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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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?"

Thanks to The Smartest Kids In The World author Amanda Ripley for joining us for TPM Cafe Book Club this week. If you missed her great stuff you should check out her work (one, two, three, four and five) we published this week. Please consider buying her book if you liked what you read at TPM.

I'd also like to announce our next Book Club, which will be on The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee the week of Feb. 10-14. Buy it and read it so you have smart questions to ask when they stop by.

If de Blasio is serious about his universal pre-K promise, TPM Cafe contributor Conor P. Williams lays out exactly how he could do it -- in spite of Cumo's objections over funding.