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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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For my part, Scott Walker's attempted walk back of his comments about the Boy Scouts' ban on gay leaders as having "protected children" is ridiculous on its face. He now claims what he meant was that it protected children from "the political and media discussion about it." Um. Okay.

I'm confident our readers are sophisticated enough to see that for what it is, part of the broader softening of rhetoric over gay rights from Walker and other elected conservatives, but a softening that is opportunistic, inconsistently applied, disingenuous, and which, in this case, Walker bumbled.

But TPM Reader KR emails to say we're enabling Walker by not calling him out more forcefully. I yield the floor:

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Few if any other Confederate memorials stand out like Stone Mountain, Georgia. The modern Ku Klux Klan was founded there in 1915. In the 1920s, under the auspices of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, an enormous sculpture of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson was carved into the rock face of the mountain by Gutzon Borglum before he began Mount Rushmore. Now the president of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP says the sculpture should be "sandblasted" off the face of the mountain.

This is my candidate for most inappropriate way to show your resistance to the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same sex marriage: The county commission in Dent County, Missouri voted unanimously yesterday to lower the flags at the county courthouse periodically for the next year to officially mourn traditional marriage. Late reports are it will now reverse that decision, out of respect to veterans. Oops. More soon.

Catherine Thompson with two great pieces on the Jade Helm military exercise, which gets underway this week and has spawned more conspiracy theories than your tinfoil hat can count. She has the full rundown of the latest conspiracy mongering (come on, Russia helping Mexico reclaim Aztlan is the BEST!).

But there was also news over the weekend that a self-appointed group of volunteers have taken it upon themselves to monitor the military during the exercise, especially as the anticipated takeover of Texas unfolds.

"If a team member sees two Humvees full of soldiers driving through town, they're going to follow them," a leader of the volunteer effort said. "And they're going to radio back their ultimate location."

What could possibly go wrong?

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