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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The chatter about what kind of punishment Kim Davis, the refusenik Kentucky clerk, deserves for defying a federal court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses misses a key point. The judge in the case at this stage is primarily interested not in punitive action in the narrow sense but in compelling Davis to obey the order.

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New poll shows Trump still dominating the GOP field nationally, but this part is interesting: When paired in hypothetical one-on-one match-ups with the other GOP contenders, Trump actually loses decisively to only one candidate: Ben Carson. And it's not even close. Carson wins 55-36.

Women pols engaging in the same kind of hanky panky that has long infused male-dominated state capitals is a win for gender equality, I guess?

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.