Josh Marshall

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Did the Ryan boom last less than 24 hours? Or was the whole thing just more establishment delusion? I guess we don't know their final answer yet. But the tone coming out of the 'Freedom Caucus' seems to tell the story clear enough. Caucus co-founder Matt Salmon compared Ryan's demands for family time to "interviewing a maid for a job and she says, ‘I don’t clean windows, I don’t do floors, I don’t do beds, these are the hours I’ll work."

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When the White House announced that Joe Biden would be making an announcement in the Rose Garden with the President at his side it was pretty clear Biden was a no. The only other possibility was that Obama had moved to a level of Not Giving a F*ck mode beyond anything we've seen before. Obama: Okay, folks, I've watched both these two work on the great issues of our time. And you want Joe. Trust me. Joe's the guy.

No, that didn't happen.

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You won't believe this: House Freedom caucus doesn't like Paul Ryan's conditions.

You read the headline right. Sometimes someone digs so deep down into bullshit that there comes a moment when they are entirely surrounded by it - up, down, right, left. Those are good moments to say: how did I get here? And how do I get out? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had one of those moments today. But those questions did not occur to him.

In case you're wondering: the headline is not a tease. In a speech Tuesday, in an effort to make his case about Palestinian provocations and violence against Jews, the Israel Prime Minister actually found his way into defending Adolf Hitler.

Here's how it went down.

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You see the news in our feature story that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) just sort of announced his candidacy for the Speakership. We'll have more reported details shortly. But the gist is he's going to try to turn the dynamic of the GOP caucus on its head. I emphasize, try.

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Expat Canadian TPM Reader TSD checks in with some background on what happened last night up north ...


I was wondering if/when you were you going to post about the election in Canada!

I'm an expat Canadian living in the NY area. This has been an incredibly fascinating election, not least because the leader of the Liberal Party is the son of the legendary PM of the 1970's and 1980's, Pierre Trudeau.

Trudeau is largely responsible for shaping the Canada that the rest of the world is familiar with; small 'l' liberal, progressive taxes, multicultural, non-interventionist, peacekeeping. He was friendly with Jimmy Carter and Fidel Castro (here's a picture of Castro holding New PM Justin Trudeau's brother, Michel as a baby) and by some accounts with John Lennon and Yoko Ono; he opened relations with China before Nixon made it cool. He is literally a modern founding father of Canada, in that he repatriated our constitution from the United Kingdom and pushed through the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (our bill of rights) in the early 1980's.

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Catherine Thompson just updated us on the latest stumble for Rep. Trey Gowdy and his laughable Benghazi committee. Now he's had to return donations tied to the PAC that ran that anti-Hillary ad with Chris Stevens' tombstone. Dan Backer ran Gowdy's own leadership PAC until Gowdy got the Benghazi gig and then left for StopHillaryPac (See the article linked above for the details). So look what turns up in our inbox when you search the StopHillaryPac email and Gowdy's name. Image after the jump.

Definitely, arms length.

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