Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Jeb Bush's new line appears to be I'm my own man, except when it comes to the guys I hire to tell me what to think. As Steve Holland and Philip Klein note, Jeb's list of advisors are chock full of cronies, hangers on and appointees of his father and his brother. There's James Baker, Paul Wolfowitz!, Tom Ridge, Mike Chertoff, Steve Hadley, Mike Hayden and more.

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After the 9/11 greatness, Rudy Giuliani decided to spend the remainder of his days dedicated to stamping out whatever admiration or good will he'd gained from those two or three months with years of hate speech, nonsense and aggravated derp.

Derp after the jump.

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As we ramp up our Prime longform offerings, one of the biggest challenges is finding just the right people to commission to report and write the pieces we're most interested in publishing. So I'm starting this Josh's Assignment Desk feature. Basically here are articles we're looking to publish. Who are the best reporters out there who could tackle them? Here are two I want to publish.

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Over recent months I've become increasingly interested in the stark and fairly recent, even sudden, changes in the global energy economy. We're all seeing lower gas prices, which affects all of us as consumers - either directly or indirectly. These sustained low oil prices, though, may well bankrupt a series of countries around the world which cannot survive with oil stuck around 50 dollars a barrel - something that may persist for two or three years. The growing role of the US as an energy producer is also driving changes in global currency flows in ways that deepen global US financial dominance. Meanwhile the role of oil is declining in the global energy economy with rising use of gas (not so bad) and coal (really, really bad). But happening amidst all of this over the last couple years is a surprising (at least to me) run-up in the use of wind and solar power. We've commissioned a five part series of Prime longform pieces (sub req), looking at all these changes with a particular focus on growth in the wind and solar space. We'll be running this series over the course of the spring.