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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Welcome to the weekend, Prime subscribers.

The government shutdown is rolling into its third week, and breaking records for shutdowns. The effects range from the FDA inspecting less food, to the EPA inspecting fewer polluters, to airports closing terminals.

Here’s what happened in Prime this week.

  • A federal court’s iron grip on the RNC’s Election Day activities is finally coming to an end. The reason a court was involved in the first place has to do with a voter suppression campaign waged by New Jersey Republicans in 1981.
  • The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would hear partisan gerrymandering cases coming from North Carolina and Maryland. But: It’s possible that the justices are taking up the cases to declare that courts should not be in the business of policing partisan gerrymandering.
  • And! States have some recourse, even if the Supreme Court does allow unfettered gerrymandering.
  • Trump’s acting secretary of defense, a former Boeing executive, is pushing the Air Force to buy $1.2 billion in Boeing fighter jets it doesn’t want.
  • We may finally have a concrete deadline for the Mueller report, but a lot remains unclear.
  • For the first time in a long time, some Democrats are willing to talk about raising taxes to fund the stuff they want to fund.
  • On Tuesday, 1.4 million felons in Florida became eligible to vote. We looked at some of the hurdles they still faced, and the emotional experiences of some who did turn out to register.
  • The Democratic candidate for president will likely be one of 28 people. Here’s where they stand on announcing their campaigns.
  • On Monday, Kate Riga rounded up some of the many effects of the government shutdown.
  • By Friday, we were on the cusp of breaking the record for the longest government shutdown ever. Here’s info on the two runners up.

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A federal court’s iron grip on the RNC’s Election Day activities is finally coming to an end.

A recent federal appeals court opinion gets the Republican National Committee out from under the restrictions of a decades-old consent decree imposed after flagrant voter intimidation efforts. Earlier this week, the federal appeals court rejected an effort by Democrats to extend the ban on the RNC engaging in poll-watching in the name of “ballot security.”

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The deputy attorney general, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller and who has overseen the Mueller probe since, is planning to leave his job after a new attorney general is confirmed. Here’s more on that story and others we’re following.

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We’re nearing the 17th day of the government shutdown. By the end of this week, we’ll be on the 21st day.

That means, if the government is still shut down by this weekend, President Trump will have broken the record for the longest government shutdown in history.

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