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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.


From Morning Memo:

Rep. George Santos (R-NY) has told a judge he’d rather be taken into custody pre-trial than reveal the donors who co-signed on his $500,000 bond.

Far-Right Legislators Who Made McCarthy Fight For Speakership Don’t Sound Keen On This Deal
George Santos Hit With Charges In Federal Probe: Reports
The charges remain under seal.
Supreme Court Ethics Reform Gets A Look In Senate Hearing
Matthew Kacsmaryk Dueling Opinions Cast Uncertainty Over Future Of Abortion Drug
One judge seeks to suspend FDA approval of abortion drug; another judge does the opposite
Insecure, Indicted Man Checks In With His Friends
INSIDE: Pence ... Dominion ... Santos ... Biden's Teeth
Where Things Stand: One Fox Host Floated A Particularly Wild Conspiracy Theory, Dominion Materials Suggest
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In the days after the 2020 election, as Donald Trump refused to concede, his allies began scrambling for evidence that the election was invalid. Some busied themselves challenging local election laws and trying to disqualify ballots in Democratic areas based on technicalities. Others were already rushing toward fringier conspiracy theories.

One particular conspiracy theory took hold early: “Hammer and scorecard.”

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Where Things Stand: Eastman Helpfully Explains Why A Fringe Legal Theory Before SCOTUS Is So Dangerous
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The Supreme Court, you’ll know from TPM, is currently considering a case in which Republican legislators from North Carolina argue that they, and no one else, have absolute authority over that state’s federal elections. The state courts don’t, the state governor doesn’t. Only the legislators do, they claim.

For this reason, the legislators argue, they can go ahead and gerrymander to their hearts’ content.

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Where Things Stand: The Ghost Of Power Grabs Past
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis may not have announced his intent to run for president, but he’s already got some thoughts about what he’d do in the White House. Among them is a plan to decimate the civil service. And it may look familiar.

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