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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I want to make sure that this doesn't get lost in Tierney Sneed's broader piece on how the various Iraq War provocateurs are now defending that fateful decision. The amazing standout nugget is: It's all Obama's fault.

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Among the items that President Obama's new ban on military equipment for police includes:

  • armored vehicles on tracks
  • weaponized aircraft or vehicles
  • firearms or ammunition of .50-caliber or higher
  • grenade launchers
  • bayonets
  • camouflage uniforms
More on the ban here.

My favorite part of the latest installment in the Jade Helm hysteria is that Keesler Air Force Base is located smack dab in the middle of Biloxi, so if the military wanted to impose martial law it wouldn't need to sneak in under the guise of using an abandoned casino and closed school for "training."

It's just a cringefest in this statement put out by Missouri's Republican speaker of the House apologizing for, well, he doesn't actually come out and say for what, but presumably sexting with an intern. But this line takes the cake: "I also regret that the woman has been dragged into this situation." The woman.

You'll remember back in the fall we reported on three political scientists from Stanford and Dartmouth who stumbled and bumbled their way into all kinds of controversy in Montana with a research project pegged to state Supreme Court elections. Now the state's commissioner of political practices has released his report on the fiasco, and found that Stanford and Dartmouth are on the hook for violating state elections laws. Here's our complete report on his decision, including the backstory on the research project for those who missed this back in the fall.

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I sometimes think those who warn of creeping Sharia just don't have enough confidence in its inevitability. I like to think of it as the political world's kudzu or wisteria. Ignore it for too long and pretty soon it takes over everything in sight. It even sounds botanical: I have a terra cotta pot of Creeping Sharia over there next to that lush Wandering Jew.

But those most fervently on-guard for creeping Sharia lack the assuredness you'd expect from diehards. They're always on the look out for creeping Sharia where you'd least expect it, and they find evidence of it in the most amazing places.

Here's the best example I've heard in a while: Obama is going to use the thwarted attack on Pam Geller's anti-Islam Muhammad cartoon contest as a pretext for bringing the First Amendment in compliance with Sharia's anti-blasphemy restrictions. "Imagine, a nation founded on Judeo-Christian ethics changing the rules for a Muslim prophet!” Jeanine Pirro warned on Fox News.