America’s pathetic autocrat: Donald Trump’s authoritarian instincts have been checked by his incompetence. Jennifer Rubin on Trump’s latest impeachable actions. “Just do it”: Trump urged tribal leaders to ignore federal law. “The saddest thing”: President Trump acknowledges constraint. Josh Marshall on Trump and the authoritarianism of fails. Amy Davidson Sorkin on Jeff Flake and the G.O.P.’s complicity problem. Charles Sykes on Hugh Hewitt and the GOP’s captive minds. Trump’s CIA director is distorting intelligence to help his boss. Standing on the edge of despotism: Are Republicans content to wait until Trump steps off that precipice to figure out what comes next? Brian Klaas on the four futures of Trump (and American democracy).

Breitbart aims to discredit Roy Moore’s accusers. All the appalling ways Republicans are defending Roy Moore. In Alabama, Republican voters stand by Roy Moore. Why Alabamans are defending Roy Moore: Partisanship often overrides religious or moral values in the state — but Moore’s scandal could be a new litmus test. Why evangelicals can’t quit Roy Moore. The curious defenses of Roy Moore betray the evangelical culture of child sexual abuse. The swine of conservatism: Ross Douthat on Roy Moore and the distinctive predators of cultural conservatism. “Donald Trump Jr. liked a tweet saying someone with multiple divorces and three bankruptcies wasn't credible. Donald. Trump. Jr”. Brian Beutler on a party unmoored. Roy Moore response shows GOP deserves to die.

Could Russian trolls have helped elect Donald Trump? The reach and messaging of Russian web content could plausibly have affected the outcome. The strange pleasure of seeing Carter Page set himself on fire. Vinay Nayak and Samuel Breidbart on how issuing pardons could end Trump’s presidency. The Trump administration’s looming political crisis: It’s been a chaotic year since the election — but the Mueller investigation signals that the most eventful days are still ahead. Republicans say firing Mueller is the only way to prevent a “coup”.

“My 2018 nightmare: overwhelming evidence of Trump Russia collusion/corruption, but he remains in office bc GOP won’t act; this leads to overwhelming wave election in midterms, but gerrymandering/geographic concentration means Rs retain control of Congress. US democracy dies”.