Daniel Drezner on the most devastating foreign policy story about the Trump administration to date. The 27 words Trump wouldn’t say: Here’s the commitment the president refused to deliver at NATO headquarters. Some U.S. diplomats stage quiet revolt amid tensions with Trump. Trudeau decides it’s just not worth appeasing Trump in foreign-policy shift. Trump’s defense secretary is trying to clean up the president’s messes — it’s not going well. Trump’s staff is in denial, but world leaders aren’t. Thread: “The USA is still the biggest game in town, so it’s not like allies will all flee tmr. But Qatar incident gives strong incentive to hedge”.

The world without America: President Trump is relinquishing the United States’ global leadership role — but rather than leave a vacuum, other countries are stepping up.


The founder of Breitbart, one of Trump’s favorite sites, also cofounded the Huffington Post — here’s what he was like to work with. Study: Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda. How Bannon got Trump’s blessing to keep control of Breitbart message — while working at White House. Meet Matt Boyle, Breitbart’s (other) man in the White House. Breitbart is now firing staffers for doing standard Breitbart stuff. As Trump’s problems mount, Breitbart’s numbers are cratering. Breitbart ads plummet nearly 90 percent in three months as Trump’s troubles mount. The pro-Trump Internet and the alt-Right is turning on Breitbart: “Breitbart is over”.


Kathleen M. Fallon (Stony Brook), Alissa Mazar (McGill), and Liam Swiss (Memorial): The Development Benefits of Maternity Leave. Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic war with Qatar, explained: Why seven countries severed ties with Qatar in a matter of hours. The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news — there is no deal. WikiLeaks declares war on The Intercept. He was an ardent WikiLeaks supporter — then he got to know Julian Assange: Alexander Bisley interviews Andrew O’Hagan, author of The Secret Life: Three True Stories. 5 people were just shot to death in Florida — but don’t worry, it wasn’t terrorism. OMB Director Mulvaney could not be more wrong: We need the Congressional Budget Office now more than ever. Karl White on Emil Cioran: The anti-philosopher of life and death.


From Time, family first: Karl Vick on the trials of Jared Kushner. Was Kushner seeking a Russian bailout for Manhattan building? Kushners hunting hard for a loan to pay back Chinese investors. Ivanka Trump’s political brand is dead: Either she never cared about issues like climate change, or she’s a massive failure as a White House adviser. The myth of Ivanka’s influence: Are we finally coming to terms with the reality that Ivanka is window dressing for the White House, nothing more? Rich people don’t want Ivanka Trump’s fashion: The first daughter aimed her label at wealthy sophisticated women, but it didn’t take — so she moved downmarket. U.S. urges China to release activists investigating Ivanka Trump shoe company.

Trump’s family can’t seem to stop blurring ethical lines. How Donald Trump shifted kids-cancer charity money into his business. Trump DC hotel received $270,000 from effort linked to Saudi Arabia. Eric Trump: My father has “zero conflicts of interest”. Eric Trump to Sean Hannity: Democrats “are not even people”.


David Garcia, Pavlin Mavrodiev, Daniele Casati, and Frank Schweitzer (ETH Zurich): Understanding Popularity, Reputation, and Social Influence in the Twitter Society. No, Donald Trump doesn’t have 110 million people following him on social media. Twitter’s pro-Trump bot crisis is really a human crisis. A twitterbot that turns Trump’s tweets into official presidential statements is usefully jarring. Sean Spicer says Trump’s tweets are indeed official statements, contrary to recent statements by other officials in Trump’s administration. Trump’s tweets matter because, like it or not, he’s running the US government. Stop tweeting, Mr. President: Every time he logs into Twitter, Trump embarrasses himself and the country.

Trump makes Middle Eastern crisis worse with strange tweets. Trump’s tweets prompt backlash from GOP lawyers. Trump’s self-inflicted wounds keep coming, one tweet at a time. Is there genius and power in covfefe? Here’s a bold claim — President Trump’s “covfefe” tweet was a genius move that is a very powerful demonstration of his ability to persuade. Knight Institute demands that president unblock critics on Twitter. Trump may live-tweet Comey hearing. Donald Trump’s tweets are providing the real story of his presidency.

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