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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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The deeply personal back and forth this week between Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor over race is without parallel in the court's history, legal experts tell Sahil Kapur.

Part of the reason for that of course is the unhappy historical fact that racial and ethnic minorities haven't had a seat on the Supreme Court bench until the last 47 years. But part of it, too, may have been the calculation by the likes of Thurgood Marshall that a direct public confrontation would not be productive in the long run.

The highlight of Sahil's piece may be the anecdote offered by a former Marshall clerk in which Marshall pulled his punch toward the other justices in his dissent in a 1973 case.

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The nation's capital is close to allowing self-driving vehicles on its streets.

New rules for the operation of so-called autonomous vehicles were filed Friday by the District of Columbia's Department of Motor Vehicles, reports WAMU in Washington. Self-driving cars have received approval in California, Michigan, Florida, and Nevada.

What will you need to "drive" a self-driving car in DC?

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After a number of delays and false starts, USAID launched its new Global Development Lab this week, which is intended to foster the application of science and technology to the problem of extreme global poverty.

It has been called the State Department's version of DARPA, but with a focus on ending extreme global poverty by 2030. The lab is tasked with scalable projects in the areas of water, health, food security and nutrition, energy, education, and climate change that can reach at least 200 million people in the next five years, according to USAID.

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A lot of the Republican-on-Republican political infighting going on day to day is below the national political radar, but some of it surfaced today when the primary challenger to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) got tripped up by that whole white nationalist thing. The pro-Cochran establishment political types have had a field day with it.

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