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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Admitting privileges are the new wave of anti-abortion legislation taking place in states, and Robin Marty explains why the Wisconsin lawsuit currently being argued may be ground zero for the next major limit on abortion access.

Nichole Perkins takes a look at the newish TV show "Salem," which seems to be taking all the wrong lessons from the puritans. Rather than teaching us that religious fundamentalism taken to an extreme is bad, there's a strong anti-sex current running through the show.

Catherine Burke, a public administration professor at USC's Price School of Public Policy, explains why all these calls for Secretary Eric Shinseki's job won't do anything to fix the problems at the VA -- and might even make them worse.

Nichole Perkins writes about the life of Maya Angelou: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings may have been styled after slave narratives, but it was unique in its storytelling because Angelou wasn’t trying to uplift all Black people. She didn’t write for a white audience in order to gain its empathy."

Today's Cafe piece from David Shorr on the lazy critique that both sides are to blame is a must-read: "because the 'plague on both houses' complaint has stayed such a popular flavor of critique, we have to keep reminding ourselves of the facts."