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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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."

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."