Here is a simple explanation of Trump’s Russia scandal. Trump’s Russia scandal is becoming a corruption scandal. Trump is reportedly building a “war room” to defuse his scandals. We’re far past any question of a cover-up or an attempt to kill the investigation — we have almost too much evidence, too many positive acts. Trump is destroying his own presidency: Trump has no one to blame for his endangered presidency but himself. Donald Trump’s paths all lead down: Here are four things the president capable of anything could very well do as the walls close in on him. How does this end? Four alternatives for the scandal-plagued presidency of Donald Trump.

Trump’s budget is the real scandal. Paul Ryan’s agenda has been a much bigger liability for the GOP than Trump’s scandals.


Trump discovers the dangers of governing at daredevil speed. Trump is trying to run the government like his business — that’s why he’s failing. Trump stokes fears of how he’d handle real crisis: After chaotic, self-inflicted week many fear chaos Trump can’t control. The mercurial presidency: Bob Bauer on Trump and the governing crisis. Trump could damage public trust in government for generations: His actions threaten public trust not just in his administration but in the White House as an institution. Will the presidency survive this president? Trump’s recklessness may force Congress or the courts to constrain him, diminishing the power of the office.

Welcome back to history, America: The truly marvelous thing in historical perspective is not that someone like Donald Trump is president, but that for nearly 250 years we had an America in which it was literally unthinkable that someone like Donald Trump would be president.


Heather Alexander (Tilburg) and Jonathan Simon (NYU): No Port, No Passport: Why Submerged States Can Have No Nationals. Jennifer Gabrys on her book Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet. The violence of Erdogan’s bodyguards in Washington DC is Turkey’s new normal. The colonialism of the present: Glen Coulthard on the connection between indigenous and anticapitalist struggles. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on “The Decennial Census: Issues for 2020”. The U.S. census is in trouble — this is why it’s crucial to what the nation knows about itself (and more). Lawrence Mishel is stepping down as president of the Economic Policy Institute — a bittersweet moment for leftist economics.

Trump just released his budget and it breaks a lot of promises. Critics say Trump’s proposed military buildup isn’t happening — wait until 2019, the Pentagon says. Here’s how to tell that Donald Trump’s budget doesn’t care at all about poor people (and more). Trump releases budget hitting his own voters hardest. Trump’s budget is simply ludicrous: The Trump administration has not yet made a significant economic pronouncement that meets a minimal standard of competence and honesty (and more).


Jason Zengerle goes inside Corey Lewandowski’s failed romp in Trump’s swamp. The Trump administration has declared war on the Office of Government Ethics (and more). Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is trying to fill a leadership vacuum in his department by increasingly recruiting financial industry executives for senior positions that come with a perk: A title that doesn’t require Senate confirmation. 20 years ago, H.R. McMaster wrote a cautionary tale — now he risks becoming one. Scandals are making the White House impossible to staff. Your city or your soul: Quinta Jurecic on moral compromise and government service. Trump’s staff are a bunch of special snowflakes who deserve no pity.

Trump’s values are abhorrent to the Federalist Society of conservative lawyers — that doesn’t stop them from helping him. The madness of the Trumpist intellectuals: How can well-read thinkers continue to defend the abrupt, absurd decisions of a leader who doesn’t read at all?


Trump’s biggest boosters are beginning to doubt the Donald. Trump loyalists pay little heed to revelations rocking DC (and more). Fox News is preventing the GOP from inoculating itself against Trump. Will Trump be removed from office? White House aides begin looking for new jobs during Russia scandal. If you work for Trump, it’s time to quit (and more). G.O.P. highlights alternate legislative universe as Trump’s woes pile up. GOP fears Trump will take the Republican Party down with him. Republicans are as tainted by the Russia scandal as Trump. Brennan’s explosive testimony just made it harder for the GOP to protect Trump.

What’s the matter with Republicans? Given the character of the Republican Party, we’d be well on the way to autocracy if the man in the White House had even slightly more self-control.

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