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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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.

Lin-Fan Wang takes on the danger of giving science and religion equal weight in the fight over the birth control mandate. Wang, a doctor who practices family medicine in the Bronx, writes: "The news coverage of the birth control benefit has been riddled with inaccurate statements, in particular, the allegations that the law requires coverage of abortifacients (medicine that causes abortion) or that the science is unclear on whether the FDA-approved contraceptives are abortifacients."

What Unions No Longer Do author Jake Rosenfeld takes a look at the complex interplay between immigration and unions: "The history of the American labor movement is at once a story of inclusion and upward assimilation of previously marginalized groups, and of xenophobic and discriminatory tendencies."

Labor writer and thinker Rich Yeselson responds: "In the last 15 years, however, unions, even many of the most parochial, have increasingly supported immigration reform in large part because, like SEIU, they view Mexican, Caribbean, and Central American immigrants as good organizing possibilities."

Join Rosenfeld and Yeselson, as well as Sarah Jafee and MSNBC's Ned Resnikoff for a live chat (sub. req.) today at noon.