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Talking Points Memo
Talking Points Memo
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Main page of Talking Points Memo as of August 2010
Type of site
Political blog, news, discussion forum
Available inEnglish
OwnerJosh Marshall
Created byJosh Marshall
EditorJosh Marshall
Alexa rankIncrease 2909 (September 2016)[1]
CommercialAdvertising supported
RegistrationFor discussion forum
LaunchedNovember 12, 2000; 19 years ago (2000-11-12)
Current statusActive

Talking Points Memo (or TPM) is a left-leaning web-based political journalism website created and run by Josh Marshall that debuted on November 12, 2000. The name is a reference to the memo (short list) with the issues (points) discussed by one's side in a debate or used to support a position taken on an issue.[2] By 2007, TPM received an average of 400,000 page views every weekday.[3]


During George W. Bush's first term, the blog frequently discussed foreign policy and was especially critical of administration policy towards Iraq and North Korea. After the 2004 election, posts began to focus on the Bush administration's proposal to privatize Social Security. In addition to criticizing the substance of the proposals, Marshall argued that a unified front in the Democratic Party would deny Republicans political cover and force a loss for them on Social Security. Talking Points Memo closely tracked the positions of members of Congress on the issue throughout 2005. It asked readers to monitor local media for comments from their own members of congress, and public categories were created for politicians on this issue: wavering Democrats were the "Faint-hearted Faction" and Republicans who doubted the President's plan were the "Conscience Caucus". Marshall also coined the term "Bamboozlepalooza", in reference to President Bush's 60-day (it was extended) tour promoting social security privatization. Other terms that Marshall has coined while criticizing the Bush administration include "Up-is-downism" and "Mumbojumbocrats".

Guest bloggers have included Matthew Yglesias, Robert Reich, Dean Baker, Michael Crowley, and, briefly, Vice-Presidential candidate John Edwards. Beginning in the summer of 2006, many weekend postings were provided by anonymous blogger DK. On November 11, 2006, DK was revealed to be lawyer David Kurtz, who now openly posts under his name.

On July 10, 2007, the site had a major overhaul, adding much content from its related sites to the main page. It is part of the effort to have more original reporting on the website.

In 2007, TPM won a Polk Award for its coverage of the 2006 U.S. Attorneys scandal, becoming the only blog so far to win the award.[4]

Related projects

  • A "spin-off" blog also created by Josh Marshall is a companion website called TPMCafe, which debuted on May 31, 2005. This site features a collection of blogs about a wide range of domestic and foreign policy issues written by academics, journalists, and former public officials, among others.
  • Marshall expanded his operation to a new blog, called TPMmuckraker, where journalists working for the TPM collective, such as Paul Kiel and Justin Rood, investigate political corruption.
  • TPMDC - In January 2007, the Horse's Mouth, a blog authored by Greg Sargent with a remit to cover how Washington politics was covered by the major news outlets, moved home from The American Prospect to the TPM Media family.[5] Sargent had begun writing for TPMCafe in July 2006. In 2008, Sargent stopped posting to the Horse's Mouth blog and began posting to a new blog called TPM Election Central, which focused on covering the 2008 elections. In 2009, TPM Election Central was renamed TPMDC, to cover politics from Washington, D.C., and Marshall hired journalists based in Washington to report for the blog.
  • TPMLiveWire - A spin-off established in September 2009.
  • TPMIdea Lab - A blog established in January 2011 to cover science and technology.
  • TPMPollTracker - An aggregator of various polls about incumbents taken by polling agencies.
  • TPMPrime - A paid members-only section offering long form articles, and interactive discussions with journalists and political figures.[6]

The four blogs (Talking Points Memo, TPMCafe, TPMMuckraker and TPMDC) are published by TPM Media LLC.[7]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved .
  2. ^ See "talking point"
  3. ^ Glenn, David (September-October 2007). "The (Josh) Marshall Plan". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2007.
  4. ^ "A Web-only news operation gets its due", The New York Times, 24 February 2008
  5. ^ The American Prospect[dead link]
  6. ^ "TPMPrime". TPMPrime. Retrieved .[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "TPMmuckraker". TPMmuckraker. Archived from the original on 2008-01-22. Retrieved .

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