Hello Prime members, and happy Labor Day weekend. Welcome especially to all our new subscribers. Next week could be another busy one, with hearings on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh beginning Tuesday.
Here’s what happened in Prime this week.
- President Donald Trump invited a QAnon conspiracy theorist to the White House, Matt Shuham notes in his weekly Trump Swamp primer.
- Cameron Joseph reflects on the time Sen. John McCain yelled at him.
- Manafort associate Sam Patten was charged this week with FARA violations. He also lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Despite this, he was willing to speak with reporters in April.
- Matt Shuham looks at what we can learn about an angry resignation letter from the CFPB’s top student loan official.
- Ed Blum, the lawyer behind the suit that gutted the Voting Rights Act, now appears to be ending his career having “single-handedly” dismantled civil rights laws “by sticking a stake into the heart of affirmative action,” Tierney Sneed writes.
- The judge in Paul Manafort’s Virginia trial was very concerned about attorneys’ facial expressions. The judge in Manafort’s upcoming D.C. trial says she won’t put up with any overly emotivef expressions either, Tierney Sneed writes.
- The Florida GOP pick for governor is one of Trump’s most outspoken defenders on Russia, Allegra Kirkland writes. And in both Florida and Georgia, she writes, the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial picks present a clear contrast, and exemplify what each party stands for in 2018.
- The GOP lost big in 2006 following a series of corruption scandals, Cameron Joseph writes. 2018 is shaping up to be a repeat.
- I took a look at some of the wealthy interests who dumped funds into the Arizona primary race this week — including a group of anti-Trump conservatives.
- Trump is upset that his Google results show news that he says is overly liberal. But does he know how to use Google?
- What did National Enquirer publisher David Pecker stand to gain by catching and killing all sorts of bad news about Donald Trump? David Kurtz wonders.
- White House counsel Don McGahn is leaving the White House soon, Trump says. The White House may be chaotic as ever, but McGahn’s bid to stack the courts with conservatives has been a resounding success.
- Matt Shuham has been one of only a few national reporters digging into the story of Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA), whose campaign appears to have been involved in a scheme to forge voters’ signatures in a bid to divide the Democratic vote. When constituents called Taylor on it, he phoned them himself to urge them to keep quiet. Matt explains why we care about this story.
- Trump seems to be laying the groundwork to oust Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Allegra Kirkland writes in her weekly Russia probe primer. Sen. Chuck Grassley appears willing to go along — because he’s mad at Sessions about criminal justice reform.
- The Justice Department unveiled charges Friday against 19 people who allegedly voted as noncitizens in North Carolina, Tierney Sneed writes in her weekly primer on voting rights.