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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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Gotta love America. While the Oregon standoff was finally coming to a relatively peaceful end, scientists were announcing the first ever direct detection of gravitational waves. So from wannabe 18th century revolutionaries to the leading edge of 21st century physics. Want to understand gravitational waves? A physicist friend posted this comics explainer on Facebook. Feel free to geek out.

One of the Oregon occupiers is resisting surrendering to authorities and could be heard on a live audio feed saying, "I am actually feeling suicidal right now." We profiled him here.

Boom, it's a Bundy twofer (threefer?).

The FBI arrested Cliven Bundy last night in Portland on charges related to the 2014 standoff at his ranch in Nevada. Bundy had just arrived in Portland to protest his two sons' arrests in the ongoing refuge standoff.

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I was amused by TPM Reader ST's claim that we were exhibiting overly delicate sensibilities by treating Trump's "pussy" comments as a denigrating reference to female genitalia. But other readers are not amused at all and have emailed at length on the linguistic origins of the slur:

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It's always a tough call how much attention to pay to a single New Hampshire state representative since there are a whopping 400(!) of them. But this guy meets the bar.

It's a pretty safe bet that by seizing the opportunity to decapitate the leadership of the Oregon occupiers, federal authorities were hoping the remainder of the ragtag outfit would just shrivel and go away. It sounds good in theory, but it's still a roll of the die. The risk, obviously, is that you end up with a more emboldened, more radicalized, and more paranoid rump group left behind that is nervous, twitchy and less predictable.

I would say the signs over the last 15 hours or so are looking pretty good for the feds' strategy. Here's why.

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