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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 Rick Gates legal maneuverings have been making me a little crazy all month. They were nearly impossible to decipher from the outside looking in. Normal tea-leaf reading was ineffective at explaining what was happening. But now we probably know why.

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A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia –notably not in DC–has returned a new indictment against former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced in a court filing a short time ago.

The 32-count indictment is separate and apart from the pending case against the two men in federal court in Washington, D.C. Mueller told the DC court in the filing that the allegations in the indictment did not give rise to venue in DC and that the defendants had declined to waive venue, forcing Mueller to proceed in Virginia.

The new indictment alleges assorted financial misdeeds involving tax returns, bank fraud, and foreign banks and accounts.

I don’t know if Stoneman Douglas will be what finally breaks the NRA’s stranglehold on the Republican Party. History suggests not. If not Newtown, then what?

But I have slowly come around to the idea that when the stranglehold does finally break it will likely be fast and dramatic and far reaching.

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