TPM's Top 10 Most Read Editors' Blog Posts Of 2016

As Donald Trump managed to carve out an electoral victory using his razor alone, offending any person or breaking any standard that got in his way, Josh Marshall and other writers steadfastly attempted to decipher the election, the President-elect and the shifting political climate via the Editors' Blog.

Below are the top 10 most-read Editors' Blog posts from 2016.

10. FBI MORE OUT OF CONTROL THAN WE KNEW


By Josh Marshall

"It would seem that basically everyone at the FBI is leaking their sides of various internal disputes and turf wars, largely tied to various investigations of the Clintons or attempts to start investigations of the Clintons. That alone paints a picture of Director James Comey as having totally lost control of the organization. But the points of dispute themselves, well ...." Read More...

9. A PROPAGATOR OF RACE HATRED AND VIOLENCE


By Josh Marshall

"This isn't getting a lot of attention. But it should. Everybody took note when Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that American Muslims across the river in New Jersey celebrated and cheered as the Twin Towers fell on 9/11 - an entirely fabricated claim. Last night on Bill O'Reilly's show and then separately at a rally in Westfield, Indiana he did something very similar and in so doing cemented his status an impulsive propagator of race-hatred and violence." Read More...

8. MAYBE THE ANSWER IS THAT HE CAN'T DIVEST

By Josh Marshall

"Since Donald Trump's surprise election one month ago, there's been a bubbling conversation about the mammoth conflicts of interest he will have if he is running or even owning his far flung business enterprises while serving as the head of state. I've suggested that the whole notion of 'conflicts of interest' doesn't really capture what we're dealing with here, which is really a pretty open effort to leverage the presidency to expand his family business. But a couple things came together for me today which make me think we've all missed the real issue." Read More...

7. IT COMES FROM THE VERY TOP


By Josh Marshall

"For months I'd thought and written that Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver was the key driver of toxicity in the the Democratic primary race. Weaver has been highly visible on television, far more than campaign managers tend to be. He's also been the one constantly upping the tension, pressing the acrimony and unrealism of the campaign as Sanders actual chances of winning dwindled.

"But now I realize I had that wrong." Read More...

6. COULTER GOES TO WAR WITH TRUMP AND IT IS GLORIOUS

By Josh Marshall

"Liberals may die tonight because there are limited supplies of those injections they give you for acute schadenfreude toxicity. Ann Coulter has been Donald Trump's biggest New York City white nationalist supporter. She's transformed toadying into a militant act. Just today her new book In Trump We Trust was released, a genuflecting, tour de force of leader principle obsequiousness. As many have noted, in the book itself she writes that Trump can do anything, change his position on anything - none of it matters. She and they are that devoted. Everything except shift on immigration." Read More...

5. CASHING IN BIGLY IN ARGENTINA!


By Josh Marshall and Catherine Thompson

"Over the weekend, there were a flurry of stories about how Donald Trump and his family are already using the presidency to leverage his overseas businesses as well as his new DC hotel. Well, now there's more. This time in Argentina." Read More...

4. SOMEONE WILL DIE

By Josh Marshall

"Today we appear to be going further and further into uncharted territory. After the cancellation of Trump's event yesterday in Chicago, we had the incident at the rally in Dayton, Ohio in which a protestor, Thomas Dimassimo, jumped the security perimeter surrounding Trump and tried to rush the speaking platform. Dimassimo was charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic and later released on bail." Read More...

3. TRUMP ROLLS OUT ANTI-SEMITIC CLOSING AD

By Josh Marshall

"Take a moment to look at this closing ad from Donald Trump. From a technical and thematic perspective it's a well made ad. It's also packed with anti-Semitic dog whistles, anti-Semitic tropes and anti-Semitic vocabulary." Read More...

2. RYAN PLANS TO PHASE OUT MEDICARE IN 2017

By Josh Marshall

"With all the other things we've discussed so far today, I wanted to return to one critical one. It's not about mights or maybes or fears of what's to come. It's about what's coming just after President-Elect Trump's inauguration. Paul Ryan has been pushing to phase out Medicare and replace it with private insurance for several years. But now it's real with unified Republican government. He just said he will try to rush it through early next year while repealing Obamacare." Read More...

1. TRUMP & PUTIN: YES, IT'S REALLY A THING

By Josh Marshall

"Over the last year there has been a recurrent refrain about the seeming bromance between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. More seriously, but relatedly, many believe Trump is an admirer and would-be emulator of Putin's increasingly autocratic and illiberal rule. But there's quite a bit more to the story." Read More...

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