What Even Is A ‘Talking Points Memo’?

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Talking Points Memo is not the perfect name for a news website. No one here is going to argue with you about that.

But we’ve had it for 20 years and it’s not changing now.

The name started as an inside joke between Josh Marshall and himself.

During the Clinton impeachment, the so-called origins of the “talking points memo” — a supposed list of talking points that Monica Lewinsky gave to Linda Tripp — was a holy grail for conservative investigators.

Josh tells the story here:

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