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

Swamp Creature Phone(d) HomeNew emails obtained by Pacific Standard magazine illustrate the much-greater-than-we-knew level of communication between a Trump administration political staffer and his former employer, the right-wing advocacy group Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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New emails show just how frequently a Trump official was in touch with his former employer, a right-wing advocacy group, in the early days of the new administration.

The Trump official’s two in-person meetings with a lawyer from the group were already the subject of an ethics probe, but the emails, obtained via a public records request by Pacific Standard magazine, show just how far the official went to help his former colleagues.

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Sometimes, when a public official says something so racist that it stands out as exceptional, the Talking Points Memo team begins keeping an active tally in a shared Slack channel of others’ responses.

On Monday, as members of Congress came back to D.C. under the cloud of some exceptionally racist tweets from the President, the Slack channel buzzed with copying and pasting once again, as Caitlin MacNeal, Nicole LaFond, Kate Riga and Cristina Cabrera flagged down statements and I reached out to individual offices for comment, for what would ultimately become our headline on the response: “Top GOPers Silent.”

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