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John Light is TPM's managing editor, based in New York. He previously worked as a producer for Bill Moyers and WNYC and has written for The Atlantic, Slate, Reuters and Grist.

Where Things Stand: Not ‘Meatball Ron’ After All
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Trump has decided to go with another nickname for Ron DeSantis, who, though he has not yet announced, is almost certainly running against Trump in 2024.

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Don Bolduc Becomes The Latest Die-Hard Trump Ally To Endorse Nikki Haley
Watch: Josh Kovensky Discusses Santos’ Staffing Chaos With Chris Hayes

This week, we obtained leaked audio that gave us a peek at the chaotic way decisions are made inside fabulist Rep. George Santos’ office, and published an in-depth profile of his attention-grabbing chief of operations, Vish Burra. TPM’s Josh Kovensky discusses both pieces on All In with Chris Hayes.

Watch below.

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GOP Complains That Biden Administration Won’t Negotiate With Terrorists On Debt Limit
George Santos’ Contribution To The Trump Stolen-Election Myth Is A Weird One Prime Badge
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Where Things Stand: We’re Hosting A Midterms Event This Week And You Should Come
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If you’ve been following my colleague Josh Marshall’s ed-blog posts the last several months, you’ve likely read a few of his pieces centered on the theory that Democrats should be putting the disastrous Dobbs decision at the forefront of their messaging campaign to voters this midterms cycle. His case has been simple: Democrats need to make the calculus clear to demoralized liberal voters. Yes, they had 50 seats in the Senate for the last two years, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the filibuster to pass Roe-like protections (or to pass any number of other Democratic priorities). Like it or not, there were two Democratic holdouts on the filibuster.

So Democrats, Josh argued, needed to go to voters with a clear promise: Give us two more senators, and help us hold the House, and we promise — we’ll restore the right to an abortion that the conservative Supreme Court took away.

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