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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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Trump's Fav COVID Adviser Brushes Off Redfield And Fauci: 'I'm Not Here To Make Friends'

Trump's Fav COVID Adviser Brushes Off Redfield And Fauci: 'I'm Not Here To Make Friends'

LatestBy|September 29, 2020 9:54 a.m.Dr. Scott Atlas, a member of the White House COVID-19 task force who is infamous for parroting Trump-friendly but scientifically dubious talking points about the pandemic, brushed off criticism from his fellow team members on Monday night.Atlas, who does not have a background in epidemiology, told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that the backlash over his misleading comments about herd immunity and young people’s susceptibility to COVID-19 was just about “delegitimizing” President Donald Trump and “feeding into some kind of false narrative that the...

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WH Pressured CDC To Downplay Risk To Children In Reopening Schools

WH Pressured CDC To Downplay Risk To Children In Reopening Schools

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The Obama Justice Department Had a Plan to Hold Police Accountable for Abuses. The Trump DOJ Has Undermined It.

The Obama Justice Department Had a Plan to Hold Police Accountable for Abuses. The Trump DOJ Has Undermined It.

LatestThe Trump administration has not aggressively enforced existing agreements to monitor abusive law enforcement agencies, emboldening them to fight reforms.By Robert Faturechi|September 29, 2020 10:59 a.m.This story first appeared at . ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for to receive stories like this one in your inbox.It was caught on tape. A Seattle police officer lunged into the backseat of a patrol car. The Black woman detained inside had been combative, but she already had her hands cuffed behind her back. Still the cop punched her in the face,...

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Fauci Suggests Trump’s COVID Adviser Is 'Outlier' On WH Coronavirus Task Force

Fauci Suggests Trump’s COVID Adviser Is 'Outlier' On WH Coronavirus Task Force

LatestBy|September 28, 2020 7:04 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. Anthony Fauci on Monday joined fellow White House coronavirus task members Dr. Deborah Birx and Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Robert Redfield in expressing his concerns that President Trump’s new favorite COVID-19 adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, is feeding the President misinformation amid the pandemic.On Monday, reported that while on a flight from...

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Report: Trump Repeatedly Pushed For Ivanka To Be His Running Mate In 2016

Report: Trump Repeatedly Pushed For Ivanka To Be His Running Mate In 2016

LatestBy|September 28, 2020 9:34 a.m.Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump reportedly insisted on having his daughter, Ivanka Trump, on the ticket during the 2016 elections.According to , former Trump campaign deputy director and convicted felon Rick Gates described in his upcoming memoir one of Trump’s conversations with campaign staffers, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner in which the GOP candidate floated the idea of having his daughter as his running-mate.“During a VP discussion that included Jared and the other kids all assembled in one room, Trump said, ‘I think it should...

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Biden Rips Trump 'Trying To Throw Out' ACA By Nominating Barrett For SCOTUS

Biden Rips Trump 'Trying To Throw Out' ACA By Nominating Barrett For SCOTUS

LatestBy|September 27, 2020 2:30 p.m.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden echoed in criticizing President Trump by accusing him of “trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act” with his rushed nomination of conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, during a campaign event on Sunday.Earlier Sunday, a day after officially nominating Barrett, Trump boasted in a that the Affordable Care Act “will be replaced with a MUCH better, and FAR cheaper alternative, if it is terminated in the Supreme Court.”Pelosi told CNN on Sunday that the President is in a “hurry” to confirm his...

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Manchin Opposes Dems' Call To Expand SCOTUS Even If Party Wins Back WH, Senate

Manchin Opposes Dems' Call To Expand SCOTUS Even If Party Wins Back WH, Senate

LatestBy|September 27, 2020 1:47 p.m.Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Sunday voiced his opposition against calls by several top Democrats to expand the Supreme Court even if Democrats take back the White House and the Senate in the November election.Democrats, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), have urged Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to add two justices to the Supreme Court if he wins in November. The call to expand the Supreme Court comes in in light of Trump rushing the nomination and confirmation process for conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who...

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Don't Participate in a Sham Process

Don't Participate in a Sham Process

LatestBy|September 26, 2020 6:42 p.m.President Trump has now, unsurprisingly, chosen to nominate the far right Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. The only sensible approach is for Senate Democrats neither to meet with Barrett nor participate in the confirmation process at all. Even to do so in a critical posture is to add legitimacy to a process that is illegitimate.As bad as she may be as a judge or for the future of equal justice in the United States she can never be as bad as the corruption of the process itself. It is that corruption – the...

