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Josh Marshall

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As we noted here, an Atlantic article by Jeff Goldberg has reignited the smoldering war of words and emotion between Benjamin Netanyahu and the Obama administration. Capturing most of the attention is an unnamed administration official calling Netanyahu, among other things, a "chickenshit." It's important to understand the aim of the barb - namely that Netanyahu is too scared of losing power in Israel to take the steps necessary to achieve a settlement or even a substantial improvement of relations with the Palestinians.

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A pretty disturbing incident from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

What was purportedly a Halloween display on the front lawn of a residence at Fort Campbell was not surprisingly deemed "offensive in nature" by base officials who requested that the resident remove the display. As you can see in the picture, the display appears to depict an African-American family, with each member being hanged from a tree. The child in the display has a knife in its back.

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Pope Francis Tuesday on the rights of the poor: "If I talk about this, some will think that the pope is communist. They don't understand that love for the poor is at the center of the Gospel. Demanding this isn't unusual, it's the social doctrine of the church."

I want to zoom in on something Chris Christie said yesterday. Because it's such an obvious lie about such an important topic that it deserves attention. As you know, over the weekend Govs. Christie and Cuomo put in place a tough, mandatory quarantine policy which would require all medical workers who'd treated Ebola patients in West Africa to undergo a mandatory 21 day quarantine. (21 days is considered the longest possible incubation period for the disease.)

The whole point of the policy was that it didn't matter if the clinicians were symptomatic when they returned to the US. They were supposed to be isolated so they couldn't infect other people if and when they did become symptomatic, like Dr. Spencer did in New York City.

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Here's a pretty boffo Chris Christie interview this morning, trying to salvage his Ebola quarantine fiasco. It's not surprising that he tries to claim he didn't change the policy. That's standard for pols, particularly ones like Christie. But he actually claims that the nurse was symptomatic for Ebola (not true) and had a temperature (not true). They held on to her for 24 hours and now that she apparently doesn't or no longer has Ebola they're letting her go. Its a tour de force of projectile nonsense, with a high viral load of derp. Watch.

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