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Listen To This: Cheap Fake Takes

A new episode of The Josh Marshall Podcast is live! This week, Kate and Josh discuss the proliferation of deceptively edited videos of Joe Biden, the finalization of rules for the first debate and the Biden campaign’s new ads.

You can listen to the new episode of The Josh Marshall Podcast here.

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Don’t Worry: Good Decisions Like These Don’t Make the Court Any Less Corrupt

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There’s a wrongheaded tendency to think the Court isn’t quite as bad or corrupt when it hands down one of these “good” decisions as it did today in the domestic abusers gun case. Resist the urge. One of the many things I’ve learned from my podcast colleague Kate Riga in our many podcast discussions is that we get a lot of these cases lately because, in addition to taking many fewer cases in general, the Court is now basically open season for culture-war cases. Even in relative terms there are many fewer of the cases that are on some obscure dimension of the tax code or other important-but-to-most-people-obscure questions that don’t obviously line up with hot-button political issues.

This case was one of those cases on a few different levels. The fact that the plaintiff succeeded at the circuit court level is astonishing and scandalous in itself. But let’s start with some basics. The landmark Heller decision in 2008 did not uphold the kind of absolute 2nd Amendment “gun rights” advocates have long claimed. It was terrible, but it didn’t do that. What it did was for the first time find an individual right to own and possess firearms. Like all rights, any regulation of that must be justified by and balanced against some legitimate public interest or need.

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Getting Clinical (Adventures in the Affective Disordered World of ‘Democratic Strategists’)

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Getting Clinical (Adventures in the Affective Disordered World of ‘Democratic Strategists’)

Yesterday I opened my inbox to an Axios email with the subject line: “Dems Fear Biden Loss.” Needless to say, versions of this story have become almost a stock piece of the 2024 campaign. And, look, I fear a Biden loss as well. He could totally lose and that would be really, really bad. But I got the sense that the import of this item was a bit more totalizing than that. And well … I was right. The item presents a picture of a campaign cocooned from outside input, intolerant of dissenters who aren’t confident of a win and largely the work of Biden and top advisor Mike Donilon, who is portrayed as having a strategy that is little more than a preciously naive hope that in the end voters will “do the right thing.”

But the heart of the piece comes at the top with a quote (emphasis added) from someone described as a “Democratic strategist in touch with the campaign.”

“It is unclear to many of us watching from the outside whether the president and his core team realize how dire the situation is right now, and whether they even have a plan to fix it. That is scary.”


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Good Enough?

If you haven’t been watching, the vibes were way, way off on the Bob Good race I discussed below. At the moment McGuire, the Trump fanboy stooge, is ahead but only by a few hundred votes. Everyone thought Good was toast. And he may still be toast. But he might survive.

9:58 PM: Since I wrote the above the lead has passed back and forth several times. Dave Wasserman says the remaining precincts give some slight advantage to Good but too close to make any confident predictions. This is nonstop popcorn. Two election denying freaks in a too close to call race in which the true may not be known for some time. Karma.

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That’ll Do It

The attorney general in the state of Missouri makes a radical move for an audience of one.

Stop My Steal

Hunter Walker digs into what happens when Trump’s enemies also try to Stop the Steal.

Roberts Tries To Put The Bruen Toothpaste Back In the Tube

Kate Riga expands on how conservative justices may have been shamed into their ruling on Rahimi this week.

Federal Judge Dismisses Nevada Voter Roll Challenge Case

Khaya Himmelman reports on a federal judge in Nevada shutting down the RNC’s effort to cause voter roll chaos in the state.

Words Of Wisdom

Emine Yücel highlights GOP hypocrisy on IVF.

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Ep. 328: Cheap Fake Takes

Kate and Josh discuss the proliferation of deceptively edited videos of Joe Biden, the finalization of rules for the first debate and the Biden campaign’s new ads.

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