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 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.

One of the challenges for journalists on the trail covering any presidential campaign is that the stump speeches become a sort of metronomic monotony. After a few weeks or months of hearing the same themes and the same canned lines over and over, you begin to listen only for what is new or different, and everything else becomes background noise. This isn't a news flash. It's just one of the hazards of the job, but in a real sense it colors the coverage in its own way.

Which brings us to Trump.

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That allegedly defamatory campaign TV ad that Cliven Bundy is suing a Democratic congressional candidate over in Nevada? The campaign says no such ad exists, and Bundy's lawyer tells TPM, “I have not seen the TV ad myself.”

Lauren Fox has the story.