Welcome to 2020.
Meanwhile, political historian Allan Lichtman took a look back for us at the 2010s. It was a decade, he writes, that “witnessed the gravest threats to the integrity of American democracy since the Civil War.” Read that piece here.
Next week, we’re looking ahead to a Senate impeachment trial, though the details of what that will look like still remain very much up in the air. The trial will likely launch us straight into the election: the Iowa caucuses are on Feb. 3, 2020, followed by the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 11 and Super Tuesday on March 3. Between mid-January and the end of February, we’re also scheduled to have another four debates. And then there’s the combustable and still unfolding situation following Thursday’s U.S. assassination of Qasem Soleimani. Buckle up.
As always, thank you for your support.
Here’s what happened in Prime:
- What’s next with Iran? Josh Marshall makes a key point.
- Investigative reporter Josh Kovensky describes his relationship with one of the Ukraine scandal’s most bizarre characters.
- A group of NYU graduate students worked with TPM to analyze the role that far-right news outlets in the U.S. play in magnifying disinformation and “fake news” in Europe.
- A cult, two armed men and a Christmas pageant: The bonkers story of a former football star.
- A book recommendation for those following the debate over the New York Times 1619 project.
- “They say where there is smoke there is fire. And the Trump administration, especially on the foreign front, has been a non-stop billowing inferno of smoke.”
- Trump and his DOJ are singing very different tunes about Michael Flynn.
- Nicole Lafond rounds up where we stand with impeachment.
- “Hate crimes aren’t just ideological or emotive,” writes Josh Marshall. “They are also contagious.”