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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It's that time of year, when members of Congress announce they just can't muster another election season. We're keeping track of who's retiring here, and we'll keep it updated.

NIH-funded scientist Carlos S. Moreno: "The sequester cuts have taken a terrible toll on NIH-funded biomedical research, with 3,100 fewer research grants funded in 2013 than at the Institutes’ 2004 peak."

Ed Kilgore on the Christie scandal's effect on the next round of presidential candidates: "So the ‘16 cupboard is suddenly looking a tad bare for the Republican Establishment."

Demos' Tova Andrea Wang: New research on Voter ID laws "found in those states where minority turnout rose from the prior presidential election and where there were a larger percentage of minority voters in the years 2006 to 2011, the number of laws restricting voting rights proposed by lawmakers also went up."

It's worth your time this morning to read Feministe editor Jill Filipovic's amazing confessional about her own personal battle with online harassment that became all too real: "We want to believe that the Internet is different from 'real life,' that 'virtual reality' is a separate sphere from reality-reality. But increasingly, virtual space is just as 'real' as life off of the computer."

It's a must-read.

Rick Hasen: "2014 is shaping up to be a big year for court decisions that will determine whether millions of Americans will face new and unnecessary barriers at the polls."

Mississippi tea partier State Sen. Chris McDaniel: It's probably the hip-hop that's responsible for gun violence.

This is why there was no gun violence before hip-hop was invented. Oh, wait.