Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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The next big judicial challenge to the President's executive authority: will the courts strike down his big immigration executive order? There's a major appeals court hearing this Friday. And there are a lot of parallels to the contorted logic that got the King v Burwell case all the way to the Supreme Court. Andrew Pincus has the story.

There's a fascinating conflict of values, priorities and equities taking place now in Memphis, Tennessee. The Memphis City Council just voted unanimously to dig up and remove the remains of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife from their current resting place in a city park. On the one hand (and I think probably on several hands), this starts to seem a bit excessive. It's one thing to lower a flag or relocate a statue. But while bodies are sometimes disinterred and relocated to new grave sites, there's a default level of respect and finality we accord to the resting places of the dead, quite apart from the political realities of the day. And yet, there's a bit more to the story.

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When did the final moment come in your mind? There are so many contenders. For me it's the cultural destruction of the Dukes of Hazzard or perhaps the announced decision of golfer Bubba Watson, who bought the original 'General Lee', that he will paint over the Confederate Flag on the 1969 Dodge Charger's roof and replace it with an American flag. But whatever the breakthrough moment is, there's no way not to stand in awe at the rapidity of the change. Across the country, or more specifically across the South, one-time supporters of the Confederate flag, supporters of flying it over state capitols or in other places of reverence, have suddenly decided that the flag's day is done. But there's a parallel movement afoot.

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1955: A staunch segregationist sheriff (Willis V. McCall) reclassifies a "white" family Lake Country, Florida as "black", triggering a forced move out of a white neighborhood, expulsion from white schools and this article in Ebony magazine.