As the Olympics get ready to kick off in Brazil, now is probably a good time to read Steven Cohen’s piece in The New Republic on the country’s long history of faking progress.

Donald Trump sees a lot of things on television that aren’t actually on television.

Apparently, Trump okayed Mike Pence endorsing Paul Ryan but ixnayed his effort to endorse Kelly Ayotte and John McCain. Here’s what McCain’s good buddy has to say about that.

Earlier, I wrote about Clinton cancelling ad buys in Colorado. Now she’s “pausing” ad buys in Virginia. In both cases, she feels likes she’s so comfortably ahead that she doesn’t need to waste the money.

There are more and more of these videos coming out of people who Trump ripped off:

Maybe Trump learned his scams from his father rather than his uncle, but I still can’t help but thinking about this song:

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And, of course, that old story about the frog and the scorpion.

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Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly. See all his writing at