Josh Marshall

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A week ago I wrote about monopoly and anti-trust and growing discussion about whether the hibernation of anti-trust enforcement is a driver not only of wealth and income inequality but political dysfunction in general. As I said, one of my goals this year is to educate myself enough to at least understand the debate. A week in, needless to say, I have not gotten that far. But I do have a couple articles to share. First is this overview of articles on the topic from The Washington Monthly, where I used to work years ago. Second is this new piece in the Monthly by Barry C. Lynn, who I'm quickly learning is the guy on this topic. Lynn has a group working on the topic at The New America Foundation.

This just out from Ha'aretz ...

Suspicions in the main corruption affair involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are backed by a tape documenting alleged contacts between Netanyahu and a businessman over mutual benefits, Haaretz has learned.

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On this week's episode of The Josh Marshall Show I talk to Rep. Keith Ellison about his run to be Chair of the DNC. The full episode of the podcast is usually subscriber only. But we're making this episode available to everyone. Also a reminder: Next week I'll be talking to Labor Secretary Tom Perez about his run for DNC chair.

Set aside all Donald Trump's nonsense about disbelieving the intelligence agencies and insisting there's no evidence against Russia*. Set aside his amazingly public spat with those agencies. Set aside just why Russia did this. There's the simple fact that just two weeks before a new President is sworn into office, the country's intelligence agencies are publicly releasing a report claiming that the United States' great 20th century rival, Russia, conspired to assist in that new President's election. Step back and just absorb that. That is simply mind-boggling. Who could have imagined such a thing, such a confluence of events - the original act, the IC's claims - would ever happen. Here's the report.

[* ed.note: There's nothing crazy about being skeptical or disbelieving intelligence analyses. What's clear in this case is that if there are good reasons for skepticism, they have nothing to do with why Trump insists it's not true.]

Why does Rep. Keith Ellison want to be chair of the DNC? I spent forty minutes talking to him about just that. Here's Episode 11 of The Josh Marshall Show. I talk to Ellison about why he wants to head the DNC, what he'll do if he gets the job and why he'd be best for the position.

Normally, the full version of The Josh Marshall Show is for Prime subscribers only. But given the newsworthiness of the DNC race, we're making the full version available to all. Click here to listen.

There are now three Republican Senators who have expressed serious reservations about the GOP's "repeal and delay" plan for repealing Obamacare: Sens. Collins, Cotton and Paul. In a normal world, this should be no surprise. Virtually If all three defected (a very big if), ObamaCare repeal would be dead in its tracks until Republicans decided on a replacement.

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Jim Woolsey is far, far from wearing a white hat in the foreign policy and national security world in my book. But this is interesting.

The fact that Republicans and the incoming Republican President are spending so much time insisting that Obamacare is the most horriblest, biggest failure ever is quite telling. Who do they need to convince?

A story out in The Wall Street Journal this evening reports that President-Elect Trump and his advisors plan to "restructure and pare back the nation’s top spy agency", the CIA because they believe it and the "Office of the Director of National Intelligence [have] become bloated and politicized." Trump plans "to restructure the Central Intelligence Agency, cutting back on staffing at its Virginia headquarters and pushing more people out into field posts around the world." It's not clear to me whether that latter aim means favoring and expanding the number of operatives versus analysts or pushing analysts out into offices around the world. They may not know themselves.

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