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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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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This map and reporting from Daniel Strauss shows why Democrats should be worried about fixing in time for 2014 Senate races. Of the top ten most competitive races, only Kentucky built its own health insurance marketplace, and it enrolled more people than the nine other states with competitive races combined. Those states are forced to use, so Democrats in those states better hope it starts working -- soon.

Longtime TPM readers may remember TPM Cafe's Book Club. We're pleased to re-introduce a version of that today with prolific and award-winning academic Larry J. Sabato as he promotes his new book, The Kennedy Half Century: The Presidency, Assassination, And Lasting Legacy Of John F. Kennedy. We kick off the week with Sabato's piece on whether the Kennedy assassination was inevitable, with excerpts of the book to follow throughout the week Sabato will also be answering questions on Thursday at noon with readers, so be sure to tune in then.

Americans love to believe in the idea of the athlete recognized for his skills and rising out of poverty to be a superstar. (Let's face it, most of the time when we talk about this dream, it's male athletes that get to live it. Female athletes tend to see athletics as a path to higher education rather than wealth.) Unfortunately, that that American dream is mostly a lie.

Apparently in this bad break-up of post-election milieu, Terry McAuliffe is getting the silent treatment from Ken Cuccinelli.

Overall I think Politico has been doing a really good job of tracking congressional efforts to curb sexual assault in the military, reporting on it even as attention turned to other issues like Syria and pointing out that the military has been dragging its feet on any accountability of this issue for decades.

But man, this story today makes me lose my faith. It includes sentences like this:

Even as the problem of military sexual assault has gotten more attention, there's been no drop-off in women signing up to serve. In fact, all four branches of the military say they've hit their recruitment marks in recent years, with the number of enlisted women holding steady at roughly 15 percent.

Let's try not to express astonishment at women entering the military despite sexual assault statistics. There are many problems with this framing, but here are just a few:

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If you've ever caught yourself rolling your eyes at someone who looks too poor to be buying an iPad or other luxury goods, read this thoughtful post by Tressie McMillan Cottom that might make you think differently about that judgment.