Josh Marshall’s TalkingPointsMemo turns five years old today. TPM is the rarest of blogs: it often contains original reporting and it enjoys widespread respect among the mainstream media. Most importantly, Josh has done a great job staying on top of stories that don’t always receive a lot of initial attention, only to see them blossom into stories attracting national interest (Trent Lott and the outing of Valerie Plame are just two such examples; the brewing Abramoff corruption scandal and the Italian connection to the Niger forgeries are two recent stories almost certain to follow the same pattern).
Congrats, Josh! Keep up the great work.