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David Kurtz is TPM's executive editor and Washington Bureau chief. He oversees the news operations of TPM.
Trust Me

A lot has happened over the last 12 hours, so a quick rundown on where we are:

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Where Things Stand: The OTHER Reason The Filibuster Is So Devastating Prime Badge
This is your TPM evening briefing.

(A lot going on in that photo beyond what the caption says, on so many levels. It is from June 21, 1947, after Senate Democrats spent the previous night filibustering the eventual GOP override of President Truman’s veto of Taft-Hartley.)

Set aside for a moment the big issues like democracy reform that we know are stymied by the filibuster — it’s a given that its anti-majoritarianism holds up major generational reforms. Its impact goes far beyond that. The ways in which the filibuster infects not just legislating but the basic task of governance is so pervasive that it’s become part of the background noise of Washington. We don’t notice it anymore, but it’s hugely significant.

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Where Things Stand: Are We There Yet? Prime Badge
This is your TPM evening briefing.

Nicole is away, so the editors will be sharing Where Things Stand duties this week.

Over the next few days, I want to address a series of longer-term issues that transcend the breaking news of the day.

Let’s start with the filibuster.

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What’s In/Out?

Kate Riga with the latest state of play on reconciliation.


Matt Gaetz’s buddy is not just cooperating with the feds, he’s making allegations that “take us to some places we did not anticipate,” a prosecutor told a judge yesterday.  

RIP Colin Powell

We’re unspooling the news of Colin Powell’s death from COVID-19 complications here.

Whoa Nelly

The deepest corruption surrounding the Big Lie was Trump’s weaponization of the Justice Department. Big new report from the Senate Judiciary Committee just out this morning on exactly that aspect of the conspiracy.

What Next?

We’re puzzling over Nancy Pelosi’s apparent decoupling of the bipartisan infrastructure bill from the reconciliation bill. What’s it mean? Does it matter? Where does lifting the debt ceiling fit in? We got you covered here.

What’s Milley Got To Say About Trump?

We’re covering his Senate testimony live here.

Crunch Time

Here’s the latest as we head into a crucial few days.

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