Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Here's a question with some particular relevance to the Bolton nomination, but with a broader relevance to how business is conducted in Washington today: If a foreign government provides money to a Washington think tank to produce studies or hold meetings about that foreign government's relationship with the United States, should those payments have to be disclosed?

I understand that the voting cardinals who took part in the conclave that elected Benedict XVI as the new pope took an oath of perpetual secrecy about what happened in the conclave. And yet many of them now seem willing to discuss rather precise details of what occurred on the record for the daily papers. I'll let the canon lawyers decide whether that's a problem for the cardinals. But it makes for good journalism. This piece out in Thursday's Post gives one of the first clear narratives of how Benedict came to be chosen.

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So true, so true. President Bush today, while signing the Bankruptcy Bill: "If someone does not pay his or her debts, the rest of society ends up paying them."

Tell it to the Trust Fund.

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The JTA is reporting that AIPAC is now "negotiating severance packages" with Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, the two staffers at the center of the espionage investigation that broke last fall involving Pentagon civilian employee Larry Franklin, AIPAC and the possible passing of highly classified US intelligence to Israel. See the top item under 'Breaking News' on their site.

Late Update: The Forward has more details in this story just posted on their website (which they've made available to non-subscribers).

According to a just-released Quinnipiac University poll, Democrat Robert Casey Jr. holds a 14 point lead over Sen. Rick Santorum (R) for next year's senate race. Quinnipiac has it at 49% to 35%, compared to 46%-41% in February. For Rick Santorum, phase-out may take on a whole new meaning.

A good place to go to dig deeper into all the questions surrounding the Church, the new Pope and what it all means for Catholics and non-Catholics alike: Commonweal magazine.

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