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Talking Points Memo (or TPM) is a left-leaning political, news and opinion website created and run by Josh Marshall that debuted on November 12, 2000. The name is a reference to the memo (short list) with the issues (points) discussed by one's side in a debate or used to support a position taken on an issue. By 2007, TPM received an average of 400,000 page views every weekday.Source
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The Capitol Mob Was Only The Finale Of Trump's Conspiracy To Overturn The Election

The Capitol Mob Was Only The Finale Of Trump's Conspiracy To Overturn The Election

By and | January 25, 2021 4:27 p.m.he mood was already tense in Detroit’s expansive ballot-counting hall when President Trump tweeted on Nov. 4 that “a terrible thing” was “happening” in Michigan.It was the third day of processing ballots, and that morning Chris Thomas had heard a weird rumor traveling around the counting floor.A fellow election worker told Thomas, who was advising Detroit on its election after serving for 36 years as the state’s election director, that calls were welling urging local Republican “” to come down to the TCF Center, the massive conference hall where Thomas and...

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SCOTUS Closes Door On Emoluments Question

SCOTUS Closes Door On Emoluments Question

LatestBy|January 25, 2021 10:16 a.m.The Supreme Court declared emoluments cases against former President Trump moot on Monday, closing the door for now to the long-running and unresolved question of whether it was constitutional for the former President to reap profits from his businesses while in office.The move marks a victory for Trump, who countered lawsuits and investigations into his personal finances by dragging out the process as long as possible.In the emoluments cases, which alleged that President Trump violated a constitutional provision banning the receipt of profits from...

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Announces Bid For Arkansas Governor

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Announces Bid For Arkansas Governor

LatestBy|January 25, 2021 7:37 a.m.Sarah Huckebee Sanders, President Donald Trump’s former White House press secretary, announced in a her gubernatorial campaign in Arkansas on Monday morning.“With the radical left now in control of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense,” Sanders said. “In fact, your governor must be on the front line. So today I announce my candidacy for governor of Arkansas.”The former Trump official railed against “socialism” and painted herself as a victim of “the far left and their allies at CNN and the New York Times.”She also tied her candidacy to...

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Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman Won't Seek Reelection

Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman Won't Seek Reelection

LatestBy|January 25, 2021 10:36 a.m.Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) announced Monday that he will not be running for reelection in 2022.Portman said in a statement announcing the decision that it had “gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy” in the Senate. That gridlock “has contributed to my decision,” his statement said, though he also said he looked forward to spending more time in Ohio and “getting back to the private sector.”Portman’s seat is among the ones Democrats are hoping to flip and no longer having to run against an...

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Birx Claims Trump Was Fed 'Parallel Data' On COVID: 'I Saw Graphs I Never Made'

Birx Claims Trump Was Fed 'Parallel Data' On COVID: 'I Saw Graphs I Never Made'

LatestBy|January 24, 2021 1:13 p.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toDr. Deborah Birx, who served as the White House coronavirus response coordinator during the Trump administration, on Sunday expressed regrets over failing to push back at President Trump’s unfounded claims on COVID-19 while also shedding light on the spread of disinformation inside Trump’s White House.In an extensive interview on CBS Sunday morning, Birx claimed...

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'Another Kind Of Insurrection': Trump Castigated For Scheme With DOJ Lawyer To Oust Acting AG

'Another Kind Of Insurrection': Trump Castigated For Scheme With DOJ Lawyer To Oust Acting AG

LatestBy|January 23, 2021 10:31 a.m.The bombshell report, comes after the House voted to impeach Trump in the wake of efforts to incite an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and hours after the Senate set plans for its own impeachment proceedings against the ex-president to begin during the week of Feb. 8.Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) condemned the scheme calling the reported plot to replace the attorney general “another kind of insurrection,” aimed at the attorney general. “Different weapons, same intent: illegally remain in power,” she tweeted early Saturday.Lawkmakers, legal...

