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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Democratic candidate Bruce Braley, who has been favored to win the seat vacated by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), was caught on video at a fundraiser warning that Chuck Grassley, "a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school" could be Senate Judiciary chair. Is this his undoing? Or just a blip in the road?

Update 4:32 p.m.: Braley's already apologized for the remark.

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Daniel Strauss looks at North Carolina, where Republicans might be bungling a serious Senate seat pickup opportunity: "With a little more than a month before the Senate primary, the GOP still lacks a de facto nominee."

It will surprise no one that the three justices who hammered opponents of the birth control mandate the most in Supreme Court arguments this morning were Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan. Just imagine if there were more than three women on the court.

DC Abortion Fund board member Colleen Crinion writes about some of the vitriol they received when they offered a coat hanger pendant as a thank you for supporting the fund to give women in need access to abortion services.

Ed Kilgore wonders if Rand Paul can actually become the mainstream candidate for 2016 he wants to be when his past is so deeply intertwined with the Paul Revolution.

A press call touting a new pro-Rick Scott ad got cut short when reporters kept asking questions about an ex-finance chair who allegedly quit over staffers mimicking cartoonish Mexican accents.

Sahil Kapur looks at what Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once said about the role of religious liberty, and how he'll have to jump through some jurisprudence hoops to attack Obamacare's birth control mandate.

What if you could get science to back your rather unscientific views by buying up a place on a college campus? That's what the Koch brothers are doing at Boston’s Suffolk University, writes MIT's Frank Ackerman.