The plot against America: Robert Mueller hands a gangster administration its first indictments. Upstairs at home, with the TV on, Trump fumes over Russia indictments. Trump’s denials of Russian hacking look pretty darn incriminating. Trump’s “no collusion” defense is falling apart. George Papadopoulos’s plea deal is very, very bad news for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Everyone is freaking out”: Trump’s West Wing races to contain Mueller fallout. Andrew Cohen on why this is not Trump’s Watergate: “This is a situation far more dangerous to the republic”. The Manafort indictment is a historic test for American democracy.

Congressional Republicans shrug following Trump World indictments. From Vox, the cowardice of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell: The country needs more from its leaders than silence; and Congressional Republicans are helping Trump with a big cover-up — and even they don’t know what it is. Republicans lose interest in bills to protect Mueller from Trump. The groundwork for Mueller to be fired has been laid (and more). If Trump plans to fire Mueller, the time to do it is right now.

Mueller’s investigation won’t shake Trump’s base: Republicans demonstrate a striking degree of hypocrisy. “None of this is real”: Conservative media react to Mueller indictments. A week of Fox News transcripts shows how they began questioning Mueller’s credibility. How right-wing media obscures Mueller and other inconvenient stories: Sean Illing interviews Charlie Sykes, author of How the Right Lost Its Mind.

Andrew Glazzard and Emily Winterbotham (RUSI), Sasha Jesperson (St. Mary’s), and Thomas Maguire (King’s College): Islamist Violent Extremism: A New Form of Conflict or Business as Usual? Michael Loadenthal (George Mason): Othering Terrorism: A Rhetorical Strategy of Strategic Labeling. Arthur Hatton (Georgia Southern): Anti-Muslim Prejudice When Exposed to News About Terrorism: The Roles of Negative Affect and Psychological Inflexibility. Trump is quick to blame Muslims for terror attacks — he’s slow when Muslims are the victims. There’s a reason you didn’t hear about a man who recently tried to bomb an airport. You can download Fear Thy Neighbor: Radicalization and Jihadist Attacks in the West by Lorenzo Vidino, Francesco Marone, and Eva Entenmann.

With the destruction of the caliphate, the Islamic State has lost far more than territory. Scott Atran, Hoshang Waziri, and Richard Davis on ISIS after the caliphate. Rise and fall of ISIS: Its dream of a caliphate is over, so what now? Note found in truck claims Manhattan attack done for ISIS, source says.