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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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There was a major debate within the NSA back in 2009 over whether to end the phone records collection program that was a key Snowden revelation back in 2013. The agency dissent was serious enough that the new Obama administration debated ending the program in 2009, but ultimately chose not to.

Did Chris Christie quietly dump his crackpot Ebola quarantine policy when no one was looking? It looks like he did. But we may need your help to prove it.

Remember, last month, Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new policy in which health care workers who'd had contact with Ebola victims in West Africa would be subject to a mandatory 21 day quarantine regardless of symptoms. After Kaci Hickox was released from her ramshackle quarantine in North Jersey, Christie blusterfully insisted that nothing had changed about his policy had changed. So what's happened since then?

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Months ago there was a series of articles suggesting that whatever bad publicity Uber was getting, it was still publicity. And for Uber there really was no such thing as bad publicity.

I think that has now changed.

As recently as yesterday, I was seeing people either saying they'd deleted their Uber apps or exhorting other people to do so on social media. But then it seemed largely a matter of principle or solidarity with high-profile journalists like Sarah Lacy who'd crossed swords with Uber execs.

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So believe it or not, Steve King gets a veto on who gets to be the GOP nominee in 2016. Kilgore has the story.

Gun sales skyrocketing in Ferguson. This should all go splendidly. From the Post ...

Ku Klux Klan leaders have handed out fliers in Ferguson that threaten “lethal force” against protesters, businesses have boarded up their storefronts, and local gun retailers say sales have skyrocketed. Law enforcement officials have warned of groups of “outside agitators” who could descend on the city after the announcement and incite violence.

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“These people are afraid,” said Steve King, the owner of Metro Shooting Supplies in nearby Bridgeton. King says his store typically sells 30 to 40 firearms a week. This week, it has sold 250. “One hundred percent of them are buying because of Ferguson.”

Uber CEO (seemingly in both senses) Travis Kalanick now says his fellow executive's suggestion that Uber might oppo research and try to smear a critical female journalist was a "terrible" idea. Yes, I would say that is probably right.

Separate from the details of this incident, it's been quite a while since I've seen what is by any measure an amazingly successful startup manage to generate this much negative publicity based fairly narrowly on the behavior of its top executives.

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