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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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Reports coming in of arrests and shots fired in connection with the standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

KATU television in Portland is reporting Ammon Bundy has been arrested:

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The Trump-Fox News feud has taken a new turn, with Donald Trump and his campaign declaring that he will not participate in Thursday's Fox News debate, where Trump foil Megyn Kelly will be a moderator. In case you missed it, here's the Fox statement earlier in the day that apparently precipitated Trump's withdrawal.

The vast difference between NYC and DC responses to big winter storms doesn't come down to per capital spending on snowfall removal, it turns out. Per capita is about the same, at $9, according to the AP. The big difference is in dollars spent per "lane mile:"

The District has 4,400 lane miles to clear, budgeting $1,400 per mile. New York has to clear 19,000 lane miles and budgets $4,000 per mile, almost three times as much.

So there you have it.

It looks like the criminal investigation of Planned Parenthood that top Republican elected officials in Texas called for last year has not only failed to yield charges against Planned Parenthood but has resulted in the indictment of the head of the group that produced those anti-abortion sting videos and another activist.

Late last night, Ted Cruz's presidential campaign conceded that the senator and his family do in fact have health insurance and never lost coverage, contrary to what the senator said at a campaign stop Thursday in which he used his (made up) personal experience to slam Obamacare. Even his campaign's statement contains some dubious claims that don't quite match with his Texas insurer told us yesterday. Here's the story.

Here's another piece of the puzzle on Ted Cruz's eligibility. Bryan A. Garner has written a "legal memorandum" at the Atlantic on the various legal questions that come into play in determining with Cruz is a natural born citizen. As with other serious looks at the issue in recent days, I'm struck by how complicated, unsettled, and genuinely up in the air the legal question actually is.

Garner ultimately concludes that a court would find Cruz to be eligible, but it's not an easy or straightforward call, and it's predicated on several untested assumptions precisely because there are not prior court rulings that you can point to and say, ah ha!, this is the definitive answer. But one part of his analysis in particular jumped out as a key element.

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What you need to know about the perils facing public employee unions in this morning's case before the Supreme Court.

Gov. Paul LePage (R) will no longer stand for the scourge of (black/brown?) drug dealers from New York impregnating young white girls in Maine. Watch.

If, like me, you've been curious why the Bundy gang bothered to pick a remote wildlife refuge visitors center to stage their drama, Lauren Fox has some interesting backstory on that question. The jailed ranchers who inspired militia types to flock to Oregon in the first place have a long history of confrontations with the refuge, which is adjacent to their ranch. And when I say confrontations ... Dwight Hammond, Jr., the ranching family patriarch (pictured), reportedly made death threats against the refuge's managers on multiple occasions: 1986, 1988, 1991 and 1994. You might call that a pattern. More here.

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