Zach Carter and Arthur Delaney on how the ACORN scandal seeded today’s nightmare politics. Trump excels at destruction, not deals. Mar-a-Lago isn’t the “Winter White House” — it’s just an embarrassing cash grab. Let them eat Trump Steaks: Paul Krugman on when petty cruelty becomes a principle of government. Pardoning Michael Cohen this early in the Mueller investigation could be trouble for Trump. Follow the money: Three billionaires paved way for Trump’s Iran deal withdrawal. Sheldon Adelson kicks in $30M to stop Democratic House takeover. Billionaires have too much political power. “Train wreck”: Lawyers for past presidents gawk at Trump legal chaos.

“This is happening in broad daylight. Right before our eyes. And nobody is doing anything about it”. White House admits Trump’s infrastructure promise isn’t happening. A taxonomy of Michael Cohen and potential Trump corruption. “People get subpoenas, shit gets real”: What John Edwards should teach the media about covering Trump. David Atkins on the petty bigotry of the Trump administration. Trump’s appointees pledged not to lobby after they leave — now they’re lobbying. Why Trump seems impervious to scandal — for now: Thomas Glasbergen on lessons from an 18th-century English rogue.

Which side are you on? It is educated voters who are making politics more polarized. Stop saying the Trump era is “not normal” or “not who we are” — we’ve been here before: Carlos Lozada reviews The Soul of America by Jon Meacham and Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows. American democracy has faced worse threats than Donald Trump: Ezra Klein on how the golden age of American politics was illiberal, undemocratic, and bloody. The Donald Trump era in America is coming to a close. Trumpism is having its best week ever.