John Light

John is TPM‘s Prime editor. His writing has also appeared at The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Salon, Slate, UN Dispatch, Vox, Worth, and Al Jazeera, and has been broadcast on Public Radio International. Before joining TPM, John was a producer for Bill Moyers and WNYC, and worked as a news writer for Grist. He grew up in New Jersey, studied history and film at Oberlin College, and got his master‘s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Articles by John

Good morning and happy Friday. Both the House and Senate will meet only briefly today for pro-forma sessions. Here’s what’s on TPM editors’ radar today. 

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who was listed as the most endangered incumbent in the House, is retiring. You likely know him for a series of zealous investigations he launched — often on the basis of flimsy evidence — when he was the GOP’s point-man on oversight during the Obama administration. Those included probes into the so-called IRS scandal, the so-called Fast and Furious scandal, and, of course, Benghazi.

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Good morning. Here’s our daily calendar letting you know what TPM is up to. Congress is in session today and legislators will be holding a number of meetings with the press on the Hill. Here’s what else our editors have their eyes on.

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Good morning. As Josh has mentioned, one of our goals for this year is to give more guidance into how TPM works, what we’re working on on a given day, what events we’re focused on and why. In that vein, we’ll be publishing calendars on busy days — and eventually every day — showing which events our reporters and editors have their eyes on, where we have reporters deployed, what stories we’re working on and what we’re expecting over the course of the day. Here’s the first.

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Charles Harder, the lawyer who in the last 24 hours has sent legal notice to Steve Bannon, Michael Wolff and Wolff’s publisher, has had a role behind the headlines quite a bit in recent years. Most notably, he was Peter Thiel’s lawyer when the billionaire took down Gawker media. Later, as Roger Ailes’ lawyer, he threatened reporter Gabriel Sherman, whose stories about Ailes lead to his ousting. He also, for a short time, defended Harvey Weinstein. And lately, Harder’s been getting close to the Trumps.

Some more background from TPM’s archive here:

Peter Thiel’s Lawyer Goes After Gawker For Investigation Into Trump’s ‘Weave’ (6/15/2016)

Ailes Hires Lawyer Behind Gawker Lawsuit, Threatens To Sue NY Mag (6/6/2016)

Suit: Daily Mail Article Hurt Melania Trump’s Chance To Profit As FLOTUS (2/7/2017)

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