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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Roy Moore, GOP Senate candidate in Alabama, says the Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage was “worse” than its decision upholding slavery in Dred Scott.

Fascinating twist in the Bowe Bergdahl case. Bergdahl’s lawyers, not surprisingly, have raised the issue of now-President Trump repeatedly calling Bergdahl a “traitor” on the campaign trail. The military judge in the case allowed himself to be questioned by lawyers about his impartiality and insisted he could be impartial. But he had more questions about the perceptions of military justice created by Trump’s comments.

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Robert Mueller is now looking into Democratic uber-lobbyist Tony Podesta as part of his probe into lobbying work tied to Paul Manafort. This is not part to the Russian tampering in the 2016 election but rather the 2012-14 era work in Ukraine that Podesta worked with Manafort on. Tierney Sneed has our story.

This latest news that Bill O’Reilly is blaming the death of the son of his former colleague Eric Bolling on sexual harassment claims against Bolling just makes me think we are in some no-holds-barred competition to see who can be the most terrible.

I don’t know if anyone can beat Bill O’Reilly in this competition.

I didn’t know anyone could make Eric Bolling sympathetic.

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As much as we’d like to believe otherwise, authoritarianism and illiberalism are not new to American politics. Nor do we have to focus on the fact that for almost the first century of our history a substantial percentage of the country’s population was owned as property and were believed to have, as the Chief Justice of the United States put it, “no rights which the white man was bound to respect.” There was also a pronounced anti-democratic turn in American politics in the late 19th century; there were various political movements in the US in the early part of the century which qualify, both on the right and left; even our language of illiberal extremism remains largely defined by Richard J. Hofstadter’s 1964 essay ‘The Paranoid Style in American Politics.’

None of this is new.

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The sourcing on this seems somewhat opaque. But Mashable is reporting that Facebook is testing a new system which would remove publishers from your Facebook timeline unless the publishers pay Facebook. This, frankly, doesn’t terribly surprise me. It’s how monopolies operate.

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Apple is in the process of introducing a series of features (or perhaps better to say, restrictions) to its Safari browser, along with the new version of its operating system OSX High Sierra, which promise to put serious obstacles in the way of advertisers tracking you across the web. There are countless ways this happens. But you see it most clearly when you go check out a new suitcase to purchase at some online vendor and then see suitcase ads following you around the web. Some people find this creepy and annoying. Others find it amusing and don’t care. Probably few consumers would mind seeing it go. But there’s some deeper stuff going on.

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I noted yesterday this great piece of reporting by Roll Call which essentially showed that the White House knew the President was lying from beginning about his claims about calling bereaved families. They then scrambled to get names and contact information from the Pentagon to retroactively make the President’s claims ‘true’ as soon as possible.

Now we have some good follow-on reporting from The Atlantic, showing how the White House started express shipping condolence letters as the crazy week of lies, disgrace and nonsense unfolded.

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