Joshua Marshall

Joshua Micah Marshall is the editor of Talking Points Memo and a senior correspondent for the Prospect.

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No Excuse for Dodd, Cut the Tax Cut

February 1, 2001 -- No Excuse for Dodd Let's say a few more words about John Ashcroft's nomination before he's confirmed today. First, I like Chris Dodd, the senior senator from Connecticut. But what the hell is he thinking? Thus far the people who have come out in support of Ashcroft have mostly had decent reasons. I don't agree with them. But there's at least been a logic. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan come from an overwhelmingly Republican state (North Dakota). I wish they'd decided differently. But I can see where they're coming from. Zell Miller clearly wants to cover his right flank by sucking up to George W. Despicable, but understandable. Russ Feingold? Well, Russ is sort of the beloved, honorable freak of the Democratic caucus. People give him credit for campaign finance reform and other than that have no idea what to make of him. But what the hell is Chris Dodd's excuse? Besides his car, his houses, his stock portfolio,...

Shameless, Brazen and Disgusting

Feb. 12, 2001 -- The Bush Tax Wars You'd be surprised at how knocked on their heels Senate Dems have been acting for the last couple weeks while waiting for Bush to send up his tax bill. But today's news that Senators Jim Jeffords, Olympia Snowe and Linc Chafee want to scale back the president's $1.6 trillion tax cut should let them all breathe a big sigh of relief. (Keep in mind that Jeffords and Snowe are both close to Democrat John Breaux; he may be a force behind this.) Each of the three announced their opposition to Bush's bill in its current form with rationales quite similar, at least in their outlines, to the ones Democrats have been making: not enough left for domestic priorities; not enough help to those who need it most; too reckless in assuming those future surpluses will arrive. Yet the real issue -- the real dividing line -- may be less over the size of the cut than over its structure. One thing that has left Dems struggling in recent weeks is a flood of polling data (...

The Wall Street Journalistically Dishonest; Squash Ted Olson

February 22nd, 2001 -- The Scoop on Hugh Rodham Top Five Reasons why Hugh Rodham (Hillary's brother) getting $200,000 (now returned) to lobby in favor of pardons and commutations for convicted drug trafficker Carlos Vignali and herbal supplement king Almon Glenn Braswell ain't as bad as it looks: 5. Hugh Rodham won't need those secret payments from Marc Rich anymore. 4. Gives Jack Quinn someone to look down on. 3. Even drug traffickers need a break sometimes. 2. Makes clear Bill ain't the only one with a loser brother. 1. Gets that whole Marc Rich thing outta the headlines. February 22nd, 2001 -- The Spy Connection Hey! Wait a second! Do I have to connect all the dots here? Remember the laptop that went missing from the State Department last year? Maybe Hanssen snagged it!!! According to href="http://msnbc.com/news/533071.asp">this article just posted on MSNBC: "From February 1995 until January, Hanssen was the FBI's senior representative to the State Department's Office of Foreign...

Bush's Peel Off or Piss Off Strategy on Taxes

March 6th, 2001 -- Bush Miffing Dems Here we have yet another sign that President Bush's tactic of reaching out with his fists may not be having the intended results. This article from The Washington Post says Democrats from Bush-leaning states don't seem particularly intimidated by his pushy visits. And a number seem like they're getting pissed. Word is also that John Breaux, the Senator from Louisiana, is miffed at Bush. He apparently feels that the Bushies played him for a fool, trotting him out as a symbol of bipartisanship and then pursuing a partisan, uncompromising agenda. I've also gotten the impression, from a number of recent conversations that the White House is increasingly looking at this whole effort as the Clinton 1993 model. That is to say, rely on near total support from your own party, little or no support from the opposition, and ram it through with only a vote or two to spare. Democrats half fear that Bush will offer them a compromise later on, bring over a bunch...

Storylines: Tough Chat

A few years ago, people who thought liberals were too squeamish in public debate wondered how they could make it in the aggressive and strident forum of talk radio. [See Tom DeVries, " We'll Talk About That: Can Liberals Do Radio? " TAP , March-April 1996.] Today the same question has come up about another rough-and-tumble medium: political chat shows on television. The world of the chat shows isn't just Crossfire and the McLaughlin Group anymore. Today there's a whole universe of shows with names like Rivera Live , Hardball , Internight , Equal Time , and the Capital Gang . These shows owe something to the talk radio format, and many -- like CNBC's Rivera Live -- first took off providing wall-to-wall coverage of the O. J. Simpson trial. But they're also an indirect product of the mad rush among telecommunications conglomerates to secure a foothold in key sectors of the entertainment and information industries, especially the market for 24-hour cable news channels. Chat shows are...

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