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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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An interesting development in the Social Security wars. Look for Democrats to propose combining the separate disability and retirement funds so that they can be managed as one fund. That would take away the need to "reallocate" between the funds, which requires congressional approval and therefore gives Social Security foes a chance to make trouble periodically. No chance of this yet-to-be-unveiled Democratic bill passing the current GOP Congress, but as an effort to change the terms of the debate, it's worth noting.

Pamela Geller compares herself (favorably) to Rosa Parks, causing even Fox News host to do double take. Watch.

As you may have seen below, Fox News belly flopped into an empty swimming pool this afternoon. Here's the video as Fox races to correct its misreporting. Poor Shep.

Police reportedly shot a black man in Baltimore within the last few minutes ... in front of a Fox News correspondent, who is reporting that the man was running away when he was shot and that he didn't see the man make any aggressive moves. Watch the video here.

Late Update: Baltimore police are saying no one was shot at that location, period.

Later Update: Fox in full retraction mode now. Wow, this was just an epic failure. Shep Smith is prostrating himself before viewers with a full-on apology for the mistaken reporting.

From our piece on the notorious anti-Muslim extremists behind last night's Muhammed cartoon contest, this nugget from Matt Duss: “Even among people here in Washington that promulgate these ridiculous claims about the insidious Muslim menace in America, Spencer and Geller are seen as kind of an embarrassment."

The Bridgegate scandal is being blown wide open by prosecutors in New Jersey this morning. David Wildstein as expected pleaded guilty and admitted that the scheme to close the bridge was revenge against the mayor of Fort Lee.

Wildstein also admitted to conspiring with two other Christie allies, Bill Baroni at the Port Authority and Bridget Kelly, who was Christie's deputy chief of staff. Baroni and Kelly have reportedly been indicted, too, the NYT is reporting.

That hissing sound is the remaining air coming out of the Christie 2016 balloon.

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