What Trump is really

Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him. Joshua Knobe on how cognitive science suggests Trump makes us more accepting of the morally outrageous. What Trump is really saying in his tweets: I’m weak. Trump will inherit the biggest NATO buildup in Europe since the Cold War: If Vladimir Putin intervened in the U.S. election to help the NATO-skeptical candidate, the alliance is enhancing its forces anyway. Donald Trump is a media organization. Donald Trump promised to sue all the women accusing him of assault — he has not. Why didn't Russian interference in domestic American affairs backfire on Russia?

President-elect Donald Trump’s targeting of corporations, to make them change their practices, is reminiscent of policies in Italy under dictator Benito Mussolini, according to billionaire bond manager Bill Gross. Donald Trump was bailed out of bankruptcy by Russia crime bosses. Reading news in the age of Trump? Think like a spy. Replying to a Trump tweet is a strange Internet experience you should try. Russia’s D.N.C. hack was only the start. Senator Jim Inhofe accidentally speaks his mind about Trump’s cabinet picks. Masha Gessen on Russia, Trump and flawed intelligence. Trolling as politics: Quinta Jurecic on online harassment under President Trump.

Evan McMullin on how extreme partisanship opens the authoritarian door: History shows us that extreme polarization opens the door to authoritarianism; it’s not too late — but we’re standing right at that door now. Tom Pepinsky on how everyday authoritarianism is boring and tolerable.