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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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Longtime incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) is trailing his 28-year-old challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 57-43 with 74 percent of precincts reporting.

Stay tuned.

Federal judge in Paul Manafort’s case in Virginia goes off on special counsel Robert Mueller’s case as “distasteful” – while offering up all manner of other prejudicial commentaries in an order just out this afternoon. Must read.

Tierney Sneed reports in from the federal courthouse in D.C. where a judge is considering whether to revoke former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s bail, amid allegations he tampered with witnesses in special counsel Robert Mueller’s pending criminal case against him.

The hearing is in recess while the judge apparently contemplates her ruling on whether to move Manafort from house arrest to jail.

More as soon as we have it from Tierney …

Just to be clear, the New York attorney general has sued the President and three of his children, each in their individual capacities, for alleged wrongdoing in the operation of what was supposed to be a charity, the Trump Foundation. The foundation itself is also a defendant in the lawsuit, but the alleged (and to be honest pretty obvious) self-dealing and mismanagement of the foundation by the Trumps, including Don Jr., Eric, and Ivanka, now has them potentially on the hook personally. It’s no less remarkable just because we already knew about some of the wrongdoing via great reporting by the Post.

TPM’s Cameron Joseph is spending the week in California (mostly in Orange County) where the state’s unusual jungle primary is severely complicating the strategies for both parties as they battle over a handful of seats that are prime Democratic pickup opportunities. Those dicey, cross-cutting strategic calculations are most glaring in Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s district, which has made strange bedfellows of the right-wing Russophile seeking his 16th term and national Democrats, as they both try to keep a second Republican out of the runoff. Great exploration of that race in Cam’s report this morning.

Tierney Sneed talked to past White House lawyers to get a sense of where President Trump’s legal defense has gone farthest off the rails – and why. The irony, of course, is that the person least served by the tumult is Trump himself. Worth your time.

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