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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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On Saturday, a student from Georgia Tech approached Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) to ask about reports of 53,000 largely African-American voter registrations being put on hold by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Kemp is also the Republican nominee for Governor, who is liked in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams. 

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There was one thing that came up yesterday in our Inside briefing with Marc Elias that I wanted to share – just a general point, not something new or secret. In discussing the voter suppression issue Marc said that he thought 2008/2009 was a watershed. That was when the current version of the Democratic electorate came into full view – one which disproportionately drew voters not only from non-white minority groups but also disproportionately from the young. As we’ve discussed here before, this has a particular significance because with that demographic breakdown really across the board everything that makes voting harder hurt Democrats and helped Republicans.

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Ever since we launched Prime six years ago, we’ve had a small but not insubstantial number of members who’ve written in saying some version of this: “Why can’t I pay more?” This is a counterintuitive request and challenges a lot of conventional price theory. But we get it. (And we are committed to fulfilling this demand!) Many TPM Readers see us as more than just a news site and our relationship as more than merely a transactional one. Readers want to support our work and many have the means to do so.

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In a few months we may have access to the President’s tax returns, which will likely shed a great deal of light on his foreign policy decisions.

Is this the story? There is a lot that is hard to figure about the apparent killing of Jamal Khashoggi. But one of the biggest for me is, why? He was a critic and a dissident. But he actually didn’t oppose the regime itself. He wasn’t calling for a change of government. He even supported a number of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s initiatives. Consolidating autocrats don’t like critics, period. But still it doesn’t quite fit. If Khashoggi died as described, it was an incredibly high stakes and visible move to silence someone who just doesn’t seem to have been that much of a threat.

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As we learn more about the apparent extra-judicial killing of Saudi exile Jamal Khashoggi, many of the articles we learn from have hints and details about what I believe is a key and perhaps the key part of this story: the relationship between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and Jared Kushner and, more broadly, the corrupt financial ties between the Saudi leadership and the Trump family.

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Next Wednesday at 12:30 eastern we are holding our third Inside Briefing, which is open to all Prime members. This time we’re joined by Nate Silver of 538. We’ll talk about polls, probabilities, methodologies and of course what races are the ones to be watching in these final weeks. And you can ask your own questions.

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