Shawn Musgrave and Matthew Nussbaum on how Trump thrives in “news deserts”. Trump fought fire legislation and refused to install sprinklers on residential floors of Trump Tower. “Someone died, you asshole”: Trump blasted for not acknowledging Trump Tower fire victim. Trump’s trade war conveniently targets Ivanka’s fashion competitors. Jared Kushner’s $1.2 billion miracle: Someone is doing Jared Kushner a huge favor — but we don't know who. If Trump really wants to go after Amazon, he has options. Trump’s favorite tactic: Criminalizing his critics. Why can’t Trump find legal help? Trump, the president, isn’t such a great businessman. Michelle Goldberg on the conspiracy theory that says Trump is a genius. Trump believes his own delusions, regardless of the facts. Trump staffers are freaking out even more than usual right now.

The Trumpification of the GOP is complete: Republican voters primarily care if their candidates agree with President Trump — even as the president diverges from a typical conservative agenda, the demand for loyalty is becoming even more intense. Trump has turned millions of Americans into activists.

James Jones (Rutgers): Racing through the Halls of Congress: The “Black Nod” as an Adaptive Strategy for Surviving in a Raced Institution. Have academics finally found the perfect meme? Conspiracy theorists are using YouTube to deny the YouTube shooting ever happened. Adrian Chen on Nasim Aghdam, the YouTube shooting, and the anxiety of demonetization. Thanassis Cambanis on the logic of Assad’s brutality. Another strike on Syria could be coming: Trump calls out Putin for Syrian chemical-weapons attack. The Kevin Williamson saga is raising a question anti-abortion folk would just as soon keep quiet. The post-World War II order is under assault from the powers that built it. Employees at U.S. government-backed independent media agency Broadcasting Board of Governors fear a pro-Trump “coup”.

Umair Irfan on 3 environmental regulations Scott Pruitt has been dismantling amid his scandals. In his haste to roll back rules, Scott Pruitt, E.P.A. chief, risks his agenda. How “effective” is Scott Pruitt, really? Michael Grunwald on the myth of Scott Pruitt’s EPA rollback. Emily Holden goes inside the EPA: “It’s just a slow-motion train wreck”. AP reports EPA’s Pruitt spent millions on security, travel. Why are Republicans defending Scott Pruitt? His ouster would make it easier to deregulate pretty much everything. D.R. Tucker on the moral depravity of the Right’s defense of Scott Pruitt. Pruitt is the Right’s trial run for ignoring Mueller. Tribalism put Scott Pruitt in power — it may not be enough to save him. Let’s meet Scott Pruitt’s potential replacements. Trump says Pruitt is doing a “great job”, ignores all of the scandals this week.