Trump is very busy doing nothing at all: Haunted by the 100-day mark, the president has created a lot of news this week — but it’s all an illusion. Looking past governance, Team Trump places a high value on theatrics. The education of Donald Trump: The White House remains on a collision course between the president’s fixed habits and the demands of his new job. So far, Trump is really struggling as a chief executive. Trump has 99 problems, but Democratic obstruction isn’t one of them. Trump’s greatest foreign accomplishment in his first hundred days are twofold: He managed not to blow up the entire world and fired his first choices of national security adviser and deputy NSC adviser.

Trump, bound: On Inauguration Day, the president seemed poised to destroy American democracy; here are the people and institutions that have kept him in check — for now. Here are 100 lies and false statements from Trump’s first 100 days. The most successful first 100 days of an administration didn’t belong to who you (or Donald Trump) think. The failure of Trump’s first 100 days is a win for America. This photo of Donald Trump and kids is epic.


From the Washington Monthly, Nancy LeTourneau on what unites and divides Democrats; and John Stoehr on how the Democrats are now the party of conservative principles. Pardon me while I rage against non-voting Democrats. What happened to your revolution, Bernie Sanders? “Money slithers through Washington like a snake — the influence is everywhere”: Ezra Klein interviews Elizabeth Warren. The Lioness in Winter: Dianne Feinstein survived childhood abuse, assassination attempts, and a brutal fight with the CIA — now it’s time to take on Trump. The only way back: Democrats must promise to investigate every aspect of the Trump administration, even if it takes decades.


Philip Marsden (College of Europe) and Spencer Weber Waller (Loyola): Citizen Fox: The Global Antitrust Vision of Eleanor Fox. Can Marine Le Pen make fascism mainstream? What the French election tells us about the rise of populism: This is not an existential crisis for Western democracy. A poised Mexico sees Trump anew: A “bluffer” at the poker table. Josh Marshall on the White House’s creeping fear about Michael Flynn (and more). The con con con: Scott Yenor on the misplaced hope of a constitutional convention. Paul Ryan, uberwonk: Emmett Rensin on an epitaph for technocracy. This is why Barack Obama shouldn’t take Wall Street speaking fees. A chemistry professor has just found a way to trigger the process of photosynthesis in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into clean air and producing energy all at the same time.


Is there a Russian mole inside the NSA or the CIA? The latest leak by the Shadow Brokers hackers exposed classified information that could only have come from within the NSA, setting the stage for a Cold War ritual — the mole hunt. Senate Trump-Russia probe has no full-time staff, no key witnesses. Senate investigation into Russia scandal faces GOP resistance. The Senate investigation into Trump-Russia is a hot mess — and so is the House’s, and so is the DOJ’s. The Russia investigations are a joke: The Kremlin messed with American democracy, and Congress can’t be bothered to get to the bottom of it. Why won’t Congress really investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia?


A new study confirms what you’ve long suspected: Facebook is making people crazy. Sarah Frier on how Sheryl Sandberg’s sharing manifesto drives Facebook. Why Instagram is becoming Facebook’s next Facebook. Facebook’s newest feature could revolutionize politics. Selling Mark Zuckerberg: The Facebook CEO’s likability blitz isn’t a presidential campaign, it’s a focus group for his 1.8 billion constituents — and part of a high stakes campaign to win your likes. Facebook admits: Governments exploited us to spread propaganda (and more). Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to have more power in our lives, and we should resist. Yuval Noah Harari challenges the future according to Facebook.


Steve Benen on the select few who have Donald Trump’s ear. The billionaire behind Bannon and Trump: Sean Illing interviews Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. Breitbart is not independent, it’s the communications arm of the Mercers’ empire. How Hollywood remembers Steve Bannon: He says that, before he became a senior adviser to the President, he was a successful player in the film industry — but what did he actually do? Suspected Nazi enthusiast Sebastian Gorka’s degree probably fake. “A peddler of snake oil”: How Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka failed upwards from Hungary to the White House. Molly Ball on Grover Norquist, the happiest man in Washington.

Trump learns old Republican politics works. Under Trump, the Washington “swamp” is as bogged down as ever. The swamp is getting tired of winning: Trump learns old Republican politics works.


Laurence H. Tribe (Harvard): Transcending the Youngstown Triptych: A Multidimensional Reappraisal of Separation of Powers Doctrine. Jud Mathews (Penn State): Presidential Administration in the Obama Era. Cary Coglianese and Christopher S. Yoo (Penn): The Bounds of Executive Discretion in the Regulatory State. Cary Coglianese (Penn) and Kristin Firth (Chicago): Separation of Powers Legitimacy: An Empirical Inquiry into Norms About Executive Power. Neal Devins (William and Mary): Why Congress Does Not Challenge Judicial Supremacy. Lee Epstein (WUSTL) and Eric Posner (Chicago): The Decline of Supreme Court Deference to the President.


Trump was going to investigate voter fraud — what happened? This poll number is a testament to the power of fake news: “A majority of Republicans — 52% — say that they believe then-President Barack Obama spied on then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign”. David Cole on Trump’s travel bans: Look beyond the text. Trump creates office that allows victims of crimes to blame immigrants. Bomb envy: Rafia Zakaria on how Trump learned to be loved. Why Trump’s plan to use China against North Korea is probably doomed: China ultimately sees North Korea as an asset. Once critical of global deals, Trump slow to pull out of any. The “Never-Mind-What-Trump-Said” foreign policy endures.

Team Trump puts on a clinic on how not to negotiate. Bluster followed by surrender: Is this another Trump pattern? Michael Grunwald on Trump’s first 100 days: The president has done more — and less — to change America than you think. America is getting used to Trump’s insanity: The president has managed to accomplish at least one big thing in his first 100 days — the once unthinkable is now unremarkable.


Sara Meger (CEU): War as Feminized Labour in the Global Political Economy of Neoimperialism. Andrew Barry (UCL): Infrastructure and the Earth. Can Iran and India turn the page? From security to energy, the two rising powers have many interests in common. “They starve you. They shock you”: Andrew Kramer goes inside the anti-gay pogrom in Chechnya. Marine Le Pen may get a lift from an unlikely source: The far Left. Trump’s FCC chair Ajit Pai just declared war on Obama’s net neutrality rules. Aisha Harris on a history of self-care, from its radical roots to its yuppie-driven middle age to its election-inspired resurgence. Benjamin Barber, author of Jihad vs. McWorld, dies.


From the Congressional Research Service, reports on “U.S. Direct Investment Abroad: Trends and Current Issues” and “Foreign Direct Investment in the United States: An Economic Analysis”. David P. Fidler (Indiana): President Trump, Trade Policy, and American Grand Strategy: From Common Advantage to Collective Carnage. Zeeshan Aleem read Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro’s anti-China book — it’s wilder than you can imagine. Why is Trump risking a trade war with Canada? The president has softened some of his tough talk toward China and Mexico, transferring it to Canada and disputes over softwood lumber and dairy products.

Trump close to notifying Canada, Mexico of intent to withdraw from NAFTA. Republicans tell Trump to hold up on NAFTA withdrawal. Hours after floating threat to scrap NAFTA, Trump says he’ll renegotiate.

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