“Mind the sequence: First, Trump watches a Fox News segment”: Erik Wemple on how Fox News is now forging U.S. foreign policy. Donald Trump is the Bizarro Noam Chomsky: The president shares the left-wing view that America is a brutal imperialist power — but he thinks there's nothing wrong with that. Quit calling Donald Trump an isolationist — he is a militarist, something far worse. Trump has no foreign policy: There's no such thing as a Trump Doctrine, folks — just an incoherent mess. Trump’s grand strategic train wreck: Believe it or not, the president has a grand strategy — but it's a nightmarish mess. The Trump administration’s foreign policy is running so smoothly.

Michael Flynn, General Chaos: What the removal of Flynn as the national-security adviser reveals about Donald Trump’s White House. Classified memo tells intelligence analysts to keep Trump's daily brief short. Trump ignores “the grown-ups” in his Cabinet: Foreign policy chiefs struggle to influence a wobbly White House. What should U.S. military leaders do if the president provokes a major international crisis? New praetorianism: A fetish for generals has seized the nation — and America is careening toward disaster.

Does New York State have a copy of President Trump’s federal returns? Any state with a copy of those returns could choose to share them with Congress. China violated its own law to grant Trump a trademark: China’s Valentine’s Day present to Trump could put him in legal jeopardy. Donald Trump may have just committed an impeachable offense. Democrats seek to quell Trump impeachment talk: Party leaders caution against rushing into a political trap. New York attorney general reviewing request to bring action to dissolve Trump Organization: An alternate legal route, when impeachment isn’t possible. How can we get rid of Trump? There’s a simple (legal) way to replace a president — but it has never been attempted. Why the 25th Amendment is suddenly getting so much attention.

The Jacksonian revolt: Walter Russell Mead on American populism and the liberal order. Is Trump a populist? Max Sawicky on the ambitions of the Right and of the Left. Trump, a populist? Stress test of a concept. Why Donald Trump really is a populist. The populist ploy: Win McCormack revisits Irving Kristol, the conservative thinker who predicted Trump's rise. Silvia Killingsworth on all the people who predicted Donald Trump: A listicle without commentary. Populist correctness is the new PC culture of Trump's America and Brexit Britain: Rightwing snowflakes are offended by everything from Kermit to holiday greetings and Starbucks cups.

"It's the power that does something to me": Dispatches from the Saturday night Trump rally. Trumped and abandoned: Susan Faludi on the angry white male in the political wilderness. Does Trump's support have a ceiling or a floor?

Mathilde Cohen (UConn): The Lactating Man. Betsy DeVos’s brother, the founder of Blackwater, is setting up a private army for China, sources say. Masha Gessen writes in praise of hypocrisy: The president makes a bittersweet concession to an American norm. Reality begins to set in on Obamacare — for both sides. Bullshitting jobs: Benjamin Noys reviews Working the Phones: Control and Resistance in Call Centres by Jamie Woodcock. The downfall of YouTube’s biggest star is a symptom of a bigger illness: The schadenfreude over YouTube star Felix Kjellberg’s sudden fall from grace overlooks a much bigger, more insidious pattern of young men testing boundaries in the angriest corners of the Internet.

Donald Trump thinks he’s good at being president. Trump, an outsider demanding loyalty, struggles to fill top posts. Thread: “Lot of speculation these days about how #Trump Admin will manage a REAL crisis, given its high level of baseline chaos. Let's dive in”. The great government breakdown has begun: Trump is exercising zero restraint, and Republicans aren't stopping him — four years from now, the damage might be irreparable. Thread: “Lessons I learned from Greece #1: abysmal incompetence of populist government leads many to mistaken belief it will be over quickly”. David Brooks on what a failed Trump administration looks like. “After this is all over, I never, ever want to hear again about how businessmen would run the government better than politicians”.

From a constitutional and moral perspective, the country now faces a momentous question: How far did the Russian penetration of Trump's campaign go? Matthew Yglesias on 33 questions about Donald Trump and Russia: There's an awful lot of loose ends here. Trump’s Russia motives: He has business ties, political ties and ideological ties to Putin’s Russia, and it’s up to the Senate and the F.B.I. to clarify them. Evelyn Farkas was the Pentagon's top Russia expert — now she wants Trump independently investigated. Republicans used to fear Russians — here's what they think now.

"The intervention was a surefire winner": Trump's presidency has created the "unbelievable turmoil" Putin wanted all along. Kremlin tells media to cut back on fawning Trump coverage, sources say. Our Putin: Don't worry too much about whether Trump and the Russian leader are working together — worry about what they have in common.

Alexander Anievas (UConn) and Kerem Nisancioglu (SOAS): How Did the West Usurp the Rest? Origins of the Great Divergence over the Longue Duree. How Europe became so rich: In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth — how? Guido Alfani on the top rich in Europe in the long run of history (1300 to present day): "Throughout this time, the only significant declines in inequality were the result of the Black Death and the World Wars". The first chapter from A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy by Joel Mokyr (and more).

Slavery as free trade: The 18th-century thinkers behind laissez-faire economics saw slavery as a great example of global free trade. There's a bitter new battle over whether slave torture was the foundation of the American economy (and more). Shackles and dollars: Historians and economists clash over slavery. The pain of the past: Lessons from a fight between economists and historians.