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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From the LA Times:

The Internal Revenue Service has told a prominent Pasadena church that it has ended its lengthy investigation into a 2004 antiwar sermon, church leaders said Sunday.

But the agency wrote in its letter to All Saints Episcopal Church that officials still considered the sermon to have been illegal, prompting the church to seek clarification, a corrected record and an apology from the IRS, the church's rector told standing-room-only crowds of parishioners at Sunday's services.

The church also has asked the Treasury Department, which oversees the IRS, to investigate allegations that officials from the Justice Department had become involved in the matter, raising concerns that the investigation was politically motivated.

This IRS investigation was launched way back in June 2005, but suddenly ramped up just before the 2006 mid-term elections. Now, no action from the IRS, just an ominous warning without apparent foundation. More here on the history of this odd case.

Up for discussion this week at the TPMCafe Book Club is Matt Bai's The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics. Bai, who is covering the 2008 presidential campaign for The New York Times Magazine, has kicked things off with his first post at the Book Club. Joining us this week for the discussion will be Michael Schellenberger, Kenneth Baer, Joan McCarter, Mark Schmitt, Ed Kilgore, and Todd Gitlin. Let the argument begin.

Let's be clear here: The recent Blackwater shoot-'em-up is by no means the first time the contractor has acted with impunity in Iraq.

In response to a FOIA request, Gen. Petraeus' command has released to our Spencer Ackerman its methodology for calculating sectarian deaths. Sectarian deaths were a metric that Petraeus highlighted during his congressional testimony but until now how sectarian deaths were defined and counted remained unknown. Spencer has the details.

How would John Edwards have voted on the resolution condemning the MoveOn ad were he still in the Senate? We have the answer.

Fired Seattle U.S. Attorney John McKay was given the Courageous Award by the Washington State Bar Association last night. (Thanks to TPM Reader DC for the link.)