Josh Marshall

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I'm not sure I've ever seen an AP lede quite like this - or an article for that matter. Here's the first paragraph.

After five years as the chief promoter of a lie about Barack Obama's birthplace, DonaldTrump abruptly reversed course Friday and acknowledged the fact that the president was born in America. He then immediately peddled another false conspiracy.

Here's the rest.

After a fascinating day at the races, Trump is now riling up crowd by fantasizing about Clinton being assassinated. "I think her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm immediately. Take their guns away, let's see what happens to her"

This is must-watch video (after the jump) of an interview by former TPM reporter Evan McMorris-Santoro, shot on April 16th 2011. It shows a remarkably candid Donald Trump explaining how and why he saw birtherism as essentially a ticket to power. He claims credit for "reinvigorating the issue" and criticizes then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for knocking birthers because "people love this issue, especially in the Republican party."

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I wanted to make a few comments about the very bad run of polls Hillary Clinton has had over the last week. As I think regular readers know, I try to always remain a poll realist and resist partisan wishful thinking. Particularly I frequently shoot people down who have some explanation of why the latest bad poll isn't really bad because something in the numbers is wrong. This is why I've repeatedly dismissed efforts to look at poll internals and show how they can't be right because they don't include enough of this or that group. Dems did that in 2004, Republicans did it in 2008 and 2012 and until about a week ago in 2016.

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Trump just said that he "finished" the birther controversy by forcing President Obama to release his birth certificate in 2011. But for literally years after the release of the long form birth certificate Trump continued to claim it was either a forgery or that it didn't establish that President Obama was born in the United States

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The advance word we're getting is that in his remarks this morning, Trump will follow the lead of his press release yesterday and claim that Hillary Clinton invented and advanced birtherism even though this claim has been repeatedly and thoroughly debunked. It seems that Trump will seek to hang his hat on a confidential memo Clinton's 2008 strategist Mark Penn wrote in which he said that Obama's 'exotic' background was a liability not a strength. But Clinton never took up this advice, which is good because Penn is a notorious moron. (See my posts going back a decade on this point.) But more importantly, Penn never suggested Obama wasn't born in the United States or wasn't a US citizen. The fever swamp of Birtherism was already swamping at the time. Clinton had nothing to do with it. Even Trump had nothing to do with its origins, as far as I know. But he quickly became its greatest champion.

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