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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Sahil Kapur reports that filibuster reformers haven't thrown in the towel, even after monumental changes last year: "Next on the wish-list of the Fix The Senate Now coalition: scrapping mandatory delays for confirming judges and requiring a 'talking filibuster' for senators seeking to block nominations or legislation."

Robert Houle and Bruce Peabody look at presidential legacies at home and abroad, from George Washington to Nelson Mandela: "But citizens need to grapple with a more complex legacy of these political icons. We should recognize the limits of their examples, and the dilemmas they leave for us today."

Nichole Perkins asks: "Why does seeing a black man with a white woman stir up a hornet’s nest of racism, but not the reverse?"

The Second Machine Age authors Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson imagine the future: "New varieties of robot are rapidly diffusing throughout the manufacturing and logistics industries, high-end professions like medicine and law will be affected by digital discoverers and diagnosticians, and even the stereotypically lousy-but-safe job of 'burger-flipper' faces competition from technology: a recently unveiled machine can convert raw materials into more than 300 totally customized burgers per hour."

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Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee in the latest excerpt from their book The Second Machine Age: "In short, median income has increased very little since 1979, and it has actually fallen since 1999. But that’s not because growth of overall income or productivity in America has stagnated."

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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."