Josh Marshall

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With your feedback I've learned a little more about wingsuit BASE jumping. It's all confirmed my initial sense that it is both fascinating and really crazy. To recapitulate, BASE jumping is simply parachuting from very high fixed objects: bridges, cliffs, etc. The addition of the wingsuit is where it gets interesting and almost mind-bogglingly dangerous.

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After failing in a long-shot bid to unseat scandal-plagued Rep Scott DesJarlais, Robert Doggard decided to lead a militia attack against a Muslim group in Hancock, New York.

I just saw the news that an extreme athlete named Dean Potter died in a BASE jumping accident after jumping from a 7500 feet drop in Yosemite National Park. It turns out that it was only a few days ago I saw for the first time at least this kind of what's called BASE jumping (I've now found out from readers that what I'm referring to is BASE jumping with a wingsuit, which is a particularly insane subcategory of BASE jumping). If you haven't seen it, it basically involves jumping off an extremely high cliff in what looks something like a flying squirrel suit - basically a skin tight suit with webbing between the legs and between the arms and legs.

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I have a Republican friend - semi-retired from the political business - who frequently notes that the GOP has never had a reckoning with the Iraq War, no process akin to the years long angst and struggle the Democrats had over the decision-making and consequences of the Vietnam War. Last week it seemed like that long delayed process was coming about suddenly - hinged around the fumbling candidacy of former President Bush's brother and his own efforts to come up with a position on the war. But we can see from yesterday that it won't be nearly that easy or so quick.

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In case you missed it yesterday, the Iraq War watershed seems to still be shedding. We noted last week that Marco Rubio, in seeming to shift gears to say the Iraq War was a mistake, relied on President Bush supposedly saying the same thing when in fact Bush hadn't. That was a good sign Rubio is still trying to have it both ways; and he stumbled again on the question on the Fox Sunday show yesterday. Read the transcript.

There are so many things going on here: one is the deep, unresolved specter of the Iraq War looming over the Republican party, notwithstanding what seemed like a rapid fire consensus last week that it was a bad idea; another is the fact that Marco Rubio just doesn't seem like the most cognitively dexterous contender for the Republican nomination. Whatever it is, after seeming to come down on the side of 'knowing what we know now, it was a mistake' side of the equation, Rubio went back to the other side of the debate and then stumbled and then got miffed when Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace grilled him on his flip-flop and then apparent re-flip live on this morning's show.

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