Josh Marshall

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Jeb Bush went on Hannity yesterday afternoon to try to recover the Iraq answer from the day before. It wasn't pretty. In case you missed it, here's what happened.

I'm a heavy Facebook user in my personal life, with friends and family, as I'm sure many of you are too. It's also a very key part of our distribution and reader recruitment strategy at TPM. I say that to be clear that we and I are deeply invested in the Facebook ecosystem. But one of things I find fascinating about Facebook's efforts to assimilate much of the news publishing industry is the mix of genuine newness and benign unfamiliarity with the business and trade practices of journalism on the one hand combined with a realistically confident assumption whatever they don't figure out at first doesn't really matter all that much because they're still Facebook and you have to do what we want you to do.

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These pictures from tonight's fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia are harrowing and sobering, especially if you spend a lot of time going back and forth between DC and New York on this train. Just filed photos of the rescue efforts after the jump.

So far at least five people are confirmed dead and 49 more people injured, six in critical condition.

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Something like a year ago I had conversations - entirely independent of each other - with very high level publishing executives at two of Facebook's newly announced partners for Instant Articles. They came from two of the more venerable names on the list. And this was when Facebook was first pitching them on the idea of this co-publishing project, deep under the veil of tightly woven NDAs. As they related it to me, in these initial conversations with the traveling Facebook execs, their first reactions to their faces was some variant of "you've got to be f-cking kidding."

To which the Facebookers replied with a mix of genuine surprise and restrained indifference.

Bush follows up on 'based on what we know now' ...

"I interpreted the question wrong, I guess. I was talking about given what people knew then, would you have done it? Rather than knowing what we know now. And knowing what we know now, clearly there were mistakes as it related to faulty intelligence in the lead up to the war and the lack of focus on security. My brother's admitted this. And we have to learn from that ... Yeah, I don't know what that decision would've been. That's a hypothetical but the simple fact was mistakes were made, as they always are in life and foreign policy. So we need to learn from the past to make sure we're strong and secure going forward."

I've compressed the answers together here, taking out cross talk with Hannity. But it captures the gist of the floundering. Click here to see a more detailed rendition of the exchange. The upshot is he didn't understand the question but still isn't willing to answer it now that he does.

It's good for yucks that presidential candidate Ben Carson thinks that the Dred Scott decision shows the President does not have to abide the rulings of the Supreme Court. That is, in fact, not what it shows. Perhaps there's a revolutionary or moral argument. But in historical terms and in terms of constitutional practice that is most definitely not what it shows.

And as historian Kevin Kruse points out, we have no less an authority on this point than Abraham Lincoln, who laid it out explicitly in his speech on ... Dred Scott.

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