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Josh Marshall

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I don't normally do this. But I'm reprinting this post in a thread from The Hive (sub req), as though it were a reader email. I don't think it requires much explanation. It speaks for itself ...

It's incredibly unfair that it worked out this way but I think the historical take of the biggest success of the Obama presidency will be this.

As a white, suburban, middle++ aged liberal, I saw the run up to his first election as proof of what I believed for a long time - we were in a post-racial world where the only thing that was holding individuals of color back was a willingness to do the hard work that the rest of us were doing to get ahead.

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I want to be very clear on the point I'm about to make so that I'm not misunderstood. Gov. Nixon of Missouri put out a statement this evening on the situation in Ferguson. Much of it is boilerplate that wouldn't surprise or inspire you. (I'm reprinting it in its entirety at the end of this post.) The gist is that to move forward peace needs to be restored in Ferguson and there needs to be justice in the case of the precipitating event - the death of Michael Brown. (There is a separate controversy over Nixon's decision not to appoint a special prosecutor - which I think is a mistake.) But in the key line - the part two of his statement he says that "a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued."

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This is St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, who's been involved on the ground from the very beginning. Struck that it's a very different take on what's going on tonight.

If you're up, here are two livestreams I'm watching. One and two.

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