Kkdoq6ejtoq9xs0cnqas

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.

Articles by David

Still trying to piece together the full implications of this important federal judge's ruling in Wisconsin that commands prosecutors to stop their investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's campaign finances from the 2012 recall election.

The judge has adopted the maximal position that political contributions are free speech and used that as the basis to shut down an ongoing criminal probe. He even goes so far as to praise the targets of the probe for their cleverness in finding campaign finance loopholes:

"The plaintiffs have found a way to circumvent campaign finance laws, and that circumvention should not and cannot be condemned or restricted," Randa wrote. "Instead, it should be recognized as promoting political speech, an activity that is 'ingrained in our culture.'"

More on the big legal win for Walker and conservative outside groups here.

Lynne Cheney: "Would Vanity Fair publish anything about Monica Lewinsky that Hillary Clinton didn't want in Vanity Fair?”

After their bogus numbers debacle Thursday, House Republicans have gone back to insurance companies for more complete Obamacare enrollment data in order to, as they put it, "accurately capture" the number of enrollees who have paid their premiums. Dylan Scott reports.

Yesterday Dylan Scott was all over that bogus "survey" that the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent to insurance companies and the incomplete data it produced. Check out Dylan's pieces here, here, and here and my elaboration here.

When Michael Tomasky approached committee staff, basically asking what gives?, here's what they said:

Read More →

The evidence of Republicans playing fast and loose with the facts to discredit Obamacare is everywhere and has been for months. But I'm not sure there's any one example that so neatly encapsulates the bad faith and unfair dealing as what happened last night.

Read More →

TPMLivewire