Josh Marshall

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It is worth noting that even though Sarah Palin passed over Ted Cruz in endorsing Donald Trump, this has not stopped Cruz from trying to hitch a ride on Palin Grievance Wagon, albeit as a tag along. Cruz slammed the "dirty ... unprincipled ... [and] wrong" decision of many media outlets to report Palin's son Track's arrest for domestic assault.

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I see Donald Trump is now saying he'll move the US Embassy to Jerusalem (a standard and never fulfilled commitment from all Republican candidates and many Democratic ones.) Honestly, from Trump I'd expect nothing less than rebuilding the Temple. Trump Temple. It could be public private partnership. Luxury money changing tables, holy of holies, possibly holy of holy of holies just to punch it up a bit.

The last rebuilder of the Temple was Herod, a grandchild of Idumean forced converts to Judaism, but a Trump like figure in his own way, a big builder, larger than life, a fair amount of family drama. He tore down the old Temple and rebuilt it in a really classy way for the ages.

Alas, it was torn down a few decades later.

A few days ago I saw a former employee muse on social media that the only plausible explanation for this election cycle was that I had found a golden lamp and summoned a genie with it. It's an interesting theory I'm not in a position to comment on. But looking at today's historic Palin endorsement of Donald Trump, I think, forces us to rethink the last half dozen years and understand Sarah Palin not as a disgraced has-been but as a Republican innovator who arrived before her time.

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The night before Sarah Palin's historic endorsement of celebrity businessman Donald Trump, her son Track Palin, 26, was arrested for domestic assault after allegedly punching and kicking his girlfriend and then threatening to shoot himself in the head with his AR-15 assault rifle. At one point, according court document, Track was “holding onto a gun, yelling ‘do you think I’m a p---y?’ and ‘do you think I won’t do it?’”

You may have noticed that over the weekend I flagged this odd, possibly disturbing news that one of the top Oregon militants, spokesman LaVoy Finicum, is mad that Arizona child protective services has removed four foster children (all adolescent boys) from his custody back at his ranch in Arizona. The removal is apparently tied to the stand-off because the timing coincides. But there's no direct evidence of that and no comments from the state authorities. Two things jumped out at me: first, you're not supposed to live off your foster kids, certainly not as your sole source of income, as Finicum himself suggests they are. Second, something I didn't mention in my initial post: is Finicum using these boys - seemingly between four and as many as eight or more at a time - for free labor on the ranch? There is no evidence that this is happening and Finicum has a large family of his own which presumably does a lot of work on his ranch.

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Early on Sunday, a man believed to be one of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge militants, was driving on Greenhouse Lane near Hines, Oregon when he "failed to navigate a 25 mph curve in his white 2003 Ford van. He traveled off the road and crashed through a barbed-wire fence, ending up about 150 feet off the roadway."

Happily, Darrow Burke, 57 of Ukiah, California, was uninjured. The van didn't seem to come out of it as well as the picture above attests. Hines is the town immediately adjacent to Burns, the town just outside the wildlife refuge.

Burke was cited for driving without a license. But you don't get arrested for that, just cited, so he was allowed to hitch a ride back into Hines with the tow truck driver and apparently back to the stand off.

My first response to this debate is just how wildly different the Democratic debates are from the Republican debates. Some small part of that is tied to just how many Republican candidates there are. Some of it turns on the especially incendiary personalities of some of those candidates. But most of it turns on relative primacy of factual discussion in the Democratic debates and the lack of the bellicose often verging on apocalyptic rhetoric that has become the baseline of the Republican conversation.

Put simply, the Republican debates are great in publishing terms. I'll grant that they are high drama. They're toxic in civic terms.

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10:42 PM: If Gov O'Malley is converting to Islam that's huge.

10:43 PM: Hillary really would have been well served by more debates.

10:44 PM: "That questions annoys me." (As well it should.)