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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This has got to be the most transparently contrived "feud" between two politicians of the same party that I've ever seen. It's Mark Begich (D-AK), running for re-election in a tight race that could tip the balance in the Senate, taking on Claire McCaskill (D-MO), whose own re-election in 2012 was fraught until the GOP nominated Todd Akin. After letting Begich knock her around for a few days on an issue of great importance to Alaskans, McCaskill really "retaliated" today in a statement to TPM: "There has consistently been one problem—Mark Begich. He single-handedly protects Alaska and the ANCs.”

How dastardly!

Dylan Scott explains the whole thing.

The Hobby Lobby decision is imminent, but first the Supreme Court placed new limits on the ability of public employee unions to collect agency fees from non-union members. Backstory here. Justice Alito's decision here. At first glance this isn't as bad for unions as it could have been, but it's not good either.

We've been documenting nearly every day another in the relentless series of tragic incidents involving children and guns. So it's difficult to imagine addressing the issue of children and gun safety in a way that would make you laugh. But these guys figured it out. Pitch perfect.