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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Federal appeals court invalidates tax credit for insurance purchased on federal Obamacare exchanges.

To catch you up, at issue was whether the federal government could provide tax credits to people who purchased insurance on the exchanges set up by the federal government. Remember that as originally conceived Obamacare allowed each state to create its own exchange. This was a concession to conservatives and to states, a way to build consensus for the legislation. But as opposition to Obamacare became a Republican rallying cry and a litmus test for conservative credentials, many red states opted not to create their own exchanges. In fact a majority of states opted to rely on the federal exchanges instead.

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Bloomberg (emphasis added): "Hillary Clinton has earned at least $12 million in 16 months since leaving the State Department, a windfall at odds with her party’s call to shrink the gap between the rich and the poor."

Malaysian airliner reportedly shot down over the Ukraine.

(When I saw the first report of a Malaysia jetliner going down in eastern Ukraine, I thought, this cannot be a coincidence. And of course, it's not. Good lord. - jm.)

This has got to be the most transparently contrived "feud" between two politicians of the same party that I've ever seen. It's Mark Begich (D-AK), running for re-election in a tight race that could tip the balance in the Senate, taking on Claire McCaskill (D-MO), whose own re-election in 2012 was fraught until the GOP nominated Todd Akin. After letting Begich knock her around for a few days on an issue of great importance to Alaskans, McCaskill really "retaliated" today in a statement to TPM: "There has consistently been one problem—Mark Begich. He single-handedly protects Alaska and the ANCs.”

How dastardly!

Dylan Scott explains the whole thing.