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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Here's video of a massive fireworks ceremony filmed by a drone flying through the show.

To see a larger version, which I strongly recommend, click 'read more' to see the full post.

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It is perhaps the most iconic American photograph of the 20th century.

On February 23rd, 1945, US Marines captured Mount Suribachi, a key strategic objective in the Battle of Iwo Jima, a tiny Volcanic island approximately 750 miles south of Tokyo. Contrary to a widespread but erroneous belief, the photograph was not staged. Marines under the command Lieutenant Colonel Chandler Johnson had raised a smaller flag shortly after the position was taken just after 10 AM on the 23rd. But Johnson believed the flag was too small to be seen at a distance and had a second, much larger flag raised later the same day. Three of the six men captured in the image would be killed in action on Iwo Jima over the next four weeks - Harlon Block, Franklin Sousley, and Michael Strank. The three survivors were Marines Rene Gagnon and Ira Hayes, and Sailor John Bradley. The island was declared secure on March 26.

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Richard Mellon Scaife died this morning at the age of 82. The cause was cancer, a diagnosis he announced in his newspaper less than 2 months ago. His national profile had diminished considerably since the middle 90s when he became a Koch brothers like figure, vilified by Democrats as the funder and propagator of various conspiracy-theory peddling groups attacking then-President Clinton, and cheered for the same reasons by conservatives. Oddly Scaife and Clinton himself managed a reconciliation of sorts during the late Bush years. There were also less known aspects of Scaife's philanthropy: he was a major supporter of and a contributor to Planned Parenthood.

One note: Scaife's fortune was recently reported as $1.3 billion. Obviously that's an astronomical sum - enough to keep numerous organizations humming along for a lifetime, as he did. But this strikes me as another sign of the impact of the last twenty years. In today's terms, he would only make it into the mid-tier of major politics-playing plutocrats.

Postscript: A good portrait of the man in this WaPo obit.

If you're getting ready for your Fourth of July weekend and want to read something both oddly fascinating and hilarious, read this piece Tom Kludt wrote this afternoon about a guy named Charles Johnson and his new book with St Martin's Press. Johnson's the guy who's been riling up the aftermath of the Mississippi senate runoff with widely disputed claims that the Cochran campaign was paying black voters to vote for Cochran. But more interestingly he's been on a kind of crazy twitter tear with a mix of manic self-promotion, raw trash talk, accusations of complicity in killing a man, a bizarre series of threats and macho-jousting with one of the DC GOP top press guys and a running series of battles with various people tied to the Cochran campaign. He's the guy who published call-in information for his McDanielite supporters to crash a Cochran conference call yesterday, a call which was very much crashed and led to the unforgettable moment when the call was taken over by a wild McDanielite ranting about buying the votes of black people who would otherwise be out "picking Cotton" - making clear once and for all there's definitely nothing racial about any of this.

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The Nevada Sheriff who played the role of intermediary between Cliven Bundy and the BLM says the BLM's tactics helped escalate the crisis. But this quote also gives some sense of the frustrations inherent in trying to deal with Mr. Bundy ...

"My counsel (to Bundy) was: You have no legal standing; you choose not to go to federal court and argue your case," Gillespie said. "But he would not recognize the federal government. So dealing with him wasn't making a lot of success."

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