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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Hillary Clinton's polling lead in South Carolina has been big enough that it would be a surprise for the networks not to call the race right at 7 p.m. ET, when polls close. And they're pre-game coverage tonight is not doing much to conceal that fact. So stay tuned. Full results here.

It's been overshadowed by the Supreme Court fight, but this was the week when Senate Republicans began to realize that Donald Trump is their likely presidential nominee. As Lauren Fox reports, they are befuddled.

No law school! No bar exam! Just get elected to the Missouri General Assembly and after two years you'll be a bona fide lawyer! No questions asked! You'll also be automatically eligible to serve as a state judge!

If this cockamamie bill passes.

Despite epic anti-Trump rant, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is going down with the ship:

Asked whether he'd endorse the billionaire businessman if nominated, Graham said, "I've got a ticket on the Titanic. So I am like on the team that bought a ticket on the Titanic after we saw the movie. This is what happens if you nominate Trump."

The bogus kerfuffle over a supposed "gaffe" about women that John Kasich made this morning at a rally outside of DC was kicked off by a misleadingly edited video clip. Here's what he really said.

The shrug Jeb Bush gave at the moment he announced he was suspending his campaign captured all pathos he has embodied these last few weeks. Sad in a very human way. Watch.

Countless reasons why Trump's frontrunner status is stunning, unexpected, earth-shaking and all the rest. But I can't get past the fact that they guy who won New Hampshire and South Carolina openly and sneeringly bucked GOP orthodoxy on George W. Bush's 9/11 record. I didn't expect any Republican candidate to do that in my lifetime and win.

After a lot of fake drama at the top of the hour, the cable nets are projecting a Trump win in South Carolina. The focus in the initial coverage was "three-way race" and "top-tier candidates" but Trump won. Period. The silly notion of strong third place finishes and dominating second place showings and related pablum should not obscure that Trump just won in core Republican, white, Southern, religious South Carolina. So much for New York values.

It's looking like Bernie Sanders pushed Hillary Clinton harder in Nevada than anyone would have expected just a few weeks ago, but she has prevailed in what really was a crucial win for her. A loss wouldn't have decided the nomination, or even come close, but it would have seriously undermined her claim, indeed her campaign's whole rationale, that she has broader and deeper appeal with core Democratic Party constituencies than Sanders does, constituencies that were not well represented in the heavily white first two primary contests. More on Clinton's win.