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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For whatever reason, Nevada's Democratic caucus this Saturday has received scant attention from public polling firms. Until last week, there hadn't been a publicly released poll of the Dem caucus this year. The one that came out last week, showing a 45-45 tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, was met with considerable skepticism because of who commissioned it: the uberconservative Washington Free Beacon. But today we have new polling from CNN/ORC that shows a similar result: Clinton 48, Sanders 47. Remember, Nevada is the first big test of whether Sanders can demonstrate appeal with a more diverse electorate.

The political and legal implications of Antonin Scalia's death are so far-reaching -- and the speed with which the political dynamic has intruded on the mourning is so breath-taking -- that it truly boggles the mind. Law professor Rick Hasen coolly starts to work through the implications in this post at TPMCafe.

Gotta love America. While the Oregon standoff was finally coming to a relatively peaceful end, scientists were announcing the first ever direct detection of gravitational waves. So from wannabe 18th century revolutionaries to the leading edge of 21st century physics. Want to understand gravitational waves? A physicist friend posted this comics explainer on Facebook. Feel free to geek out.

One of the Oregon occupiers is resisting surrendering to authorities and could be heard on a live audio feed saying, "I am actually feeling suicidal right now." We profiled him here.

Boom, it's a Bundy twofer (threefer?).

The FBI arrested Cliven Bundy last night in Portland on charges related to the 2014 standoff at his ranch in Nevada. Bundy had just arrived in Portland to protest his two sons' arrests in the ongoing refuge standoff.

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I was amused by TPM Reader ST's claim that we were exhibiting overly delicate sensibilities by treating Trump's "pussy" comments as a denigrating reference to female genitalia. But other readers are not amused at all and have emailed at length on the linguistic origins of the slur:

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