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Trump's Transition Honcho Warns Transitions Shouldn’t Rely On ‘Goodwill’ Of Losing POTUS

Trump's Transition Honcho Warns Transitions Shouldn’t Rely On ‘Goodwill’ Of Losing POTUS

LatestBy|January 22, 2021 11:12 a.m.Former President Donald Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the reality of his loss in November meant weeks of delay and and little cooperation between parts of his administration and the incoming Biden team — an absolute worst case scenario, outgoing White House deputy chief of staff Chris Liddell said in an interview Tuesday, his last full day in that job.The problems started at the top. Have a tip? !includes: CommentsFounder & Editor-in-Chief:Executive Editor:Managing Editor:Senior Editor:Special Projects Editor:Investigations...

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‘Argument Of Convenience’: Experts Dismiss GOP’s New Claim That Trump’s Impeachment Is Unconstitutional

‘Argument Of Convenience’: Experts Dismiss GOP’s New Claim That Trump’s Impeachment Is Unconstitutional

LatestBy|January 22, 2021 1:07 p.m. Have a tip? !includes: CommentsFounder & Editor-in-Chief:Executive Editor:Managing Editor:Senior Editor:Special Projects Editor:Investigations Desk:Reporters:Newswriters:Editor at Large:General Counsel:Publisher:Head of Product:Director of Technology:Associate Publisher:Front-End Developer:Senior Designer:SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERSGET 30% OFF PRIME

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Fauci: Trump Admin's Anti-Scientific Claims About COVID 'Very Likely' Cost Lives

Fauci: Trump Admin's Anti-Scientific Claims About COVID 'Very Likely' Cost Lives

LatestBy|January 22, 2021 9:13 a.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toDr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser who previously served on ex-President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 task force, asserted on Friday morning that there were deadly consequences to the previous administration’s dishonesty on the pandemic.“There’s no secret we’ve had a lot of divisiveness, we’ve had facts that were very, very clear that were...

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With Fresh Obstructionist Demands, McConnell Dares Dems To Blow Up The Filibuster

With Fresh Obstructionist Demands, McConnell Dares Dems To Blow Up The Filibuster

LatestBy|January 21, 2021 5:59 p.m. Have a tip? !includes: CommentsFounder & Editor-in-Chief:Executive Editor:Managing Editor:Senior Editor:Special Projects Editor:Investigations Desk:Reporters:Newswriters:Editor at Large:General Counsel:Publisher:Head of Product:Director of Technology:Associate Publisher:Front-End Developer:Senior Designer:SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERSGET 30% OFF PRIME

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Cruz Roasted For Tweet That Appears To Reveal His Ignorance About The Paris Climate Agreement

Cruz Roasted For Tweet That Appears To Reveal His Ignorance About The Paris Climate Agreement

LatestBy|January 21, 2021 8:20 a.m.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) mocked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) early Thursday for wrongly suggesting that a multinational pact on climate change — the Paris Agreement — was designed to serve “the people of Paris.”“Quick question: do you also believe the Geneva Convention was about the views of the citizens of Geneva?” Ocasio-Cortez jabbed, suggesting that Cruz was unaware that the agreement had been signed in the French capital, but was not created uniquely in the service of French people.Nice tweet Sen. Cruz! Quick question: do you also believe the...

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China Sanctions Ex-Trump Admin Officials Including Pompeo, Bannon Within Minutes Of Inauguration

China Sanctions Ex-Trump Admin Officials Including Pompeo, Bannon Within Minutes Of Inauguration

LatestBy|January 20, 2021 12:35 p.m.The Chinese government sanctioned a slew of former Trump administration officials on Wednesday, minutes after President Biden’s term began.In a that accused those sanctioned of “crazy moves” and “hatred against China,” Beijing slapped former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, 2016 Trump campaign chairman Steven Bannon, and former National Security Advisers John Bolton and Robert C. O’Brien with penalties.The sanctions bar the officials from traveling to China, Macau, and Hong Kong, and prevent them from doing business with the same. Economic adviser and...

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Report: Biden Admin Discovers Trump Had Zero Plans For COVID Vaccine Distribution

Report: Biden Admin Discovers Trump Had Zero Plans For COVID Vaccine Distribution

LatestBy|January 21, 2021 7:51 a.m.EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is toAs they were settling into the White House on Wednesday, Biden administration officials were reportedly stunned to discover that President Joe Biden’s predecessor didn’t have a plan with regards to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine.A source told CNN on Thursday morning that the new administration will “have to build everything from scratch” thanks to former...

