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David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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If there's anything amusing about this morning's FIFA raid and indictments, it's that most of the stories hasten to point out -- often in the headline -- that FIFA president Sepp Blatter was not himself indicted. Because any story about FIFA corruption usually begins and ends with Blatter. The New York Times, for example: FIFA Officials Are Arrested on Corruption Charges; Sepp Blatter Isn't Among Them. For a point of reference, here's that remarkable Sepp Blatter takedown from John Oliver last summer.

Marco Rubio: "We are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech ..."

You may remember that long before Pamela Geller's Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas which came under armed attack this month, she and her fringey anti-Muslim group had been placing controversial ads in big city transit systems. Now they're upping their game considerably, preparing to launch a new ad campaign in the DC transit system but unlike the others this ad includes the winning cartoon from the contest, which of course is a depiction of Muhammad. Fun times all around.

Today we launch a new semi-regular TPM feature: My Conservative Inbox.

It's the best of the emails from the right-wing fever swamps, unredacted and unedited. These won't be emails from random trolls, but actual emails from various organizations, committees, advocates, and hustlers engaged in raising money, inciting action, and generally perpetuating The Crazy.

The first installment in the series is a real doozy. Take a look, my fellow patriots.

GOP Govs. Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, and John Kasich are dealing with serious, largely self-created, state budget shortfalls (tax cuts for everyone!) that are putting a real crimp in their 2016 presidential ambitions. And Grover Norquist is happily holding their feet to the fire as they try to wriggle out of their fiscal jams.

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