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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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We made two major upgrades to the site overnight.

One area where we've been behind for a while is on our mobile site. Overnight we launched an entirely new mobile site for smartphones. It's been in development for a few months. It is dramatically faster and smoother than the old site. And it includes access to a number of parts of the site that were never available on smartphone mobile before.

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Denny Hastert's Alma Mater, Wheaton College, a highly regarded Christian college in Illinois, has removed his name for the school's public policy center.

UPDATE: We're now back up and running with a new and pretty dramatically improved version of the software that runs public comments and The Hive. We'll be working on minor fixes through the day.

We're currently doing an upgrade to the software that manages our commenting system and The Hive. So they are currently offline and will remain so overnight. We will update you here when they are back online.

News just broke that Vice President Biden's son, Beau Biden, former Delaware Attorney General, has died of brain cancer.

Statement from the VP's office ...

It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.

The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us—especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter.

Beau's life was defined by service to others. As a young lawyer, he worked to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo. A major in the Delaware National Guard, he was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. As Delaware’s Attorney General, he fought for the powerless and made it his mission to protect children from abuse.

More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother. His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father's saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.

In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.

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Ever since yesterday's shock revelations, it seemed like news like this would come out as the underlying bad act behind Denny Hastert's public downfall. Because of that, the almost decade old Mark Foley scandal has rushed back into the minds of everyone who covered that story at the time. To review, if you weren't around at the time, in the death throes of the old Republican majority, in September 2006 it emerged that Congressman Mark Foley had had sexual interactions with male members of the Congressional page program, i.e., high school age students. Foley was not out as a gay man; though I think it was widely known or at least assumed that he was gay.

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Yesterday, when the Hastert news first broke, I went in thinking that the timeline made sense because Denny Hastert, like so many other politicians, got an extremely lucrative job as a lobbyist after leaving Congress. When Individual A approached Hastert in 2010 asking for money, that made sense because it was only then that he had the kind of wealth that would make it even remotely conceivable for him to pay out $3.5 million.

I'd assumed that he'd started making money in 2007 from a cold start. But I'd forgotten that Hastert, who entered public life in the middle class, left public office a very wealth man.

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Remember a month or so back when those two gay hoteliers from New York got in a heap of trouble for hosting the extremely anti-gay rights Ted Cruz at a dinner/fundraiser at their luxe New York apartment? But, wait, no it wasn't a fundraiser!

Well, yes it was. The two guys, Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass were just getting some good press this weekend in the Times ... finally ... now portrayed as well-meaning but bumbling political neophytes who'd stumbled into the Cruz mess. But now it comes out, after the fairly glowing weekend article and repeated denials, that Ian Reisner actually did give a max-out contribution to Cruz right when the dinner took place.

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