Josh is host of KCRW's Left, Right & Center and co-host of the spin-off series LRC Presents: All The President's Lawyers. He is New York Magazine's business columnist and a contributor at MSNBC. Josh was a founding correspondent at The Upshot, the economics and data section of The New York Times, and Business Insider's senior editor and politics editor. Before entering journalism, he worked in policy research for think tanks and as a real-estate banker at Wells Fargo. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Harvard College.

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Absolute immunity, executive privilege, crony privilege?

All kinds of privilege

Absolute immunity, executive privilege, crony privilege?

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...  there's a lot to discuss after last night's Democratic presidential debate.

Let me be clear...

... there's a lot to discuss after last night's Democratic presidential debate.

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The House Judiciary Committee will vote this week to formalize impeachment investigation procedures

It’s an impeachment *investigation*

The House Judiciary Committee will vote this week to formalize impeachment investigation procedures

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