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

Trump’s weekend gambit, to offer a short-term DACA deal as a bargaining chip, seemed to be aimed at shifting the blame for the continuing shutdown onto the Democrats. But the President’s poll numbers continue to plummet, and that — not anything the Democrats do — could be what ultimately forces the White House to rethink its approach. Here’s more on that and other stories we’re following.

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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.

  • 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.

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The Wall Street Journal has an amazing story on Michael Cohen this morning: In 2015, the president’s former fixer cut a deal with Liberty University’s chief IT guy for some favors. Here’s more on that and other stories we’re following.

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A judge’s ruling reveals the Trump administration effort to add a citizenship question to the census to be a much bigger scandal than it initially looked. These tip-of-the-iceburg moments could happen a lot this year, as the Democratic controlled House begins issuing subpoenas, Tierney Sneed explains for Prime members.

It’s the 26th day of the government shutdown. Tens of thousands of workers have been called back to work, unpaid. And Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wants to delay the State of the Union until after the government reopens. Here’s more on that and other stories we’re following.

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