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Josh Marshall

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Our Official TPM Elected Official Trump Endorsement Scorecard continues to grow. See our five categories here. Check out the list and tell us if there are people we've left out. Remember we are only including sitting members of Congress and governors. At the moment we have only three in the "Endorse" category, though we know there are some members of the House that are still be added. Meanwhile, there are only three who are in the genuine "NeverTrump" category. The great majority are in the "support the nominee" or "fuzzball" category. Check it out and let us know who we're missing. Our panel of Trump taxonomy judges continues to evaluate where everyone stands.

It looks like at a minimum, Donald Trump isn't planning on making much hay of Hillary Clinton's speech ties to Goldman Sachs. Why? Well, Trump's new national Finance Chair, Steven Mnuchin, is a longtime Goldman Sachs executive who spent 17 years at the firm.

But more notably, to paraphrase Austin Power's Dr Evil, Mnuchin seems to share with Trump a penchant for bankruptcy.

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It's worth taking a look at this to see just the level of clowns Donald Trump has surrounding him. Ben Carson, now running Trump's Veep search, suggests that Ted Cruz might take a quick appointment as AG to jail Hillary Clinton before being appointed to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

It's good to know folks in Trump land are clear that the Department of Justice isn't supposed to be the President's personal army.

After Trump kept using "Start Me Up" as his walk-out music at rallies and victory celebrations, I was starting to think, I really hope the Stones aren't okay with this. And now they're asking him to stop. Thank God.

I would note though that "Sympathy for the Devil" has a certain element of appropriateness and "Brown Sugar" might represent either some very consistent race messaging or perhaps some subversive counter-programming from someone in the AV team. The song operates on a few levels.

Now that Donald Trump is definitively the Republican nominee, it's time to see whether he can unite the party. Who will endorse him? Will more than nine people stay in the #NeverTrump minyan? We want to help you track who's endorsing, who's not and the various grey areas of awkwardness in between. So starting this afternoon, after consulting statisticians, political scientists and ourselves, we've derived this five part taxonomy.

They are: 1) Endorse, 2) "Supporting the Nominee", 3) Mum's the Word, 4) Fuzzball and 5) NeverTrump.

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TPM Reader PL has a take on the Sanders-Clinton battle which I agree with in a lot of ways. As he puts it, he never thought Sanders would be the nominee. The aim was to push the party left and show the establishment that the the left-wing of the party is growing, strong and has teeth. Now, they refuse to go away.

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TPM Reader JR has a structural take on how we got to the Bernie-Hillary contest ...

I’m a little late to the party on the Sanders comments, but I think one additional perspective on the current state of affairs is missing: Sanders’ entire campaign was made possible by the fact that Hillary essentially cleared the playing field for him prior to the primary season getting started. O’Malley was never a serious contender, which left the entire “not-Hillary” space to Sanders. Given all of the Democrats out there that have misgivings about her (you included), the default vehicle for channeling their disenchantment was to feel the Bern.

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I'm not sure if a bracket could pull together and structure the requisite information. Perhaps it would be a betting market. But it will be of great interest over the next several months to see how long it takes various NeverTrump and EventuallyTrump Republicans to come forward and fully embrace Trump.

For most, I suspect, it won't take long. But when?

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