Josh Marshall

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We've had enough of our US elections that we haven't had much of any chance to cover the election tonight in Canada. Suffice it to say, stuff has gotten rough enough for incumbent PM Harper that he actually had to stoop to the level of enlisting Ford Nation in his campaign. I'm watching the results here on the CBC site (seems reasonable choice?)

The word going into tonight is that it looked like the Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, the son of legendary Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau, looked like it might be on the verge of unseating Harper and creating a majority Liberal government. And the polls show that the Liberals only really started to break away in the last month or so. I don't have enough of a feel to know whether that's going to happen or not?

Are you a Canada politics fanatic or just up in Canada? Drop us a line and tell us what you're seeing, what to expect.

Watching things unravel, it's hard not to ask, where'd they find Trey Gowdy?

The latest, of course, is that he inadvertently revealed the name of a CIA asset in the course of falsely accusing Hillary Clinton of doing the same. Great work! This is after being reduced to demanding that fellow Republicans in the House stop saying his Committee is abjectly political and designed to attack Hillary Clinton. He's even telling reporters "these have been among the worst weeks of my life."

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It's another example that we can't rely on Washington for one top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to racist campaign signs. The states, those laboratories of democracy, are really where the innovations come from. Today, from Maine.

Gallup shows an uptick in support of gun restrictions. Curious whether it's actually a trend or just another blip.

Really good conversation just now on MSNBC about the situation in Jerusalem with Martin Indyk and James Zogby. More of this, fewer yahoos on both sides who have no idea what they're talking about.

As I said last week, I really have no idea whether all this Paul Ryan stuff is just shadow boxing or mass delusion or what. But it seems like Ryan's now putting out his terms for taking the job (or not, it's from an anonymous ally who talked to CBS News). Basically, he'll take the job but with zero bargaining with the "Freedom Caucus" and various other pro-shutdown, debt default nutballs.

At some point, they actually need to find a Speaker, though, right?

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Benghazi Chair Trey Gowdy (R-SC), after a rough weekend, says "these have been among the worst weeks of my life."

Following up on my post below, I wanted to call your attention to this piece in The Atlantic by Jeff Goldberg, discussing the current round of violence in and around Jerusalem but coming to a very different conclusion, at least a different emphasis. By all means, read the piece because there's only so fully I can capture his argument. But the gist is this: This violence isn't driven by settlements or really any of Israel's current policies. It goes back at least a century and is in essence one of Muslim supremacism and secondarily Palestinian-Arab supremacism, mixed with various obscurantist and paranoid ideas about Israeli intentions. As Jeff correctly notes, there were similar incidents almost a century ago, long before Israel was a state, let alone before the Israeli army conquered the West Bank in 1967. Let me say simply that Jeff is right. Indeed, right-wingers (which Jeff is not) constantly go on about why there were wars before 1967 if the Occupation of the West Bank is the cause of the conflict. That's a more clownish version of the argument Jeff is making. And as I've said, Jeff is right. But his explanation is incomplete and inert and that's what makes it such a flawed way of understanding the current situation.

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