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Biden Compares Trump To Nazi Propaganda Minister: ‘He’s Sort Of Like Goebbels’

Biden Compares Trump To Nazi Propaganda Minister: ‘He’s Sort Of Like Goebbels’

LatestBy|September 26, 2020 4:57 p.m.Support The TPM Journalism Fund Have a tip? !includes: CommentsadvertisementFounder & 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 MEMBERS40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP

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Two Former GOP Lawmakers Endorsing Biden: Trump Is 'No Republican'

Two Former GOP Lawmakers Endorsing Biden: Trump Is 'No Republican'

LatestBy|September 25, 2020 3:36 p.m.Former Reps. Mickey Edwards (R-OK), a former chair of the American Conservative Union who served in Congress for 16 years until vacating his seat in 1993 and Charles Djou (R-HI), an Afghanistan war veteran, who won a three-way special election in 2010 and served until 2011, have become the latest GOP supporters of Biden.Support The TPM Journalism Fund Have a tip? !includes: CommentsadvertisementFounder & Editor-in-Chief:Executive Editor:Managing Editor:Senior Editor:Special Projects Editor:Investigations Desk:Reporters:Newswriters:Editor at Large:General...

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Trump Campaign Official Deletes Tweet That Ignited Firestorm Over Ballot Snafu

Trump Campaign Official Deletes Tweet That Ignited Firestorm Over Ballot Snafu

LatestBy|September 25, 2020 5:13 p.m.After igniting a firestorm of MAGA indignation, a Trump campaign aide has deleted a tweet claiming Democrats were “trying to steal the election.”The tweet from the campaign’s deputy director of communications, Matt Wolking, had gone viral Thursday. Wolking had seized on the emerging news that nine military ballots had been mishandled in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.Politico reporter Tim Alberta posted a screenshot of the viral tweet before Wolking deleted it:In an erroneous  the U.S. Attorney’s office of the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that...

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Reports: Trump Intends To Nominate Amy Coney Barrett To Supreme Court

Reports: Trump Intends To Nominate Amy Coney Barrett To Supreme Court

LatestBy|September 25, 2020 5:22 p.m.President Trump reportedly intends to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a week ago at age 87.and reported Friday evening that Trump will tap Barrett for the high court. The President is expected to make a formal announcement Saturday afternoon at the White House, and the Republican-controlled Senate is expected to move swiftly on Trump’s nomination. If confirmed, Trump will have successfully placed three judges on the Supreme Court, likely cementing a conservative majority for...

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Mary Trump Warns That President Is Not Bluffing About Potential Refusal To Accept Election Results

Mary Trump Warns That President Is Not Bluffing About Potential Refusal To Accept Election Results

LatestBy|September 25, 2020 9:04 a.m.“To over-dramatize it, is to over-dramatize it,” Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) told a CNN reporter when asked about Trump’s remarks on Thursday.Making light of Trump’s comments, Cramer said that “the President speaks in very extreme manners, occasionally.”“I didn’t find what he said last night to be overly extreme, quite honestly,” he added.Support The TPM Journalism Fund Have a tip? !CommentsadvertisementFounder & Editor-in-Chief:Executive Editor:Managing Editor:Senior Editor:Special Projects Editor:Investigations Desk:Reporters:Newswriters:Editor at...

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Report: Pentagon Brass Privately Discussing What To Do If Trump Invokes Insurrection Act

Report: Pentagon Brass Privately Discussing What To Do If Trump Invokes Insurrection Act

LatestBy|September 25, 2020 9:48 a.m.Top military brass have spoken privately about what to do should President Donald Trump order them into the streets as election results are tallied, The New York Times .Trump has that the only way he’ll lose his reelection campaign is if the election is fraudulent, raising concerns that he’ll challenge a losing result and potentially refuse to leave office.Unnamed senior Pentagon officials have spoken among themselves, the Times reported, about what to do should Trump invoke the Insurrection Act sometime after Election Day. The law provides for the use...

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Federal Judge Rules That Census Must Continue For Another Month

Federal Judge Rules That Census Must Continue For Another Month

LatestBy MIKE SCHNEIDER|September 25, 2020 9:02 a.m.ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at the end of September and ordered the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident to continue for another month through the end of October, saying a shortened schedule likely would produce inaccurate results.U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in California made her ruling late Thursday, two days after hearing arguments from attorneys for the Census Bureau, and attorneys for civil rights groups and local governments that had sued the Census Bureau in an effort...

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Bizarre Press Release About PA Military Ballot Issue Raises Eyebrows Among DOJ Alum

Bizarre Press Release About PA Military Ballot Issue Raises Eyebrows Among DOJ Alum

LatestBy|September 24, 2020 4:53 p.m.The U.S. Attorney’s office of the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a bizarre press release Thursday announcing that it was in the midst of an inquiry into “potential issues” with military ballots cast in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.The fact that feds were looking into the issue — which was described by the DOJ as a “small number of military ballots” that “were discarded” — wasn’t necessarily surprising, former Justice Department officials told TPM.But publicizing the pending inquiry while selectively releasing details of what it found so far...

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FDA Bid For Tougher Vaccine Standard Hits Snag At The White House

FDA Bid For Tougher Vaccine Standard Hits Snag At The White House

LatestBy|September 24, 2020 5:50 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 toThe Food and Drug Administration is attempting to tighten the standards for a COVID-19 vaccine, but the plan appears to have run into a political blockade at the White House.Experts and former regulatory officials told TPM that any move by the FDA to issue guidelines toughening standards for an emergency vaccine approval were likely running up against two...

