Kay Steiger

Kay Steiger is an associate editor at Talking Points Memo. She formerly worked at Raw Story, Washingtonian magazine, the Center for American Progress and The American Prospect. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Guardian, Jezebel, AlterNet and others. She graduated from the University of Minnesota. Contact her at

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A veteran comments on the media coverage of the Fort Hood shooting: "But in an era where less than one percent of Americans serve in the armed forces, our collective image of 'the veteran' doesn’t come from empirical data. Rather, for most Americans who don’t know a combat vet, this image comes from pop culture. And pop culture has been especially irresponsible in its portrayal of veterans."

Nothing like a candidate running for former Rep. Trey Radel's (R-FL) seat skipping out on a vote at the statehouse because she was scheduled to go to a barbecue fundraiser with Sarah Palin. Weird thing is, her "yes" vote was still recorded.

As someone who works in a male-dominated field like political journalism, I'm constantly aware of the gender imbalance in the profession. I've been caught on endless listserv threads about why there aren't more women at a given organization and why more women don't apply for certain types of positions.

German researchers found that something as simple as how the job description is written in the listing can affect the types of candidates companies attract.

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Tea party Senate candidate state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) seems to get caught with white nationalists a lot.

Yesterday's ruling may not have completely gutted campaign finance reform, but Sahil Kapur reports that John Roberts may be laying the groundwork for doing that eventually.

Ed Kilgore on the "enthusiasm gap" that media pundits love to chew over: "it’s well known there are many factors contributing to turnout rates that have little or nothing to do with 'enthusiasm.'”

Conservatives are finally getting to the point where they're starting to admit that a straight repeal may not be a great idea. Sahil Kapur goes through some of the more prominent conservative wonks' warnings.

It's not often that we get someone like Jonathan Gruber -- the intellectual powerhouse behind what became the Affordable Care Act -- to write for TPM, but here we are. Gruber writes with Vanderbilt School of Medicine Assistant Professor John Graves on how enrollment is far from over, and how Obamacare offers a key piece of the social safety net.