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Josh Marshall

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Good lord! It's still happening.

Trump campaign still hitting up numerous foreign pols for cash, in this case the former Prime Minister of Finland ...

In spite of himself he can't help but taunt. Trump refuses to release his tax returns and says he's gotten "very, very little pressure" to do so. In other words, the press and voters are subject to the same 'dominance politics' theater as rivals.

He says there's been very, very little pressure.

I thought this was a very good speech, well-crafted, well delivered. Clinton seemed a touch off balance at the beginning. I wasn't sure if she was unsettled by scattered heckling or simply needed to get her footing. In any case, she managed to get that footing in fairly short order. My first takeaway is what she didn't do. She didn't 'relax' or 'stop shouting' or 'show a softer side.' She gave a politician's speech with a politician's demeanor, which was entirely fitting. That is who she is. That's what she's doing. It worked.

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11:21 PM: "She said that what worried president Kennedy during that very dangerous time was that a war might be started, not by big men with self control and restraint but by little men, the ones moved by fear and pride."

11:24 PM: "There is no other Donald Trump. This is It." (This is the thing virtually everyone talking about a pivot never got.)

11:27 PM: "Yes the world is watching."

11:35 PM: "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."

10:40 PM: "From Morning in America to Midnight in America."

An artful rebranding of FDR's immortal line.

(I thought Clinton started shaky but has quickly gotten her footing.)

(A more artful than I expected painting of the picture as Trump as potential strongman. Not the buzzwords, but sole power, leadership principle over democracy.)

11:01 PM: "I believe that our economy isn't working the way it should because our democracy isn't working the way it should."

(Going into this speech I didn't think Clinton needed to hit it out of the park. I thought she'd be unwise to try. That's not what people are looking for from her. I think she's giving just the speech she should. One thing I find notable is that I heard a lot of pundits say she would or would have to deal with the email issue - and in some fairly literal way. Perhaps something is still coming. But from a brief glance at her not being a natural politician, she hasn't touched it at all. It unapologetic, it's straightforward.)

I try to remain, if not immune, then at least at a distance from the heartstring pulling of political conventions. But the speech from Khizr Khan puts that effort to the limit. Past the limit.

Video after the jump ...

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It's been a wild two weeks. There's a decent argument that it's been a couple of the wildest weeks in modern American politics. Think about it. But with the final day of the Dems' convention upon us I wanted to remind you that we're holding our big membership drive. We've made, or rather you've made a great start of it in the first two weeks of our drive - over 1000 new subscribers. But that's just a dent in our goal. So if you're enjoying our coverage, if you feel like you can't do without us then - really - we can't do without you. As we gear up for the big night, if you're a regular reader but not yet a member, join us and your fellow readers and sign up right now. Just click right here. You're be glad you did.

Many readers tell me these days they've been reading TPM since the very beginning. If you've really been reading since near the beginning you'll remember that - oddly, paradoxically - TPM was early on the story of the death of congressional intern Chandra Levy, while official Washington was still mainly averting its eyes because it held then-Congressman Gary Condit (D-CA) in such high regard. The whole tragic story elevated into a vast media circus in the summer of 2001 and was only knocked out of the headlines by the staggering news of the September 11th attacks that closed out the summer. Despite vast suspicion centering on Condit, who was having an affair with Levy at the time she was killed, years later the story took an unexpected turn when a petty criminal named Ingmar Guandique was charged with and later convicted of the crime. Now, almost 15 years later, the case has taken another dramatic turn.

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