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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.
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.
Authorities at that immigration detention facility appear to have suspended the guard who drove his truck into/over those protestors outside the facility. The facility suspended Capt. Thomas Woodworth; they wouldn’t say whether he was the one at the wheel though videos of the incident show people calling his name.
Happy Thursday, August 15. The New York City medical examiner could not determine Jeffrey Epstein’s cause of death after finding unusual broken bones in his neck. Here’s more on that and the other stories we’re watching.
Ken Cuccinelli, longtime focus of TPM reporting and now President Trump’s non-Senate-confirmed immigration chief, tells CNN that the poem on the Statute of Liberty is actually referring to “people coming from Europe” and “wretched” didn’t really mean “wretched” — just that they were commoners, not members of the nobility or gentry.
Cuccinelli: That statue of liberty poem was about "people coming from Europe." pic.twitter.com/nrDcUGJsU3
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 13, 2019