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Trump Privately Complains Jews Are 'Only In It For Themselves,' Blames Black People For Inequality

Trump Privately Complains Jews Are 'Only In It For Themselves,' Blames Black People For Inequality

LatestBy|September 23, 2020 3:19 p.m.President Donald Trump has reportedly aired a host of anti-Semitic and racist complaints behind closed doors throughout his presidency.According to a , Trump has complained several times that Jewish people are “only in it for themselves” and “stick together” after getting off the phone with Jewish lawmakers.The President has also said Black Americans don’t have initiative and are primarily at fault for racial inequality.A former Trump official told the Post that while Trump isn’t a white supremacist, the President has a “general awareness that one...

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California Moves To Outlaw Gas-Powered Vehicles By 2035

California Moves To Outlaw Gas-Powered Vehicles By 2035

LatestBy ADAM BEAM|September 23, 2020 4:45 p.m.SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will outlaw sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, a move he says will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the nation’s most populous state.His plan would not ban people from owning gas-powered cars or selling them on the used car market. But it would end the sales of all new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in the state of nearly 40 million people.“Pull away from the gas pumps,” Newsom said in announcing his executive order to...

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FL GOP AG Demands Investigation Into Bloomberg Bid To Help Ex-Felons Regain Franchise

FL GOP AG Demands Investigation Into Bloomberg Bid To Help Ex-Felons Regain Franchise

LatestBy|September 23, 2020 6:06 p.m.Florida’s GOP officials will stop at nothing to prevent ex-felons from regaining the right to vote.Florida’s Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody said in a letter Wednesday that she was requesting an investigation into the efforts by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others to pay off the court fees that were preventing, under a controversial GOP law, ex-felons from regaining their franchise.The letter, which was reported by, was sent to federal and state law enforcement officials. Moody said in it that she had initially looked into Bloomberg’s...

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Wyden: RonJohn Stumbled Upon Evidence Of Trump Corruption In Ukraine Probe

Wyden: RonJohn Stumbled Upon Evidence Of Trump Corruption In Ukraine Probe

LatestBy|September 23, 2020 3:57 p.m.Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) accidentally revealed more evidence of corruption in the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine in the course of his investigation into Hunter Biden, according to a letter from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).In an unbelievable twist of irony, the corruption allegation has to do with a cabinet-level Trump official pressuring the Ukrainian government to alter the composition of the board of a Ukrainian energy company.Lawmakers came across the evidence last week during the testimony of Amos Hochstein, who serves on the supervisory board...

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'It's Dangerous' For Protesters At My Rallies, Trump Celebrates

'It's Dangerous' For Protesters At My Rallies, Trump Celebrates

LatestBy|September 23, 2020 9:54 a.m.Trump on why you don’t see anti-Trump protesters at his rallies anymore: “It’s dangerous. It’s dangerous for them.”— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar)Support The TPM Journalism Fund Have a tip? !CommentsadvertisementFounder & 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 MEMBERS40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP

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RonJohn Expends Remaining Dignity On Rehash Of Bogus, Tired Biden Allegations

RonJohn Expends Remaining Dignity On Rehash Of Bogus, Tired Biden Allegations

LatestBy|September 23, 2020 10:46 a.m.Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) took a swing at Joe Biden on Wednesday, releasing a report that he has as being catastrophically damaging for the former Vice President’s electoral hopes.But it was a miss. The report — which purports to document the effect that Hunter Biden’s position on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma had on U.S. foreign policy — is a rehash of long-debunked allegations that served as the focus of President Trump’s impeachment last year.But Senate Republicans summed up the result of their probe as well as anyone: “The extent to which...

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Romney Supports Holding Vote On Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Romney Supports Holding Vote On Trump's Supreme Court Pick

LatestBy|September 22, 2020 10:47 a.m.Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on Tuesday threw his support behind a floor vote on President Trump’s nominee to fill the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.Romney’s announcement signals that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has enough votes to proceed with his controversial move to consider Trump’s Supreme Court pick just weeks ahead of the November presidential election. The Utah senator’s support of a floor vote comes on the heels of Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), backing a vote.In a statement released...

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Nobel Prize-Winning Economists Endorse Biden

Nobel Prize-Winning Economists Endorse Biden

LatestBy|September 22, 2020 10:42 a.m.a precedent for unnecessary deficits in future administrations.”Other Nobel winners undersigned in the letter include William Nordhaus, a 2018 laureate and Yale professor who has written widely about the financial cost of climate change; and Paul Romer, also a 2018 laureate and NYU professor who made the case for widening COVID-19 testing to get people back to work.The group said that it is Biden’s scientific approach to COVID-19 — that his opponent has continuously sought to ignore and undermine in his leadership amid the coronavirus crisis — that...

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