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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Where do the GOP presidential candidates stand on the refusenik Kentucky county clerk defying a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses? Some support her, some don't -- and then there's the epic vagueness that is beginning to define Scott Walker's candidacy.

If you have Patriots fans in your office who you've been chortling at about DeflateGate since January, I feel your pain. Acutely.

Reports are emerging this morning that Trump will go ahead and sign the RNC's pledge to support the GOP nominee. No indy or third party run. At least that's the pledge. And why not sign it? A pledge to Reince Priebus will not bind Trump or prevent him from mounting his own general election campaign if that's what Trump later decides to do.

So what does the RNC get out of this? Not only "not much," but this is perfect for Trump and terrible for the RNC.

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It's obscured a bit by the utterly indefensible legal position of the Kentucky clerk refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, but Amanda Marcotte astutely observes how the episode reveals that mainstream conservatives have basically given up the fight on gay marriage.

The CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce says Trump was very conciliatory in a private meeting this week:

The Donald Trump that I met today and that I sat with today was very different from the Donald Trump that I saw in the media ... He was a gentleman. He listened much more than he spoke. He asked questions.