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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Senate Democrats are now filibustering to demand action on gun control post-Orlando. Watch.

New Bloomberg poll shows Clinton crushing Trump nationally.

TPM Reader DC checks in on how Trump's response to Orlando plays:

In response to Josh's thoughtful post about how Orlando and Trump's reaction to it will not necessarily help him:

There is recent evidence for exactly this phenomenon. Remember when "Benghazi" happened, which in some ways could have been much worse politically for the incumbent party (though certainly fewer lives were lost), namely a sitting American ambassador killed by what was clearly an organized attack on our embassy in Libya. The event threatened to bespeak the weakness of a nation state, the inability to protect it's own high-level personnel.

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There's a lot here from Lauren Fox about how Trump could juice African American turnout, but this in particular is a pretty stark assessment from one GOP pollster: "Any Republican candidate who looks at their potential electorate and assumes that black turnout will be down from 2012 is making a mistake."

In our profile of Peter Thiel yesterday we didn't get into the details of his political awakening, as it were, at Stanford, mostly for brevity's sake. But it's an interesting episode, and TPM Reader PN shares some reflections:

Just a few thoughts on Peter Thiel’s defense: I think Josh’s comments have been spot on.

On the Gawker site, the most popular—I don’t say best--defense appears to be that “outing” Thiel was beyond the pale—so the suit accomplishes belated justice (that’s dubious in itself). Setting aside whether an outing actually happened or what prevailing ethical/journalistic standards are, I think Thiel’s time at Stanford (overlapping mine) bears renewed scrutiny.

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The most apt historic parallel for what Hillary Clinton faces in running against Donald Trump may be the 1990 Texas governor's race, when Ann Richards beat Clayton Williams, a good ol' boy whom one newspaper at the time described as "the Donald Trump of Texas."

Tierney Sneed does a nice job here piecing together what the Supreme Court tried to do yesterday on the Obamacare contraceptive mandate and why it's really hard to see how it's going to work out like the court wants it to.

For a lot of readers, the freakout over transgender bathroom usage has settled into a low level background noise. But the deep and breadth of the freakout has reached whole new levels since the U.S. Department of Education sent out a letter giving guidance to local schools on how to accommodate trans students.

Now instead of a diffuse set of targets -- the Charlotte City Council, the Fort Worth school superintendent, etc -- the anti-LGBT forces have a familiar and comfortable villain: OBAMA!

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For the last six years I've been the odd man out when it comes to appreciating the innate political skills of Marco Rubio. Just didn't see it. I tried. It was actually a little frustrating. Why couldn't I see what so many colleagues took as a given? So I'm a bit relieved that I find the post-politics Rubio genuinely funny. There was his joke last week with our Lauren Fox, and then last night's hilarious Twitter rant. Don't ruin this for me by telling me he's not really that funny. I need this.