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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President Obama just spoke about the Charleston church shooting and rightly noted the broad sweep of American history in which this particular church has a especially significant role. We've just published at TPMCafe a brief history of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, its place in the history of Charleston, the anti-slavery movement, and perhaps most fascinating to me, the creation of what came to be known as the Citadel, the crown jewel of Southern militarism, which was born from white fears of slave rebellion triggered by this church. It's worth your time.

One of the victims of last night's devastating church shooting in Charleston was the congregation's pastor, state Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney. He was 41 years old and had served in the state legislature for nearly 20 years. I didn't know him, but the reactions rolling in begin to give you a sense of the esteem in which he was held. Below is video of a wonderful talk he gave a couple of years ago at his church -- Mother Emanuel -- about its history and role in the African American community.

Standing near where he would later die, Pinckney said in his stentorian voice, "Where you are is a very special place in Charleston ..."

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Anything short of complete Obamacare repeal remains a tough sell for Republicans: "I'm not sure how I go back and tell people that I ran trying to undo Obamacare, and that the first real chance I get, I vote to extend one of the most heinous parts of the law," said Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC).

He may have run a hilariously "CRAPPY" moving company, but federal prosecutors allege the Arizona man charged in the Muhammad cartoon contest shooting is "off-the-charts dangerous" and wanted to attack the Super Bowl in Glendale earlier this year.

Today in My Conservative Inbox: A sale on solar generators to get you through those "Obama Blackouts." Not convinced? Maybe the FREE "Survival Seed Bank" will close the deal for you.

Fascinating piece at TPMCafe by an expert on policing about how all our macho notions of what it means to be a good policemen make it exceedingly difficult for cops to admit when they're under stress and to get the help they need -- and how that is a major contributor to police misconduct of the type we saw in the McKinney pool incident:

[A]n officer in a vulnerable emotional state is a liability, not an asset. An officer who is struggling to deal with the stress of the last call is much less likely to be able to effectively manage the next one. Attempting to do so endangers not only the officer themselves, but also their fellow officers and the community more broadly.

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GOP lawmakers in Kansas abandon Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge en masse to avoid devastating budget cuts forced on them by Sam Brownback's trickle down failure.