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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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.

In light of the Kennedy assassination anniversary, Kennedy Half Century author Larry Sabato reflects on political dynasties. But America's real political dynasty today isn't Kennedy. "There is no real comparison: The more successful family dynasty by far, at least to this point, has the surname of Bush."

The details of new domestic violence allegations against George Zimmerman are horrifying: He allegedly pointed a gun at the woman known only as his girlfriend. He allegedly broke a glass coffee table and barricaded the door after shoving her out of the house, according to the arrest report. Today, at a court hearing, prosecutors claim there was a previous unreported incident during which he allegedly choked his girlfriend.

And though the incident itself is terrifying for the presumed victim, it's not all that surprising. Zimmerman had previously been suspected of domestic violence, though charges never came through because he smashed the iPad allegedly containing the video of key evidence against him.

All too often, incidents of domestic violence aren't the first time a partner has threatened the woman he is in an intimate relationship with. In an age in which we are constantly trying to calculate the next attack, incidents of domestic violence are by comparison almost easy to predict.

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