Josh Marshall

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National Republicans led by Mitch McConnnell are pulling out every stop to block the West Virginia Senate campaign of disgraced coal baron Don Blankenship. They want a less controversial Republican to face off against Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who is one of Democrats most vulnerable senators in 2018. Now Blankenship is charging that McConnell may be driven the loyalties of his foreign born wife, according to The New York Times.

Speaking on a West Virginia radio show on Monday, Blankenship suggested McConnell has a conflict of interest when it comes to foreign relations because his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, was born in Taipei in 1953. Chao’s father is a “wealthy Chinaperson,” said Blankenship, “And there’s a lot of connections to some of the brass, in you will, in China.

Chao emigrated to the United States at age 8, is a US citizen, and has served as Secretary of Labor in addition to her current role as Secretary of Transportation, among other high level appointments.

Paradoxically, Blakenship himself is engaged to be married to a woman born in China and himself considered becoming a Chinese citizen.

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From the pool report …

Thanks to Jon Karl and our TV friends for settling the debate of the day. When POTUS brushed something off President Macron’s suit coat, he said it was dandruff: “We have a very special relationship, in fact I’ll get that little piece of dandruff off,” POTUS said. “We have to make him perfect — he is perfect.”


In addition to being great representatives of civic evil, Kris Kobach and his clowns are amazingly incompetent …

It was universally agreed when President Trump nominated him, apparently with no vetting or preparation, that Ronny Jackson was woefully unqualified to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. But he also appeared to be widely respected as the White House doctor who has served not only President Trump but also President Obama. Now accusations are emerging of excessive drinking, creating a hostile work environment and ‘improperly dispensing’ medication.

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Following up on Sean Hannity’s claim that he discussed real estate questions with Michael Cohen, The Guardian uncovered that Hannity presides over a real estate empire valued at at least $100 million. This is not surprising. Hannity reportedly makes $36 million a year. He says he invests most of his money in real estate. If he’s making that much and investing in real estate, it would be surprising if his portfolio were any smaller.

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