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

Today, TPM’s reporting surfaced in the halls of Congress when Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) lambasted Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for staff reassignments during his tenure that appear to be politically and, possibly, racially motivated.

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The FBI has raided the home, hotel room, and 30 Rockefeller Plaza office of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, multiple outlets are reporting. Agents seized records on a number of topics, including the $130,000 payment that Cohen made to Stormy Daniels.

Cohen, of course, has been a focal point in both of the scandals currently plaguing the White House: the President’s relationship with the adult film actress, and his campaign’s contacts with Russia during the election.

Here’s some background reading from our editors’ blog as we await the latest:

– “Cohen Moving Back to Center of Russia Probe

– “The Stormy Agreement and the Comey Letter — On the Same Day!

– “Michael Cohen and The Trump-Russia Money Channel

– “‘Says Who?’ – Piecing Together the Michael Cohen Story

– “What Happened to the Michael Cohen Ukraine Dossier?

– “What The CIA and FBI Knew About Trump Before 2016

– “Michael Cohen, Trump and the Russian Connection

– “It’s All So Confusing (The Michael Cohen File)

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A real estate trust that has a nearly 50 percent stake in 666 Fifth Avenue, the beleaguered Manhattan tower largely owned by Jared Kushner’s family business, has a “handshake” deal to sell its stake to Kushner Cos., Bloomberg reported Friday.

Current White House senior adviser and President Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner bought the skyscraper in January 2007, at the height of the real estate bubble, for a record-breaking $1.8 billion. The gamble on the the building, which has struggled to attract tenants, became a significant debt for the family.

In 2011, Vornado bought a 49.5 percent stake as part of a refinancing agreement. Vornado and Kushner Cos. have since clashed on how to renovate the building, with Kushner Cos. pushing to turn 666 Fifth Ave. into a luxury tower and Vornado pushing for it to remain an office building.

Jared Kushner’s father, Charles, now runs Kushner Cos. But with Jared holding a prominent role in the White House, his family’s search for investment in the building has raised eyebrows and many allegations of conflicts of interest.

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