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On Podcasting

By my last count, I subscribe to around 50 podcasts — more than enough captivating chatter to occupy my New York City commutes and jogs around the neighborhood. So when I came to TPM in the winter of 2017, I jumped at the opportunity to help bring yet another podcast into the world.

TPM’s own audio efforts have evolved over the years, from an interview show where Josh talked one-on-one with interesting guests to a weekly discussion between editors and writers on the stories we’re obsessed with at the time. What began as a passion project recorded on a couch in our New York City office’s break room has grown into a legitimate audio production operation. We’ve built out part of our office into a studio — with soundproofing panels, professional software and cozy over-ear headphones.

This is where you come in. Without TPM’s community of members, we could not invest in these new ways of bringing you the news. If you enjoy the podcast, you can support our efforts by joining TPM as a member.

So please take the time to join today, if you’re not already a member. And if you have any ideas about what you want to hear on the podcast, please drop us a line.

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Last Day to Purchase Tickets to Our Event in New York City

First, thank you so much for being a member and part of our TPM community.

Today is the last day to purchase tickets for a very special event we’re putting together on the evening of October 10th in New York City. If you’re in the greater New York area or will be that evening, I hope you can join us. It will be an evening of conversation and community with food and an open bar as we discuss the future of the Democratic party during and after the Trump era.

Among our guests will be Leah Greenberg, co-founder of Indivisible; Waleed Shahid, the communications director of Justice Democrats and a veteran of the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cynthia Nixon and and Bernie Sanders campaigns; Aditi Juneja of the Resistance Manual and Protect Democracy; and Lara Putnam, Chair of the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh and one of the leading academics studying activism in the Trump era.

We’ll have food and an open bar at an intimate space in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood not far from TPM headquarters. This event is exclusively for TPM members and their family and friends. It will be an illuminating, thought-provoking evening of discussion and a great opportunity to meet the TPM staff and fellow TPM members.

You can purchase tickets here. As a member you will also have received an email yesterday evening with links and details about the event. We can’t wait to see you.

Full Picture Coming Into View

Chris Wallace reported this morning on Fox News that two other names you’ll know have been working with Rudy Giuliani on his mission to strong-arm Ukraine into intervening in the 2020 election and help exonerate Paul Manafort: the husband and wife team of Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing. The two are frequent Hannity guests and at various points have been reported to be either joining or working with the President’s legal team. In this sense, working with Giuliani — the President’s so-called “private lawyer” — makes a fair amount of sense.

But there’s a bit more to this.

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Tom Bossert

This morning Tom Bossert, President Trump’s first Homeland Security Advisor, went on the ABC Sunday morning show. He said a lot about the most important charges against President Trump still not being proven, in his view. He repeated “no evidence of collusion” in the Russia probe. But it couldn’t be too reassuring to the President. The gist of his comments is that Rudy Giuliani’s nonsense is going to get Trump impeached and if President Trump “continues to focus on that white whale, it’s going to bring him down.”

Things Are Moving Fast

Kurt Volker, the special envoy on Ukraine, has resigned. Meanwhile, the first House Republican, Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) has come out in support of an impeachment inquiry, albeit in a somewhat mealy-mouthed way. “Let’s put it through the process and see what happens.” Amodei would not say whether he believes the President committed an impeachable offense.

We Need You Today

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, arriving to his arraignment in New York County Criminal Court, plead not guilty to state mortgage fraud charges on June 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
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Scratch the Surface of the Giuliani Conspiracy Theories And You Find the Frail, Long Hand of Paul Manafort
Afterthoughts On Corbyn, Labour, And Its Prospects For Winning The Next Election

I often complain about foreigners who write about American politics without knowing the first thing about our history. I know something, but not a lot, about British politics, so don’t take as gospel my observations about the Labour Party and its convention this last week in Brighton, which I attended as research for a book on the left in the U.S. and Europe. I may have gotten things wrong, but as an outsider, I may have seen a few things not so obvious to a native partisan. Read More

Taking A Step Back

Especially in these times, it’s easy to get lost in the daily flood of news. I know as an editor here, it’s hard to think bigger when I’m sifting through presidential tweets and whistleblower complaints.

But a few months ago, we relaunched our Cafe section, and I now find myself thinking harder about the news and learning more. As the special projects editor, I’ve been helping solicit these contributions, so I now spend a lot of my time digging around for experts on topics like the history of busing and natural disasters. It’s been really refreshing, and I’ve enjoyed the smart analysis we’ve published.

And it’s support from our readers that makes this possible. So if you’re not already a member, please consider joining.

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Support Small Business. Support TPM.

It’s not exactly a secret. You can see who works at TPM right there on the masthead.
But many times over the years, new hires have come aboard only to wonder where everyone else is.

“Is this it?”

“This is everybody?”

We talk a lot around here about doing a lot with a little, about punching above our weight. Our ambition regularly exceeds our resources. But we sometimes forget that for many readers, we manage to project that we’re a much bigger, more robust outfit than we in fact are. Until a new member of the staff looks around and realizes there’s no wizard behind the curtain. It’s just us and a lot of hustle.

As we crank up our membership drive and ask you to join TPM Prime, I mention our small size this week for a couple of reasons.

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A Tough Call

A brief note on the Times details on this whistleblower. Read More

We Need You For This

We’re off to a great start with our annual drive. But we need to build on this momentum. You’ve seen in the last few days what our team can do, just how good they are. Take a moment right now and join us. Quick. Easy. Simple. You just have to decide to make today the day. We need you. Just click right here.

Manafort Is the Key
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, arriving to his arraignment in New York County Criminal Court, plead not guilty to state mortgage fraud charges on June 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

I’ve been waiting for this to come up. According to Murray Waas writing in the New York Review of Books, Rudy’s excellent Ukraine adventure began not as an effort to damage Joe Biden but to discredit the case against Paul Manafort and lay the groundwork for a pardon. It will take a while to suss out the precise order of events and priorities. But this gets us back to the broader issue of Manafort’s role in all this.

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In The Room

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is set to testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee at 9 a.m. ET.

TPM reporter Tierney Sneed is in the hearing room for his testimony.

Just Do It Today

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Behind The Scenes

Around 2:30 p.m. last Thursday, TPM investigative reporter Josh Kovensky and I were having a conversation through instant message as I edited one of his articles. In the middle of this, he suddenly wrote “HUH.”

Then: “I just had a breakthrough.”

I continued editing, and he started working on something new. I soon learned what that breakthrough was.

The story of Kovensky’s realization illustrates just how knowledgeable our reporting team is and how our members make their tireless work to report on and analyze the news possible. (So if you’re not a member, please take a moment to join.)

And read on about his big hunch.

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What We Can Do With Your Support

We often hear from readers (sometimes, painfully, former readers) that they wish we covered climate change more, among other issues. And we do, too. It’s one of the most important political stories of our lifetimes.

Historically, TPM has favored news and investigations on which we can break ground where other outlets haven’t. We’ve been less likely to cover larger, slower moving, but ultimately existentially critical stories.

But last week, we devoted a significant amount of our resources to focusing on the climate story. And it was our membership model that allowed us to do it.

So please take a moment to join if you’re not already a member.

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