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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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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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This part of the write up from the latest PPP poll out of Pennsylvania tells you basically where the entire race currently is ...

Pennsylvania is a great microcosm of the issue Clinton faces in winning over Sanders fans. Among people who support Sanders in a head to head match up with Trump, only 72% support Clinton in the general. 10% would go to Trump, 6% to Stein, 4% to Johnson, and 9% are undecided. If Clinton could win over even just half of those Sanders supporting hold outs her lead over Trump would go from a tenuous 41-40 to a comfortable 47-40. Whether it's possible for her to do that time will tell.

This is not immediately relevant to the election. But I wanted to flag something Donald Trump said yesterday in his teleprompter speech. Here's the passage.

Some people say I'm too much of a fighter. My preference is always peace, however. And I've shown that. I've shown that for a long time. I've built an extraordinary business on relationships and deals that benefit all parties involved, always. My goal is always, again, to bring people together. But if I'm forced to fight for something I really care about, I will never, ever back down and our country will never ever back down.

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In light of that Politico piece everyone is discussing today about the end of the Sanders' campaign I thought I'd reup this piece from a month ago.

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