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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Bernie Sanders ventured into the lion's den of Jerry Falwell's Liberty University this morning and declared that America was founded on "racist principles."

Kim Davis returned to work for the first time today since being jailed for her refusal to comply with a federal court and issue same-sex marriage licenses. The fig leaf Davis is clutching is this: I won't interfere with my deputies issuing same sex marriage licenses, but I'm not authorizing them -- and they may be invalid (*shrug*). In her mind, that apparently preserves her conscience and keeps her out of jail.

You shouldn't miss Sarah Posner's deep dive on the ties between the Duggar family and an "insular and authoritarian evangelical homeschooling ministry whose charismatic founder, former followers say, sexually harassed female employees, blamed rape victims for provoking their attackers, and subjected young disciples to grueling physical labor for little or no pay."

I've been wondering for some time whether the bipartisan movement towards major criminal justice reform would survive first contact with the GOP presidential primary. Or to put it another way, could we get through the 2016 election without politicizing crime (and the associated issues of race and class) the way we have for the last nearly 50 years?

As recently as early this summer, reform advocates remained confident that the GOP field was generally on board with criminal justice reform. They saw that as a huge step forward, and it fostered hope for real reform at the federal level, perhaps even before the election. Then Donald Trump cannonballed into the race and suddenly we're talking about crime like it's 1988 all over again.

Tierney Sneed has some new reporting on the effect Trump is having and what reform advocates from the right and left are grappling with.

Nick Bagley with a good unpacking of yesterday's important ruling on Obamacare and the House's standing to sue.