From DC Report, what do you call a plutocratic, fake-populist party? Of course, one could say they already have a name — Republicans. The GOP made Trump more conservative — but Trump’s also making the GOP more conservative. Trump has no infrastructure plan — blame the GOP. The GOP deficit scam will never die. Budgets, bad faith and “balance”: These days, the G.O.P. basically lies about everything. Republicans aren’t hypocrites — they just have flawed principles. “A foreign adversary attacked our democracy, and Republicans don’t care because their guy won. Easily the most disgraceful act of partisanship in modern history”.

“Trump’s bottomless depravity is endorsed and enabled by McConnell, Ryan and the congressional GOP. Each day not focused on flipping Congress and statehouses is a day lost to Trumpism”. Where do Republicans go from here? It’s hard to see how it continues to function as a normal political party past 2021.

Is anyone listening? Trump accuser Rachel Crooks keeps asking herself that — but she plans to keep talking about that day in 2006. Lost in Russia, and internal intrigue, and FBI trashing and mean tweets: Donald Trump is confronting a slow-moving sex scandal that would easily sink most politicians and presidents. Don’t forget about Trump’s sex life. How friends of Trump use legal hell to silence women. Molly Redden on how Keith Davidson, the Hollywood lawyer for Trump’s mistresses, turns celebrity sex scandals into cash. Payouts, intimidation and the tabloids: Beyond facilitating a $130,000 payment to silence a pornographic film actress, Donald Trump’s lawyer spent years making aggressive behind-the-scenes efforts to protect him.

What if voters don’t care about infidelity at all? Why evangelicals support Trump, despite his immorality.

From the Journal of Somaesthetics, a special issue on Bodies of Belief and Bodies of Care. How many threats can the FBI evaluate on a daily basis? Former Google employee James Damore on the case for diversity. “I really don’t understand the mindset of liberals sometimes”. What the Olympics can teach us about a better kind of nationalism. Ban the Olympics: They encourage profligate spending and help dictators burnish their prestige — who needs them? Brendan O’Connor on how Rebekah Mercer is full of shit. Mohsen Soldhoost on Trump’s House of Saud: A constellation of business warriors. Yet another study shows women can safely self-induce abortion — when given proper information.

Trump’s first year in office was so bad that scholars already rank him as the worst president ever. The first chapter from The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment, ed. Julian E. Zelizer.

Trump’s Miss Universe gambit: For years, he used his beauty pageants to boost business interests abroad — a 2013 contest, in Moscow, may also have helped give him the presidency. Reckoning with Trump’s illegitimacy: It is wildly plausible that the crimes of Russian interference tipped the election to Donald Trump. Trump has not directed the FBI to address Russian meddling in 2018. It’s clear: Donald Trump welcomes Russia’s subversion of our democracy. Is Donald Trump a traitor? Americans must live with the uncertainty of not knowing whether Trump has the best interests of the United States or those of Russia at heart.

Neal Katyal and Kenneth Starr on a better way to protect Mueller. D.R. Tucker on the moral necessity of impeaching Trump (and part 2). Quinta Jurecic on how institutions can’t save America from Trump.

David Yamane, Sebastian Ivory, and Paul Yamane (Wake Forest): The Rise of Self-Defense in Gun Advertising: The American Rifleman, 1918-2017. Rob Cox on the popping of the gun bubble. Men and guns: Are masculinity and firearms inextricably linked? Moanin’: Jeffrey C. Isaac on gun violence in the United States. Meet the new leaders of the gun control movement: “We have to be the adults in this situation because clearly people have failed us”. The Stoneman Douglas Students are the new faces of gun reform. Republicans may finally be feeling the heat on guns. It’s not too much to hope for a crack in the NRA wall. Alec MacGillis on how political pessimism helps doom tougher gun laws: Saying “nothing will change” has empowered the NRA and ignores its declining punch.