Josh Marshall

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Megyn Kelly trolls and provokes Huckabee in her own unique way: “Well I do have some news for you before I let you go. We're not only swearing. We’re drinking, we’re smoking, we’re having premarital sex with birth control before we go to work, and sometimes boss around a bunch of men.” Watch.

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Last night, I flagged a press release from House Speaker John Boehner's office in which - inter alia - Boehner says he told Israeli Ambassador Dermer not to inform the White House or the State Department about the speech to Congress Dermer and Boehner's staff were planning. Dermer, according to Boehner, acknowledged the correctness of the request and agreed. Now Dermer himself is speaking. And he back up Boehner's account.

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This must have been a truly special moment. At a gathering of Texas Muslims near the state capitol yesterday a protestor ran up to the podium during a press conference, grabbed the microphone and yelled Islam "will not dominate Texas." Watch.

We learn that Israeli PM Netanyahu's decision to enter the Speech Pact with John Boehner is going so brilliantly that Netanyahu's been hitting the phones with top congressional Democrats to try to make nice and end the controversy. And according to this Times article, it isn't going very well. Netanyahu has reached out to Reid and Pelosi and had both tell him he's making a mistake. Indeed, this article says Netanyahu game-playing with John Boehner has had the effect of pushing Senate towards the White House on the Iran sanctions bill. So even on the terms of his own notional priorities, Netanyahu's gambit has been an abject failure in terms of Iran policy while adding the benefit of turning both Democrats and a significant portion of American Jewry against him.

I had not seen this statement put up by Speaker Boehner's office trying to explain away the Boehner-Netanyahu speech debacle. For starters, the statement appears geared to suggest that reports questioning the incident are part of some sort of anti-Semitic conspiracy theory - claims that the Israelis "orchestrated" the invitation. But to the point, the statement has Boehner instructing Amb. Dermer not to tell the White House what they were agreeing to.

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The administration seems to be upping the pressure, tightening the net around the political operative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put in place as his (and yes, I use that adjective advisedly) Ambassador to the US. The Times today reports that the White House has upped the ante, explicitly attacking Dermer's behavior in a statement to the Times. Oddly, unless I'm misreading the article, the Times doesn't actually quote what the unnamed but authorized "senior American official" said - which is odd and slightly undercuts the impact. But they provide the gist: "an unusually sharp criticism by a senior administration official who said that the Israeli ambassador, Ron Dermer, who helped orchestrate the invitation, had repeatedly placed Mr. Netanyahu’s political fortunes above the relationship between Israel and the United States."

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'American Family Association' drops its national spokesman Bryan Fischer, a prominent and outlandish gay-basher, non-friend to black people and significant part of the TPM publishing model as the AFA prepare to bring the Republican National Committee on a trip to Israel.