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(FREE AUDIOBOOK CONTENT) I've made Ch.1, Ch. 2, Ch. 3 and Ch. 4 of Proof of Corruption—as well as half the Epilogue and an hour-long interview on the book; that's over 4 hours of content—available on YouTube. This thread contains all the links. I hope you'll share it with others. Image
CHAPTER 1/ Chapter 1 of Proof of Corruption details the decades-long relationship between Trump and Paul Manafort in a way that establishes, through *scores* of major-media reports endnoted in the text, that the Trump 2016 campaign was a Kremlin operation.
CHAPTER 2/ Chapter 2 of Proof of Corruption gives you enough info on Putin's anti-American plot in Europe that you understand the Trump-Ukraine affair as a years-long threat to our national security: Trump-Russia collusion with a "Ukraine" sticker over it.
CHAPTER 3/ Chapter 3 outlines a years-long relationship—falsely denied by Trump—between the president and one of his key agents in his criminal, impeachable, and national security-endangering bribery scheme in Ukraine and Russia: the indicted Lev Parnas.
CHAPTER 4/ We know the key players in the Trump-Putin bribery scheme—which played out from 2016 to 2020—known as the "Trump-Ukraine" scandal. We know what everyone got, and when, and how. A key Trump conspirator, Viktor Shokin, is the subject of Chapter 4.
EPILOGUE (PART 2)/ Proof of Corruption's epilogue is like none you've ever heard. First, because it continues the work of the book, detailing the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Second... well, listen to the first 15 minutes of this and you'll know. I promise.
INTERVIEW/ This is the longest interview I've ever given. It addresses parts of Proof of Corruption not discussed in the excerpts above (no surprise, as the book is 44 chapters, crossing many decades, criminal schemes, courses of collusion and continents).
ADDITIONAL EXCERPTS/ I'm not sure if anyone has ever published 12 excerpts from a new book along with 5 audiobook chapters—but I wanted this information to be as widely available as possible. You'll find two more hours of Proof of Corruption content below:
ENDNOTES/ I forgot to mention—and it's a big thing for me to momentarily leave out of this thread!—that 42% of the 1000 pages of Proof of Corruption are online, inasmuch as we've made the book's endnotes free to the public 24/7/365.

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Mar 16, 2021
Okay as long as we're 100% clear on the fact that New Hampshire is *not* a "GOP-leaning state" and has been pretty reliably blue for a while
(PS) Folks, Kyle was talking about national politics and national elections and as a Granite Stater I correctly pointed out that he was wrong. He, and anyone else, can suddenly switch to talking about state politics and I will probably agree at the state level we lean right here.
(PS2) I suspect many commenting here aren't New Englanders. Vermont has a GOP governor and is a blue state in national elections. Massachusetts has GOP governor and is a blue state in national elections. New Hampshire has a GOP governor and is a blue state in national elections.
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Mar 16, 2021
(🎶) This 50-year-old song sounds ~54 years old. I didn't think about its lyrics until today. Now I think it's about a British dandy—*super* high—heckling a street performer who, given organ-grinding's history, may well be an impoverished recent immigrant.
PS/ For those who don't know, I was briefly a radio DJ back in the 90s and played exclusively psychedelic music from the US and UK released between 1966 and 1971. So sometimes I'll get one of those songs stuck in my head—and realize I hear it differently now than I did in my 20s.
PS2/ I also find that posting the sort of music I really truly like here on the feed underscores better than anything else possibly could how little I actually think about trying to accrue followers. My taste in music is... very particular—and doesn't exactly bring the crowds in.
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Mar 16, 2021
Just heard Juliette Kayyam say on CNN that so far the Capitol conspiracy cases have been weak, involved 1 to 3 people, and established only that some people conspired to meet "at the Trump rally."

Uh, no.

WSJ reports that 30 to 40 Oath Keepers plotted to murder all of Congress.
I think CNN doesn't understand how many hours of research one has to put into the events of January 6 to speak competently about them on-air. Kayyem is very smart and also very qualified. Those facts have nothing to do with whether she knows much about the January 6 insurrection.
One of the many problems we have with cable news today is that analysts are selected for their credentials and their general expertise rather than their research and their specific expertise.

So we end up with very smart people saying very stupid things on very important topics.
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Feb 22, 2021
The Steele dossier remains one of the most lied-about items of the whole Trump presidency. Republicans lie about Steele's background, motivations, knowledge, funders and claims. They lie about the dossier timeline and they lie about its provenance and they lie about its accuracy.
We must also understand that it's no surprise that Republicans lie about the dossier. When the author of a dossier tells you in advance that 30% of it is likely inaccurate, as long as you lie about him telling you that and claim he didn't you can spend years pointing out the 30%.
Steele is an honorable man who had been a valuable FBI partner for years when *Republicans* approached him to try to keep Donald Trump from the presidency. When the GOP folded and accepted Trump as its Lord and Savior, a law firm hired Steele to continue his overseas work.
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Sep 18, 2020
Folks, after *two-plus years* of hundreds of you—literally—pleading with Rachel Maddow's MSNBC program to have me on (thank you for tagging me in these kind requests), I want you to know that the staff at the show have finally *heard you* loud and clear and unfollowed this feed
PS/ The above tweet, while 100% true, is intended to be funny—as I don't sweat it one way or another whether MSNBC invites me on again (12 invitations/12 cancellations was enough for me, as I told Macmillan). But I thought folks would like to know you can stop petitioning Rachel.
PS2/ I really do appreciate the effort you all made to get the Proof series noticed by Rachel. She's a metajournalist on TV and I'm a metajournalist in print, so it made sense for there to be a synergy (and her program Twitter feed following mine for years made it seem possible).
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Sep 18, 2020
So great to be back on the BBC tonight! Felt like no time had passed at all...though in fact, I'd written a 1,000-page book since I was last on, and as I think more about that I... OK, yeah, time has passed. Writing each of the Proof books was a grueling, disorienting experience.
I remember back in August 2018, when I was working with S&S on how to create a metajournalistic epic, and it was like—I'm serious—a math problem. How do you write a book with 75+ metanarratives, 250+ narratives, 400 characters.... and no scenes, dialogue, or character exposition?
I always hoped I'd have a chance to talk to another journalist about the process of creating the Proof series, because it really did feel like trying to invent a new subgenre of nonfiction. Folks who read the Proof series don't realize how it was constructed: from the inside out.
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