Howard Stern: Trump wants to be loved, presidency will be “detrimental” to his mental health. “Up is down”: Trump’s unreality show echoes his business past. Sean Illing interviews Matt Taibbi, author of Insane Clown President: Dispatches From the 2016 Circus, on Donald Trump’s strange appeal: “He’s what a lot of Americans would be if they had a billion dollars”. Conservatives are losing their base to Trump. Trump already has socked away more than $7 million for his 2020 reelection. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee agenda for the next two years includes no planned inquiries into the Trump organization’s global entanglements and the potential for conflicts of interest.

After 2 weeks, voters yearn for Obama: Less than 2 weeks into Donald Trump's tenure as President, 40% of voters already want to impeach him. Eric Posner on the Nixon-Trump comparison: There is, of course, the psychological dimension, but the real connection goes deeper still. Distrust in Trump’s White House spurs leaks, confusion: “Agency officials have been specifically directed to not tell others outside Trump world about their plans, people with knowledge of the conversations say”. The anonymous pro-Trump “Decius” now works inside the White House: Michael Anton is a senior national-security official for President Trump (and more).

Are we really stuck with President Donald Trump? Rosa Brooks wonders. President Donald Trump's actions like a “military coup”, says expert on fascism Ruth Ben-Ghiat. Erica Chenoweth on how it may only take 3.5% of the population to topple a dictator — with civil resistance. 48 hours of defiance: How President Trump unleashed a wave of dissent. Carlos Lozada reviews What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump’s America, ed. Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians; and The Trump Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living Through What You Hoped Would Never Happen by Gene Stone. Liberals on the edge of a nervous breakdown: Dissecting the latest viral Trump conspiracy theories.

Evan McMullin is trying to save democracy: The former C.I.A. operative and failed Presidential candidate has become an unlikely civic superego for the age of Trump. Democracy is holding up, for now: Despite Trump’s blatant assaults on American ideals, our institutions and people are refusing to give in without a fight.

W. Bradley Wendel (Cornell): Government Lawyers in the Trump Administration. What does Donald Trump need for a successful presidency? Bureaucrats. First, destroy the federal workforce, then rule like an autocrat: The bureaucracy is one of the last things standing in Donald Trump's way. Trump’s enemies within: The president has awakened the slumbering beast that felled presidents before him — the federal bureaucracy. Resistance from within: Federal workers push back against Trump. Fog over Foggy Bottom: The foreign policy establishment challenges Trump. The nervous civil servant's guide to defying an illegal order: The law's on your side — but you should give a lawyer a call before you say no to Donald Trump.

Gunter Graf and Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg): “Poor Fat Kids”: Social Justice at the Intersection of Obesity and Poverty in Childhood. The Australian refugee deal that has Donald Trump so angry, explained. What the “profoundly anti-democratic” global gag rule means for international public health: Kate Steiker-Ginzberg interviews Giselle Carino of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region. Google, in post-Obama era, aggressively woos Republicans. Libby Copeland reviews Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt. This is what Milo Yiannopoulos wants: He desperately wants to be seen as “dangerous”. Bill Maher isn’t high on Trump: The state of free speech in a new era.

“Imagine if Obama had nominated a Justice who had founded a high school Black Power club or a communist party group. #FascismForever” Democrats should not fear the nuclear option: Why liberals have every reason to fight the Gorsuch nomination to the hilt, filibuster be damned. “It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a neoconfederate hack”.

Donald Trump’s tough talk will not bring US jobs back: China played an insignificant role in the decline of manufacturing. Trading in Trump’s lies: Anyone who claims that the collapse of US manufacturing employment resulted from “bad” trade deals is playing the fool. Trump’s administration has a new target on trade — and it’s not China or Mexico (and more). Dani K. Nedal and Daniel H. Nexon on why Trump won't get the best deals: Mind the gaps in world power. Trump’s trade agenda is on a collision course with his rural voters’ economic interests. What did NAFTA really do? Dani Rodrik investigates. The missing dimension in the NAFTA debate. Trump backlash turns Mexicans against Nafta.

Dean Baker on a trade war everyone can win: “Mexico could announce that it would no longer enforce U.S. patents and copyrights on its soil”. U.S. and Mexico appear to take first steps toward renegotiating NAFTA, document suggests. Keep Mexico weird: Where Mexico stands out is in foreign relations.

The alt-Right comes to Washington: A new generation of nationalists sees a chance to ride Donald Trump’s coattails into the capital — but first they need to do some serious re-branding. This alt-Right investigations site may have ties to the Trump administration: Meet WeSearchr, the crowd-funded site trying to get to the bottom of the Richard Spencer punch and Pizzagate. The weakening of the “alt-Right”: How infighting and doxxing are taking a toll. The FBI has quietly investigated white supremacist infiltration of law enforcement: Bureau policies have been crafted to take into account the active presence of domestic extremists in U.S. police departments.

Trump wants less scrutiny on violent white supremacists: Instead, the exclusive focus of a Homeland Security program would be Islamic extremism. Trump’s silence on white supremacist terror is political correctness run amok: In the case of Donald Trump and white supremacist violence, the president’s reluctance to name the threat really does reflect a disinterest in combatting it. Steve Bannon is turning Trump into an ethno-nationalist ideologue: The top adviser is providing a coherent political philosophy for the president's scattered ideas. Is Steve Bannon the second most powerful man in the world? Steve Bannon’s first major play is shaping up as a full-blown fiasco. Is Steve Bannon’s role on the National Security Council actually unprecedented?