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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 kay@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Some weird and very big news out of Kansas: Democratic Senate candidate Chad Taylor just dropped out of the race. Why? It seems that even though Taylor was getting within spitting distance of Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), who just fended off a tea party challenger in the primaries, faced a very big spoiler in the race.

Independent candidate Greg Orman, who Democrats clearly hope will be an Angus King-type Independent who would caucus with their kind in the Senate, has been polling ahead of Roberts in the race. Roberts' campaign manager is already calling the news a "corrupt bargain."

Did Democrats counter-intuitively just put Kansas in play by dropping out?

A debate broke out on Twitter among three male journalistsNew York Times’ Nick Confessore, Politico’s Alex Burns, and MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin — on Thursday afternoon: Does Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), whose anonymous colleagues she said told her she was “porky,” "chubby," and “fat” during the months just after she had a baby, have a responsibility to name her harassers? Confessore and Burns say yes, Sarlin says no.

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McDonnell confessed last week that he's living with a priest during the corruption trial against him. But it's now been revealed that that priest was arrested for a sex crime in 2002 — one that McDonnell himself advocated for keeping on the books as a state delegate.

Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst thinks the minimum wage ($7.25 an hour) is a "great starter wage for many high school students." The problem is that most of the people making minimum wage are not high school students.

Mitch McConnell seems to be ready to go to the mat to oppose Obama — even risking a government shutdown with riders on must-pass bills — if he wins Majority Leader in a future Republican Senate.

Uh oh. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for abusing the power of his office for threatening to veto prosecutors' funding for investigating public corruption.

As tensions run high in Ferguson, the New York Times video team put together an excellent video to capture the feeling of protests in about three minutes. Flagged by reporter Dylan Scott, the video seems to show the anger and distress of protesters. The last thing you see is a highly armed police officer shoving the camera away.

"Go! Get outta here," the unidentified officer says.

Watch the full video, below.

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Well, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas by way of Virginia) actually pulled off defeating his tea party challenger Milton Wolf, who is actually a distant cousin of Obama's.

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