Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Though the killing of Trayvon Martin was not a police killing, that event three years ago started off a chain of events that has dramatically heightened the prominence of the national conversation about policing and race in the United States. Today we're talking about this latest incident in McKinney, Texas in which - thankfully - no one was killed or seriously injured but a police officer has already resigned over behavior caught on the now ubiquitous hand held video.

There are a couple stories I want to highlight for you about this incident this morning because I think they capture the gulf between what you might call Fox News policing and actual professional practice of policing, even though of course best practices police work can often diverge pretty dramatically from actual police work.

Here's what I wanted to highlight.

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This is jumping ahead a bit on my colleagues. But I hope they won't mind.

As I've mentioned a few times we're getting ready to launch a new historical artifact section at TPM. It will include many things. But the core of it will be a steady stream of historical artifacts from the past. These might be documents, coins, photographs, posters - anything really, but with an emphasis on visual representations of physical objects that provide a window into a past world.

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I suspect we'll have more on this soon. But there's some legal jousting which went on today between the lawyer for indicted Bridgegate figure Bridget Kelly and Randy Mastro, the power lawyer from Gibson Dunn who was hired by Gov. Christie's office to handle the Bridgegate matter for the Governor and prepare the report that exonerated him.

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The police officer in that now infamous McKinney, Texas pool party incident, David Eric Casebolt, has resigned from the McKinney Police Department.

With the clock ticking down to hearing how the Supreme Court comes down on King v Burwell, the Obamacare subsidies case, it's worth reminding ourselves of the overriding salient fact about the case. This is not in any real sense a question of law or constitutionality that made its way up through the courts in any standard way - not even in the sense that activists often look for 'test cases' to advance some particular argument or test a purported right. King v Burwell is a construction of the Republican party indistinguishable in any meaningful sense from the dozens of times congressional Republicans have voted to repeal Obamacare or otherwise torpedo the law since it was passed in 2010.

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