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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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As our reporters on the ground in Cleveland are telling us, the "lock her up" theme of the Cleveland convention is pervasive. Signs, T-shirts, memorabilia - it's pervasive. It's not just a chant on the convention floor. The campaign isn't just comfortable with it. They're actively pushing it. We noted earlier that a New Hampshire Trump delegate, who's also a Trump advisor on veterans issue has just said Clinton should be "shot for treason." He's now being investigated by the Secret Service for threatening the former First Lady and Secretary of State's life.

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We now have a sacrificial lamb. A Trump Org staffer who currently ghost writes Trump's books worked with Melania on the speech after Melania rejected the speech written for her by two top GOP speechwriters. Meredith McIver is taking the blame for the plagiarism. But when you read the explanation, Melania herself is extremely tightly bound up with how it all happened. She apparently really liked those passages from Michelle Obama's speech and read them to McIver over the phone as stuff she'd like to include in the speech. Here's the details.

As we've discussed, it's not normal for one nominee and his convention delegates to be chanting for the opposing party nominee to be put in prison. I felt a bit silly writing that because that is extremely obvious. But it's not some silly novelty. You go from opposition, to demands for imprisonment and finally for murder. We saw that case with the state rep down in West Virginia. Now we have a Trump delegate and advisor saying Clinton should be "shot for treason." This kind of incitement is poisonous to the political process and civic life generally. And let's be honest, it can have horrific consequences. This has the feeling of the crazy talk that was circulating about President Kennedy before November 1963.

I hope you've seen the steady stream of reports like this one from our two reporters on the scene in Cleveland - Tierney Sneed and Lauren Fox. TPM's a small organization but we're hungry and we punch above our weight. We've got Tierney and Lauren to take an hour off covering the tick tock of events in Cleveland this afternoon at 4 PM eastern to answer your questions about just what's going on in Cleveland, what it's like to be there as opposed to watching it all and TV and suggest new angles you'd like to see covered in their reporting. You can click here to get your questions in now or join them at 4 PM at The Hive (sub.req.)

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Now Donald Trump Jr lifted some lines!!!! Check it out.

As this story has unfolded, it appears that the author of a Spring article in the American Conservative, Frank Buckley, also helped Don Jr. write his speech. So Buckley was in essence recycling his own anecdote into a speech he was helping write for Don Jr. That is certainly irregular for a speech writer. But there's no injured party since it's Buckley reusing something presumably he wrote himself. What's amazing about this is how exactly, after last night, did either Trump or Buckley or really anyone else involved think it might be a good idea to remove this passage from the speech?

The deeper story here is that Melania and Don Jr have seriously upped the ante for Trump on who he'll plagiarize Thursday evening.

Donald Trump Jr: "We are going to put Americans first, all Americans, not a special class of crony elites at the top of the heap."

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