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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Was Abraham Lincoln, the 'Great Emancipator', a racist? This question is raised again by the news that a copy of a book about 'racial science' has been identified as having Lincoln's handwriting in its pages.

It's a perennial question, a deeply anachronistic question, but also a critically important one given Lincoln's role as perhaps the most revered and significant political figure in all of American history. It's also a question I have some level of expertise on. So without trying to answer the question in a definitive way, I thought I would provide a few factual guideposts about how to approach the issue and what we know.

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Police seize semi-automatic rifles, ammunition, body armor and smoke grenades from home of Cleveland area judge.

I mentioned yesterday the question of why these two American doctors happened to have gotten what may have been a life saving treatment for Ebola when hundreds of people in Africa have already died in the current outbreak. The cynical explanation is that American lives just count for more than Africans from impoverished countries - and I don't rule out some element of that. But when I first heard this story the big thing that jumped out to me was the issue of informed consent. Because this treatment was so new as to almost not amount to a treatment - more like a promising research lead. And the history of using humans as essentially human guinea pigs is, to put it mildly, a very dark history. Here's an email from TPM Reader HB which throws some more light on the question ...

You ask: "So how are we only hearing about this treatment when two American aid workers came down with the disease after going on 800 people have died in the current outbreak in three countries in Africa?"

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