Jessica M Isserow (ANU): On Having Bad Persons as Friends. Jose M. de Areilza on Spain’s resilient democracy. Countries agree on Pacific trade pact that excludes US (and more). Trump’s “America first” looks more and more like “America alone”. Security breach and spilled secrets have shaken the N.S.A. to its core. What to make of the latest story about Flynn and Gulen? Flynn kidnapping plot is like Teapot Dome with a dash of treason. It’s our best chance ever for a carbon tax, and we’re blowing it. Trump denies he has interfered in AT&T–Time Warner merger. Proposed US tax reform “devastating” for Puerto Rico. “A different level of crazy”: Is civil war breaking out in the Wall Street Journal over the editorial board’s coverage of Mueller?

Is Trump really dumb enough to believe Putin? Ex-intelligence chiefs: Trump is being played by Putin and US is in “peril”. Russia’s mark: A dangerous fool for a president. “These are not the actions of an innocent man”: Trump’s after-the-fact complicity in Russia’s election meddling is abundantly clear (and more). Cambridge Analytica denies working with Russia, unconvincingly. RT, Russia’s English-language propaganda outlet, will register as a “foreign agent”.