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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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If you already missing the 2014 election -- it's been 10 days! -- then let me officially welcome you to 2016 and the pre-emptive oppo research drop against potential future campaign staffers. Ugh.

The usually subdued Linda Greenhouse, who covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times for years, is apoplectic about the court's surprise decision to take up Obamacare subsidies even as the circuit courts are still grappling with the issue.

Here's a sampling:

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One reason the GOP is making so much noise about the surprise climate change deal with China is that the lack of action by China has long been a central line of attack on any US efforts to take action on carbon emissions. So long as China wasn't moving, what difference would it make if the US moved, other than to further disadvantage US business? At least that's how the GOP argument went.

Climate Desk has a great reel up showing just how prevalent this line of attack was from Republicans.

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You can't assess the Supreme Court's surprise jump today into the Obamacare subsidies pseudo-controversy without appreciating that there was a big organized effort in the conservative legal community to create the political and legal space for the Supreme Court to intervene. Part of that effort involved working to delegitimize in advance the pending en banc decision of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals as purely political and without legal foundation. Here's the full rundown on what was being done on the outside to push the Supreme Court toward the decision it made today.

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