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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Americans for Tax Reform Leader Grover Norquist slammed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his fellow tea partiers who pushed a defund-Obamacare strategy in an interview with the National Review.

"It’d be a good idea if they stopped referring to other Republicans as Hitler appeasers because they opposed the strategy they put forward which failed," Norquist told National Review's Betsy Woodruff. "I think if you make a mistake as big as what they did, you owe your fellow senators and congressmen a big apology — and your constituents, as well, because nothing they did advanced the cause of repealing or dismantling Obamacare."

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On the Senate floor on Wednesday, just before the body took to vote on the deal brokered between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, leader of the defund-Obamacare movement Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stood to announce his resolve against the Affordable Care Act.

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House Speaker John Boehner released a statement on Wednesday afternoon about the coming vote in the House of Representatives on the deal brokered between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Miniority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The House has fought with everything it has to convince the president of the United States to engage in bipartisan negotiations aimed at addressing our country's debt and providing fairness for the American people under ObamaCare.  That fight will continue.  But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us.  In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts.  With our nation's economy still struggling under years of the president's policies, raising taxes is not a viable option. Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president's health care law will continue.  We will rely on aggressive oversight that highlights the law's massive flaws and smart, targeted strikes that split the legislative coalition the president has relied upon to force his health care law on the American people.

In an interview with New York Magazine, Justice Antonin Scalia said that he believed in the Christian demon. 

The interview with Jennifer Senior turned to theology, with Senior asking if Scalia believed in heaven and hell. He said he did, but that he didn't believe you had to be Catholic to get into heaven. "I don’t even know whether Judas Iscariot is in hell. I mean, that’s what the pope meant when he said, 'Who am I to judge?' He may have recanted and had severe penance just before he died. Who knows?"

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) told reporters on Monday he'll vote for the "rule" and the GOP's new continuing resolution, which would delay Obamacare by one year along with a measure that would strip subsidies for congressional staffers.

"I'm supporting the Speaker," he said.

Earlier in the day Nunes called Republicans who voted along with the latest plan, which is likely to trigger a government shutdown, "lemmings."

"I would say the leadership has been backed into a corner by the lemmings," he said just hours earlier. "But I'd be hesitant to refer to them as lemmings because that'd be an insult to lemmings."

Nunes reiterated Monday evening said he would also support a "clean" CR if it came up for a vote."

Reporting by Sahil Kapur.

House Republicans introduced a bill on Saturday to allow military pay to continue even if a government shutdown should occur, according to a report in Politico. 

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), would ensure that members of the military would be classified as essential employees. Earlier this week reports revealed that military pay could be halted should a shutdown last longer than two weeks. 

The House is expected to vote late Saturday night on a continuing resolution that delays Obamacare by one year, a measure that the Senate is expected to reject. The fiscal year ends at midnight on Monday.