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David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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No collusion!

That was Rep. Tom Reed’s (R-NY) reaction when asked about the revelation that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared internal campaign data with a Russian associate — reportedly with instructions to pass it along to pro-Russia Ukrainian oligarchs Manafort had worked with. The New York Times initially reported that Manafort wanted the data sent to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, but issued a correction to that reporting. Manafort instructed the information be sent to Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov, both of whom Manafort had worked with.

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He’s not with her?

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told CNN Tuesday that Democrats need a presidential candidate in 2020 who is a “realist and centrist,” adding that his state, which voted for Trump in 2016, won’t accept “extremes.”

CNN’s Jim Sciutto then brought up Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who kicked off her 2020 campaign in earnest with a swing through Iowa over the weekend.

“Elizabeth would have a hard time in West Virginia, she really would,” Manchin said. “But she’s welcome to come down. Maybe she can change her positions. These are all my friends. I’ve worked with everybody, from the right to the left, I’m able to work with everybody. But I want them to see the real world, to see real West Virginia, to see real rural America, to see people who really get up and work hard and don’t ask for anything.”

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President Trump will visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Monday. The government shutdown has dragged on over Trump’s insistence on more than $5 billion for a border wall.

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President Trump had a thought Friday morning: How do you impeach a President with so many accomplishments? He pointed to his electoral victory more than two years ago, among other things.

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