It’s now likely Mueller thinks Trump obstructed justice. Trump tried to fire Mueller — so what? 12 legal experts on what they think the special counsel will do next. Timothy L. O'Brien: “I’ve watched Trump testify under oath. It isn’t pretty”. Trump expects Justice Department to serve him, not justice. The Mueller confrontation that Republicans were trying to avoid has just arrived. GOPers dismissed bills to protect Mueller last year — they still face long odds. Greg Sargent on Trump and the great GOP abdication. Trump displays contempt for democratic norms — that is frightening enough in its own right; that the Republican Party appears determined to follow his lead portends disaster.


Tiffany Jones (Macquarie): Trump, Trans Students and Transnational Progress. Steve Wynn is a shining example of Republican hypocrisy: Unless Republicans give all his money back, their Harvey Weinstein outrage was — shock — all just an act (and more). Deep in Clinton country, voters stand by their candidate. From Mythos, Sophia Richards interviews Jia Tolentino. France rethinks honor for Charles Maurras, condemned as anti-Semite. Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases. At Davos, Trump became a leader the global 1% can learn to love. Lessons from the election of 1968: Protests, populism, and progressivism all clashed in a battle royal — but what really drives election results?


Academe on the auction block: David V. Johnson on thinking at the behest of a new patron class. Charles Koch gave $50 million to higher ed in 2016 — what did he buy? Suspicious relationship between the Koch brothers and Utah university raises eyebrows. A foundation overseen by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch is making major investments in foreign policy programs at elite American universities. Koch-funded academics bring free-market ideology to the Trump administration. A conservative nonprofit that seeks to transform college campuses faces allegations of racial bias and illegal campaign activity. Koch institute to conservatives: Don’t be snowflakes.

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