Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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This is an intentionally provocative headline. But I think it's merited.

Republicans in the past always had a big edge when it came to small donor fundraising because they had a very robust direct mail infrastructure and because the demography of the GOP fit nicely with that kind of fundraising. That began to change dramatically a bit over a decade ago when new organizing and the cash channel of the internet got Democrats into the game with a vengeance - first most visibly with the 2004 Dean campaign and then at an entirely new level with President Obama. They were the most visible. But it was happening in smaller races around the country over the course of the decade. But we're now seeing, at least on the GOP side, how the Supreme Court's changes in campaign finance laws are rapidly diminishing the role of small donors.

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We made two major upgrades to the site overnight.

One area where we've been behind for a while is on our mobile site. Overnight we launched an entirely new mobile site for smartphones. It's been in development for a few months. It is dramatically faster and smoother than the old site. And it includes access to a number of parts of the site that were never available on smartphone mobile before.

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Denny Hastert's Alma Mater, Wheaton College, a highly regarded Christian college in Illinois, has removed his name for the school's public policy center.

UPDATE: We're now back up and running with a new and pretty dramatically improved version of the software that runs public comments and The Hive. We'll be working on minor fixes through the day.

We're currently doing an upgrade to the software that manages our commenting system and The Hive. So they are currently offline and will remain so overnight. We will update you here when they are back online.

News just broke that Vice President Biden's son, Beau Biden, former Delaware Attorney General, has died of brain cancer.

Statement from the VP's office ...

It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.

The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us—especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter.

Beau's life was defined by service to others. As a young lawyer, he worked to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo. A major in the Delaware National Guard, he was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. As Delaware’s Attorney General, he fought for the powerless and made it his mission to protect children from abuse.

More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother. His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father's saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.

In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.

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Ever since yesterday's shock revelations, it seemed like news like this would come out as the underlying bad act behind Denny Hastert's public downfall. Because of that, the almost decade old Mark Foley scandal has rushed back into the minds of everyone who covered that story at the time. To review, if you weren't around at the time, in the death throes of the old Republican majority, in September 2006 it emerged that Congressman Mark Foley had had sexual interactions with male members of the Congressional page program, i.e., high school age students. Foley was not out as a gay man; though I think it was widely known or at least assumed that he was gay.

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