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Getting Down to Business

Monday is the first official day of our new TPM Investigations Desk. So our editors don’t kill me, I want to be clear that no one should expect a flood of exclusives on day or two or three or even in week one. We’re building a new part of the editorial team, a new editorial process within our organization. It will be an incremental build. Show More Summary

Down to The Wire

Back on June 19th, almost a week ago, I announced that we were 514 membership sign-ups short of our June goal of hitting the milestone of 22,000 total subscribers. I was highly uncertain we’d be able to get there by June 30th. But we’ve actually made pretty startling progress. Show More Summary

"In This Form"

The big news this afternoon is that Sen. Heller of Nevada says he opposes the Senate’s current health care repeal bill “in this form.” It is important to understand what this means. It is not opposition to the bill. It’s a bid to negotiate. Show More Summary


Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) grabs one of the two available “No” votes on the Senate GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill.

Arms Length Transaction!

After firing the current White House Chief Usher, the person who oversees the White House residence staff, the Trump Family has now found a replacement. It’s Timothy Harleth, who comes to the Trump White House from the Trump International Hotel down the street. Show More Summary

GOP: Actually High Out of Pocket Costs Are Awesome!

People who follow health care policy discussions have known how crazy this is forever. But GOP criticisms of Obamacare for high deductibles and out of pocket costs have always been particularly duplicitous and dishonest since Republicans...Show More Summary

How to Understand the Brexit Vote and Trump's Victory

I suspect that some TPM readers are going to disagree with David Goodhart’s assessment of the youth vote in the British election and with his view of Jeremy Corbyn’s politics. I have a somewhat different take myself on the youth vote. Show More Summary

It Didn't Work Out

News comes today that despite President Trump’s heroic intervention to save the jobs of manufacturing workers at a Carrier plant in Indiana last winter, they’re basically all losing their jobs anyway. From CNBC … Read More ?

Now Just 324!

It’s still possible. Over the last three days we’ve signed up an average of 66 new Prime members each day. That leaves us looking for 324 new members by the end of this month to meet our goal for June. Even my once High School D-for-the-semester...Show More Summary

Is Immigration Undermining Social Democracy in the UK?

John Judis interviews David Goodhart about the conflict tearing apart British politics.


I know I’m harping on this point. But again, the fallacy of policy literalism. It has always been crystal clear for numerous reasons that the Senate bill would be the like the House bill, both versions, just as it will be like the final bill that emerges from a conference committee. Show More Summary


Senate GOP Obamacare repeal bill is out. Read it here.

Face It: The President's Actions Say Guilty

The best analog to President Trump’s stance toward the Russia probe and his refusal to accept that Russian interference even happened is a husband who is suspected in his wife’s disappearance and repeatedly insists that she’s probably...Show More Summary

Voting Rights Defeatism is Toxic

Over the last two days I’ve seen several mentions of one argument about what happened in the Georgia 6 special election. Simply, it goes like this: Democrats were stupid because it was obvious they wouldn’t win as long as so many potential...Show More Summary

Today's Johnson Hearing Glossed Over One of the FBI's Most Epic Fails

This morning former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson testified before the House committee investigating Russia’s 2016 election subversion campaign. In the course of the hearing we heard the jarring information that Johnson only heard aboutShow More Summary

Now Just 408!

We’re now down to 408 membership sign ups we need to get to our June goal! A tall order in 9 days but just barely doable. If you’re considering signing up for Prime, make it today. Just click right here. A strong, independent journalism organization is built on its relationship with its audience, a community of committed readers. Show More Summary

David Brooks, Derp and the Poverty of Trump-Russia 'Hot Takes'

This morning I had the chance to read David Brooks column pooh-poohing the Russia probe and the scandal engulfing the Trump administration. There are many things I could say about it. But I’ve resolved to be nicer and less cutting in my writing, or to do the contrary only when it is inextricably tied to explaining and conveying points of substance. Show More Summary

Thoughts on the Disappointing Result Out of Georgia 6.

Let me share a few thoughts about tonight’s results out of Georgia’s 6th district in which Republican Karen Handel has now been projected as the winner. Read More ?

Another Way to Visualize the Carnage

This map shows you where Trumpcare/Obamacare repeal would hit hardest.

We Can Get There

We currently have 459 Prime membership sign ups to go before the end of the month to reach our goal for June – 22,000 total subscribers. That’s just barely doable. If you thought of signing up earlier, if you’re planning to, take a moment right now and become a member. Show More Summary

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