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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Super important story from Tierney Sneed on one particular aspect of this new push by the Justice Department to get the Census Bureau to include a citizenship question on its census form (first reported by TPM alum Justin Elliott, now at ProPublica).

The attack on voting rights has always been a very long game. That’s allowed it to fly more under the radar because the changes are often technical, weedy, and incremental. But the effects can be significant — dramatic even — and longstanding.

So as you read it, push through the technical legal aspects of Tierney’s story because the upshot is critical: A citizenship question on the census would potentially open the door to states drawing their districts based on the population of legal citizens rather than the population of, well, everyone. The effect this would have — diluting minority voting power and advantaging Republicans over Democrats at a structural level — is a serious long-term play for the maps to be drawn in the 2020s. That’s only a couple of years away, but in politics that can seem like forever.

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The extraordinary comments this morning from President Trump – even though they have become par for the course from him – remain extraordinary. He castigated the FBI and dismissed the Russia collusion investigation that the FBI is conducting as a “scam.” He made the remarks to reporters he was leaving the White House to … address the FBI at Quantico.

The key sections (transcript via White House):

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TPM’s Cameron Joseph is in Montgomery at the Roy Moore election night event. You can follow him on Twitter, and stick around with us through the evening. Anyone’s guess in a very unpredictable race.

Roy Moore’s wife Kayla appeared quite sure that she’d decisively put to rest the charges of anti-Semitism once and for all. Watch.

I can tell by how many of you are NOT clicking on the feature that you are skeptical any form of Obamacare repeal is really happening AGAIN. Some skepticism is understandable given the GOP’s track record this year, but this is very much for real.