Josh Marshall

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As I noted below and as reality has noted several times in recent months, a series of self-inflicted wounds and news events over which he had little control have conspired together to make the idea of a Chris Christie presidential run an almost comically unrealistic proposition. But let's not forget that the idea was always close to preposterous. And it's worth asking why the idea ever had much currency in the first place.

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Jersey's biggest paper says Gov Christie has "Lost Touch With Reality." This is in general for thinking he's still a viable presidential candidate but in particularly over yesterday's claim polls showing New Jersey voters overwhelming don't think he'd make a good president actually means they won't to hold on to him as governor.

We're hearing from our clinician readers and we seem to have a clear verdict. 'Encouraging' female medical/medical technicians to have transvaginal ultrasounds as part of the learning experience is probably not legit.

From TPM Reader CL

I’m a neurologist with a Masters of Public Health, and I spend a fair amount of my time in both clinical research and teaching of medical students, residents, and other trainees.

The article about Valencia State College is disturbing on a number of levels, so thanks for bringing this up. Clearly, whatever was happening there was terrible. In analyzing it, several points strike me.

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Ed Kilgore asks: Why on earth is Chris Christie still pretending he's running for President?

Alt history reading: if only Christie hadn't embraced Obama, gotten involved in the Bridgegate fiasco and seen his in-state approval ratings plummet he could be perfectly positioned to take advantage of Jeb Bush's stumbles.

This is one of the many reasons I'm skeptical about the many hopeful signs on criminal justice reform. Fox and much the right is now lining up behind the idea that President Obama's new ban on transferring military grade weaponry to local police departments is a new "war on the police."

I did not realize there were academic studies demonstrating that the advent of Fox News - and particularly in districts where it first went live - pushed both Republican and Democratic members of Congress to embrace more Republican policies. Fascinating stuff.

A party owning its own cable news network has big implications.