Trump’s impulsiveness has again been mistaken for something deeper. Donald Trump is not an independent: In every way that matters, he is a Republican president leading a Republican administration (and more and more). Memo to the New York Times: Donald Trump is a Republican. Why Republicans can’t govern: Trump’s deal with Democrats shows that controlling the White House and Congress isn’t enough. Where Trump’s hands-off approach to governing does not apply. Ian Millhiser on the bleak reason why America is always on the verge of a government shutdown. Maybe the GOP’s angry “base” doesn’t care that much about its legislative failures. A stunning new study shows that Fox News is more powerful than we ever imagined.

The Republican Party is building the electorate that will keep it in power. Bannon plotting primaries against slate of GOP incumbents. “Just because you’re ugly does not mean you are not firmly ensconced in the most rarefied circles of money and power”: Hamilton Nolan on Steve Bannon and the delusional elite.