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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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This is amazing, comical, sad. From Roll Call

In the hours after President Donald Trump said on an Oct. 17 radio broadcast that he had contacted nearly every family that had lost a military servicemember this year, the White House was hustling to learn from the Pentagon the identities and contact information for those families, according to an internal Defense Department email.

The email exchange, which has not been previously reported, shows that senior White House aides were aware on the day the president made the statement that it was not accurate — but that they should try to make it accurate as soon as possible, given the gathering controversy.

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Episode 24 of The Josh Marshall Show (sub req): I talk to author Frank Foer about his new book “World Without Mind”, how big tech is changing the nature of our lives and our understanding of who we are.

Today White House Press Briefing may turn out to be uglier than yesterday’s. Sarah Sanders just doubled down on the phony FBI building story, claimed Wilson said the really bad things off camera and then it was “highly inappropriate” to get into a “debate” with a Marine 4 Star General.

“If you want to go after General Kelly that’s up to you but i think that that … if you want to get into a debate with a Four Star Marine General I think that that’s something highly inappropriate.”

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Last night I noted the Miami Herald report which made it pretty clear that John Kelly had gotten his facts very wrong in his attack on Rep. Wilson’s comments at that FBI building dedication ceremony back in 2015. But they couldn’t get the actual video. Well, now the Sun-Sentinel has the video.

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Why is most of the legitimate press ignoring that new Hillary/Uranium story Trumpers are going crazy about? Mainly it’s the story. But it’s also the byline: John Solomon. I explain with an Editor’s Brief (sub req).

Conservatives are screaming that the ‘MSM’ is ignoring this new Hillary Clinton/Uranium story. I think the story itself gives a pretty good explanation of why it’s generally being ignored outside of the Fox-o-sphere. But I wanted to give you some more background that may be helpful to understanding the dynamics.

The key is the byline: John Solomon.

For years, Solomon was a top national politics reporter for the AP. His byline was ubiquitous. Over time, he also became notorious. Among colleagues he was known as the softest touch for GOP oppo researchers. All reporters get oppo research from partisans. They should. It can provide great leads. But oppo always comes with huge helpings of spin that can range from merely cosmetic to flat out dishonest. It is the reporter’s job to sift it down to the verifiable facts and determine whether there’s a story. Solomon was the guy for Republicans to go when no one else would bite.

A decade-plus ago when I would watch all this stuff I had a hard time getting a sense of whether Solomon was a partisan or whether he was just easy and Republicans were more aggressive about pitching him than Democrats. It was literally a source of jokes among Republican operatives that if you had something no one else would run with you would bring it to Solomon. I heard a lot of them.

Solomon’s subsequent career resolved any confusion. For the last decade or so he’s bounced around mainly right-wing media outlets like The Washington Times. Most recently he resurfaced as the head of Circa, once a legitimate and innovative news site that was purchased by Sinclair Broadcasting and turned into a kind Trump-ite chop-shop. (Look at how many only-on-Fox stories over recent months were published by Circa. Recently he left Circa for The Hill. And now here we are.

Every story should be analyzed on its own merits. As I said, this story doesn’t really add up even if you don’t look at the byline. But I think Solomon’s track record is probably adding to the perception that the story is another hit job aimed at drawing attention away from the Russia scandal and all the other damaging stories surrounding the President. Why The Hill hooked up with Solomon is another question and is a bit of a mystery to me.

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A bit later in sharing these than usual, most are now a couple days old. One is more than two years old. But that one is included because it turns out to be one of the most significant pieces written in years.

Russian trolls were schooled on ‘House of Cards’

Las Vegas judge who told felons if they meet probation requirements they can vote for Trump in 2020 says she wanted to ‘invoke some humor’

Jared Kushner Adds Charles Harder to Legal Team as Pressure Mounts

Russian Internet Trolls Sought to Co-Opt Unwitting American Activists

The Agency (This Adrian Chen is more than two years old. But it is the map that in critical ways anticipated the Russian influence operation that struck the US in 2016.)

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Lost in the storm and anguish over John Kelly’s attacks today was a sobering reality. The ideological and rhetorical spine of his remarks was a paean to MAGA. The old days were good. We had real religion. Things were right with women. There was no abortion. Honor was sacred and respected. Now it’s all crap because of people like Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D), a showboater from Florida who transgressed our last sacred space.

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There was a lot to absorb from John Kelly’s verbal fusillade in the White House press briefing. I would say, a lot to criticize. But one of the oddest and cheapest moments came after he lashed out at Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) over her comments about the President. He then brought up a dedication ceremony for a new FBI field office in Miami that he and Wilson attended in the Spring of 2015.

Here’s what Kelly said

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