Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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We know about the old distinction between the 'deserving' and 'undeserving' poor. Now for some rightwing keyboards warriors we appear to see a comparable difference between hostages, captured soldiers and so forth. When they die or are in held for ransom we honor and hold out hope for them. Except if they're a little Islamy or had bad politics or actually did some things that were wrong (thinking about Bowe Bergdahl in latter case), then all bets are off. So now you have anti-Islam hardliners trashing the latest ISIS victim as a "Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel Bitch." The death of these hostages is tragic, except if they didn't have the right politics.

Good point and good catch here from Jeremy Peters on how the Netanyahu speech is planned essentially as a campaign event ...

Before the Israeli elections in 2013, Mr. Netanyahu’s political coalition broadcast an advertisement that showed the prime minister addressing a joint meeting of Congress. The commercial’s message: “When Netanyahu speaks, the world listens.”

Two years later, Mr. Netanyahu is again set to address Congress. This time, he faces criticism, both at home and abroad, that he is turning a diplomatic visit into a political opportunity. Many Democrats already consider him an unwelcome guest because he was invited by congressional Republicans before Mr. Obama was informed.

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From TPM Reader MT ...

Kind of late in the day, but I thought I would respond to the meme that live music sucks. I think you captured it nicely from the point of view that you never know what will happen and sometimes it can be magical. Kind of like sports, in that regard. I read your piece and that from Channing Kennedy this morning after attending a Lucinda Williams' concert last night.

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