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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Republicans operatives and policy hands are trying out a new set of Iraq War talking points. Just refuse to answer the question. On principle.

One of the big takeaways from Tierney Sneed's several day effort to find anyone still willing to say the Iraq War was a good idea was just how many big name Bush administration officials and neoconservative policy intellectuals — all architects of the war — were simply not willing to talk about the subject at all. But one of the most striking and darkly comedic findings was the number of less high profile neocons who are simply arguing that the question itself (was invading Iraq a mistake?) is unfair, a liberal trap and that Republicans should simply refuse to answer it on principle.

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I'm looking for someone interested in working on a historical photo project we're going to be doing here at TPM. To be clear, this is not a full time or even part time job — more like a couple dozen hours of compensated research a month, which you can do on your own time. The key for this being a good fit is if you're into or fascinated by historical photographs.

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Soon-to-be-presidential candidate Lindsey Graham says the Iraq War was not a mistake. But ... "a land invasion may not have been the right answer." Or something like that.

For more on our search for someone, almost anyone, to say the Iraq War was a good idea see Tierney Sneed's piece here.

I mentioned a couple months ago the quiet dread I experienced awaiting the Clinton campaign, the quite possible Clinton restoration and the drama both bring inevitably in their wake. There's another part of that story we're now seeing in spades: let's call it the inevitable Vince Fosterization of really every media scrape, pseudo-scandal and genuine embarrassment the Clintons are ever involved in. (For those of you not familiar with Vince Foster, his tragic suicide or the years-long right-wing clown show it kicked off, it is probably best described as the '90s version of Benghazi.) As with most things Clinton, there's enough to get everyone interested and virtually never enough for there to be any real there there. If there were less of the former or more of the latter, the story would have a clearer, more satisfying conclusion. With the Clintons, the inevitable gap between their pursuers' hopes and the mundane reality, the expectations and inevitable disappointment is the beautiful face that sets sail to a thousand ships of nonsense, wishful thinking and right-wing media rube fleecing.

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With your feedback I've learned a little more about wingsuit BASE jumping. It's all confirmed my initial sense that it is both fascinating and really crazy. To recapitulate, BASE jumping is simply parachuting from very high fixed objects: bridges, cliffs, etc. The addition of the wingsuit is where it gets interesting and almost mind-bogglingly dangerous.

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After failing in a long-shot bid to unseat scandal-plagued Rep Scott DesJarlais, Robert Doggard decided to lead a militia attack against a Muslim group in Hancock, New York.

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