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TPM Reader GB shares a photo of the spooky scene today in Salem:

I want to confirm TPM Reader JK’s observations about fire on the West Coast. And it’s not just in California. There are multiple fires in Oregon and Washington.

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Some of the most vivid images to emerge from the California infernos over the last 24 hours.

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TPM Reader JF reports from the Bay Area:

This isn’t the sort of thing you normally cover, but it is really remarkable.

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TPM Reader JK writes in from smoky San Francisco:

I just wanted to reach out to let TPM know that the western half of the US is burning down right now. 40 million Americans woke up underneath a cloud of smoke so thick all our streetlights are still on.

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Major States Call Trump BS

California and New York now saying that they won’t play along with Trump’s pre-election COVID vaccine charade. They’ll refuse to distribute a vaccine that’s not safe and effective, which seems obvious on its face, but what they mean is a vaccine that’s been rushed through abbreviated phase III trials for political reasons. Josh Kovensky has our exclusive report.


Everyone handles the current moment differently. TPM Reader NR:

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All The Bannon That’s Fit To Print

I know you came for our ongoing coverage of today’s remarkable convergence of Stephen Bannon and Brian Kolfage’s border wall bamboozlement in federal criminal purgatory. You can find all of it right here.


Bannon indicted!

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TPM Reader PC nails it:

Longtime TPM reader in Canada. The other comments from abroad got me thinking about the alleged White House strategy of getting the public accustomed to living with a high level of outbreaks. It might seem delusional to expect people to accept mass illness and death – but there’s plenty of precedent.

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In a screed that historians will cite as a hallmark of Trumpism, the president has commuted the prison sentence of Roger Stone:

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