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The Five Best Moments of the Republican Convention: Thursday Edition

It's over. Finally. Here are today's five best moments: Trump says blandly that he might not come to the aid of our NATO partners in the Baltics if Russia invades them. Mitch McConnell chalks this up to a "rookie mistake." Newt Gringrich won't even go that far: "Estonia is in the suburbs of St. Show More Summary

No, Police Fatalities Are Not Going Up

Here's another chart to prepare you for Donald Trump's speech tonight. It shows the number of police fatalities since the violent crime peak of 1993. For 2016, I've extrapolated from the number of fatalities through today. As you can see, there's nothing scary here. The number is down from two decades ago and basically flat over the five years.

That Deal Tom Barrack Talked About? Trump Took a Bath On It.

Tom Barrack is now telling us about the time he sold Trump the Plaza Hotel. "He played me like a Steinway piano," Barrack said. Trump was a steely-eyed negotiator, a tiger in the jungle. Who is he kidding? The Plaza Hotel was a disastrous deal. Show More Summary

Crime Is Down and People Feel Safer

Donald Trump is apparently planning to deliver a hair-raising speech tonight focused on the "crime and violence that today afflicts our nation." According to Trump, homicides are up, Washington DC is a killing zone, police shootings have skyrocketed, and illegal immigrants are "roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens." Whew. Show More Summary

Another Obamacare Success: It's Cut Premiums By 30-50%

A couple of days ago I mentioned that even if Obamacare premiums increase a fair amount next year, they'll still be way below original projections. An analysis today in Health Affairs confirms this and adds more meat to the story: Jon...Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: Mark Cuban on Trump the Pickup Artist

Mark Cuban, former Trump supporter, on what he thinks of the guy now: There's that guy who'll walk into the bar and say anything to get laid," Cuban said. "That's Donald Trump right now to a T. But it's all of us who are going to get fucked. Cuban also wonders why none of Trump's business partners are speaking at the convention. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Has Some Numbers

Last night the New York Times promised to release a transcript of its interview with Donald Trump, and sometime during the night they did. It's here. You'll be unsurprised to learn that Trump wasn't misquoted at all, as his campaign manager alleged. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Unleashes Yet More Musings on Foreign Policy

The New York Times has yet another interview with Donald Trump, foreign policy genius. Let's listen in: He even called into question whether, as president, he would automatically extend the security guarantees that give the 28 members...Show More Summary

How Has Indiana Fared Under Mike Pence?

Has Mike Pence been good for Indiana? It probably doesn't matter much, but I was curious anyway. For example, did he really enact the biggest income tax cut in the state's history? It turns out the answer is yes: he enacted a cut from 3.4 percent to 3.23 percent. Show More Summary

The Five Best Moments of the Republican Convention: Wednesday Edition

The weirdness factor was turned up to 11 today. Here are my five favorite moments: After spending all of Tuesday insisting that Melania Trump plagiarized nothing, the campaign admits she did and blames it on her speechwriter. The teleprompter goes out on Michelle Van Etten, who ends up giving perhaps the worst speech ever at a national convention. Show More Summary

Trump Advisors Admit That His Tax Plan Was Just a Big Con

The Trump campaign is working on a few "tweaks" to his tax plan: An updated version of Donald Trump’s tax cut will be about one-third the size of the previous $10 trillion version, two campaign advisers said on Wednesday. One-third! Down from $10 trillion to $3 trillion. Show More Summary

The Effect of Emailgate on the Presidential Race Was...Zero

On July 5, FBI Director James Comey held a press conference about Hillary Clinton's email server. By all accounts, his narrative was devastating. She had been "extremely careless." She had sent and received documents now considered classified. Show More Summary

Wait! Melaniagate Isn't Over After All!

Melaniagate lives! There are still some questions to be answered: Also: If Melania is the one who originally suggested Obama passages, how did she not recognize them in speech? — Christopher Orr (@OrrChris) July...Show More Summary

Finally, the Melania Trump Plagiarism Story Comes to an End

And here we are. The final chapter in the Melania Trump plagiarism story. Meredith McIver, who has written some of Donald's books and helped Melania write her speech, has taken the fall. They could have fessed up to this early Tuesday morning and avoided all the angst. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Keeps the Bad News Coming

The fuss over Melania Trump's plagiarism is finally dying down. So what does Donald do? He keeps it going by finally deciding to offer up a comment: Good news is Melania's speech got more publicity than any in the history of politics especially if you believe that all press is good press! — Donald J. Show More Summary

A Peek Inside a Donald Trump Presidency

According to the New York Times, Donald Trump Jr. approached John Kasich a couple of months ago: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history? When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. Show More Summary

Obama Is the Guy Who Made America Work Again

The theme of the convention tonight was supposed to be "Make America Work Again." But Donald Trump has a famously short attention span, and apparently that's spilled over into the scheduling of the entire convention. As near as I can...Show More Summary

The Five Best Moments of the Republican Convention: Tuesday Edition

Today was just plain boring compared to yesterday. Still, I guess I can dig up five favorite moments: Trump campaign defends Melania Trump's plagiarism by saying, "This concept that Michelle Obama invented the English language is absurd." The official theme of the evening, "Make America Work Again," is completely missing in action. Show More Summary

California Projects Big Obamacare Increase in 2017 — But Rates Are Still Way Under Original Projections

Obamacare rates are going up in California: Premiums for Californians’ Obamacare health coverage will rise by an average of 13.2% next year — more than three times the increase of the last two years and a jump that is bound to raise debate in an election year. ....Two of the state’s biggest insurers — Blue Shield of California and Anthem Inc. Show More Summary

Trump Auctions Himself Off to Wall Street

Check this out: Donald Trump has told prospective donors that, if elected president, he plans to nominate former Goldman Sachs banker Steve Mnuchin for U.S. Treasury Secretary. That’s according to Anthony Scaramucci, a high-profile hedge...Show More Summary

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