Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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With today's Gruber auto de fe, it's worth stating again something that is obvious and really indisputable: Obamacare is almost certainly the most deeply scrutinized, discussed and argued over piece of legislation of the entire 20th century and early 21st century. Jonathan Gruber saying something silly at a conference doesn't change that.

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So how did the rightwing media apparatus turned Jon Gruber into the Lord High King of Obamacare? This is really an amazing look into contemporary media culture on the right. How a policy wonk whose ideas did play a key role in the formulation of Obamacare (and Romneycare) became a world-altering scandal for things he said at policy conferences years later.

You may have seen the news that Mark Wahlberg is petitioning the Governor of Massachusetts for a pardon for crimes he committed as a teen in Boston in the 1980s. These were a bit more than your typical bad seed childhood run-ins with the law. At least two incidents could possibly qualify today as hate crimes. Though I've increasingly admired Wahlberg's acting work and his ability to transition from a music act/novelty actor to the real thing, I can't say I've given him a great deal of thoughts one way or another.

But there's more to this story than celebrity news.

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