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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With less than a week to go before the end of the fiscal year deadline, here's the latest on the shutdown prospects, including this observation from budget expert Stan Collender: “Boehner may need to allow a shutdown to occur for a few days to give the Freedom Caucus a victory before he can work with Dems on a clean CR."

Pope Francis arrives at the White House.

Remember that crazy Fox News segment earlier this year on so-called Muslim "no-go zones"? A UK regulator has now ruled that it was "materially misleading" and that Fox is in violation of the country's broadcast standards. That might explain why Fox scrambled at the time to apologize repeatedly for the segment. But the UK regulator said the apologies were basically too little too late.

Remarkable way for Scott Walker to end his campaign. He didn't name Trump explicitly, but clearly was referring to him when he lamented the GOP race being about personal attacks and what you're against, rather than the sunny optimism of Reagan and a race about what you are for. He then took the remarkable step of urging other candidates to consider withdrawing from the race, too, so Republicans can coalesce around a true conservative candidate. That is not Trump, obviously.

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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) on his plans to boycott Pope Francis' speech to Congress: "[W]hen the Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one."

Special bonus quote: "If the Pope wants to devote his life to fighting climate change then he can do so in his personal time."

The whole crazy "shut down the government over Planned Parenthood" pyschodrama continued to unfold in the House last night even as the GOP presidential debate was droning on. GOP leaders now have a new plan to let anti-abortion hardliners "vent" but to avoid shutting down the government.

Great! But ...

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If you missed the entire five-hour slogfest last night, I'm ... jealous. But more to the point, Ed Kilgore has the smart version of what you missed, which in truth wasn't a whole helluva lot. And that's partly the point.