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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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.

Ed Kilgore: "[W]hen you consult the professionals on how gubernatorial races look, there doesn’t appear to be any Democratic counter-landslide in the offing for 2014."

Paul Strauss dumps some cold water on the idea that the Supreme Court is ready to hail a new era of marriage equality: "That view, however, puts too much faith in the idea that our courts – particularly the Supreme Court – are governed by logic and precedent."

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) on his call with Liz Cheney after she dropped out of the Senate race against Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY): "It was a very wonderful conversation. At the end she said I love you and I said I love you too."

Lauren Rankin: "more abortion restrictions were enacted from 2011-2013 than in the entire preceding decade."

Criminologist Christian Bolden questions stereotypes about gangs: "Participants explained that gang initiations are not always required, and people often depart from gangs with no dire consequences."

Ed Kilgore: "This year there are indeed tidings of great joy — or at least intimations of change — that call into question the usual identification of American Christianity with monolithic and triumphant Christian right."

Over at TPM Cafe Book Club today, American University Professor Chris Edelson and author of Emergency Presidential Power: From the Drafting of the Constitution to the War on Terror destroys David Brooks' recent argument for a stronger president with reminders of what happened with a strong presidency in history:

Roosevelt and the mass internment of Japanese Americans during World War II (Congress and the Supreme Court acted essentially as rubber stamps), Truman’s unilateral decision to make war in Korea, Johnson’s deceptions in Vietnam, Nixon’s nearly successful attempt to turn the presidency into a criminal enterprise operating above the law and Reagan's involvement in the Iran-Contra affair.