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Typical

This judgment from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz seems entirely in character. Find some, albeit trivial way to knock Comey and thus be nice to Trump while, on the merits, confirming that Comey broke no law, released no classified info and in practice did nothing wrong.

To be clear, it goes without saying that leaking anything to the press doesn’t comply with agency guidelines.

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Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That

Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife seem to develop very close relationships with young studs who then get money from the Falwell’s to start their own businesses.

on December 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Right Out In The Open

It’s so deeply conflicted and perverse that it almost speaks for itself. But it’s still worth listening to what the legal and ethics experts say about Trump’s public play to host the next G7 meeting (G8 if Putin and Trump get their way!) at his own resort. Josh Kovensky reports.

It Could Be A Movie

We’ve heard some wild stories about former Trump business associate Felix Sater over the years. Not only did he try to help Trump build a tower in Moscow; not only did he promise to “get Putin on this program” in order to “get Donald elected” — he also was an FBI informant? And also, supposedly, helped track down Osama bin Laden? And imprison mafiosos? It strained credulity.

A newly surfaced government document confirms that many of these stories are, in fact, true. Matt Shuham writes up the highlights for TPM members.

The Buck Stops There

A number of indicators are suggesting a recession is on the horizon. That, of course, could have a huge impact on the presidential election — especially if the slowdown arrives during or close to autumn 2020.

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on May 4, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.
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on May 20, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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See You Soon

After Labor Day we’ll begin a fourteen-month, jagged, probably ugly and immensely consequential dash toward the 2020 presidential election. The primary campaign will turn to real live primaries, then conventions, and soon enough we’ll be at the big moment. Before that I’m off for a week away with my family, hopefully to recharge, read, and gain whatever perspective we gain from deep inactivity.

As always you are in good hands with the rest of the TPM Team. See you soon.

A Few Thoughts on Feral Dweebs

As you may have seen I’ve been calling the parade of incel/rightist/white nationalist mass shooters or would-be mass shooters “feral dweebs.” I mainly attach this description because it is accurate. Loners, angry, awkward, failures, sexually frustrated, women- and minority- and Jew-hating. It seems like a popular tag for these guys. But unsurprisingly and I think understandably, some people say it makes light of something that is literally deadly serious.

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Organized Lying

The House GOP leadership has circulated talking points to its members instructing them to respond to questions about mass shootings by claiming they are all motived by people “from the left.”

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