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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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On the Chris Collins story, most of the attention has focused (quite understandably) on the fact that Collins allegedly gave family members a heads up on the news that would lead to the stocks collapse a few days later. That makes perfect sense. But there’s another quite interesting part of the story, which is how and when those other members of Congress bought in.

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As I noted in this post, there are five sitting members of Congress who bought Innate Immunotherapeutics, the stock that got Rep. Chris Collins indicted. They are Reps. Lamborn, Mullin, Culberson, Conaway, and Long.

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You saw the news that Rep. Chris Collins (R) of New York was indicted for insider trading today. There’s much more here than just Rep. Collins.

It has the look of the kind of scandal that spreads rapidly and could ensnare a number of other members of Congress. I haven’t been able to put all the details together yet. And there’s lots of additional reporting that is necessary. But let me quickly walk you through the key points.

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I don’t want to be mean. But Dana Bash just said Donald Trump got elected because of outrage over sleazy Reps like Chris Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump.

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Hang dog Ted Cruz, who once called Donald Trump a “sniveling coward”, is now begging him to come to Texas and campaign for him.

We’re seeing the defense coming into view here. Manafort attorney unfolds story of “the secret life of Rick Gates.” Latest report here from MacNeal and Sneed.

This is a fascinating, disturbing story. Our alliance with Saudi Arabia and the UAE and our support for their proxy war in Yemen has led us back into what looks a lot like a de facto alliance with al Qaida. At a minimum it’s an agreement not to fight each other. It’s complex of course. But the key is that fighting the Houthis, Shia rebels backed by Iran, trumps fighting al Qaida. In addition to this, “coalition-backed militias actively recruit al-Qaida militants, or those who were recently members, because they’re considered exceptional fighters.” It’s a must-read. Read it here.

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