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

Ex-lobbyist David Bernhardt was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior on Thursday, April 11. Today — Monday, April 15 — we learn he is under investigation by Interior’s Inspector General.

Read More →

This is the week. Theoretically. Attorney General Bill Barr said last week that his redacted version of the Mueller report would “hopefully next week” — so, by Friday. That said, there’s plenty else going on.

Read More →

Hello TPM Members,

Welcome to the weekend. This week saw a number of Trump administration officials — Attorney General Barr, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, IRS head Chuck Rettig — go before Congress to answer uncomfortable questions (more on that below). In at least one instance, it got intense.

Here’s what happened in Prime.

  • This week saw the Russia probe go bipartisan, indicting a Democratic D.C. operative who worked alongside Paul Manafort in Ukraine.
  • Josh Kovensky, who covered Craig and Manafort’s work in Ukraine from Kyiv, delves into exactly what they were up to.
  • Georgia’s controversial exact match law is dead.
  • Kate Riga goes deep inside the fractures within the Texas gun rights community — and an attempt to pass permitless carry that backfired spectacularly.
  • Josh Marshall on the DHS purge: “There’s basically no time when we’ve seen some dramatic action like this from the Trump White House where there wasn’t some kind of precipitating event. Especially when they deny there was a precipitating event.”
  • Kate Riga runs down the casualties of the purge.
  • Various reports indicate that Trump fired (or was convinced by Stephen Miller to fire) Nielsen and others at least in part because they refused to break the law on his behalf.
  • Josh Marshall provides some background on the new DHS chief.
  • The more Trump and his allies complain about Democrats’ request to see his taxes, the more he makes the legal case that their request is necessary. Josh Kovensky explains how.
  • “Barr is making his decision quite clear here,” Josh Marshall writes of Bill Barr’s testimony. He will decide which parts of the Mueller Report become public.
  • A reader writes in on Barr’s spying comments.
  • Here’s what Trump’s allies talk about when they talk about “spying.”
  • A reader shares a map of where coal — the worst contributor to climate change — is more expensive than renewables.
  • In a series of three posts, Josh Marshall digs into the charges against Julian Assange. One, two and three.
  • Uh oh: Devin Nunes has another lawsuit.

Read More →

We’re getting our first look at what kind of case the government thinks it has against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange — and we’re expecting the indictment of a former Obama adviser on charges stemming from the special counsel’s investigation. Here’s more on those stories and others we’re following.

Read More →

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services could be the next agency to see top officials ousted; meanwhile, Attorney General Bill Barr, IRS Chief Chuck Rettig, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will all appear before House committees and subcommittees to answer questions.

Read More →