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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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This AP piece looks at the struggles of al Jazeera America, which is celebrating its first anniversary on the air. The upshot is: very, very few people are watching it. So why is that? Let's start by noting that it's extremely difficult to break into the US cable news market, which is already pretty saturated or at least seems to be. AJA also faces at least some challenge simply because of the name. But in conversations I had with a few highly placed people in AJA prior to and post-launch I came away with what I think may be a big, big part of the problem.

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"MOSCOW (AP) — Kremlin says Russia is sending humanitarian convoy into Ukraine in cooperation with Red Cross."

US District Court Judge Mark Fuller was arrested Sunday morning and charged with misdemeanor battery for assaulting his wife. Police responded to a call from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Atlanta. Fuller's wife said her husband had assaulted her; she was treated for wounds by paramedics but declined to be taken to a hospital.

Fuller is best known for presiding over the trial of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman (D), which Siegelman's supporters believe - with some reason - was a politically motivated prosecution.

Fuller is a judge in the Middle District of Alabama.

Through Iraq's recent unfolding crisis, the US position has been that no progress is possible until Baghdad forms an inclusive rather than sectarian government which commands confidence from each of Iraq's three ethno-religious communities - Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Shia Arabs. This is undoubtedly right as far as it goes: ISIS's success rolling over Iraq's Sunni heartlands was at least made much easier - perhaps possible - by Sunni estrangement from the government in Baghdad. But what if that government simply cannot or will not be formed?

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Police shoot a man at a Walmart in Dayton, Ohio, apparently after he'd picked up a toy gun on a store display, while he was talking to his girlfriend on the phone ...

“We was just talking. He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And the next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him,” she said, adding: “And I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”

From a longtime TPM Reader who's former US military intelligence/counter-terrorism ops and has worked as a military contractor in Iraq pretty since the invasion ...

Let me take a shot at your question. You might recall that I have some expertise in the area of the Iraqi terror groups and their strategies, particularly al-Qaeda in Iraq. I also wrote for Small Wars Journal and published three books on al-Qaeda. I have only just completed the second edition of my 2007 book The Terrorists of Iraq. It is due out in October and give quite a bit of details into the rise of ISIS from al-Qaeda in Iraq and why their operational combat strategy against the Iraqi army and Kurds is successful.

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