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's Bill Hemmer: “I mean as a white American, my entire life I know that this is an electric word. And you stay away from it. … This is something that we thought was entirely off-limits and now you have the President using it.”

Jon Stewart: "I honestly have nothing, other than just sadness once again that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other and the nexus of a just gaping racial wound that will not heal yet we pretend doesn't exist. I'm confident though that by acknowledging it, by staring into that and seeing it for what it is, we still won't do jack shit. Yeah. That's us."

Obama's remarks on the Charleston church shooting were pained and angry. As I indicated earlier, he put the shooting into the larger historic context of this particular church's role in the civil rights movement, of violence against black churches generally, and of the scourge of gun violence in America. Watch.

President Obama just spoke about the Charleston church shooting and rightly noted the broad sweep of American history in which this particular church has a especially significant role. We've just published at TPMCafe a brief history of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, its place in the history of Charleston, the anti-slavery movement, and perhaps most fascinating to me, the creation of what came to be known as the Citadel, the crown jewel of Southern militarism, which was born from white fears of slave rebellion triggered by this church. It's worth your time.

One of the victims of last night's devastating church shooting in Charleston was the congregation's pastor, state Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney. He was 41 years old and had served in the state legislature for nearly 20 years. I didn't know him, but the reactions rolling in begin to give you a sense of the esteem in which he was held. Below is video of a wonderful talk he gave a couple of years ago at his church -- Mother Emanuel -- about its history and role in the African American community.

Standing near where he would later die, Pinckney said in his stentorian voice, "Where you are is a very special place in Charleston ..."

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Anything short of complete Obamacare repeal remains a tough sell for Republicans: "I'm not sure how I go back and tell people that I ran trying to undo Obamacare, and that the first real chance I get, I vote to extend one of the most heinous parts of the law," said Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC).