Josh Marshall

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Bracing? Overstated? A mix of both. But there's an undeniable point TPM Reader JB makes here. No one bats a 1000% at this ...

To me the most notable thing looking back on 9/11 13 years later is how crystal clear it is now that it was an anomalous event and not, contrary to all the rhetoric of the time, the dawn of a new era of domestic terrorism. The fact that basically nothing analogous – meaning a domestic terror attack planned and executed by foreigners or local cells funded by Al Queda or like groups -- has happened in the 13 years since is pretty incredible and unexpected. Perhaps more surprising still is that the only viable explanation for the dearth of attacks is that terrorists motivated to carry out attacks inside the United States do not exist.

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In historical terms, 9/11 was just yesterday, perhaps a week ago. But in what we might call 'news terms' it's now something like ancient history. Even the bloody shirt crowd who got in the habit of using the annual memorials and remembrances to beat down any questioning of the "War on Terror" or any other aspect of the country's post-9/11 footing seem to have lost some of the appetite for it.

And for those who never bought into the politics of 9/11, again, for lack of a better word, there's a element of rejection to any further commemoration. I can understand both trends. And both seem healthy in their own way. What it all reflects is that almost from the beginning there's been a clear and I would say growing difference between 9/11 and 9/11ism - and by the latter I mean the whole mix of activism, propaganda, politicization and advocacy that grew up around the events in question.

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A fascinating look at Arab-American political activism and its discontents as the background of the Cruz trainwreck. From TPM Reader HK ...

Unfortunately, this is par for the course every time an Arab-American organizations tries to play “respectability politics” by courting the favor of politicians they know most of their constituents disagree with. It happens in both Muslim and Christian circles in the States.

Arab-Americans have few allies in Congress anymore. Those they did have (Cynthia McKinney and John Traficant, to name a few) we’re either too fringe or too corrupt to ever feel entirely comfortable with. David Bonior was districted out in Michigan and those members of Congress who represent areas with large Arab communities (Bill Pascrell, Marcy Kaptur, and John Dingell, to name a few) have increasingly over the years had to temper the decibel of their advocacy on any issue that runs afoul of AIPAC. Justin Amash might be it for now.

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Hijiacking a conference about solidarity with Arab Christians with calls for a Arab Christian - Jewish alliance probably won't end well. With Ted Cruz involved there are so many moving parts it's hard to untangle the derp. See our report.

Making calculated use of American airpower to help anti-ISIS forces regroup and make progress against ISIS makes sense to me. But given what we heard last night, given the hyperventilation from many that it is somehow not enough, I strongly recommend reading this article we posted yesterday. The strength of ISIS on the ground where it is seems to have been wildly, wildly exaggerated, through a mix of very effective social media-based propaganda and complementary hyper-ventilation by US commentators and and politicians. Even the limited airstrikes the US has already undertaken has lost ISIS arms, equipment and territory.

Not your usual Rob Ford fare.

Late this afternoon, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was hospitalized with abdominal pains. According to a statement released by the Humber River Hospital, Ford had been experiencing abdominal pains for at least three months (apparently without seeking treatment, though that is not stated explicitly) and escalated dramatically over the last twenty four hours.

To quote the press release, "Examination and investigation has resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumor."

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