Josh Marshall

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CNN has an exclusive this evening that is explosive but also requires some important context: some of those Russian ‘diplomats’ who were expelled as spies were tracking Russian emigres or defectors in the U.S. Let me share some thoughts on what to make of this revelation.

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Very revealing move here by Facebook. Many companies try to have some balance in Republicans and Democrats in who runs their DC offices – which is to say, they’re lobbying operation. Top person from one party, second at the other. That’s by no means always the case. It depends on the company. But Facebook is moving toward having two Republicans running its DC lobbying operation – Joel Kaplan and Kevin Martin.

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Almost two years ago, as President Trump stood on the threshold of securing the Republican nomination, he stumbled into a nuisance level scandal over hard sell email money solicitations to parliamentarians in countries from Australia and the UK to Iceland and Denmark. The inboxes of elected officials from various countries around the world were stuffed with requests for money and promises to jail “Crooked Hillary”, Make America Great Again and more.

But apparently Trump never stopped.

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This new New York Times report on an NFL player/owner meeting back in October is painful reading and not at all pretty. This passage stands out …

The New England Patriots owner Robert K. Kraft pointed to another “elephant in the room.”

“This kneeling,” he said.

“The problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America,” said Kraft, who is a longtime supporter of Mr. Trump’s. “It’s divisive and it’s horrible.”

It’s not altogether clear to me what Kraft was calling “divisive” and “horrible.”

National Republicans led by Mitch McConnnell are pulling out every stop to block the West Virginia Senate campaign of disgraced coal baron Don Blankenship. They want a less controversial Republican to face off against Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who is one of Democrats most vulnerable senators in 2018. Now Blankenship is charging that McConnell may be driven the loyalties of his foreign born wife, according to The New York Times.

Speaking on a West Virginia radio show on Monday, Blankenship suggested McConnell has a conflict of interest when it comes to foreign relations because his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, was born in Taipei in 1953. Chao’s father is a “wealthy Chinaperson,” said Blankenship, “And there’s a lot of connections to some of the brass, in you will, in China.

Chao emigrated to the United States at age 8, is a US citizen, and has served as Secretary of Labor in addition to her current role as Secretary of Transportation, among other high level appointments.

Paradoxically, Blakenship himself is engaged to be married to a woman born in China and himself considered becoming a Chinese citizen.

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