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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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My friend Jeff Goldberg goes to great lengths in this new article to get us to take Michael Oren and his new book ('Ally') seriously and not be led astray by the book's publicity campaign or the opeds Oren himself has written in support of it, which are apparently far less nuanced than the book itself. And yet, in Jeff's interview, Oren comes off as precisely the over-clever asshole Goldberg wants him not to be. We hear again and again from Oren's defenders (and to be clear, Goldberg isn't really defending him, as much as he'd clearly like to) that the former Israeli ambassador wanted to write a book about the fatal shortcomings of President Obama's Iran diplomacy and yet somehow accidentally wrote a book in which he not only psychoanalyzes President Obama but all of American Jewry. The latter are too conflicted and defensive about their identity as Jews not to give thanks that they were born in the same era as Benjamin Netanyahu, the embodiment of the Jewish people who brings together both Maimonides and Herzl into one unified, deluxe Jewish person. (I hate it when that happens!) Because there is no possible reason other than a psychological one why American Jews might not genuflect at the Netanyahu altar.

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The "judicial tyranny" gets really long-in-the-tooth when you're forced to argue that it is "judicial tyranny" when a Court will not overrule the legislature and executive.

The editor of the Berkshire Eagle, a community paper in western Massachusetts, is taking heat for and now explaining (with a good explanation) why the Eagle published an op-ed by a guy named Steven Nikitas, a "conservative activist" from Pittsfield.

As editor Kevin Moran explains, Nikitas is one of several people who contribute op-eds 'from the right' on behalf of the local Republican party. It seems Nikitas's latest editorial on the "debased", "immature" and "cowardly" culture of black America got a lot of people upset.

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