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Trump's Census Director Announces Resignation, Cutting Term Short By Several Months

Trump's Census Director Announces Resignation, Cutting Term Short By Several Months

LatestBy|January 18, 2021 1:44 p.m.Census Director Steve Dillingham will be stepping down on Jan. 20, cutting short by nearly a year the five-year director term, which was scheduled to expire on Dec. 31.Dillingham announced his resignation plans in an internal Census Bureau email obtained by TPM.Dillingham’s tenure atop the bureau was plagued by myriad controversies since his confirmation in Jan. 2019. His refusal to publicly push back on the efforts by the President and his allies to politicize the 2020 census has long prompted criticism from both within and outside the bureau. In recent...

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Installing Trump Official As Top NSA Lawyer Shows ‘Disregard’ For NatSec, Pelosi Tells DOD

Installing Trump Official As Top NSA Lawyer Shows ‘Disregard’ For NatSec, Pelosi Tells DOD

LatestBy|January 18, 2021 2:59 p.m.Ellis — who served as Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) chief counsel when Nunes chaired the House Intelligence Committee — was one of three finalists for the job, though he did not receive the highest score from a panel evaluating candidates, the New York Times citing unnamed people familiar with the process.He was selected for the position in November, following Trump’s electoral loss, but it has taken months for him to get through the NSA’s onboarding process. Have a tip? !includes: CommentsFounder & Editor-in-Chief:Executive Editor:Managing Editor:Senior...

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MI GOP Moves To Replace Canvassing Board Member Who Certified Results For Biden

MI GOP Moves To Replace Canvassing Board Member Who Certified Results For Biden

LatestBy|January 18, 2021 5:21 p.m.Here’s the moment Republican Aaron Van Langevelde of Michigan’s State Board of Canvassers said he will vote to certify Michigan’s election results.— The Recount (@therecount) Have a tip? !includes: CommentsFounder & Editor-in-Chief:Executive Editor:Managing Editor:Senior Editor:Special Projects Editor:Investigations Desk:Reporters:Newswriters:Editor at Large:General Counsel:Publisher:Head of Product:Director of Technology:Associate Publisher:Front-End Developer:Senior Designer:SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERSGET 30% OFF PRIME

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A Common Line Keeps Emerging From Capitol Rioters: Trump Asked Us To Be Here

A Common Line Keeps Emerging From Capitol Rioters: Trump Asked Us To Be Here

LatestBy|January 15, 2021 4:59 p.m.Faced with arrest and detention for their alleged crimes at the Capitol riot last week, some of the President’s supporters blurted out a bracing dose of reality, according to news reports and court documents: Donald Trump asked me to be there.As federal agents across the country begin racking up dozens of arrests for the mob attack on the Congress, variations on the line have come up again and again.Charging documents released Friday, for example, state that Kentucky man Robert Bauer allegedly  that he, his wife and his cousin marched on the Capitol...

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MyPillow CEO Spotted Bringing Notes To WH That Appear To Reference ‘Martial Law,’ Installing New CIA Director

MyPillow CEO Spotted Bringing Notes To WH That Appear To Reference ‘Martial Law,’ Installing New CIA Director

LatestBy and|January 15, 2021 5:47 p.m.CEO Michael Lindell shows off his notes before going into the West Wing at the White House on Friday, Jan 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.— Jabin Botsford (@jabinbotsford) Have a tip? !CommentsFounder & Editor-in-Chief:Executive Editor:Managing Editor:Senior Editor:Special Projects Editor:Investigations Desk:Reporters:Newswriters:Editor at Large:General Counsel:Publisher:Head of Product:Director of Technology:Associate Publisher:Front-End Developer:Senior Designer:SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERSGET 30% OFF PRIME

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DOJ Attorneys: Trump's Mob Intended To 'Capture And Assassinate' Elected Officials

DOJ Attorneys: Trump's Mob Intended To 'Capture And Assassinate' Elected Officials

LatestBy|January 15, 2021 9:09 a.m.U.S. Attorney Michael Bailey and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Brook in Arizona warned in the filing that Chansley had expressed interest in returning to Washington, D.C. for President-Elect Biden’s inauguration and “has the ability to do so if the Court releases him.”“Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government,” the prosecutors wrote in an 18-page memo demanding the insurrectionist’s...

