Amanda Carpenter: “I’m a Republican. Why is my party gaslighting America?” Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins Jr. discovers Trump defense to end all Trump defenses. Poof — there goes Republicans’ favorite conspiracy theory about the FBI. The real aim of the Nunes memo is the Mueller investigation. The “law and order” party has unleashed an extraordinary attack on law enforcement. Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre is happening right before our eyes. Nancy LeTourneau on Trump’s latest strategy for dealing with the Mueller investigation. If Robert Mueller is fired, the Russia probe could continue. What living in a dictatorship feels like, and why it may be too late by the time you notice it.

Horst Eidenmueller (Oxford): The Rise of Robots and the Law of Humans. From Foreign Affairs, a special issue on how nations confront the evils of history. What’s behind rich people pretending to be self-made: Americans reflexively link hard work with reward, but what happens as the two become ever more disconnected? The first chapter from The Oceans: A Deep History by Eelco J. Rohling. The problem with calling Harvey Weinstein ugly: Body-shaming men is deeply unprogressive — even if they’re accused of sex crimes. We are what we read: John Sutherland reviews The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization by Martin Puchner; and The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home by Abigail Williams.

Frank Jannuzi: “I don’t spook easily. I was trained to do military analysis, specializing in East Asia — China, North Korea, Vietnam. I am more worried today than at any point since 1994 DPRK nuclear crisis. US stands on the precipice of a catastrophic mistake on the Korean Peninsula”.

Trump’s “unity” speech was actually extremely partisan. Michael Harriot on the top 10 racist dog whistles hidden in Trump’s State of the Union address. David Duke loved this line in Trump’s State of the Union. Signature line from Trump’s speech is already a white nationalist rallying cry. Donald Trump is a Great Communicator, too: The president might not be a conventional speaker, but he’s getting his message across to the people who matter to him. Communicator breakdown: Trump’s fledgling State of the Union deliberately sought to conceal a multitude of sins. Donald Trump has no solutions for America’s big problems. Donald Trump just asked Congress to end the rule of law.