Hey Prime members, and happy Martin Luther King Jr. day weekend.
It’s been a big week for some of TPM’s core stories: We kicked it off with hearings on Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Bill Barr, and a ruling in the Census citizenship question case, and wrapped it up with news that the President ordered Michael Cohen to lie about his Trump Tower Moscow dealings. On top of all that, the shutdown continues.
Here’s what happened in Prime.
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- Josh Marshall runs down the key points in Buzzfeed’s blockbuster scoop.
- The story behind Trump’s attacks on Cohen’s family.
- The Trump administration has ensured that certain corners of the government go unaffected by the shutdown — particularly, those important to public opinion. And those important to the oil industry.
- Proponents of campaign finance reform are breathing a sigh of relief following the Supreme Court’s indication Monday that it will not take up an appeal of a decision upholding Montana’s campaign contribution limits.
- Josh Marshall on Trump’s obsessive secrecy about his meetings with Putin.
- Tierney Sneed on the importance of the executive privilege question when considering Bill Barr’s nomination.
- There’s good reason to think Trump’s idea of declaring a “national emergency” to build the wall is still on the table.
- The judge who ruled on the census citizenship question had tons of examples of the Trump administration making “misleading” claims.
- The census citizenship question case gives us a taste of what real oversight of the Trump administration’s decisions could mean. If this is any indication, the scandals we see now could be the tip of the iceburg.
- In a new poll, 57 percent of voters say they will “definitely” vote against Trump in 2020.