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Last week, after Stephen Colbert’s big promotion was announced, one of far-right conservatism’s rising luminaries, Ben Shapiro, lashed out at Colbert for practicing what he called “political blackface.” This came, aptly enough, just after Jon Chait published his piece on the right and left’s maniacal divide over race in which Republicans, compromised by race, are nonetheless legitimately paranoid that they’re constantly being falsely accused of racism and liberals, on the right side of the race issue, nonetheless won’t let conservatives say anything edgy without forcing it through the prism of racial offense.

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I wanted to take a moment to tell you about an ad campaign we're starting on Wednesday. Normally I don't do this. Actually as a matter of policy. But in this case there's a personal dimension which has inevitably informed how I've approached it. So I wanted to share some backstory, which oddly enough ties in to something like a year of reporting I did a decade ago on the Niger uranium forgeries.

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I wanted to give you a quick heads-up on one of our upcoming longform Prime pieces. Artist and author Molly Crabapple is currently in Istanbul on assignment for TPM reporting a piece on Erdogan's Turkey, post-Gezi - talking with dissidents, free-speech and Internet activists, football clubers, Imams and more. (She recently wrote about her visit to the Guantanamo Bay prison facility for Vice. TPM's Catherine Thompson interviewed her about the piece here.) Prime Recep Tayyip Erdogan just won a convincing round of victories in local elections around Turkey, despite the increasingly polarized state of Turkish society. Turkey still has elections on schedule and even his staunchest opponents don't question Erdogan's recent victory was procedurally legitimate. But with his increasingly authoritarian style of governance, reaching his hand deep into the sinews of Turkish society, is Turkey still a democracy? And where is it headed? Stay turned for Crabapple's piece appearing soon at TPMPrime.

Local news video of the alleged perpetrator of that shooting in Kansas City screaming "Heil Hitler" while cuffed in the backseat of a police cruiser. Video after the jump ...

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