There are still ways to prevent a Trump presidency — but that’s not going to happen. Are Democrats wasting their time taking on the Electoral College? Long-shot efforts to stop Donald Trump or change the election system risk taking up time and energy with little to show at the end. Sorry, Al Gore: Support for the popular vote is historically low. The only way Democrats can win the 2020 redistricting fight: Fighting gerrymandering the wrong way could make it worse. Harry Reid is remarkably blase about the current state of the Democratic Party. Why Harry Reid is right that Democrats shouldn’t panic. Democrats need to pick a leader — now. Democrats have questions — Elizabeth Warren has answers.

From the Journal of Tolkien Research, Helen Young (La Trobe): Digital Gaming and Tolkien, 1976-2015. Is there still hope for Turkish democracy? South Koreans are showing the world how protests can work: Strong democracies outlive scandals. Meet the brave, audacious, astonishing women who built the Standing Rock movement. How religious conservatives unwittingly laid the groundwork to help Native Americans save their land. Donald Trump to remain executive producer on "Celebrity Apprentice". How to hide $400 million: When a wealthy businessman set out to divorce his wife, their fortune vanished — the quest to find it would reveal the depths of an offshore financial system bigger than the U.S. economy.

Abby Ohlheiser on how the war against fake news backfired. There's a psychological reason for the appeal of fake news: We tend to trust our friends more than experts — now we're paying for it. Asma Khalid on what it was like as a Muslim to cover the election. CNN reporter MJ Lee felt like a “new person” after switch from Trump to Clinton. The Washington Post honors David Fahrenthold with inaugural Ben Bradlee Prize.

From Pew Research Center, a special report on Donald Trump’s transition to the White House. Trump’s transition team “is like Game of Thrones”. Trump taps anti-worker fast-food CEO Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary, a middle finger to wage-earners (and more). We’re about to find out how much Trump’s base really cares about immigration: “if picking a ‘pro-amnesty’ GOP donor for Labor secretary doesn’t spark a backlash from Trump’s broader base, it’s hard to imagine what could”. Chuck Jones: “I’m the union leader Donald Trump attacked. I’m tired of being lied to about our jobs”. Charles Blow on Trump: Madman of the Year.

Trump is already implementing an autocratic foreign policy: His Taiwan call and other moves signal a shift from multilateral alliances to bilateral dealmaking — and it could destabilize the world. Trump thinks top U.S. officials politicized evidence of Russian election interference (and more). “Trump took Russia's side over the US. Our new president is literally un-American”. Will allegations of Russian interference get Congress’ attention? Democrats intensify push for probe of Russian meddling in 2016 campaign.

Alexander Chee: “Why yes, it does ‘look’ like he's planning the dissolution of each dept of the government, and that he's surrounding himself with generals”. Stassa Edwards on the virility of fascists: “The alt-right — as all historic fascism — fundamentally relies on the masculine white body to signify its core tenets”. A practical beauty guide to fighting fascism.