Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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As you know, I've been piecing together what we know about Donald Trump's Potemkin $10 billion real estate, tie and steak empire. Mark Cuban is an actual billionaire and friend or frenemy of Trump's. And he's been increasingly public in his suspicions about Trump's wealth too. Cuban and I had an email exchange sharing notes and trying to figure out why Trump seems so hard up for cash. Here's the exchange.

Before the results are in, I just wanted to say a few words on Brexit, Britain's proposed exit from the EU. This is an issue for the British. But it is an issue that I think everyone has some right to chime in on since it will have a real effect on the whole global economy, and real effects in the US since Britain and the EU are among the United States' largest trading partners. In short, the idea strikes me as simply crazy.

Here's why.

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Today we're publishing part two of our series on privatization. I think you will really like it. It's about the so-called "corrections industry". But what it shows is that the corrections industry is about way, way more than just prisons. To use the jargon of industry, the corrections industry has managed to scoop up business along the whole supply line, from the moment of arrest to the last check-in with the parole officer. Read this. You'll find it very eye-opening.

Editor's Note: Mark Cuban is a genuine billionaire and frenemy of Donald Trump’s who’s been increasingly critical of Trump and the purported scale of his wealth over the course of the 2016 campaign. Having written at some length about the evidence that Trump’s claim to be worth over $10 billion is vastly exaggerated (technically speaking, a big fat lie) and that Trump may not even be a billionaire, I wanted to chat with Cuban about what makes him so suspicious. After all, billionaires have unique insights into how billionaires handle their money, even how purported billionaires handle their money. What follows is a lightly edited email exchange between Cuban and me over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday.

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I don't know if you heard Donald Trump's anti-Hillary speech this morning. It was filled with a slew of demonstrable falsehoods about Hillary and this very overheated argument about Hillary being responsible for the deaths of thousands and using the State Department as her own "private hedge fund." A reader wrote in this afternoon to ask for help understanding what Trump was even trying to say with that remark. I didn't get a chance to respond to her yet. But the gist I think is that there's no there there to understand. The point is that Hillary's a crook, uses any position in government as a way to enrich herself and is just generally awful. Tossing in "hedge fund" is nothing more than Trump's permanent need to act out dominance politics via hyperbole, even when it's devoid of any actual meaning. And yet, once you got past the febrile Hillary bashing, the most notable thing about the speech was how relatively normal it was.

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TPM hiring an ad salesperson. If you're interested, see the full listing after the jump. If you know someone who might be, please send the link on to them.

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The guy who used to be charged with winning Senate seats for Republicans looks at Trump's funding numbers and tells our reporters: “My sense is that it is like an epic disaster that is going to get worse."

Donald Trump tonight sent out what he describes as "the first fundraising email I have ever sent on behalf of my campaign." And he's going to make sure it's historic by "by personally matching every dollar that comes in WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS, up to $2 million!"

You got that right, Trump is willing to put as much as $2 million of his own money into his campaign (though no word whether this is a contribution or a loan). Email after the jump.

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This is amazing. And it must be terrifying for any Republicans who were hoping that the firing of Corey Lewandowski presaged the debut of a new saner Trump. Faced with a Clinton campaign that has over $40 million in cash on hand and his own campaign that's barely solvent with just over $1 million, Trump tells Norah O'Donnell that the money Clinton has raised is "blood money."

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