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

My thanks to TPMCafe contributor Jonathan Earle for this moving reflection on his former student Ethan Schmidt, a professor of history at Delta State University in Mississippi, who was murdered today in his office.

John Kasich and Chris Christie are basically the only GOP presidential candidates opposed to shutting down the government over abortion politics.

Bernie Sanders ventured into the lion's den of Jerry Falwell's Liberty University this morning and declared that America was founded on "racist principles."

Kim Davis returned to work for the first time today since being jailed for her refusal to comply with a federal court and issue same-sex marriage licenses. The fig leaf Davis is clutching is this: I won't interfere with my deputies issuing same sex marriage licenses, but I'm not authorizing them -- and they may be invalid (*shrug*). In her mind, that apparently preserves her conscience and keeps her out of jail.

You shouldn't miss Sarah Posner's deep dive on the ties between the Duggar family and an "insular and authoritarian evangelical homeschooling ministry whose charismatic founder, former followers say, sexually harassed female employees, blamed rape victims for provoking their attackers, and subjected young disciples to grueling physical labor for little or no pay."