It won’t post until later this evening, but you should be sure to check out tonight’s episode of Trumpcast. The episode will feature a recording of “Not the New Normal: How the Media Should Cover the Trump Presidency,” a panel discussion between Slate Group chief Jacob Weisberg, New Yorker editor David Remnick, new Huffington Post editor Lydia Polgreen, and Univision Digital editor Borja Echevarría. It was pretty bracing.
- Jamelle Bouie: Now can we start taking Donald Trump literally?
- Yascha Mounk: The three scariest moments from the Trump administration’s first week.
- Trump’s vote fraud investigation will give the GOP license to ramp up its campaign of disenfranchisement.
- In this year’s Oscar nominations, Aisha Harris writes, the academy honored an unprecedented number of black artists and filmmakers—and ended the practice of “only nominating films about black people that have to do with The Struggle.”
- Two great pieces on the influence of Mary Tyler Moore—on two generations of female TV characters (by Willa Paskin) and on wanting to grow up to be a single working woman (by Dana Stevens).
Not From Slate
- Slatester Michelle Goldberg points out that Donald Trump—“this profane, thrice-married Manhattan sybarite”—has repaid his Christian conservative backers by appointing “a near-theocratic administration.”
- Adam Gopnik on rereading 1984: “Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power.”
- I slept on this because I didn’t think I wanted to read about letters to the president but that turned out to be a mistake and the piece is about, as they say, so much more.
- It is in fact time for some game theory, and Brian Beutler’s analysis of the suicide pact between Trump and the GOP is pretty convincing.
And Don’t Forget
- The final episode of a Year of Great Books, in which John Dickerson talks to Laura Miller about Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.
- The first episode of Fascism: A Slate Academy, in which Rebecca Onion, June Thomas, and Joshua Keating read up on Mussolini.
- Our fresh new newsletter This Week in Trump, in which Daniel Politi gathers seven days of corruption and authoritarianism and ties it all in a neat weekly package for you.
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