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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Daniel Strauss reports on some mysterious message testing that suggest tea party challenger and neo-Confederate event attendee Chris McDaniel is trying to paint Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, who has a zero percent rating from NARAL, as too liberal on abortion and Obamacare. He also snagged this great tidbit: "the caller was not too familiar with Mississippi politics because of how he repeatedly mispronounced former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's (R) name."

Seth D. Michaels: "It’s not just that these Republican legislators are willing to side with a corporation against a union; it’s that when it comes to being pro-business or anti-union, they’ll choose anti-union. So much for the idea that Republicans just want to stay out of a business’ way."

Authors of The Second Machine Age Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson ponder America's economic future: "We can't foresee if it's going to be more like Star Trek, where no one worries about a paycheck and people are freed up to explore new worlds, or more like Elysium, where a small elite works hard to separate itself from the miserable masses."

Ed Kilgore: "On issue after issue, congressional Republicans have struggled to do nothing without doing damage to themselves."

We kick off this week's edition of TPM Book Club with an excerpt from The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee: "Only 4 percent of software developers in the burgeoning app economy have made over a million dollars. Three-quarters of them made less than $30,000. While a handful of writers, actors, or baseball players can become millionaires, many others struggle to make ends meet."

Republicans are already getting ready to quietly put down immigration reform. How can we tell? Sahil Kapur reports that Speaker Boehner is preemptively blaming Obama: "Listen, there's widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws."