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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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A coalition of neo-Nazis and hard-right Zionists can be unwieldy.

A representative of the Trump transition has decided to boycott a meeting with the Israeli government after the Israeli Foreign Ministry refused to meet with a member of their delegation. Becky Norton Dunlop, deputy to the senior adviser on Trump’s transition team, was in Jerusalem with a delegation of far-right Bannonite European parliamentarians. But Israel said it couldn't meet with Sweden's Kristina Winberg because of her party's "neo-Nazi tendencies." Faced with that rebuke, Dunlop decided to boycott the meeting entirely.

In the six weeks since Donald Trump's surprise election we've already seen numerous grifts, shakedowns and efforts at various levels of completion to monetize the US Presidency - all this in advance of Donald Trump's actually becoming President. But this unfolding story of the Trump's sons "Opening Day" fundraiser seems significant to me in a way that goes beyond the money involved or precise details. It somehow brings the whole story together. It captures a point I've been trying to make in recent weeks. The language and taxomony of "conflicts of interest" and conventional government ethics are simply not up to the challenge of understanding the Trumps let alone protecting the republic from them.

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Newt Gingrich is sad that Donald Trump has decided to ditch language about "draining the swamp" but "you know, he is my leader and if he decides to drop the swamp and the alligator I will drop the swamp and the alligator.”

One of my takeaways from the 2016 election comes from Texas's 32nd congressional district. We've heard a lot of post-election discussion about the need for a 50 state strategy, party building and organizing. But nothing captures it like TX-32. Hillary Clinton actually won the pretty red 32nd district. But Republican Pete Sessions held on to win. Why? Well, in large part because the Democrats didn't even field a candidate. Yes, he might still have won. But you cannot win if you don't field a candidate. Which brings me to this site. I'd meant to post this a few weeks ago. But better late than never. Here's a new site called RunForOffice.org. It's simple and useful. Type in your address and it will tell you which offices you're eligible to run for, the filing deadlines and other key information. Clearly, there's quite a lot more to 50 state organizing and party building. But this a deceptively helpful tool and a great data project.

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Normally when I've spoken of "press failure", it's a sharp indictment, one of various ways the political press has failed to probe deeply, challenge its own assumptions, resist being played by political actors and other vices. This is a bit different. The failure is great. But the causes and how to rectify it are a bit less clear. In this case I'm talking about the fact that the US press still seems to have very little ability to find out what President-Elect Trump is doing. Just as simple as that. The press is largely in the dark.

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Apart from the question of its impact on the 2016, we now have confirmation of just how bad a decision, how unjustified a decision James Comey made when he rocked the presidential election a week before election day. Every bit as bad as you thought.

The following is from a former federal prosecutor with deep experience in public corruption investigations and prosecutions.

I've reviewed the redacted search warrant that the Court unsealed today.

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I already realized that US Ambassador to Israel nominee David Friedman, in addition to supporting the worst and most violent elements in Israeli society, is in fact a terrible person. But I didn't know how far he'd gone in prostituting the Holocaust in the service of his friend and client Donald Trump.

In his latest column in Haaretz column Peter Beinart digs up this quote ....

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I already realized that US Ambassador to Israel nominee David Friedman, in addition to supporting the worst and most violent elements in Israeli society, is in fact a terrible person. But I didn't know how far he'd gone in prostituting the Holocaust in the service of his friend and client Donald Trump.

In his latest column in Haaretz column Peter Beinart digs up this quote ....

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We've just published the fourth installment of our four part series on the privatization movement. This final installment is on the educational testing industry: No Test Left Behind: How Pearson Made a Killing on the US Testing Craze. See the whole series here.

We're incredibly proud of the whole package: it includes a great look at the ideological history of the privatization movement, another detailed feature on how the prison industry is about so much more than prisons and yet another on how so-called "public private partnerships" around making it impossible for many cities to govern themselves. We published most of this series prior to the election of President-Elect Trump. But all of it is even more newsworthy and pertinent in the coming Trump Era since Trump is investing heavily, both literally and in figurative political terms, in each of the drives for privatization described in this series.

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