Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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With Vice President Mike Pence telling us that “In the interest of the country, I think it’s time to wrap it up” I thought some perspective was in order. (Click through for full sized image.)

There were a lot of questions raised by Trump supporters yesterday about when President Trump referred to people as “animals.” The argument is that he wasn’t referring to immigrants or even undocumented immigrants in general. He was supposedly referring to hardened MS-13 gang members. That’s not true. The comment comes in an interchange with a county sheriff in which the sheriff complains about how the state laws in California have made it harder for her department to work with ICE. I went back and grabbed the longer exchange so people can watch for themselves.

The exchange is with Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims …

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This afternoon in Los Angeles Michael Avenatti’s former law partner sued Avenatti for breach of contract and failure to pay $2 million as part of an earlier settlement. Here’s our report with the lawsuit itself

We have another of those days where the rush of miscellaneous revelations tied to the Trump-Russia probe just keeps coming and the day won’t quit. The TPM Team has already covered the various stories emerging out of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s release of documents and interviews tied to the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016. But a bunch more came late in the day.

Ronan Farrow reported on the source who revealed those Michael Cohen bank documents. It’s not just this person’s personal decision that is notable but the fact that he or she says two other reports have apparently been removed or hidden in the government SARs database. That’s why the person says they leaked the document — to call attention to these other missing reports. It’s really not clear where this lead in the story goes.

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We — and no doubt many other news organizations — are still working our way through the various new documents, interview transcripts and reports on the Trump-Russia story that were released today. There’s one small thread of the story that captured my attention. It comes out of Senate interviews and email records from Rob Goldstone, the British music publicist who worked exclusively for Emin Agalarov, the singer son of Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov. It was Goldstone who notoriously set up the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer and government agent Natalia Veselnitskaya.

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The news about China and the Lido City project in Indonesia is a good moment to discuss something I’ve been thinking about more and more as the Michael Cohen pay-offs story has unfolded. The Cohen story turns on hundreds of thousands of dollars payoffs and “retainers” at a time. His story is tangentially related to those loans from father-in-law Fima Schusterman to that other taxicab family, the Shtayners. That’s over $20 million. The truth, however, is that most of these are relatively small-scale transactions. The dealings of the Trump Organization, now under the notional management of Trump’s two adult sons, but still owned by the President, stretch into the hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars. But we know virtually nothing about what is happening in its financial transactions even as the opportunities for corruption and self-dealing enrichment exploded.

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