Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Rand Paul, like Ted Cruz, will never be president. It is highly, highly unlikely either will be nominated. No, I will not say this about each candidate who announces. But it is notable that these two - who are essentially media creations - are the first two in. The alleged coalition Paul is striving to create is deeply improbable, if not downright impossible. But quite apart from that, and many other profound liabilities, there's just one that will inevitably sink him: a long, long history of conspiracy theories which are uniformly whacky and often veer into the rantings of the militia, white supremacist and neo-confederate right. Here's one that is simply whacky that came to mind as I was reading the Paul coverage this morning.

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But while fellow “constitutional conservatives” like Ted Cruz imagine a winning coalition composed of GOP “base” voters psyched out of their skulls along with nonvoters who have been secretly pining for a rightwing savior, Paul’s electability argument is that his eccentric path back to the policies of the distant past will attract key elements of the other party’s base.

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A white police officer has been charged with murder after video emerged showing him shooting a black motorists as he ran away. The video is shocking.

The camera was not a dash or body cam. It appears to have been shot by a bystander. But in almost every case cameras are the friend or whoever is telling the truth. And just as important, they shape behavior, probably actually preventing some tragedies from happening in the first place.

We just published this piece by Kirsten Schofield who recounts how she herself was the victim of an attempted rape at UVA and cannot forgive or accept the apology of Sabrina Erdely, the reporter on the now-notorious Rolling Stone story. You should simply read the piece rather rely on my gloss. But there is one thing that stood out to me in this piece: Schofield's description of the very different responsibilities—radical empathy and belief and scrutiny and distance of rape crisis counselors and advocates on the one hand, and journalists (and though she doesn't mention it explicitly, investigators) on the other. Here is the piece.

There is no shortage of hyperbolic commentary about the framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. But one strain of the conversation is particularly odd and deserves more attention. In what can only taken as a tacit admission that the proposed restrictions on Iran's program are quite strong, we are now hearing that the agreement needs to include restrictions on Iranian ballistic missile development, support for Hezbollah and Hamas, support for the Assad regime in Syria, support for terrorism and even more amorphously an end to destabilizing the Middle East. Perhaps most preposterously, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is demanding that Iranian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

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It seems like we are well into the concern-troll phase of the cake-pizza-flower wars/freedom movement, which one might call either an organized retreat or a fall back to guerrilla insurgency in the all but lost battle against gay marriage. Because really, a lot of this is not that complicated. If you ask a baker to bake a cake that says "God hates gays" and they refuse, that's not an imposition on your religion - unless you're a complete moron.

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I happened to see the photo above while reviewing AP images for another story. I was immediately struck by what - to American eyes - it cannot help but look like. The costume, color, hats, night-time procession all bring to mind the Ku Klux Klan. But it is something entirely different - these are penitents of the Jesus Yacente brotherhood taking part in Holy Week procession in Zamora, Spain, on Good Friday, one of hundreds of penitential processions that take place during Holy Week in Spain. Though not unique to it, religious brotherhoods and penitential processions are a particularly pronounced part of Iberian Catholicism, both in the Iberian Peninsula and in Latin America, the Phillipines and other parts of the world. The images are striking both for their inherent beauty and solemnity but also as an illustration of the unique emotive power certain imagery can take on in different cultures - jm.

Penitents of the Jesus Yacente brotherhood take part in a Holy Week procession in Zamora, Spain, Friday, April 3, 2015.

A penitent stands to listen a mass as he takes part in "La Carrera" procession by the 'Vera Cruz' brotherhood in Villarrin de Campos, Spain, Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Penitents take part in "Nuestro Senor Atado a la Columna, Maria Santisima de la Paz y San Juan Evangelista" Holy Week procession in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain, Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

A girl collects wax from a penitent large candle during the Holy Week procession of "Nuestro Senor Atado a la Columna, Maria Santisima de la Paz y San Juan Evangelista" in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain, Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Penitents take part in "Santisimo Cristo del Perdon, Maria Santisima de la Piedad y San Juan Evangelista" Holy Week procession in Arcos de La Frontera, Spain, Wednesday, April 1, 2015 .

Hooded penitents from "El Calvario" brotherhood take part during a Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Penitents talk as they take part in the a procession of "La Soledad" during the Holy Week in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, April 4, 2015.

Penitents prepare to take part in the procession of the "Exaltacion de La Santa Cruz" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Zaragoza, northern Spain, Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Penitents of the Jesus Yacente brotherhood take part in a Holy Week procession in Zamora, Spain, Friday, April 3, 2015.