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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Seth D. Michaels dives in to why we should be worried that Olive Garden and Red Lobster are struggling while luxury retailers like Neiman Marcus are growing.

This is kind of awesome. Paul Ryan pushes back on his own party's line that the CBO report that came out yesterday is proof that "Obamacare kills jobs."

Conservatives defensive over the multilingual version of "America The Beautiful" that aired as part of a Coca-Cola ad during the Super Bowl last weekend might be surprised to discover the words were written by a radical lesbian. Isn't America great?

Conor P. Williams on the state of today's debate over whether charter schools are "good" or "bad": "Absent strong evidence that charters are generally better — or generally worse — than their traditional counterparts when it comes to academic outcomes, we settle for intransigent arguments."

Ed Kilgore: "Immediately after the retreat ended, House Republican Leader Eric Cantor went on Face the Nation, and pressed mildly by Major Garrett on these obvious subjects, collapsed into incoherence."

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) apparently doesn't think much of the possibility of former American Idol star Clay Aiken running against her: "As we know he doesn't always fare all that well. He was runner up."

Thanks also to Ian Millhiser's take on the two contests below:

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The always-spot-on Bernard Avishai on Scarlett Johansson's apologism form SodaStream: "How many of them had the 'equal right' to walk into a Jerusalem bank and open an account, let alone borrow the money to open a business to deliver SodaStream products to Israeli stores?"