Josh Marshall

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3/ For a little more detail. There were school district police on the scene. Seemingly more than one. Those are the ones who got in a fire fight with the shooter before he entered the school. That's how they were already there.

4/ Another point to note. In this case and the Buffalo shooting there's a common theme. Cops engaged the shooter BEFORE he did most or all of the killings. But the shooter were able to overcome the cop/cops because the shooter had body armor.

@HeerJeet  Yeah, the pattern here is stunning/chilling. They didn't get the shooting done before the cops showed up. He fought his way into the building. Buffalo isn't exactly the same because I think the security guard engaged in the middle of the attack. But really same difference.

@HeerJeet  And as long as you have something like parity, the shooter has already decided he's going to die and he has the element of surprise. So that person always has the advantage unless the cops have a big advantage.

State Sen. tells CNN that the gunman bought his guns immediately on turning 18. Bought them legally. Bought them from licensed dealer, etc.

New account from TX Dept Pub Safety spokesman moments ago: appears to say shooter shot his way past a school district police officer AND then two additional cops from the local PD. **Appears** to say three different officers engaged the shooter before he got into the school.

2/ There's a bit of ambiguity about just when in the process the two pd cops engaged the shooter. The video above sounds like all three engaged the shooter prior to entry into the school. But I recommend listening to the account itself in the video above.

Raffensperger Prevails: Trump-Endorsed Challenger Hice Goes Down In Defeat via @TPM 

After All That, Mo Brooks Heads To A Runoff In GOP Senate Primary via @TPM 

Trump finds the top lizard in every race. Note the reference to Nancy Mace’s “fresh mouth”

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A good illustration of why the surgical hand washing technique is really very important

If you think the leak is bad wait till you hear about the justice and his spouse who were party to a conspiracy to overthrow the government.

Don't forget. The Trump administration literally had no plan to vaccinate anyone other than nursing home residents. The "plan" quite literally was to deliver vaccines to airports in each state and let states figure it out with no plan or funding. This is a fact.

Video of insurrectionists stealing documents on the senate floor. “I think Cruz would want us to do this so I think we’re good.” Great work, @tedcruz  (Full video and article at @NewYorker  )

Las Vegas Mayor offers city as "control group", "we offer to be a control group" to see how many people die without social distancing.

Holy Shit. Florida GOPer caught on tape telling fellow FL GOPers to make false voter registrations in Georgia so they could vote to save Loeffler and Perdue. He in fact DID register in Georgia and is now under investigation.

I don't know this reporter's name. But man, she would not let up even in the face of President Trump's attacks.

“Madame Speaker, I have constituents outside this building right now ...” Rep Boebert just before storming of the Capitol.

It’s a bracing thing being lectured by Justice Thomas about declining respect for the rule of law so soon after he and his wife were part of a plot to overthrow the government.