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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

The stakes were already high when Mark Harris took the stand today to explain his relationship with McCrae Dowless, a GOP operative with a history of shady practices who, it appears, orchestrated an absentee ballot fraud plot that may have swung the election for North Carolina’s ninth congressional district to Harris.

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Welcome to the weekend, TPM members. Here’s what happened in Prime this week.

  • Mitch McConnell did what he had suggested he wouldn’t and caved to Trump on a national emergency.
  • The timeline of what happened in the days before and after that Aug. 2, 2016 meeting between Paul Manafort, Konstantin Kilimnik and Rick Gatges at a Manhattan cigar bar.
  • House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is threatening to subpoena Matt Whitaker. Here are the claims Whitaker made last week that Nadler may be looking for further answers on.
  • Travel scandals have become something of a theme for the Trump administration. Brock Long was just the latest to go down.
  • TPM’s Josh Kovensky and Allegra Kirkland were among the first to report Wednesday that the FEC is investigating a pro-Trump, Manafort linked PAC that reported a $1 million contribution two years after it happened. Here are some of our outstanding questions on that story.
  • A top Kremlin aide published an op-ed this week about how Russia’s government sees its meddling in the 2016 election and its broader campaign of informational warfare.
  • Where’s the Bezos/AMI story going? Josh Marshall offers some theories.
  • Kate Riga is keeping tabs daily on the 29 people who want to become the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2020.
  • The CFPB has been bracingly open about how it is working with payday lenders to ensure that their business model isn’t harmed, Matt Shuham writes.
  • North Carolina election officials will hand over the records of nearly 800 voters to a Trump-appointed U.S. attorney in the state.

An Aug. 2, 2016 meeting in a Manhattan cigar room — at which then-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort met with a former colleague linked to Russian intelligence, Konstantin Kilimnik, to discuss a peace plan for Ukraine — is key to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson at the hearing last week. A transcript from that hearing also suggests that special counsel Robert Mueller’s office believes Manafort lied in the hope of receiving a presidential pardon.

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Things haven’t fallen apart yet. Negotiators continue to work on a border deal, and Trump continues to grumpily suggest he’ll probably sign it. Here’s more on that and other stories we’re following.

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