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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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Less than a week after America buried its most prominent Muslim, Donald Trump claimed that "assimilation" by American Muslims is "close to nonexistent." Here's what the experts say.

Senate Democrats are now filibustering to demand action on gun control post-Orlando. Watch.

New Bloomberg poll shows Clinton crushing Trump nationally.

TPM Reader DC checks in on how Trump's response to Orlando plays:

In response to Josh's thoughtful post about how Orlando and Trump's reaction to it will not necessarily help him:

There is recent evidence for exactly this phenomenon. Remember when "Benghazi" happened, which in some ways could have been much worse politically for the incumbent party (though certainly fewer lives were lost), namely a sitting American ambassador killed by what was clearly an organized attack on our embassy in Libya. The event threatened to bespeak the weakness of a nation state, the inability to protect it's own high-level personnel.

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There's a lot here from Lauren Fox about how Trump could juice African American turnout, but this in particular is a pretty stark assessment from one GOP pollster: "Any Republican candidate who looks at their potential electorate and assumes that black turnout will be down from 2012 is making a mistake."

In our profile of Peter Thiel yesterday we didn't get into the details of his political awakening, as it were, at Stanford, mostly for brevity's sake. But it's an interesting episode, and TPM Reader PN shares some reflections:

Just a few thoughts on Peter Thiel’s defense: I think Josh’s comments have been spot on.

On the Gawker site, the most popular—I don’t say best--defense appears to be that “outing” Thiel was beyond the pale—so the suit accomplishes belated justice (that’s dubious in itself). Setting aside whether an outing actually happened or what prevailing ethical/journalistic standards are, I think Thiel’s time at Stanford (overlapping mine) bears renewed scrutiny.

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