Editor’s Blog

Divisive and Horrible

This new New York Times report on an NFL player/owner meeting back in October is painful reading and not at all pretty. This passage stands out …

The New England Patriots owner Robert K. Kraft pointed to another “elephant in the room.”

“This kneeling,” he said.

“The problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America,” said Kraft, who is a longtime supporter of Mr. Trump’s. “It’s divisive and it’s horrible.”

It’s not altogether clear to me what Kraft was calling “divisive” and “horrible.”

The Legacy Of Elliot Rodger

It looks like Alek Minassian, the man who, police say, killed ten people in a van attack in Toronto Monday, had written a Facebook post praising Elliot Rodger earlier that day. Rodger, of course, is the young California man whose 2014 shooting rampage came after he left a hateful and misogynistic manifesto lamenting his failures with women.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Minassian was inspired by Rodger. As Allegra Kirkland reports, Rodger has become an icon of sorts for some of the more extreme members of the online men’s rights and “incel” (“involuntarily celibate”) communities, who have hailed him as “the only one who ever stood up for us,” by being willing to violently avenge the crime of women not wanting to have sex with them. And this rancid subculture increasingly has ties to the broader alt-right.

The Deep National Enquirer State

The head of that ridiculously large security detail EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt created for himself also does ‘investigations’ for The National Enquirer, specifically for Trump buddy/protector David Pecker, CEO of Enquirer parent company AMI.

Renegade GOPer Attacks McConnell Over Foreign-Born Wife

With Senate campaign faltering, coal baron and reputed evil person Don Blankenship charges McConnell with conflicted loyalties over wife who was born in Taipei.

More On Fitz-Comey

Patrick Fitzgerald and James Comey have separately confirmed this evening our story that Fitzgerald is a member of Comey’s personal legal team. Fitzgerald has been representing Comey since President Trump fired Comey as FBI director in May 2017, we have now learned.

Oyez!

Your cheat sheet for Wednesday’s Supreme Court oral arguments on Trump’s travel ban.

Kobach Still Struggling With The Basics Prime Badge
Dominance Games

From the pool report …

Thanks to Jon Karl and our TV friends for settling the debate of the day. When POTUS brushed something off President Macron’s suit coat, he said it was dandruff: “We have a very special relationship, in fact I’ll get that little piece of dandruff off,” POTUS said. “We have to make him perfect — he is perfect.”

So What’d They Find?

Mueller’s Manafort warrants sought details and communications about the notorious June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

LOL

In addition to being great representatives of civic evil, Kris Kobach and his clowns are amazingly incompetent …

Alls Well That Ends Well

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe called fellow state legislator Brian Sims a ‘lying homosexual’. After Metcalfe played the victim over the response to his language, Sims called Metcalfe “Rep. Snowflake McRacist”.

Worst Thing That Ever Happened To Him

It was universally agreed when President Trump nominated him, apparently with no vetting or preparation, that Ronny Jackson was woefully unqualified to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. But he also appeared to be widely respected as the White House doctor who has served not only President Trump but also President Obama. Now accusations are emerging of excessive drinking, creating a hostile work environment and ‘improperly dispensing’ medication. Read More

There’s Gonna Be Something Here

Why did the pro-Trump National Enquirer (or technically its parent company) put out a special edition celebrating the achievements of the pro-Trump (and Jared’s best pal) Crown Prince to coincide with his visit last month?

Not Just Cone-of-Silence Phone Booths Anymore!

Fun list of assorted bullcrap (Prime access) Scott Pruitt wasted your money on.

Hannity and Cohen

Following up on Sean Hannity’s claim that he discussed real estate questions with Michael Cohen, The Guardian uncovered that Hannity presides over a real estate empire valued at at least $100 million. This is not surprising. Hannity reportedly makes $36 million a year. He says he invests most of his money in real estate. If he’s making that much and investing in real estate, it would be surprising if his portfolio were any smaller. Read More

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's attorney, walks to the Loews Regency hotel on Park Ave on April 13, 2018 in New York City. Following FBI raids on his home, office and hotel room, the Department of Justice announced that they are placing him under criminal investigation. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
Roger Ailes in 1968 as Nixon Campaign Staffer

Roger Ailes, October 16th, 1968, campaign staff working for candidate Richard Nixon.

OCTOBER 16: Roger Ailes, campaign committee member for Republican presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon, is pictured on Oct. 16, 1968. (Photo by Ed Farrand/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Everything Important That Happened

Allegra Kirkland sums up all the critical developments in the Russia probe in this week’s Weekly Primer (Prime access).

Also see this week’s Weekly Primer’s on Voting Rights/Democracy and the Fight for Obamacare.

Comey Memos: Clear Proof Trump Repeatedly Lied About His Trip To Moscow

There are a host of revelations and confirmations in the Comey memos released yesterday evening. I want to zero in on one point: The President repeatedly and demonstrably lied about his November 2013 trip to Moscow. This is the visit in which the ‘pee tape’ was purportedly recorded. There’s no evidence in the memos that that tape exists or that the President spent the night with prostitutes. But again, he clearly and repeatedly lies about the trip itself, specifically how long he was there. This seems highly significant to me.

Let’s look at the details. Read More

The Latest Hopeful Sign For Dems

In covering any election, it’s easy to get hung up on winners and losers. After all,
that’s kind of the point.

But if we’re interested in what this year’s special elections tell us about November, the winner doesn’t matter much. A very red district swinging 20 points toward Dems compared to the last election, even while Republicans narrowly hold on, is a much worse sign for the GOP than a more competitive district swinging five points and leading to a Dem pickup.

All this explains why, even though Dems are likely to lose a special election for a congressional seat in a deep red Arizona district next week, they’re feeling pretty good about it. Cam Joseph has the details.

Comey Memos

We have the complete Comey Memos right here.

Nice exclusive from TPM’s Cam Joseph.

‘It’s Relatively Remote’

TPM Reader KM gives us some color on the El Caribe social club …

Being from Brooklyn, I wanted to drill down on exactly where it is and give it some color.

It’s actually in Mill Basin. It may not matter to a national audience, but that’s actually a few neighborhoods away from Russian immigrant communities of Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay. It’s off the Marine Park / Flatlands neighborhoods.

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Is Rudy About To Have His Time in The Barrel?

So Rudy Giuliani is joining President Trump’s legal team, a guy who’s never really been a defense litigator and hasn’t been a prosecutor in thirty years. He says he’s joining to “negotiate an end” to the Mueller probe. This sounds like another example of selling the President on comical nonsense like Ty Cobb’s assurances that the Mueller probe would wrap up in late 2017. But here’s another thing to keep in mind. Does Rudy have his own legal trouble coming down the pike?

Check out this Reuters piece about the DOJ Inspector General’s probe … Read More

Podcast “Extra” on Michael Cohen

We’ve learned so much new information about Michael Cohen just in the last 36 hours – about the Russia mob, how he got the job with Trump – that we decided we needed to do an update on Tuesday’s episode, which had all the Michael Cohen information as of Tuesday. Here’s the new episode and here’s Tuesday’s. If you’ve already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes or Google Play, it’s already on your device.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's attorney, takes a phone call near the Loews Regency hotel on Park Ave on April 13, 2018 in New York City. Following FBI raids on his home, office and hotel room, the Department of Justice announced that they are placing him under criminal investigation. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)