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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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The lawsuit that Secretary of State Kris Kobach is trying to hitch himself to in order to force a Democrat onto the ballot in the Kansas Senate race now faces a very uncertain future after the lead plaintiff failed to show up today for a hearing in the case.

The plaintiff has been a mystery figure throughout the saga over the Senate ballot. His name is David Orel. He's a registered Democrat, but his son is reportedly a member of the Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's staff. He has refused press interviews, and little is known about his background or his motives in bringing suit.

The biggest news story in Philly for the last few days has been the alleged hate crime against a gay couple downtown by a group of twentysomethings out on the town -- except Pennsylvania doesn't have a hate crime law protecting LGBTs.

If your Yankees-hating or Jeter-skepticism overwhelms your ability to appreciate Jeter's game-winning, opposite-field, walk-off single in his final home game last night, you might consider re-examining your soul.

Sit back and watch this and allow yourself to be swept up in the moment. Come on. It's good for you.

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A group styling itself the "Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia" makes crazy claims on Facebook about sending armed members to polling places to intimidate Democratic voters. Local media pick up on it, election officials begin to look into it, rival Facebook pages pop up to "watch the watchers." But then the "group" says it was just trolling all along. Caitlin MacNeal reports on the wackiness in Wisconsin.

NPR and others reporting that Eric Holder will announce as soon as today that he will be stepping down as attorney general once a successor is chosen.

The most compelling figure in our story on armed contractors patrolling private lands in northern California for illegal marijuana farms is the beleaguered county sheriff: "Honestly, what could possibly go wrong here? A lot more things are going to go wrong than are going to go right." Read it.

The fact pattern in that case striking down Louisiana's gay marriage ban reads like a law school exam question: lesbian conceives child via artificial insemination, legally marries lesbian partner in California, moves to Louisiana, where same-sex marriage is outlawed and where partner tries to legally adopt the child.

So it's an adoption case, with same-sex marriage implications. In the same way, the landmark Windsor ruling was a tax case with same sex marriage implications.

Beyond the intricate legal questions, there are obviously very personal and poignant matters at stake. I don't mean to minimize that. We explored some of those dilemmas last year as it became clear that, for a while at least, the country would have a patchwork of marriage laws, some allowing same sex marriage and some not, with gay partners forced to make very difficult life decisions.

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