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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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The President’s decision on Paris is terrible, in some ways all the more so because it was almost certainly driven not by any strategy or ideological goal but emotion and hurt feelings of the moment. If Angela Merkel hadn’t criticized him after the summit, it might have turned out differently. President Trump is entirely capable of being a policy changeling in cases where his own ego injury and Russia are not in the balance.

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Today is June 1st. It’s the first day of our annual Prime membership sign-up drive. If you’ve been planning on signing up, please ignore everything below and just click here and sign up right now. It’s cheap, awesome and important.

If you need to know more about why we’re doing this and why it’s so important, get the full story after the jump.

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The title of this post is, I confess, rather dramatic and declarative. I’ve written elsewhere about possible ‘innocent explanations’ of the Trump/Russia story, particularly Donald Trump’s role in it. I will leave that all-encompassing question aside for the moment. Here I’m talking about Jared Kushner’s attempt to set up a secure line of communication to Moscow, as well as meeting with the head of that government-backed Russian bank.

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This morning we heard news that investigative committees in the House and Senate have made broad document requests to Michael Cohen, longtime Trump Organization lawyer and Trump operative. These are similar or the same as those which have been issued to others often mentioned in the Russia probe. But Cohen declined the requests. (He can do that at this point since they are requests, not subpoenas.) I’ve done a lot of research and reporting on Cohen and plan to have our expanding team do quite a lot more.

Let me share a few thoughts.

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With the news that President Trump stole another family’s Coat of Arms and made it into his own, we spoke to heraldry experts and had the TPM design team create a new Coat of Arms for the Trump Family. See it after the jump …

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This is a remarkable passage wherein the President of France compares President Trump to Putin and Erdogan, as cheap bullies that need to be stood up to. Macron told a French paper: “my handshake with him, it wasn’t innocent.” It was rather a “moment of truth. One must show that you won’t make small concessions, even symbolic ones, but also not over-publicize things, either.”

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