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OSAKA, JAPAN - JUNE,28 (RUSSIA OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) attend their bilateral meeting at the G20 Osaka Summit 2019, in Osaka, Japan, June,28,2019. Vladimir Putin has arrived to Japan to partcipate the G20 Osaka Summit and to meet U.S.President Donald Trump.  Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images
Russia Got What It Wanted
Fifty shades of chaos is now the paint on America’s portrait, spread by the hands of Putin and Trump, no matter what any investigation may find.
Where Things Stand: Trump Touts ‘Succes’ In Kenosha Prime Badge
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While there were scant references to the shooting of Jacob Blake during the last night of the RNC Thursday, President Trump tweeted about the “succes” scene in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Friday morning. (No, that is not a typo on my part, but his).

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Where Things Stand: The Marathon Finish Line Prime Badge
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One more night.

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RNC Night Three: Boring, But Still Crazy
Where Things Stand: Revisionist History Prime Badge
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All the cable news pundits have been talking about it as if its some surprising new theme, a novel take on a night laced with apocalyptic doom and sweaty aggression.

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Where Things Stand: The Circus Begins Prime Badge
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NYTRNC20An RNC sign glows outside the Charlotte Convention Center’s Richardson Ballroom in Charlotte, NC where delegates gather for the roll call vote to renominate Donald J. Trump to be President of the United States and Mike Pence to be Vice President.(Travis Dove for The New York Times)

Glancing through tonight’s lineup of speakers suggests that, this evening, we are in for a journey down to the depths of the Trump fever swamp, with only a few potential opportunities to come up for air, when folks like Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) speak.

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Where Things Stand: A TPM Piñata Prime Badge
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TPM reporter Matt Shuham has been on the story surrounding the “We Build The Wall” project for months. At one point during the bluster of breaking news this morning he likened covering the story of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s arrest, and all the absurd developments surrounding it, to “hitting a TPM piñata” — every time you smack it with a bat, something better falls out.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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President Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of supporters at the Yuma International Airport Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Yuma, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Of Course Trump Is Trolling Biden On Final Night Of Democratic Convention
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., questions Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
Donald Trump, Jr. speaks as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens during a campaign stop Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Where Things Stand: The Sideshow Prime Badge
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An approaching full week in the spotlight is not enough to satiate President Trump’s attention appetite.

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NYTVIRUS -President Donald Trump with Attorney General William Barr, make remarks before signsing an executive order in the Oval Office that will punish Facebook, Google and Twitter for the way they police content online, Thursday, May 28, 2020. ( Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times)
Trump Announces He Will Pardon Susan B. Anthony
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