Why pre-industrial life was anything but paradise (ATI).
'Data-driven' campaigns are killing the Democratic Party (Politico).
The classroom where fake news fails (NPR).
With billions at stake a federal judge just nullified the GOP's most cynical attack on Obamacare (LA Times).
JAMES COMEY HAS SOME EXPLAINING TO DO
The mysterious James Comey (Washington Monthly).
James Comey has some Goddamn explaining to do (GQ).
WHY WE SHOULD BE WORRIED
Trump's refusal to condemn Putin as a 'Killer' (The Atlantic).
'Last night in Sweden'? Trump's remark baffles a nation [and Sweden] (NY Times).
Yemen withdraws permission for U.S. antiterror ground missions (NY Times).
REPORT: Paper trail suggests Trump was paid off to do 180 degree pivot on China policy (Reverb Press).
DEMOCRACY IN PERIL?
North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy (The Hill).
Democracy at the Tipping Point (Spiegel Online).
"We have at most a year to defend American democracy, perhaps less" (SZ International).
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN IT ALL FALLS APART
Paying attention: Senator Elizabeth Warren on Financial Regulation (attn:).
Donald Trump is targeting an agency that has recovered $11.8 billion for consumers (Fortune).
Trump is being handed a great economy/ What happens when it goes wrong (Denver Post).
Non-partisan congressional tax report debunks core conservative economic theory-GOP suppresses study (Forbes).
Trump's OMB pick seems poised to ignite a worldwide financial crisis (Washington Post).
OTHER THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN IT FALLS APART
Day 26: Clusterfuck (WTFjusthappenedtoday).
Trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence (NY Times).
Mike Flynn might be done - but Trump's nightmare has just begun (The Guardian).
Donald Trump's Russia Scandal is Just Getting Started: The White House says Mike Flynn was going rogue, but there's no good reason to believe that (Foreign Policy).
Donald Trump firing Sally Yates isn't the big story. How he did it is (Washington Post).
SERIOUSLY? (and, yeah, they're idiots)
Pro-Trump propaganda outlets are blaming an Obama shadow government for massive anti-Trump protests (Media Matters).
GOP congressman urges self-rationing of human health care after Obamacare repeal (Huffingpost).
After bullying remarks about environmentalists and immigrants, Rep. Tom McClintock calls for 'civil discussion' (Michael Hiltzik/LA Times).
Shoker! Rediculous choker Trump attaks and dishoners English with ever-dummer spellings (San Jose Mercury News / Dana Milbank).
White House official repeated massive lie that should worry you (attn:).
YEAH, THEY'RE MISINFORMED CLOWNS TOO
U.S. Military sources claim Trump approved Yemen strike without enough preparation (New York Magazine).
Trump says terror attacks 'under-reported': is that true? (BBC).
Donald Trump was right, there was a recent attack in Sweden. By Neo-Nazis on a refugee centre (Independent).
Anderson Cooper shuts down the White House's terrorism list in just 45 seconds (Huffington Post).
Trump's entire campaign was a bait-and-switch: Washington's a mess, and it's all the president's fault (Salon).
OH, YEAH, THEY'RE ALSO NAZIS
How White House advisor Stephen Miller went from pestering Hispanic students to designing Trump's immigration policy (Univision).
Here's a list of 39 white terrorists for the smug congressman who challenged CNN to name more than two (Slate).
White Baton Rouge judge calls black woman the N-word at local restaurant (The Root / WBZR2).
Texas high school students make Nazi salute and shout 'Hail Trump' in senior class photos (Raw Story).
In mapping the Holocaust, a horrifying lesson in Nazi "paths to persecution" (PBS).
Breathless in Bakersfield: is the worst air pollution in the US about to get worse [yes]? (The Guardian).
How the welfare state helped make America what it is today (ati).
Rachel Carson: The American Experience (PBS)