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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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The Lt Gov. of Alaska Byron Mallott has resigned out of the blue over what Gov. Bill Walker calls “inappropriate comments.” But if you want to read on to see what the “inappropriate comments” were, you’re out of luck. Because they were apparently so inappropriate that all involved refuse to say what the comments were.

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The ableist observers of Saudi Arabia and the US-KSA relationship have been saying for days that it appeared the US was holding off from saying anything too definitive about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi to give the Saudis time to come up with at least a notionally plausible explanation of what happened – a rogue operation, an arrest or interrogation gone wrong, etc. We now see the choice. This morning President Trump announced a flat denial from Saudi King Salman (who is not really the effective ruler of the country) and his (Trump’s) suspicion that “rogue killers” are likely behind Khashoggi’s disappearance. Incredulity is warranted. But there is a bigger and, I would say, more important picture for the health of the US government. This is a carbon copy of what we’ve seen for the last two years in President Trump’s denials of Russian interference in the US elections and other bad acts.

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The President likely will claim a small out that he said he would make Elizabeth Warren a bet for a million dollars to a charity of her choice at a future presidential debate. But basically, he dared her and said he’d pay $1 million to a charity of her choice if she took a DNA test. Here’s video of him making that bet, followed by him denying it a few moments ago before boarding Marine One.

On Saturday, a student from Georgia Tech approached Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) to ask about reports of 53,000 largely African-American voter registrations being put on hold by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Kemp is also the Republican nominee for Governor, who is liked in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams. 

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There was one thing that came up yesterday in our Inside briefing with Marc Elias that I wanted to share – just a general point, not something new or secret. In discussing the voter suppression issue Marc said that he thought 2008/2009 was a watershed. That was when the current version of the Democratic electorate came into full view – one which disproportionately drew voters not only from non-white minority groups but also disproportionately from the young. As we’ve discussed here before, this has a particular significance because with that demographic breakdown really across the board everything that makes voting harder hurt Democrats and helped Republicans.

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Ever since we launched Prime six years ago, we’ve had a small but not insubstantial number of members who’ve written in saying some version of this: “Why can’t I pay more?” This is a counterintuitive request and challenges a lot of conventional price theory. But we get it. (And we are committed to fulfilling this demand!) Many TPM Readers see us as more than just a news site and our relationship as more than merely a transactional one. Readers want to support our work and many have the means to do so.

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