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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Over the course of the day, Donald Trump responded with a mix of disdain and churlishness to the parents of fallen Muslim soldier Humayun Khan. Trump suggested that as an observant Muslim Khan's mother, Ghazala, may not have been allowed to speak and insisted that he too had made sacrifices for the country. ABCNews contacted the Khans again for an interview in which Khan's father, livid, responded to Trump. Khizr Khan asked Trump's children to "tell him to learn to behave, learn to be decent."

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Donald Trump gave his first hint last night that he might try to get out of the Fall presidential debates. I have thought for months that he'd likely try to get out of them. I think he will be at a steep strategic and tactical disadvantage in any debate with Hillary Clinton - a point I'll expand on later. But from thinking he'd try to get out of the debates, I wasn't clear how he'd do it without facing crushingly bad publicity and exposure as a coward. The latter is something that cuts apart everything his campaign is based on. A few weeks ago, I figured out what that strategy will be.

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Good lord! It's still happening.

Trump campaign still hitting up numerous foreign pols for cash, in this case the former Prime Minister of Finland ...

In spite of himself he can't help but taunt. Trump refuses to release his tax returns and says he's gotten "very, very little pressure" to do so. In other words, the press and voters are subject to the same 'dominance politics' theater as rivals.

He says there's been very, very little pressure.

I thought this was a very good speech, well-crafted, well delivered. Clinton seemed a touch off balance at the beginning. I wasn't sure if she was unsettled by scattered heckling or simply needed to get her footing. In any case, she managed to get that footing in fairly short order. My first takeaway is what she didn't do. She didn't 'relax' or 'stop shouting' or 'show a softer side.' She gave a politician's speech with a politician's demeanor, which was entirely fitting. That is who she is. That's what she's doing. It worked.

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11:21 PM: "She said that what worried president Kennedy during that very dangerous time was that a war might be started, not by big men with self control and restraint but by little men, the ones moved by fear and pride."

11:24 PM: "There is no other Donald Trump. This is It." (This is the thing virtually everyone talking about a pivot never got.)

11:27 PM: "Yes the world is watching."

11:35 PM: "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."

10:40 PM: "From Morning in America to Midnight in America."

An artful rebranding of FDR's immortal line.

(I thought Clinton started shaky but has quickly gotten her footing.)

(A more artful than I expected painting of the picture as Trump as potential strongman. Not the buzzwords, but sole power, leadership principle over democracy.)

11:01 PM: "I believe that our economy isn't working the way it should because our democracy isn't working the way it should."

(Going into this speech I didn't think Clinton needed to hit it out of the park. I thought she'd be unwise to try. That's not what people are looking for from her. I think she's giving just the speech she should. One thing I find notable is that I heard a lot of pundits say she would or would have to deal with the email issue - and in some fairly literal way. Perhaps something is still coming. But from a brief glance at her not being a natural politician, she hasn't touched it at all. It unapologetic, it's straightforward.)

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