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Josh Marshall

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The title of this post is straightforward enough. Read J.J. Goldberg if you're interested in getting a sane, detailed and reported look at what's happening in Israel-Palestine. J.J. is the former editor of and now editor-at-large and columnist for The Forward, a Jewish-American paper that has existed in various forms for more than a century. (For most of its history The Forward was published in Yiddish.) Some of you will say, Well, that's hardly going to give me an unbiased or disinterested read on what's happening. And that's true as far as it goes. I don't want to speak for him. But J.J. writes from what is essentially a two-state, liberal Zionist perspective, which, yes, is one I share.

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For the last two years, I've been taking teams from our New York office for off-sites on the Long Island Sound. No fancy team building gurus or exercises - no need for any discussion of work at all. Just a day together, outside of the work, to get to know each other better, relax, so we can bring some of that team energy and renewed personal rapport back to the office and our work at TPM.

We held one of these last week with our Publishing team. And for whatever reason we got to talking about what is the best American band.

It turns out it's kind of deceptively complicated question. Or at least that's what we decided.

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Let me speak entirely for myself for a moment. The Israelis and Palestinians, under various names, have been in an unending battle for a century, arguably longer. There is so much history, such ingrained competing narratives, so much emotion, such a hate-drenched interlocking of two victimized peoples that I find it very hard to point to any one person and say: Yes, this person says what I would say. I agree with that. But for me here's that person: Amos Oz, speaking here in an interview with Deutsche Welle.

Over the last couple days, TPM's Dylan Scott has been taking a deep look at the emerging Obamacare Subsidy Truth Movement and the history of the legislation that gave rise to it. I wanted to make sure you didn't miss them because they're exceptionally good pieces and examples of the longer, reported pieces we'll be doing more of. The first piece looks at the chaotic, late phase of the passage of the ACA, with House Democrats wanting a single federal exchange and the Senate wanting a state based approach. The battle over which side would win was short-circuited by the surprise election of Sen. Scott Brown, which robbed Senate Democrats of their filibuster proof majority and essentially forced the House to accept the Senate's bill more or less intact.

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You can all rest assured since the team of Michele Bachmann and Steve King led the charge in getting the GOP's own immigration bill torpedoed and are now cheering the new phony bill as one of history's great pieces of legislation. So all good.

It's amazing that anyone has actually convinced themselves that Obamacare was intended to deny subsidies in states that didn't set up their own exchanges. But if you did, here's the proof that you're wrong.

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