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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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After Supreme Court decision, Colbert welcomes new 'government-mandated life partner." Watch.

I graduated from college going on twenty-five years ago and one of my college friends was Gil Steinlauf. We went to college together, then lost touch, then reconnected some years ago through Facebook or perhaps just an email. We exchanged a few notes. No more. But I've watched from a distance as he became an increasingly prominent rabbi, both in Washington, DC where he's the senior rabbi at the Adas Israel congregation and also nationally.

Then today I saw a post from Gil on my Facebook feed about "personal news" he'd just shared with his congregation, about gratitude for support, compassion. My gut tightened. Clearly something weighty, serious. My first thought was an illness. Happily, no.

The news was that Gil and his wife have decided to divorce because Gil has come to the realization that he is gay.

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Not surprisingly, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal have put us on notice that total opposition to gay marriage and support for a constitutional amendment to ban it will be key to the 2016 GOP primary campaign.

Over the weekend, I wrote a couple posts and engaged with various folks on Twitter about the emerging Ebola Truth Movement, the mix of various voices, mainly on the right, either questioning what we know about Ebola, suggesting that public health officials are hiding the truth or simply saying they won't be patsies for the virology elite.

But is the far-right Paul clan (Ron and Rand) also Ebola Truther? Seems they might be.

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First same sex marriage just happened in Virginia. Here.

Most election watchers were figuring McConnell was opening up a real lead over Alison Lundergan Grimes. But a fresh poll out this morning (Survey USA) shows her two points ahead. Just one poll obviously and a really tough state. But it's still a race apparently. McConnell could still go down.

In each state we have our own senators. But we all have a national interest in the kind of people who get the Senate, whether they have extremist beliefs or are simply dangerous in a general sense. Which brings us to Iowa's Joni Ernst. As we reported exclusively on Friday, Ernst told supporters that she supports allowing your county Sheriff to arrest federal officials who are involved in implementing the Affordable Care Act. This is thinking right off the Bundy Ranch and the militia compounds up in the inland Northwest - preposterous in terms of US law and insane in general terms. And she stands a good chance of joining the US Senate next year. We've had fringers militia types of this variety in the House before. But it's been a very long time since one has slipped into the Senate.

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