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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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Jon Stewart returned from vacation last night and got to riff on Ferguson for the first time: "Race is there, and it is a constant. You're tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it." Watch.

Mitch McConnell doesn't want voters thinking he's planning to resume government shutdown brinkmanship if Republicans win the Senate. Shutdown is a loaded and unpopular word. So he's putting it in legis-speak to give himself some deniability. But that's exactly what he's promising to do if becomes Senate majority leader. He told as much to Politico on his campaign bus a few days ago, and he's been caught saying it privately a couple of months ago to a group of high-dollar GOP donors on an audio recording published today by The Nation. This kind of cynical gambit relies on the lack of sophistication of voters and a compliant press corps. Probably not a bad gamble.

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