Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at and on Twitter @mattshuham.

Articles by Matt

Stacey Abrams — the unsuccessful 2018 Democratic nominee for Georgia governor and the minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives before that — will deliver Democrats’ response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) confirmed Tuesday.

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“Empire” star Jussie Smollett was the victim of an assault overnight that appears to have been motivated by his race and sexual orientation, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and additional reporting.

“Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime,” the police said.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that President Donald Trump “doesn’t want” to shut down the government again, but she left open the possibility that he could shut it down over his demands for border wall funding. Sanders also implied Trump could declare a national emergency in order to build a wall.

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