Why did Russia become such a big issue only after November? In part because of who won. Trump spilling secrets to Russia is another damning indictment of 2016 emails coverage. Richard Clarke on why everyone warned about Trump’s Russia ties couldn’t believe their eyes. Why the Russia investigation matters and why you should care. Why does President Trump stay loyal to Michael Flynn? The many ways Trump has tried to intervene in the Russia investigation, in one chart. How a prosecutor might use Trump’s pattern of behavior to show he obstructed justice. Trump should be scared, Comey friend Benjamin Wittes says.

William H. J. Hubbard (Chicago): Quantum Economics, Newtonian Economics, and Law. Mixing politics and sports: James M. Dorsey on Turkish soccer campaigns for President Erdogan. Josh Barro on the Gianforte body-slam and how the GOP is stuck in a high-school mindset. Trump reportedly wants to stop Germans from selling so many cars here, where they’re made. The introduction to Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works, ed. Nina Bandelj, Frederick F. Wherry and Viviana A. Zelizer. Washington Post, breaking news, is also breaking new ground. Why the last few weeks have been full of evening bombshell news reports. Sick of being shocked by the news? Don’t worry, it will get worse.

Ted Galen Carpenter on NATO’s real alliance dilemma. Trump isn’t a huge fan of NATO — but his complaints are off target. Trump’s speech to NATO left out the two words allies wanted to hear. Don’t forget: Trump is brazenly lying about NATO. The fix is in; NATO is out. “Close to a disaster”: Foreign policy scholar explains massive damage done by Trump’s NATO speech. No, Trump can’t get through a trip without creating chaos. Trump’s behavior at NATO is a national embarrassment.

Frank Houston: “I was at FoxNews.com during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. It created a monster”. Is Fox News part of the mainstream media? It depends. Is a civil war brewing inside Fox? After Megyn Kelly’s departure, Fox News benefitted from the ascendance of older white men — but now, the network is roiling from a new scandal. Roger Ailes was one of the worst Americans ever: Fox News founder made this the hate-filled, moronic country it is today. Fire Sean Hannity: His obsession with the Seth Rich conspiracy theory should be the last straw (and more). The Seth Rich conspiracy shows how fake news still works.