From Politico, a special report on 50 ideas blowing up American politics (and the people behind them). Rafia Zakaria on how Amazon reviews became the new battlefield of US politics. Trump sons to launch Trump Org projects in India despite Trump pledge of no foreign deals while in office. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the right mouthpiece for a truth-twisting president. The worst tweeter in politics isn’t Trump. Four quitters walk into a bar to swap war stories from an administration they couldn’t serve for one more minute. “Man who put Trump in the White House tries to restore credibility by lightly jabbing Trump”. Seven takeaways from the Times journalists who cover Trump.

You’re not imagining it: Trump really is making us all stressed as hell.

From Milken Institute Review, Mark Thoma on Federal Reserve independence: The never-ending story. The first chapter from The Myth of Independence: How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve by Sarah Binder and Mark Spindel (and more). Jerome Powell, President Trump’s reported choice to head the Federal Reserve, explained. Who is Jerome Powell, Trump’s pick for the nation’s most powerful economic position? Sarah Binder and Mark Spindel on the 4 challenges Jerome Powell will face in leading the Fed. As Trump decisions go, choosing Powell is far from his worst one — but it’s frustrating when there exists an obvious, superior choice on the menu and the president of the Unites States abstains from that option.

Annalisa Merelli and Eshe Nelson on the remarkable achievements of Janet Yellen, the Fed chair Trump is getting rid of. Yellen’s legacy: Economic progress but a sense of a job unfinished.

Betsy Sinclair and Steven Smith (WUSTL) and Patrick D. Tucker (Yale): The Fragile Trump Coalition. Republican voters’ loyalty to Trump shows that the GOP has become an “anti-idea” party. Trump and the Republicans cannot govern — is that a feature or a bug? Jane Coaston on when “conservatives” turned into radicals. With investors under fire for financing white nationalism, Robert Mercer resigns from hedge fund. What is Robert Mercer worried about? Major trump donor Robert Mercer owes the IRS $7 billion in back taxes. Just how dumb are these Republican billionaires? The end of the conservative Republican: The dirty little secret is most on the Right care more about winning than policy.

John Boehner unchained: The former House speaker feels liberated — but he’s also seething about what happened to his party. Bari Weiss on the Trump debate inside conservative citadels. The anti-Trump Republicans issue a scream into an uncaring void. Are anti-Trump Republicans really anti-Trump? Establishment Republicans will lose their civil war with the insurgents. The Republican Party deserves a better civil war: The Bannon–McConnell feud boils down to this — how many more dashes of white-nationalist authoritarianism does the Koch agenda need? If Republicans can’t oppose Roy Moore, they’re headed for extinction. Liberty U. president Jerry Falwell says Trump could be “greatest president since Abraham Lincoln”.

Amber Murrey (AUC): “When Spider Webs Unite They Can Tie up a Lion”: Anti-Racism, Decolonial Options and Theories from the South. Jozef Jaworski (Tarnow): Prayer as an Expression of Love. Is Uzbekistan a breeding ground for terrorism? ISIS is selling stolen artifacts on eBay, Amazon, Facebook, WhatsApp. Amelia Tait on what we learned about Osama bin Laden from the contents of his computer. We're becoming numb to terrorism — that might be a good thing. The visa lottery wins America goodwill — ending it is a mistake. People have multiple abortions — and stigmatizing them is counterproductive. Elizabeth Bruenig on the political uses of evil. Congress can give every American a pony (if it breeds enough ponies).

Five key takeaways from the tech hearings. Why Facebook and Twitter can’t be trusted to police themselves. The big tech companies can’t stop the bleeding in Washington. Russia’s social media propaganda was hiding in plain sight. Russia hackers had targets worldwide, beyond US election. Moscow has been honing an information age art of war through fake news, disinformation, leaks, and trolling for more than a decade — how can free societies protect themselves? The bots that are changing politics: A taxonomy of politibots, a swelling force in global elections that cannot be ignored.

Musa al-Gharbi (Columbia): The Democratic Party is Facing a Demographic Crisis. What killed the Democratic Party? A new report offers a bracing autopsy of the 2016 election — and lays out a plan for revitalization. Don’t troll, organize: Chris Lehmann on the futility of the social-media style of resistance. Michael Tomasky on the resistance so far. Pelosi moves to muzzle Trump impeachment talk: The longtime Democratic leader thinks the key to taking back the House in 2018 is avoiding the president’s distractions (and more). Democrats add to “Better Deal” platform with a slew of pro-labor-union ideas. Clinton Democrats are wrong: It’s not Wall Street that needs to be unleashed — it’s government. A new Democratic message shouldn’t sound like 1990s-era Clintonism. The Democratic civil war is getting nasty, even if no one is paying attention. Donna Brazile goes inside Hillary Clinton’s secret takeover of the DNC.

Hackers compromised the Trump Organization 4 years ago and the company never noticed — the perpetrators have possible ties to Russia. Mueller reveals new Manafort link to organized crime. The rise of George Papadopoulos, a Trump adviser who may kill Trump’s presidency: The former Trump campaign aide was unmemorable in high school and a bad student in college — now he’s a central figure in the Russia probe (and more and more and more). America is facing an epistemic crisis: What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter? It’s getting much harder for Donald Trump to fire Robert Mueller. Sure, Trump should fire Mueller, pardon everybody involved with Russia — if he’s guilty.

Mark Warner: Tech millionaire who became tech’s critic in Congress. Reid Hoffman has billions of dollars and one of the best networks in Silicon Valley — here’s how he’s using them to take on Trump. Why Silicon Valley is so bad at politics: A new initiative to revitalize the Democratic Party betrays the tech industry’s blind spots. The vast majority of tech entrepreneurs are Democrats — but a different kind of Democrat. America’s tech entrepreneurs are Democrats not libertarians, but they may be changing the Democratic Party. Why the titans of Silicon Valley — long tied to the Democrats — have been warming up to Trumpism.