Josh Marshall

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Over the last year there has been a recurrent refrain about the seeming bromance between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. More seriously, but relatedly, many believe Trump is an admirer and would-be emulator of Putin's increasingly autocratic and illiberal rule. But there's quite a bit more to the story. At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matched to a conspicuous solicitousness to Russian foreign policy interests where they come into conflict with US policies which go back decades through administrations of both parties. There is also something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of evidence suggesting Putin-backed financial support for Trump or a non-tacit alliance between the two men.

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TL;DR ... Trump is a lying fraud repeating an endless list of fraudulent horror stories and blood libels meant to induce fear and desire for revenge. The rising police death toll claim is another one of these ...

Per the Trump lie factory, the Washington Post notes that these are the average number of police fatalities per year from all forms of attack broken down by presidency ...

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Ohio Republican says he's now sorry for saying Clinton “should be hanging from a tree.” Licking County Commissioner Duane Flowers said he thought public county board of commissioner meeting were off the record and spoke in a moment of high emotion in response to criticism of Melania Trump's speech.

I spent the day wrestling with Trump's Razor. It suggested something cataclysmically dumb for the final night of the convention. Yet it was hard to imagine just what that could be. No controversial speakers. Presumably no more plagiarism. Just go through the motions and don't do anything stupid. It shouldn't be that hard and the bar had been set unimaginably low.

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11:05 PM: Tonally, this matches up pretty well with the Ivanka stuff, yes?

11:05 PM: Trump: We refused to be killed like helpless cattle by the hordes from the South!!!!

11:07 PM: This sounds totally like the man Ivanka described.

11:17 PM: Where was he radicalized?

11:24 PM: What I find kind of intriguing here is that Hillary seems much less present than I would have imagined. We keep hearing about some opponent. But she's barely there, barely present. It's overpowered by his ranting.

10:38 PM: So far I'd say it's a good (in an optics sense) version of Trump's message, which is hideous and built on lies. But as he goes forward the tone is getting more intense.

10:40 PM: Things will never change?

10:42 PM: I'm curious who these mothers are who he comforted because they were sold out by politicians.

10:42: How does she always manage to get into every convention? Believe me, they are not easy to get into. I was once sitting in a press box I think back in 2004 I think and suddenly the woman sitting next to me stood up and started protesters. And I think it was Medea Benjamin, the one who just stood up there.

10:44 PM: I think he just accused the FBI of being corrupt.

10:45 PM: Yep, he's accusing the FBI of covering up for Hillary. I guess including James Comey.

10:52 PM: The Law and Order candidate always launches racist attacks on judges.

10:53 PM: He's leveling with us and letting us know our country sucks. And we're apparently all going to die.

11:03 PM: Okay, he's really in the crazy Trump groove now. Please proceed, huckster.

10: 20 PM: Trump seems like he has his demeanor in check. But if he gives the speech that was released in advance it's going to be a jarring contrast with the one Ivanka just gave.

10:21 PM: He's already departing from the prepared speech. Now he's back.

10:26 PM: Here's the transcript so you can follow along.

10:29 PM: Coming off Ivanka's speech, which was basically a Democratic speech, I kind of thought it this would have a different feeling. But we're back to a pretty dark vision.

10:31 PM: "One international humiliation after another." ... this is a Trump speech.

10:32 PM: Humiliation is the thoroughgoing theme.

10:33 PM: Resisted the "lock her up" chant!

10:37 PM "The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents, is that our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. This will all change in 2017."


I don't know if you're having the same feeling. But listening to Ivanka Trump, I'd genuinely like to hear more about this man she's talking about. Seriously. Unfortunately, I've already seen a lot about the malignant narcissist Donald Trump actually is.

10:15 PM: I'm thinking a lot conventioneers are saying, "Wait, what?" when they hear about the pay equality and subsidized childcare agenda.