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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If, like me, you've been curious why the Bundy gang bothered to pick a remote wildlife refuge visitors center to stage their drama, Lauren Fox has some interesting backstory on that question. The jailed ranchers who inspired militia types to flock to Oregon in the first place have a long history of confrontations with the refuge, which is adjacent to their ranch. And when I say confrontations ... Dwight Hammond, Jr., the ranching family patriarch (pictured), reportedly made death threats against the refuge's managers on multiple occasions: 1986, 1988, 1991 and 1994. You might call that a pattern. More here.

Bill Cosby reportedly will be charged criminally in suburban Philly in alleged 2004 sexual assault. Watch prosecutor's press conference live here.

Your argument that there is a legitimate historical preservation interest in leaving Confederate monuments in place across the South isn't helped when you join forces with revanchist outfits like the Sons of Confederate Veterans to sue the city of New Orleans. TPM's Tierney Sneed talks to the SCV leader in Louisiana and offers some lovely samples from the group's Facebook page. Worth a read.

The insurgent candidacy of Bernie Sanders has been almost polite, in a Vermont kind of way. And that has been more than okay for the DNC and the Clinton campaign. A deep, scarring split among Democrats is the last thing either wanted. But this press conference by Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver just now was anything but polite.

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Bernie Sanders' campaign is about to hold a press conference at campaign headquarters in Washington DC. You can watch it here.

As this gets underway, here's the latest: The DNC chair is defending the decision to suspend the campaign's access to the party's voter data base; and the AP, citing unnamed sources, is reporting that as many as four Sanders aides "accessed proprietary voter data compiled by the campaign of rival Hillary Clinton."

Ed. note: Post updated to reflect that the campaign, not Sanders himself, is holding the presser.

This Rubio-Cruz fight over immigration can get a bit weedy, but it's an important battleground both in the GOP primary and in the larger political and historical context of this era so there's some value in unpacking it and remembering the context of the failed 2013 immigration reform push. Benjy Sarlin has a very nuanced explainer that I recommend to get you caught up on the backstory.

Neither Rubio nor Cruz has covered themselves in glory at any point in the debate. So you can't feel much sympathy for either one of them as they clamor for meager political advantage. But TPM's Tierney Sneed talked to some of the key reform figures today and the consensus among the people she talked to is that Cruz is full of it.

The budget package being voted on today by the House looks an awful lot like the ones cobbled together by then-Speaker John Boehner, a mix of provisions that incense the Freedom Caucus types and require concessions to Democrats (further inflaming the right wing of the conference) to win enough of their votes to get the thing over the hump. So how are Freedom Caucus members reacting this time? TPM's Lauren Fox talks to some of them -- and what you take away is that while Paul Ryan has bought some time he hasn't really resolved the deeper structural issues.

Full coverage of tonight's GOP presidential debate beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET at TPMLivewire.


Clinton Postpones Trip To Charlotte

In a statement released Friday evening, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the Democratic nominee…