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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 kay@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst thinks the minimum wage ($7.25 an hour) is a "great starter wage for many high school students." The problem is that most of the people making minimum wage are not high school students.

Mitch McConnell seems to be ready to go to the mat to oppose Obama — even risking a government shutdown with riders on must-pass bills — if he wins Majority Leader in a future Republican Senate.

Uh oh. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for abusing the power of his office for threatening to veto prosecutors' funding for investigating public corruption.

As tensions run high in Ferguson, the New York Times video team put together an excellent video to capture the feeling of protests in about three minutes. Flagged by reporter Dylan Scott, the video seems to show the anger and distress of protesters. The last thing you see is a highly armed police officer shoving the camera away.

"Go! Get outta here," the unidentified officer says.

Watch the full video, below.

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Well, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas by way of Virginia) actually pulled off defeating his tea party challenger Milton Wolf, who is actually a distant cousin of Obama's.

A federal judge struck down an anti-abortion law in Alabama designed to close clinics there with burdensome regulations, and Robin Marty explains the sudden fortuitous turn in federal judges ruling in the favor of some — but not all — laws like this.

Well, House Republicans did it, they passed a symbolic bill to say they've dealt with the migrant crisis and threw in a little rebuke to Dreamer kids while they were at it. Now they can go home and confidently say they did something. Even if it was actually nothing.

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