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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Aurin Squire on conservative media eager to compare the Virginia newscast shooting to the Charleston massacre: "This hyperbolic outcry is part of a longstanding practice of false equivalency—assuming that systemic racial violence towards African Americans and individual incidents of black people killing white people are one and the same."

TPM alum Ben Craw has taken one for mankind. He put together this mashup of Trump saying China ... a total of 234 separate times (Ben is scrupulous about never repeating a clip in a mashup). Watch:

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I'm overwhelmed by the Katrina 10th anniversary coverage: from Wright Thompson's 25,000-word epic for ESPN the Magazine to Michael Brown's self-serving "stop blaming me" plea in Politico Magazine, from the New York Times' sweeping multimedia package to this transparent attempt at George W. Bush rehabilitation on FoxNews.com.

But if you're going to read one thing about the flood, its aftermath, and the anniversary, it's this piece by my old friend Cheryl Wagner that we just posted. It's quiet, local, personal, emotional, true, and funny.

Ed Kilgore is so not buying the draft Biden "movement":

The more you look at the Biden bandwagon, it looks more like a ghost ship being pulled through the mist by a combination of hungry political reporters, Hillary haters (including most of the conservative media), and Delaware-based Friends of Joe who, of course, would love to see him run.

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Nothing about the Trump blitzkrieg so far suggests that his public diminution of Jorge Ramos is going to be an overstep in the nakedest political sense. In truth it's not clear what line he would have to cross to alienate the mass of aggrieved supporters egging him to to stick it to the women and minorities with abandon. (Amanda Marcotte writes at TPMCafe, "If he went beyond just saying nasty things and honked someone’s boob in public, that might be a step too far." But I'm not sure, honestly, that that would be the last straw either.)

But whether it hurts Trump narrowly in the short term is very different from the accumulating damage he is doing to the GOP among Hispanics. We talked with Hispanic political types to get a read on the Ramos fallout and on the broader reaction to the Trump candidacy.

“When Jorge Ramos was being escorted out of the room for demanding for his rights, it was is as if every other Latino American was being escorted out of the room for demanding for their rights,” one Latino GOP consultant told us.

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Donald Trump explains why he's getting support from white supremacists like David Duke: "People like me across the board. Everybody likes me."

The alleged suspect in this morning's shooting of a news crew has posted to his social media accounts what appear to be videos he himself took during the shooting.

Late Update: The alleged shooter has reportedly shot himself. Conflicting reports on his status. Initial reports were that he had died, but more recent reports are that he is in critical condition.