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

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen indicted on federal corruption charges.

If we didn't have such short memories, we'd pair McDonnell with Christie and marvel at what's happening to major GOP 2016 contenders. But McDonnell's star dimmed what seems so very long ago.

Most of our memories of Martin Luther King, Jr., are in black and white, making his life and work seem longer ago and almost quaint, like the horn-rimmed glasses and skinny dark ties of the era.

So this morning I culled some of the color photos of King from our AP archives. There aren't many of them, but they're bracing. Take a look:

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Lifetime appointments to the bench, the legitimate need to keep judges apart from the political hurly burly, and their own institutional insularity combine to make the conduct of the federal judiciary extremely opaque and difficult to hold to account. So it's worth noting that on Friday, the Judicial Conference's Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability, which reviews cases of misconduct by federal judges, published two different decisions involving judicial misconduct where the essential issue before the panel was whether to make public the alleged misconduct or keep it cloaked behind the judicial trappings of secrecy and confidentiality.

In both cases, the committee opted in favor of openness. How it got there -- and the backstory on both cases -- is fascinating.

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Looks like we're on track for one of the New Jersey senators investigating the bridge scandal to himself be a fact witness. Awesome ...

State judge in Pennsylvania rules that the state's controversial voter ID law is unconstitutional.

I posted a reader email yesterday from a 30something Brooklynite, TC, who is supportive of Obamacare but still can't afford the premiums for health insurance on the exchange.

It prompted several emails from other readers with a range of reactions that basically fell into three categories: readers who could relate; older readers who, in almost a parental way, urged TC to reassess the financial risk of going without insurance; and readers who, if I can freely summarize, had little patience for underemployed hipster financial predicaments.

Here's a sampling:

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Chris Christie bridge fiasco parodied by his idol ... Bruuuuuce.