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.

Articles by David

Fascinating piece at TPMCafe by an expert on policing about how all our macho notions of what it means to be a good policemen make it exceedingly difficult for cops to admit when they're under stress and to get the help they need -- and how that is a major contributor to police misconduct of the type we saw in the McKinney pool incident:

[A]n officer in a vulnerable emotional state is a liability, not an asset. An officer who is struggling to deal with the stress of the last call is much less likely to be able to effectively manage the next one. Attempting to do so endangers not only the officer themselves, but also their fellow officers and the community more broadly.

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GOP lawmakers in Kansas abandon Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge en masse to avoid devastating budget cuts forced on them by Sam Brownback's trickle down failure.

White Texas schoolteacher fired over her Facebook post about the McKinney pool incident: "I’m almost to the point of wanting them all segregated on one side of town so they can hurt each other and leave the innocent people alone."

Turns out the white woman whose alleged racial slurs touched off the disturbance at the McKinney, Texas pool works for a publicly traded corporation. Or did. The company has placed her on administrative leave pending further investigation.