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Josh Marshall

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When Brian Murphy told me about what was going on with Texas and this effort to 'repatriate' the state's gold bullion I couldn't believe what I was hearing. And this is after the state's elected governor had starting sounding the alarm about President Obama possibly planning a military takeover of his state. So my disbelief was a pretty high bar. The story is sort of a perfect microcosm of a sizeable and wealthy state under 100% GOP verging into Tea Party management.

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Here's a really interesting piece in the Times, by a professor of legal history at Vanderbilt, on how Rachel Dolezal and whites passing as blacks is not as unprecedented in our history as we might think. Certainly not as common as light skinned African-Americans passing as white - but it has its own history.

Dave Chappelle: “The thing that the media’s gotta be real careful about, that they’re kind of overlooking, is the emotional context of what [Dolezal] means. There’s something that’s very nuanced where she’s highlighting the difference between personal feeling and what’s construct as far as racism is concerned. I don’t know what her agenda is, but there’s an emotional context for black people when they see her and white people when they see her. There’s a lot of feelings that are going to come out behind what’s happening with this lady. And she’s just a person, no matter how we feel about her.”

I go offline for the afternoon and return to see that the Rachel Dolezal story has managed to get a lot weirder in my absence. First, she resigned from the presidency of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, which can probably be put down as a predictable turn of events. Less predictable is the news that when she was white in 2002, Dolezal sued Howard University for racial discrimination (Howard is a historically black university) for denying her graduate support, a scholarship because she was white. Then there's news that Dolezal is currently supporting the alleged victim in a child sex assault case against her biological older brother, Joshua Dolezal.

With the news Jeb Bush had formally entered the presidential race I thought the GOP might be angling to top Obama with Bush/Dolezal black/brown fusion ticket. Si se puede!

As you can see, we've now had a watershed moment in the long-running Brownback/Kansas budgetary train wreck. The Senator-turned-Governor slashed taxes, with the tax shortfall to be made up by increased revenues driven by tax-cut fueled economic growth. The economic growth didn't happen and the state tumbled in a severe budgetary crisis which Brownback has been trying to find some way out of for months.

Now most of the state's Republican lawmakers have taken the plunge and violated the "Norquist Pledge" most made never to raise taxes.

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Recent events have confirmed me in my belief that our great scientists should continue their path-breaking research deep into old age but probably stop commenting on the major social issues of the day around age 60.

I read the Rachel Dolezal story before it got picked up by any national outlets in the original story in the Coeur d'Alene Press on Thursday (yes, epic aggregation fail ... what can I say I was traveling). If you've only read pick-ups or follow-ups, read the original if you get a chance. It's an amazing piece of reporting and will make you appreciate what a great thing small paper journalism is - just an amazingly detailed piece of shoe-leather reporting. Since I read it I've been trying to think what if anything there is to add beyond the peristaltic WTF that seems to be the near universal response.

So let me just go with bullet points.

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In case you missed it earlier this week, here's (very deservedly) one of our most popular pieces in months. A former cop and now law professor/policing scholar looks at what went wrong and what went right in that pool party incident in McKinney, Texas. If you missed it, it's truly a must read.

As we've learned in recent years, quality journalism isn't free. It requires money and resources and commitment to get the job done. So with that in mind, I've spoken to the business professionals who run TPM and they've agreed to offer a bounty for bona fide, publishable and exclusive photos of the pilates class Bloomberg News mascot Mark Halperin will host for GOP donors tomorrow morning with Ann Romney.

We had originally planned on offering a bounty of $500 for eligible photos. But the thinking here was that that's somehow not legitimate or unseemly - especially since the possible recipients are likely to have net worths of hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. So we've compromised on a $500 credit toward official TPM merchandise, which you can find here at the official TPM store. So for instance, you could buy 27 TPM mugs, 18 TPM t-shirts, etc. or various combinations.

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