Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Statement by the President on the Passing of Robin Williams

"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."

Depression is something so profound it transcends being a comedian (or even happiness itself). It may even be correlated with the profession. But hearing that a Robin Williams took his own life does make you step back for a moment and ponder the entirety of the human enterprise.

This AP piece looks at the struggles of al Jazeera America, which is celebrating its first anniversary on the air. The upshot is: very, very few people are watching it. So why is that? Let's start by noting that it's extremely difficult to break into the US cable news market, which is already pretty saturated or at least seems to be. AJA also faces at least some challenge simply because of the name. But in conversations I had with a few highly placed people in AJA prior to and post-launch I came away with what I think may be a big, big part of the problem.

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"MOSCOW (AP) — Kremlin says Russia is sending humanitarian convoy into Ukraine in cooperation with Red Cross."

US District Court Judge Mark Fuller was arrested Sunday morning and charged with misdemeanor battery for assaulting his wife. Police responded to a call from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Atlanta. Fuller's wife said her husband had assaulted her; she was treated for wounds by paramedics but declined to be taken to a hospital.

Fuller is best known for presiding over the trial of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman (D), which Siegelman's supporters believe - with some reason - was a politically motivated prosecution.

Fuller is a judge in the Middle District of Alabama.

Through Iraq's recent unfolding crisis, the US position has been that no progress is possible until Baghdad forms an inclusive rather than sectarian government which commands confidence from each of Iraq's three ethno-religious communities - Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Shia Arabs. This is undoubtedly right as far as it goes: ISIS's success rolling over Iraq's Sunni heartlands was at least made much easier - perhaps possible - by Sunni estrangement from the government in Baghdad. But what if that government simply cannot or will not be formed?

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