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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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.

I need some guidance from our readers who are medical professionals. What are the norms for practicing medical procedures on fellow medical students (or in this case fellow med tech students)?

I want to make sure that this doesn't get lost in Tierney Sneed's broader piece on how the various Iraq War provocateurs are now defending that fateful decision. The amazing standout nugget is: It's all Obama's fault.

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Among the items that President Obama's new ban on military equipment for police includes:

  • armored vehicles on tracks
  • weaponized aircraft or vehicles
  • firearms or ammunition of .50-caliber or higher
  • grenade launchers
  • bayonets
  • camouflage uniforms
More on the ban here.