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Josh Marshall

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Here at TPM HQ we're listening to the Director of the Secret Service testify on Capitol Hill. I'll start by saying that my understanding of this Secret Service/jumper controversy has changed pretty dramatically (as I suspect it has for many) after we found out yesterday that the jumper not only made it into the White House but actually ran around pretty far inside it. (Here's a map that illustrates just how far he got.) Indeed, he got pretty close to the actual living quarters of the First Family. That's amazing. And I say this as someone who's been in those rooms that he ran around and has seen just how many Secret Service agents and members of the military (though they're not there in a protective capacity) are packed into the White House.

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As we consider the tempest in a teapot of a possible Mitt 2016 run, here's a very interesting passage Mark Leibovich's piece on Romney in the Times Magazine.

“I was talking to one of my political advisers,” Romney continued, “and I said: ‘If I had to do this again, I’d insist that you literally had a camera on me at all times” — essentially employing his own tracker, as opposition researchers call them. “I want to be reminded that this is not off the cuff.”

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TPM Reader PT has some thoughts on the less immediately obvious impacts of the return of terror politics ...

I certainly see your point on the return of terror politics. I'd like to add a couple of things, though:

First, I think there's another component of the return of terror politics which you didn't explicitly mention, which is the effect it has on Democratic Party base voters. Speaking for myself, when the whole "we're gonna bomb ISIS" thing happened, my own thoughts / feelings were, "Great, here we go again, only this time with Obama instead of Bush."

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Check out this map that shows just how far that fence jumper got into the White House. It's genuinely shocking that anyone could get that far into the compound without being stopped. I've been there. Lots of security.

Even setting aside the mania about different electoral prediction models, it seems clear something significant has happened in the last ten days or so, perhaps ephemeral but significant nonetheless. And that something is a clear shift of Senate fortunes in favor of Republicans. The main drivers are the races in Alaska, Iowa and Colorado.

In each case, there are internal reasons put forward to explain the change ... a debate, a major gaffe, previously thin poll data. But there's a separate factor; and I wonder whether it's playing a roll buoying Republican candidates. That is, the return of terror politics.

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Sea level rise is only one effect of climate warming. But it's one of the most linear and easiest to grasp. On Conrad Hackett's Twitter feed (a must follow, imo) I saw this study which was produced by Climate Central and then visualized by The Upshot. The upshot is that when it comes to the direct effects of rising sea levels - submersion and regular flooding - all countries are not equal. The impact is heavily weighted toward East and especially Southeast Asia.

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