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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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.

TPM Reader RM responds to John Judis:

I disagree with John Judis’ analysis regarding the terrorist attack in Europe. I think he conflates issues in the Middle East with those of the Muslim community living abroad. I don’t think the two are linked as closely as he assumes. I also think he conflates terrorism (a tactic) with the ideology of militant Islamic fundamentalism.

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After you read this, you might miss Dick Cheney's credulous legalisms, squirmy rationales, and unconvincing denials on torture.

The outside conservative legal groups who are the hired gun enforcers of the Senate GOP stonewall against considering any Obama SCOTUS nominee are saying they're cool with Republican senators meeting with Merrick Garland. They're even cool with discussions of confirming him in a lame duck session if a Democrats wins the White House in November. I think that's just putting a good face on things after the fact because this is not in the script they had in mind. The script was an absolute no. The whole point was avoiding getting into the particulars on the nominee. Just no. It's why Mitch McConnell made his unseemly play almost as soon as Scalia's death was confirmed to shut it all down before it started.