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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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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."

TPM Reader BL, a gang researcher, has some thoughts on Ted Cruz, targeting Muslims, and criminal justice reform:

Nobody likes seeing Cruz squirm more than I. But his "patrolling Muslims" misstep is both understandable and very revealing.

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A majority of Trump supporters say that white people "losing out" because of preferences for blacks and Hispanics is a bigger problem than blacks and Hispanics losing out because of preferences for white.

The backlash against Ted Cruz's call to "patrol and secure" Muslim neighborhoods was immediate and from mostly expected quarters. But the NYPD got in on the action, John Kasich joined in, and even Fox's Bill O'Reilly grilled Cruz. And if you look at the series of caveats and hedges issued by his campaign and Cruz over the course of the day yesterday, it's as close to a capitulation as you're likely to see with Cruz.

This story understandably was a little buried by the Brussels coverage yesterday, but you really should read about how House Republicans are following up on the criminal indictments against the Bundys et al. As one reader put it: Militia Lives Matter.

Tierney Sneed is at the Supreme Court for us this morning for oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, better known as the Little Sisters of the Poor case. This is the challenge to the Obamacare contraception mandate in which religious-affiliated employers claim that even filling out the form to opt out of providing contraception coverage amounts to a violation of their religious freedom. Here's Tierney on what to watch for.

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