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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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I need some guidance from our readers who are medical professionals. What are the norms for practicing medical procedures on fellow medical students (or in this case fellow med tech students)?

I want to make sure that this doesn't get lost in Tierney Sneed's broader piece on how the various Iraq War provocateurs are now defending that fateful decision. The amazing standout nugget is: It's all Obama's fault.

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Among the items that President Obama's new ban on military equipment for police includes:

  • armored vehicles on tracks
  • weaponized aircraft or vehicles
  • firearms or ammunition of .50-caliber or higher
  • grenade launchers
  • bayonets
  • camouflage uniforms
More on the ban here.

My favorite part of the latest installment in the Jade Helm hysteria is that Keesler Air Force Base is located smack dab in the middle of Biloxi, so if the military wanted to impose martial law it wouldn't need to sneak in under the guise of using an abandoned casino and closed school for "training."

It's just a cringefest in this statement put out by Missouri's Republican speaker of the House apologizing for, well, he doesn't actually come out and say for what, but presumably sexting with an intern. But this line takes the cake: "I also regret that the woman has been dragged into this situation." The woman.

You'll remember back in the fall we reported on three political scientists from Stanford and Dartmouth who stumbled and bumbled their way into all kinds of controversy in Montana with a research project pegged to state Supreme Court elections. Now the state's commissioner of political practices has released his report on the fiasco, and found that Stanford and Dartmouth are on the hook for violating state elections laws. Here's our complete report on his decision, including the backstory on the research project for those who missed this back in the fall.

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