Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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It's becoming increasingly clear that if you hold US Treasury bonds, you really, really need Hillary Clinton to win the presidency since Donald Trump has a well-deserved reputation for not paying his debts. But a new report finds hundreds of ordinary vendors - not big banks but plumbers, painters, dishwashers - who Trump stiffed and never paid.

Donald Trump has a fabulous golf course out in LA, Trump National Golf Club. He says so himself. When it opened in 2006 he said the project cost a whopping $264 million, after buying it for $27 million four years earlier in bankruptcy. On his FEC disclosure he listed it as worth more than $50 million. But that's not what he told tax assessors, where he pegged the value at just $10 million.

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Don't miss the first installment of our feature series on privatization. In this first installment we look at the history of the movement going back into the 1960s and 1970s. It's a fascinating look at the ideological origins, the key activists, how they made common cause with political operatives looking to kneecap key Democratic constituencies. I learned a lot. Check it out.

Over the last 24 hours there have been a raft of articles - from some of the profession's top journalists - about a growing Republican push to reject Donald Trump as nominee in Cleveland. This is quite simply a fantasy. At this point it would involve a convention coup against the man who has unquestionably clinched the nomination. They might as well blow up the convention hall and pretend they never planned to contest the election in the first place. See it less as part of what we call reality than as a measure of the agony of Republican elected officials (comparable to the desperate cries amidst delirium of those who have suffered profound injuries) and the denial that goes along with that. But again, I want to return to the polls and to note how much the polls are driving this. It's not just Trump's increasingly blatant racism, which has gotten so much more attention.

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We just got this email from TPM Reader DL. And as far as I can tell, she's right. There does not seem to be any mention of Donald Trump on the official Republican Party website, gop.com. Hillary is there. Bernie is there. George H.W.Bush is there. Reagan is there. Reagan/Bush. Lincoln is there. No Trump anywhere. Not on the blog, signups. Not anywhere that I could find.

If you go to the Republican National Committee website, there is a crowded homepage with no mention of Donald Trump. I’ve been watching it for a few days. They recently had a petition asking people to sign if they want to “Take Back The White House.” Even in the body of that petition, there was no mention of Trump. Judging from their website, the RNC is acting as if Clinton is running unopposed.

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This isn't as bracing and shocking as Donald Trump's flirtation's with fascistic politics, explicit racism and sundry nonsense. But it could end up being a very, very big deal. It is conventional wisdom - and in that rare case probably accurate - that both national campaigns need to raise on the order of $1 billion for the fall campaign. But now Donald Trump is saying he doesn't think he will need anywhere near that much.

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