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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Two pieces of breaking news on the Oregon standoff: The local sheriff has ruled that the police shooting of standoff leader Lavoy Finicum was justified, but five FBI agents are under investigation for allegedly either lying about or covering up two shots that one of them fired at Finicum, but which apparently missed.

One measure of how far-fetched Mitt Romney's plan for strategic voting to deny Donald Trump a majority of delegates before the convention is: It may not survive the March 15 Florida primary, where a Marco Rubio defeat could prove fatal to the whole plan.

Rubio campaign goes off on Wolf Blitzer over CNN report that Rubio may not last until next week's Florida primary. Watch.

The networks all called South Carolina for Hillary Clinton as soon as polls closed. Six in 10 Democratic voters today were African American, and the networks are describing her victory as overwhelming, which would be in line with the recent polling of the state. Full story here.

Hillary Clinton's polling lead in South Carolina has been big enough that it would be a surprise for the networks not to call the race right at 7 p.m. ET, when polls close. And they're pre-game coverage tonight is not doing much to conceal that fact. So stay tuned. Full results here.

It's been overshadowed by the Supreme Court fight, but this was the week when Senate Republicans began to realize that Donald Trump is their likely presidential nominee. As Lauren Fox reports, they are befuddled.

No law school! No bar exam! Just get elected to the Missouri General Assembly and after two years you'll be a bona fide lawyer! No questions asked! You'll also be automatically eligible to serve as a state judge!

If this cockamamie bill passes.

Despite epic anti-Trump rant, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is going down with the ship:

Asked whether he'd endorse the billionaire businessman if nominated, Graham said, "I've got a ticket on the Titanic. So I am like on the team that bought a ticket on the Titanic after we saw the movie. This is what happens if you nominate Trump."

The bogus kerfuffle over a supposed "gaffe" about women that John Kasich made this morning at a rally outside of DC was kicked off by a misleadingly edited video clip. Here's what he really said.