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GOP Sen. Apologizes To Black Voters For Giving 'Perception' Of Trying To Delegitimize Their Votes

GOP Sen. Apologizes To Black Voters For Giving 'Perception' Of Trying To Delegitimize Their Votes

LatestBy|January 15, 2021 8:58 a.m.Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) sort of apologized to Black Oklahomans in a obtained by the Tulsa World on Thursday for participating in Republican lawmakers’ effort to overturn the election on President Donald Trump’s behalf.Lankford claimed that when he backed Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) to vote against certifying the election results and demand an “audit” of the votes from swing states Trump had lost instead, it was “never my intention to disenfranchise any voter or state.”The GOP senator said he was “completely blindsided” by the Black community’s response to...

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Pelosi Calls For Lawmakers Refusing New Metal Detector Screening To Be Fined $5K

Pelosi Calls For Lawmakers Refusing New Metal Detector Screening To Be Fined $5K

LatestBy|January 14, 2021 8:17 a.m.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted that the bloody episode last week had left her and wary of her colleagues in Congress.She said during an Instagram Live video on Tuesday that during an evacuation she “did not even feel safe” reaching an extraction point “because there were QAnon and white supremacist sympathizers and frankly white supremacist members of Congress in that extraction point,” who she feared would disclose her location and allow her to be injured.Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) had also shared concerns over GOP colleagues making a...

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Delta Bans Trump Fans Who Hounded Graham And Romney At Airports

Delta Bans Trump Fans Who Hounded Graham And Romney At Airports

LatestBy|January 14, 2021 10:16 a.m.Delta Air Lines has put passengers who heckled Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on its no-fly list, TPM has confirmed.Ed Bastian, the airline’s CEO, first told about the ban.Delta spokesperson Morgan Durrant confirmed the move to TPM, adding that “we have no other comment or detail” on the matter.On the night before Congress was slated to officially certify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory, a furious group of President Donald Trump’s supporters Romney at Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah, where they accused the...

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Trump Plans To Stiff Giuliani On Legal Fees After Failing To Steal Election

Trump Plans To Stiff Giuliani On Legal Fees After Failing To Steal Election

LatestBy|January 14, 2021 8:18 a.m.President Donald Trump, infamous for refusing to pay his bills, is reportedly seeking to avoid paying his personal attorney and , Rudy Giuliani, the legal fees he owes the lawyer who spent months fruitlessly attempting to help Trump overturn the election.The and report that Trump and Giuliani’s relationship is souring and that the President has ordered aides to withhold any payments to the attorney.Trump is reportedly displeased with Giuliani’s eye-popping price tag of for his services and with some of the ways the lawyer attempted to fight the election...

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McConnell Says Focus Should Be On 'Safe Inauguration' Before Biden Takes Office

McConnell Says Focus Should Be On 'Safe Inauguration' Before Biden Takes Office

LatestBy|January 13, 2021 5:33 p.m.Minutes after the House for the second time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday urged that the Senate’s focus during last week of Trump’s presidency should be on “a safe inauguration” for President-elect Joe Biden, following the deadly insurrection at the Capitol that President Trump incited.In a statement on Wednesday, McConnell swatted down the idea of a Senate trial happening before Biden’s inauguration next week. McConnell previously signaled that even if the House sends its articles of impeachment to the Senate this week, the...

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The President Deliberately Withheld Aid to Combat the Insurrection

The President Deliberately Withheld Aid to Combat the Insurrection

LatestBy|January 12, 2021 1:24 p.m.There is a simple chain of events that even news outlets doing the best work are still tiptoeing around. After President Trump gave his speech to the insurrectionists on Wednesday he returned to the White House and excitedly watched the storming of the Capitol on TV. As members of Congress were besieged and then retreated to a secure undisclosed location, Trump received numerous pleas from members of Congress to send reinforcements or call on his supporters to disperse. He refused because he liked what he was seeing.Eventually Trump was persuaded to okay...

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