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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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You have probably seen by now the remarks Donald Trump made today not only belittling John McCain's status as a war hero but mocking him for having been captured by the North Vietnamese. McCain "is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured," Trump said to Frank Luntz, who was moderating at the event in Ames, Iowa.

You should watch the whole exchange because it actually manages to be more sneering and caustic than it comes across in print, and it's pretty terrible in print (video here).

But Trump wasn't finished there.

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The 2016 GOP presidential contenders were quick to condemn Donald Trump's remarks Saturday suggesting John McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, was only a "war hero" because he was captured. "I like people who weren't captured," Trump said, to some boos from the Iowa audience.

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After the Maine legislature rejected his vetoes of some 65 bills, Gov. Paul LePage (R) turned to the state Supreme Court on Friday for a final determination of whether he botched the veto process. The move sends the controversy from the legislative arena to the legal one, where a decision against LePage from the state's highest court would deal him and his leadership a humiliating blow.

“Now that the Legislature has refused to consider the vetoes, my constitutional duty as Governor to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed’ is in question,” LePage wrote in the request to the court. “I must know whether my vetoes stand."

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Responding to Rick Perlstein's piece on the rise of Trump coinciding with the final surrender of the Confederate flag, Paul Krugman remarks on the self-reinforcing nature of the Silent Majority myth:

So why shouldn’t they rally around The Donald? The elite considers him ridiculous, but the base has been told again and again that the elite is corrupt and anti-American. The base has also been told again and again that it represents the true views of everyone except Those People. So why shouldn’t they go with someone who is their kind of guy, in style as well as substance?

The Silent Majority myth is for me the most cognitively dissonant part of the self-mythology that conservative white America is under constant siege: Forces with vastly superior numbers don't typically find themselves surrounded and under siege.

Click here for our ongoing coverage of the shootings at military installations in Chattanooga that have left five people dead, including the alleged gunman. The U.S. Attorney is calling it "an act of domestic terrorism."

In the big picture, Rick Perry's blistering criticism of Donald Trump today as "a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense" reveals the deep fault lines within the Republican Party that the 2016 presidential election is going to put enormous strain on. In the small picture, Perry really, really needs to qualify as one of the 10 candidates in the first GOP primary debate next month.

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