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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Good morning and happy February. Today could see the release of the Nunes memo. The House and Senate, meanwhile, are out until next week. Here’s what our team is watching.

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The State of the Union comes along with a deluge of coverage, takes and punditry, and attempting to digest it all can be an exercise in sipping water from a fire hose. With that in mind, here are some highlights from TPM’s coverage of last night’s speech.

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Good post-SOTU morning. The House and Senate are out until next week, and the Nunes memo continues to dominate the headlines. Here’s what our editors have their eyes on today.

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Alice Ollstein contributed reporting.

As he was leaving President Trump’s first State of the Union on Tuesday evening, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said that the Congressional Black Caucus “took a knee nearly all night.”

“I think the best study in this thing is who didn’t stand,” he told TPM. “The Congressional Black Caucus took a knee nearly all night. When he spoke about our flag and honoring our flag, they took a knee. There were two or three of those spots along the way, they didn’t react to hardly anything. It was like ‘we are going to be the resistance.'”

This isn’t the first time that King has made charged comments about the Congressional Black Caucus. In 2014, he observed that there “is no ‘Congressional White Caucus'” and described the CBC as “a self-segregated caucus and it is a caucus that they drive an agenda that’s based on race. And they’re always looking to place the race card. They’re always looking to divide people down that line.”

He’s also come under fire for other racially charged remarks, including saying last year that “Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other before” outnumbering white Americans, and tweeting that the right-wing, anti-immigrant Dutch politician Geert Wilders “understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

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FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down, effective immediately. He’ll be on “terminal leave” — on the agency’s payroll — until mid-March, when he’ll retire. Is McCabe’s departure unremarkable, “widely expected,” as The New York Times suggests? Or is this move a surprise, as CNN’s Steve Brusk tweets?

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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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