Josh Marshall

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We're now down to 165 sign ups short of our final membership drive goal of 2000 new members of TPM Prime. That's 111 new sign ups since yesterday. Thank you to all 1835 of you who've signed up. Can you help us get to the finish line. Click here.

Whatever you think of the name "Redskins", the epically hapless response from the Redskins organization and more pratfalls like this one only becomes comprehensible when you remember that the team hired Lanny Davis and Ari Fleischer to direct their public campaign to defend the name.

Was the Daily Caller's discredited Menendez/hooker story really the work of a Cuban intelligence operation? The CIA has reportedly obtained evidence that the Caller was actually an unwitting accomplice in a Cuban intelligence operation aimed at discrediting one of the most anti-Castro Democrats in the Senate just as he was about to take over the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Arresting, fascinating, horrifying photos of 'Breaker Boys', young boys usually between 8 and 12 years old, employed in coal mining until the early decades of the 20th century. Amazing photos. Take a look.

'Breaker boys' were young boys, usually between the ages of 8 and 12 years old, employed in breaking stage of coal mining, breaking mined coal into relatively uniform sized pieces by hand and separating out impurities such as rock, slate, sulphur, clay and soil. While increasing public pressure in the late 19th century led to a series of reforms regulating the minimum age of boys hired as breakers, enforcement was lax at best. Yet breaker boys were far from passive figures in the often tumultuous and sometimes violent world of late 19th and early 20th century mining. They were known for precocious labor militancy and a rejection of adult authority.

Lewis Wickes Hine, working on behalf of the National Child Labor Committee, took these photos at the Pennsylvania Coal Company facilities in South Pittston, Pennsylvania in February 1911.

Quoted captions come from the original photos.

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Update: We're currently at 83 sign-ups for the day. So we're within 200 of our final goal (see below). Help us finish the day with an even 100. And thank you!


I told you little over a month ago that we were launching a membership drive for Prime. We have one week left. We've done well. 1728 of you have signed up. But we really need to get to 2000. So we have 272 sign ups to go and a week to get there. If TPM matters to you, if you want to join us, if you just want a premium, less cluttered TPM experience, please take a moment to sign up. Just click right here.

It really matters a lot. And I personally thank you in advance.

I'll keep you posted on our progress.