Hello Prime subscribers,
We’ve arrived at the weekend. If you’re like me, you’re already excited about House Democrats’ hearing next week to interrogate acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, the former hot tub salesman who seems surprised to find he’s floated into hot water as a presidential ally with oversight of the Mueller probe.
Here’s what happened in Prime this week.
- Is the Mueller probe really winding down, as reports by other outlets and Whitaker say it is? Josh Marshall looks at the evidence.
- The U.S. has fallen out of the world’s 20 best-performing countries on an international anti-corruption group’s public sector corruption index.
- A gag order could be in the offing for Roger Stone.
- The Supreme Court stands to hear some blockbuster voting rights cases this spring.
- Kate Riga has a running list of the status of nearly 30 potential Democratic candidates for President.
- Majority Leader Mitch McConnell devoted a portion of his time on the Senate floor Tuesday to railing against Democratic legislation that, among other things, would make Election Day a national holiday. Tierney Sneed has the backstory to that proposal.
- Catching up with Kris Kobach: A look at how his proof-of-citizenship case continues to pose a problem for Kansas.
- The Republican tax plan was sold a year ago on the premise that corporations would use their tax break to hire more staff, benefitting the entire economy. But a new survey shows many essentially pocketed their gains.