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.

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Hello TPM Members,

This week was all about Bill Barr, who became the lead character in the escalating fight between the executive and legislative branches over the extent of each one’s power.

Looking ahead to next week, the Department of Treasury has said that by Monday it will release its decision on whether to comply with Congress’ request for President Trump’s tax returns, along with its justification of that decision.

Here’s what happened in Prime this week.

  • A reader wonders whether synagogue shootings of the sort we saw last week in California are becoming normalized.
  • Goodbye, Stephen Moore.
  • Among the things New York state Attorney General Letitia James is reportedly examining the NRA for are self dealing, “unauthorized political activity” and “potentially false or misleading disclosures in regulatory filings.”
  • Kate Riga tells the story of the scandal that ultimately brought down Baltimore’s mayor this week.
  • It looks like Barr was upset that Mueller’s team wrote a report for Congress that Barr didn’t want written, Josh Marshall writes.
  • Republican Senators are ready to investigate the investigators, Tierney Sneed writes. “There’s no crime shown as a result of the Mueller report, so what led up to the Mueller report?” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wants to know.
  • “Barr fundamentally overruled Mueller on the essential question of whether a prosecutorial decision should be made at all,” David Kurtz writes.
  • Some notes on Barr’s opening remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • Four themes that emerged during Wednesday’s Barr hearing.
  • Barr’s swagger didn’t help him this time, Tierney Sneed writes.
  • Will Bill Barr investigate Joe Biden’s family?
  • When Republican Senators talk about “spying” on Trump’s campaign, here’s what they’re actually talking about.
  • Sorry House Democrats, there’s no Capitol jail in which you can detain defiant witnesses.

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Throughout Bill Barr’s testimony to the Senate this morning, the attorney general escalated his vigorous defense of the President while lobbing new criticism at his Justice Department colleagues, including special counsel Robert Mueller. The hearing ran for about 90 minutes before the committee recessed; here’s what’s happened so far.

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On Thursday, Josh Marshall posted his conflicted take on Joe Biden’s entrance into the race. Readers have been writing in with their own perspectives on whether it’s Biden’s time, or not. Here are two more.

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