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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A man reportedly opened fire this evening in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. The shooter is reportedly dead. An unconfirmed report of at least one additional fatality. Multiple injuries. Local ambulance service tweets that it transported eight people from the scene to area hospitals.

This one hits close to home. Lafayette happens to be my hometown. My grandmother lived across the street from that theater for many years.

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If anyone was ever cut out for the classic executive overreach that so often accompanies re-election to a second term, it's Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R). And, man, is he overreaching, in spades. So much so that even Maine Republicans are beginning to abandon him. The most dramatic split came when the GOP-controlled Senate refused last week to accept LePage's botched vetoes. Sorry, pal, these are too late! But it's not just the botched vetoes. As one GOP legislator put it dryly to TPM's Tierney Sneed, he's actually brought Democrats and Republicans in the statehouse closer together. Bipartisanship!

Donald Trump doesn't just lead in the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, but he has nearly double the support of the nearest candidate and has a more commanding lead than any other Republican candidate has had in their polling of the race to this point.

Here's how the Post put it: "That is the highest percentage and biggest lead recorded by any GOP candidate this year in Post-ABC News polls and marks a sixfold increase in his support since late May, shortly before he formally joined the race."

Most of the survey was conducted before Trump's controversial remarks Saturday about John McCain, and they did find some statistically significant drop-off in Trump's support among those polled after the remarks. That means Trump's support could have declined from its peak, but it also suggests that his peak was somewhere north of 24 percent.

You have probably seen by now the remarks Donald Trump made today not only belittling John McCain's status as a war hero but mocking him for having been captured by the North Vietnamese. McCain "is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured," Trump said to Frank Luntz, who was moderating at the event in Ames, Iowa.

You should watch the whole exchange because it actually manages to be more sneering and caustic than it comes across in print, and it's pretty terrible in print (video here).

But Trump wasn't finished there.

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The 2016 GOP presidential contenders were quick to condemn Donald Trump's remarks Saturday suggesting John McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, was only a "war hero" because he was captured. "I like people who weren't captured," Trump said, to some boos from the Iowa audience.

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After the Maine legislature rejected his vetoes of some 65 bills, Gov. Paul LePage (R) turned to the state Supreme Court on Friday for a final determination of whether he botched the veto process. The move sends the controversy from the legislative arena to the legal one, where a decision against LePage from the state's highest court would deal him and his leadership a humiliating blow.

“Now that the Legislature has refused to consider the vetoes, my constitutional duty as Governor to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed’ is in question,” LePage wrote in the request to the court. “I must know whether my vetoes stand."

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