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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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."

The Georgia Republican primary for an open Senate seat is perhaps best summed up by a Democratic operative in Daniel Strauss' story today: "shitshow."

Nichole Perkins writes about the much-discussed Spike Jonez movie "Her" and how it's really an updated "My Fair Lady": "When the woman, or rather the operating system, who only metaphorically 'comes to life' this time continues to develop, it’s clear that her advancement is unwelcome."

Sahil Kapur brings TPM readers the Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate -- Obama's first Affordable Care Act CEO -- who wants to bring single payer health care to his state. Just call him Bernie Sanders Donald Berwick.

Feminine Mistake author Leslie Bennetts weighs in on what the Obamacare budge report on reduction in working hours means for working moms: "Studies consistently show that many women, if given the choice, will choose to work fewer hours in order to devote more time to their families."

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."