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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Fox Business determined not to get caught in the conservative crosshairs like CNBC was for the last GOP debate. It's culture of dependency, crushing federal debt, and out of control taxes as the premises -- often stated -- for the questions from the moderators so far in the undercard debate.

In our rundown of conservative reaction to the Ben Carson's false West Point story, pay particular attention to the U-turn crowd (they're toward the bottom) for a primer in how conservative media operate.

Just as Jeb was bottoming out in his psycho-political identity crisis along comes Jon Meacham's new bio of George H.W. Bush featuring the elder Bush personally critiquing George W. for letting the Cheney-Rumsfeld axis run roughshod over him. This should open up a delightful new line of questioning for Jeb on the campaign trail.

In the early days of Obamacare, conservatives howled at the prospect that new customers would get to register to vote when they enrolled in the program. It was going to be like another ACORN, god forbid.

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The only mystery of any consequence remaining about the budget deal and Paul Ryan's ascension to speaker was whether Ryan would vote for the budget deal, or leave all the dirty work to John Boehner. Now we have an answer. Or as Greg Sargent put it: "Paul Ryan’s transformation from safety-net-obliterating, Ayn Rand-worshipping conservative hero to RINO squish Obummer-enabling sellout is complete."

Other than the World Series, this week's best spectator sport is watching Republicans pretend that the budget deal is all John Boehner's doing, Paul Ryan bears no responsibility for it, and it's the result of a process that "stinks." Everyone gets a little something out of maintaining these fictions, and there's just enough plausible deniability to pull it off. But it's still an elaborate fiction that helps ease the way for the GOP's big surrender from its crisis-threatening brinksmanship.

The House Freedom Caucus just adjourned its meeting and declared that it will not endorse Paul Ryan for speaker or accede to his conditions for an endorsement, but that a super-majority of members of the Freedom Caucus do support him for speaker, Tierney Sneed reports from the Hill.

In purely numerical terms, that appears to give Ryan enough votes to secure the speakership in a vote of the full House, but not on the terms he laid out. This looks like an effort to put the ball back in Ryan's court. The question at this moment: Will he take it and go home?

Frequent Fox News guest who was billed as a national security badass allegedly made up his 27-year CIA career. He fooled Fox and the State Department, and actually obtained a security clearance on the basis of the bogus CIA career. Now he's been indicted for fraud, wire fraud, and making false claims. More of the awesome here.