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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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We've known for decades that the FBI waged a campaign of harassment against Martin Luther King which culminated in attempts to goad him to commit suicide or face public revelations about sexual liaisons the Bureau had uncovered through pervasive surveillance. We've also known for years that there was a 1964 letter to King leveling this threat. Until now though we've known about the letter but only in a highly redacted form. Now the full letter is available. Jarring but important to see.

Yesterday I discussed the seemingly intractable problem of wage stagnation for the great majority of Americans. This article looks at a different dimension of the problem, or what for some is the solution: how those with sufficient education are escaping the wealth gap by fleeing struggling towns for more economically vibrant cities.

When a party suffers a major setback, everyone comes forward with their diagnosis of the problem. And in most cases their diagnosis of the problem tells us that the solution is what the diagnoser wanted to do more of in the first place. This is just human nature. We see the evidence before us as confirmation of what we already thought. When I'm asked these kinds of questions, what I always say is that we should be highly skeptical of anything that suggests the answer is obvious or simple to execute. Because for all the groupthink and folly and insular thinking of political professionals, they're generally fairly bright and they have huge personal and professional incentives to win. If it were really that obvious, someone would have tried it already.

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I generally don't like harping on other outlets' errors or the always mortifying process of issuing a correction. It's a mix of 'there but for the grace of God' and, in this case, look at the source. But I think here we may have perhaps the best 'correction' in the long storied history of 'corrections', especially ones stemming from errors no remotely careful journalist ever would have made in the first place.

As noted a bit earlier, on Saturday Breitbart published an exclusive pointing out that President Obama's Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was part of the team that defended President Clinton during the Whitewater investigation - not a bad little scooplet. Only it wasn't the same Loretta Lynch, which kind of takes the punch out of the story.

Breitbart then issued a 'correction'. But like I said, it's a correction for the ages.

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