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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.

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Starbucks chairman emeritus Howard Schultz is picking more fights with Democrats, claiming this morning on MSNBC that Elizabeth Warren once asked him for a campaign donation, and he refused to give one — a claim with a distinctly Trumpian air. Here’s more on that and other stories we’re following.

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The clock is ticking on wall negotiations. Trump has threatened another shutdown in three weeks if he doesn’t get the deal he wants. But he has also threatened to declare a national emergency. Here’s more on that and other stories we’re following.

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Hello Prime members. It was a short week, but one that ended with a blockbuster Friday that brought two sets of news that were each a long time coming: The end of the shutdown, and the indictment of Roger Stone.

Here’s what happened in Prime this week.

  • You can’t understand the Stone indictment without taking a bigger-picture look at everything else that was going on in the campaign during the summer and fall of 2016.
  • The key takeaway from the Stone indictment is quite simple, Josh Marshall writes.
  • There’s a lot of weird stuff going on with the accounting related to the inauguration. Josh Kovensky presents some theories about it.
  • By Thursday evening, it was clear the shutdown had become untenable.
  • Iowa could become the next state to let felons vote.
  • The Trump administration had a whole series of off-key comments on the federal workers going unpaid during the shutdown.
  • It was a big week for Russia-probe news, well beyond Roger Stone.

As we cover today’s indictment of Roger Stone, we’re mindful that this remains one thread of many. You can’t understand the Stone indictment without taking a bigger-picture look at everything else that was going on during the campaign during the summer and fall of 2016.

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By failing to do anything, members of Congress sent a message to the White House today: They’re stuck.

Democrats can’t pass a clean funding bill to reopen the government, and Mitch McConnell can’t gather the votes to pass the President’s plan. Today’s dueling votes were the biggest step by the Senate to resolve the shutdown since it began, and it didn’t work. What’s more, six Republican senators showed the President they were no longer with him: Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) all voted for the Democratic plan to fund the government without the wall.

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Today’s the day of dueling votes to end the shutdown. One is a Trump-supported plan, involving wall funding and limited, short-term protections from deportation for some immigrants. The other is a clean government funding plan passed by the House. Here’s more on that and other stories were’ following.

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