Robert Draper on Donald Trump and the fall of the Republican campaign guru. Trump wannabes shake up cable airwaves: Networks reach out, sometimes way out, to find talking heads to defend the GOP poll leader. Kyle Blaine on how Donald Trump bent television to his will. A week on the trail with the “disgusting reporters” covering Donald Trump: Seth Stevenson on what it’s like to write about a candidate who hates you. Jim Rutenberg on the mutual dependence of Donald Trump and the news media. Isaac Chotiner interviews Daniel Okrent: The media is not to blame for creating the Trump monster. Brian Beutler on the Right’s unimaginative effort to escape blame for Trump: #ThanksObama? Daniel Benaim and Perry Cammack on how Trumpism went global.

David Cay Johnston on the real Trump tax scandal. Top experts confounded by advisers to Donald Trump. Trump’s growing list of apostasies puts him at odds with decades of Republican beliefs. Is Donald Trump leading a realignment of the GOP? Maybe not. Jeet Heer on Donald Trump’s huge problem with women. Women hate Donald Trump even more than men hate Hillary Clinton. Meet the women working to take down Trump. Ben Kharakh and Dan Primack on Donald Trump’s social media ties to white supremacists: It’s more than just a couple of retweets. Philip Bump on how race and ethnicity predict the 2016 presidential primaries, visualized. Not all whites are ethnocentric — that also affects our politics. On one campus, a Trump rally leaves scars.

From the Israeli Journal for Humor Research, Beau Shaw (Columbia): Nietzsche, Humor and Masochism. As Obama makes historic visit, is Cuba ready for change? The future of the Spanish language is looking a lot more like English. Is prostitution just another job? Many sex workers think their work should be as legal as accounting — and American society is closer than ever to agreeing with them. Nixon policy advisor admits he invented war on drugs to suppress “anti-war Left and black people”. The leaders of AIPAC, the largest American pro-Israel lobby, distanced themselves from Donald Trump’s attacks on President Barack Obama at their policy conference. FBI may not need Apple’s help with that iPhone after all, nevermind, maybe. Rob Ford is dead: Josh Visser on making sense of a troubled life. Why do we care about sports so much?

From NYRB, if Brussels is the symbol of dysfunction, its lack of a clear identity, its fragmentation, and its flexibility also offer a sense of freedom and possibility — the EU, and perhaps Belgium too, are still experiments, and that might be their greatest strength. Leon Neyfakh on why Belgium is such a hotbed for Islamic terrorism. Michelle Hackman on the most important things to read to understand how Brussels became a terrorism hub (and more). Tara Golshan on how Tintin became the symbol of solidarity in the Brussels attacks. We are all Belgians? Not this time — the sense of Western unity inspired by terror attacks and felt as recently as Paris is gone. Beenish Ahmed on how the Brussels attacks are the latest in a string of deadly attacks around the world this month. From The Monkey Cage, John Sides on what social science can tell us about the terrorist attacks in Belgium; and Henry Farrell on why Europe can’t police terrorism very well.

Aaron Rupar on Donald Trump’s frightening response to the Brussels attacks. Trump all for torturing terror suspects: “He’ll talk faster with the torture”. Peter Holley and Lindsey Bever on why security experts called Donald Trump’s response to the Belgium attacks “preposterous”. Elise Jordan on how Ted Cruz’s counterterrorism strategy is unconstitutional. On Muslim rights, the GOP is now the Trump party: “Cruz’s belief is that subjecting a non-radicalized population to discriminatory policing will prevent rather than cause its radicalization”. Imagine how President Donald Trump or Ted Cruz would respond to the Brussels attacks: You don’t have to, because they spelled it out — scapegoat, close borders, and torture. We need adult leaders: Brussels attack is a sobering reminder of how important it is to have grown-ups in office, not Cruz or Trump. Jamelle Bouie on why terrorism doesn’t help Donald Trump: Americans don’t think he’s ready to defend the country.

John Judis: “I don’t see an end to these, and at the same time I don’t think Americans or Europeans will accept a strategy of letting them play out on the grounds that less people die in terrorist attacks than in highway accidents or bathtub electrocutions. They will strengthen the hand of interventionists, but not sufficiently so that the threat can finally be eliminated rather than exacerbated”.