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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If you're wondering what just happened in the Senate, Sahil Kapur explains why members of the president's own party torpedoed a top civil rights nominee at the Department of Justice.

The Texas tea party may not have won any federal nominations last night, but Ed Kilgore points out that they're winning at something much more important: Moving the Republican party to the right.

In terms of return on investment, English Language Learning is just as important as investment as pre-K, yet, as Conor P. Williams points out at TPM Cafe today, it doesn't get nearly as much time, money or attention.

Today at TPM Cafe Book Club, The Leading Indicators author Zachary Karabell looks into the power of inflation and that pesky Consumer Price Index indicator: "given that cost-of-living adjustments in wages and benefits are often pegged to inflation, the CPI may be the leading indicator that most directly impacts our everyday lives. It was never intended to carry such weight."

Join us for a live author chat (sub. req.) with Karabell on Friday at noon.


Zachary Karabell author of The Leading Indicators, points out some failures of a favorite economic indicator: "GDP goes up after natural disasters because of the rebuilding, but hurricanes, tornados, droughts and earthquakes are hardly a healthy recipe for economic growth."

Today is primary day in Texas, and Daniel Strauss has your primer of six things to watch for as the state goes to the polls.

While it seems pretty unlikely that Congress will actually go through the work of passing a real budget this year, Sahil Kapur highlights how Paul Ryan is in a bit of a bind in his role as the GOP's budget whiz kid -- even slamming anti-poverty programs and claiming they've increased the poverty rate.

Juliet S. Sorensen points out that natural disasters can be breeding grounds for corruption: "each additional $100 per capita in FEMA relief was correlated with a 102 percent increase in corruption in a state."

The GOP's greatest fear in Mississippi, Sahil Kapur reports, might just be a Democrat running for Senate who's "pro-gun, pro-life, and was endorsed by the NRA."