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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Today at TPM Cafe Reign of Error author Diane Ravitch has some harsh words for the legacy of former D.C. School Chancellor Michelle Rhee: "Many states and the federal government have invested hundreds of millions of dollars—perhaps even billions—on various incentive programs, hoping that teachers will work harder or better if they are promised a bonus or threatened with a loss of their job. But these incentive programs have failed again and again."

We're pleased to host a live author chat with Ravitch, as well as some other education policy folks on Friday at noon ET (TPM Prime sub. req.).

Today at TPM Cafe's Book Club, Diane Ravitch makes the case against the modern education reform movement, as argued in her book Reign of Error:

In the early years of the twenty-first century, a bipartisan consensus arose about educational policy in the United States. Right and left, Democrats and Republicans, the leading members of our political class and our media elite seemed to agree: Public education is broken. Our students are not learning enough. Public schools are bad and getting worse. ... There is only one problem with this narrative. It is wrong.

Today at TPM Cafe Book Club: An excerpt from David Folkenflik's Murdoch's World talks about how Rupert Murdoch wanted the Wall Street Journal to be the crown jewel of his media empire. "And yet Murdoch did not much like the Journal itself," Folkenflik writes.

Don't forget, we have a chat with Folkenflik tomorrow at noon.

We're pleased to welcome award-winning NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik for TPM Cafe's Book Club this week. His book, Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires, is a fascinating look inside the media conglomerate Rupert Murdoch built. Folkenflik kicks things off today with an original essay on how Murdoch sees his legacy, part of which is on trial these days in London, and how he hopes to rewrite it.

TPM Prime subscribers should join us for a chat on Friday at noon with Folkenflik about his book.

Not only is Mitch McConnell mad about the Senate Conservatives Fund supporting his primary opponent, he also "lit into" a conservative candidate in Nebraska. This could get ugly, folks.

It sure seems like it's getting harder and harder for Mitch McConnell's campaign to hide its frustration with the tea party.

On the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, Larry J. Sabato, author of The Kennedy Half Century, says this, "There is only one prediction I can make with certainty: A hundred years from now, there will still be books written and TV documentaries proposing theories while sifting evidence about the Kennedy assassination."

We've been so thrilled to have Larry this week as we bring back TPM Cafe's Book Club. Do him a solid and buy his book.