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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

As Tierney was combing through the House Intelligence Committee’s transcript of its interview with Glenn Simpson, she flagged a surprising quote. Responding to a question from Adam Schiff about why Fusion GPS thought Trump might be involved in money-laundering operations, Simpson replied that “criminals were buying the properties.”

“These are the kind of things that prompted us to hire Mr. Steele,” Simpson continued. “We had a gangster named Taiwanchik living in Trump Tower […] his associates were living in Trump Tower, and he was running a high-stakes gambling ring out of Trump Tower, while he himself was a fugitive for having rigged the skating competition at the Salt Lake Olympics and a bunch of other sporting events engaged in rigging.”

Wait. What?

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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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