David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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Tierney Sneed reports from the Values Voter Summit in DC, where this comment from Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) may sum up the extreme contradiction that Trump poses for evangelicals: "I’d like to elect a godly man, but we don’t have that choice.”

Congress returns this week, and I can't even begin to get my head around everything that has happened since they left town in mid-July right before the GOP convention. What a crazy couple of months it's been. So many things for reporters to ask about. Lauren Fox has the rundown. It'll blow your mind.

I thought it'd be helpful to compile a timeline of the last 10 days of build-up to the big Trump immigration speech that was supposedly going to represent a break from his past demagoguing on this issue. Yes, you should have been skeptical all along that much was going to change, or that any change would be more than window dressing. But there was ample evidence from Trump himself and his aides that some sort of shift was afoot. It wasn't just media hype or cluelessness. What emerges from the timeline is how utterly unmoored and erratic Trump and his campaign are. Nothing captured that quite like the day and night contrast between Mexico City yesterday afternoon and Phoenix last night. But the timeline shows that's consistent with the same erratic dance Team Trump has been performing for a week and a half. Take a look.

Eagle-eyed viewers watching the introductions to Donald Trump's big immigration speech Wednesday evening may have caught it.

As they addressed the crowd in Phoenix, top Trump supporters Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) donned sparkling white baseball caps with the campaign's newest slogan: "Make Mexico Great Again Also."

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Supreme Court refuses to grant stay of lower court ruling that blocked most of North Carolina's new voting restrictions. Everything going on here: crucial voting rights case ... key swing state ... tied 8-justice Supreme Court ... controversial voting restrictions blocked two months before Election Day. Tierney Sneed has the details.

Paul Manafort presided over the most calamitous stretch of presidential campaigning in modern political history. Behold the trainwreck.