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.

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