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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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Meet Trump's pick for Labor secretary, CEO of the company that owns Carl's Jr.:

I like our ads. I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it's very American. I used to hear, brands take on the personality of the CEO. And I rarely thought that was true, but I think this one, in this case, it kind of did take on my personality.

More on Andy Puzder.

Another day, another failure by Trump to navigate even the rudiments of logistics, scheduling and communications. Organizing an international summit conference or bilateral talks? Please. Team Trump is struggling to pull off a meeting with the New York Times.

Note this reassuring gem from the Times' own report on this morning's bumbling:

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The House is back in business for the first time since the election. As Lauren Fox reports, everyone donning "The Make America Great Again" hats and singing the praises of Donald J. Trump couldn't mask the cognitive dissonance that until a week ago it was every member for himself to survive having Trump as the party's nominee.

One member captured it well:

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FBI Director James Comey sends new letter to Congress on new Clinton email review: Nothing found to change conclusions reached in July.

Federal appeals court intervenes in Ohio voter intimidation case and sides with the Trump campaign. Details here. Additional details on some of the procedural wrangling from Rick Hasen here.

Tierney Sneed has been all over this story since the night of the final presidential debate, when it bubbled into the open: whether the RNC was violating that decades-old consent decree it is saddled with by virtue of having an atrocious record of trying to deny minorities their right to vote.

Over the last couple of weeks, I've spent more of my time on this story than any other we've been covering, so I was eager to see the ruling from the federal court in New Jersey that was handling the case.

The judge's decision just came down, and I think he nailed it.

You can read it here.

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More than 800 polling places across the South closed since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013. Check it out.

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