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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Conor Williams takes on David Brooks over poverty and character:

So when Brooks writes, "It’s not only money and better policy that are missing in these circles; it’s norms," he's being willfully blind. Stable marital norms are difficult to develop, refine and maintain at any income. In the face of extraordinary adversity—consider that approximately half of American students are growing up in low-income families—we should expect what he terms "an anarchy of the intimate life."

Brooks worries that, for the poor, "there are no basic codes and rules woven into daily life, which people can absorb unconsciously and follow automatically." But there are codes! They simply happen to be punishing, degrading codes shaped by poverty and material and educational inequality. In short, norms are built on resources and opportunities.

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Some very telling remarks from the Republican governor of Wyoming about the chaos that will ensue if the Supreme Court throws out Obamacare subsides on the federal exchange. Gov. Matt Mead goes so far as to say he hopes the court upholds the law, even though he personally thinks Obamacare is bad policy.

"I think we will be one of many, many states that will be scrambling, trying find an answer and seeing whether Congress can provide the statutory fix that would be needed," Mead said.

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A while back, a Texas GOP legislator greeted visiting Muslims on Texas Muslim Capitol Day with an Israeli flag and an admonition to renounce terrorism and swear allegiance to 'merica. Noble stuff.

Today, Planned Parenthood is visiting the Texas Capitol, so another GOP legislator greeted them with this.