taunted Trump for being a coward and a whiner (emphasis added for peak trolling moments) ...

"It doesn't really show the kind of leadership and toughness that you would want out of a president. If you start whining before the game is even over, if whenever things are going badly for you and you lose you start blaming somebody else. Then you don't have what it takes to be in this job because there are a lot of things -- times that things don't go our way, or my way. That's okay. You fight through it. You work through it. You try to accomplish your goals ... And so I would advise Mr. Trump to stop whining and make his case to get votes ."


President Obama was mostly light-hearted and jokey in his Rose Garden press conference a few moments ago, clearly relishing how easy it is to get under Donald Trump's skin. Child's play, really. But don't let the tenor of his remarks obscure the underlying seriousness of the moment. A president of the United States was just urging the nominee of the leading opposition party to preserve America's democratic tradition of peaceful transitions of power.

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