Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

Articles by Josh

We are monitoring reports of an active shooter at a Pittsburgh synagogue. There are reports of fatalities and reports of two police officers being shot. But we’re in that early phase where there are conflicting reports and we need to wait for clearer confirmation of details. All that seems clear now is that the situation is on-going, that there are multiple casualties and likely fatalities among them. Await more updates.

MORE: The synagogue is the Tree of Life Synagogue. Local CBS affiliate is reported at least seven dead. The shooter has reportedly now surrendered after being injured himself.

MORE: CBS local affiliate now confirming at least 8 dead. Suspect/shooter described as white male with beard. There are multiple reports from journalists on Twitter quoting anti-Semitic statements by the shooter. This is hardly surprising given the target. But these reports appear to be going directly from police scanner/radio. So want to wait for more confirmation.

I still watch Trump’s speeches all the way through whenever I have the chance. It’s important to know what he says. Last night, in the wake the arrest of Cesar Sayoc, Trump spent the first half of his speech castigating the press for its “anger” and as the cause of a climate of anger and violence in the country. Aside from a few introductory, scripted lines about unity, the subtext (and often the straight up text) of the speech was clear: the press and the President’s Democratic enemies are responsible for violence against them. In so many words, they brought it on themselves. He even mocked and led the crowd in a round of angry jeers directed at Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), one of the literal targets of Sayoc’s mail bombs.

Read More →

We now have more confirmation that the van that was confiscated in the bomb investigation was covered in Trump stickers and other right wing memes. Video after the jump.

Read More →

CNN reporting arrest of man in South Florida in connection with mail bombs.

MORE: Initial details on suspect, per CNN. Man in his 50s, a criminal history, works at an auto parts store, lives in Florida but appears to have ties to New York of some sort.

Federal officers are towing away a van in Plantation, Florida that it is assumed is owned by the suspect. The van’s windows were covered with stickers. There was a big rush to see what those stickers were, figuring they likely gave a clue to political attitudes. A short time later, FBI agents covered the van in a tarp concealing the stickers.

The stickers appear to be clearly political. But so far the images have been far enough away and low enough resolution to make it difficult to make them out with certainty. There appear to be multiple pictures of President Trump on the two side windows of the van. For a larger image, click the picture above.

Papadopoulos now says he was framed, says he’s considering withdrawing from his plea agreement. (You can’t do that.) Watch.

It’s gotten relatively little national attention with the bomb scares and midterm elections. But two days ago a man named Gregory Bush entered a Kroger’s grocery story in Jeffersontown, Kentucky and shot dead a two black shoppers (one was shot in the parking lot). Now we learn that a short time before he had tried and failed to enter a nearby African-American church.

We still don’t have any clear explanation of Trump billionaire friend Tom Barrack’s role in the Trump/Russia investigation or the Trump family’s relations with the Gulf states. Barrack’s role bringing Paul Manafort into the campaign remains the big red flag but there’s a lot else as well. I am going to return to it in a lengthier Editor’s Brief. But here is an interesting article from Bloomberg Businessweeek about Barrack’s role in the campaign and how his business has struggled under Trump. Barrack drew lots of his capital from the Gulf states, particularly from the Qatari royal family. And he got caught out – in some ways by Jared Kushner – when Trump swung hard toward the Saudis (and UAE) and against Qatar.

So we have two more suspected devices: one to Sen. Cory Booker, a second to James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence under President Obama. The first discovered in Florida and the second in Manhattan.