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 deep enmity toward Ted Cruz within the Senate is coming back to bite him in new and maybe unexpected ways.

As Lauren Fox talked to GOP senators for this piece, one of the dynamics that emerged was that even if senators might be inclined to soften their loathing of Cruz as a way of heading off a disastrous Trump nomination, many of them had already endorsed other candidates earlier in the race who have since dropped out. The prospect of endorsing a second time and having that person lose, too, runs the risk of making individual senators look fairly ridiculous.

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Unanimous Supreme Court solidifies principle of one person, one vote. All good, right? Mostly good, yes.

But if you're used to picking through the dissents (or in this the case the concurring opinions) of the conservative justices, looking for the clues to the next conservative legal attack on this or that longstanding precedent, you saw something in Justice Alito's concurrence to give you pause -- unless you're one of the architects of the current conservative grand legal strategy, in which case you might have had a gleam in your eye.

Tierney Sneed reports.


Garry Shandling tributes from the late night shows last night. Watch.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) is not happy with Mitch McConnell's Supreme Court blockade: “I would rather have you complaining to me that I voted wrong on nominating somebody than saying I’m not doing my job.”

Picking back up on the thread that began with John Judis' post Tuesday and continued with TPM Reader RM's email yesterday, here's more of the discussion on what constitutes the "proper" long view of the Middle East and radical Islam, from TPM Reader BC:

I was very interested in RM's analysis, particularly by his analogy -- which I hope is correct! -- of the Middle East with contemporary Colombia. Unfortunately, the analogy ignores a key element that separate the two situations: the presence or absence of Great Powers in Colombia vs. the Greater Middle East.

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Gotta take my lumps on this. TPM Reader SM was flagging the North Carolina anti-LGBT bill to us all day yesterday via email, and I was too busy on other things to give it a close look. So let me yield the floor to SM:

Not to beat a dead horse here (kinda surprised there's been no TPM coverage of this at all), but what happened in NC on Wednesday was nothing short of breathtaking.

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In this era of "must read!" "whoa!" "unreal!" "wow" and "you won't believe what happened next!", I've probably overcompensated with understatement. But Tierney Sneed just filed her report on the oral arguments in today's contraceptives mandate case. All of the above apply. The extent to which the conservative men, and it must be said men, on the Supreme Court don't understand how women obtain contraception and more broadly how health insurance even works is beyond dismaying. Read it.

Obama: "As far as the notion of having surveillance of neighborhoods where Muslims are present, I just left a country that engages in that kind of neighborhood surveillance. Which, by the way, the father of Sen. Cruz escaped for America."