Evan Vucci / AP, New York Times Facebook Live screenshot

Speaking on a New York Times panel Thursday evening, Maggie Haberman discussed the extreme emotions she's observed from President Trump during the campaign and the presidency.

Why it matters: Few people are able to explain Trump as well as Haberman. Known as the 'Trump Whisperer', the paper's White House correspondent often complements her regular coverage with public commentary about the man she has covered dating back to the New York tabloids in the '90s.

The varying degrees of Trump:

Humiliation: "The Access Hollywood tape is the only time in my memory when Donald Trump was humiliated. And he really was humiliated. He does not experience these things the way most people do, but he was then."

  • 'Undone': "When he came downstairs at Trump Tower that day, the day after the tape dropped. He came downstairs and there had been an impromptu rally in front of Trump Tower. And Trump walked out the glass doors unannounced...and he did a power salute and people were pawing...It was really scary because I felt like anything could happen at that moment because he clearly was undone. And the next night was when he brought Bill Clinton's accusers to the debate."

Anger: "The only rally that I can think of that felt really similar to the campaign was Arizona (on August 22). His tone has not been as intense as it has been during the campaign, except for that one...That night he was very angry. That was the night that [the NYT] reported about his feud with Mitch McConnell. And the story broke when he was on Air Force One, he didn't read it. They were trying to keep it from him. And it flashed on TV on Air Force One."

Happiness: "The happiest that I have ever seen him is when he was at Mar-a-Lago because he's sort of relaxed and he's playing greeter. It's like he's hosting a big party. There are aspects of this job that I think he thought were going to be like that. The governing piece has been a challenge."

Go deeper

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
38 mins ago - Economy & Business

The dangerous instability of school re-openings

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Schools across the country have flip-flopped between in-person and remote learning — and that instability is taking a toll on students' ability to learn and their mental health.

The big picture: While companies were able to set long timelines for their return, schools — under immense political and social strain — had to rush to figure out how to reopen. The cobbled-together approach has hurt students, parents and teachers alike.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
49 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Trump doesn't have a second-term economic plan

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Trump has not laid out an economic agenda for his second term, despite the election being just eight days away.

Why it matters: This is unprecedented in modern presidential campaigns, and makes it harder for undecided voters to make an informed choice.

Amy Harder, author of Generate
1 hour ago - Energy & Environment
Column / Harder Line

How Trump’s energy endgame could go

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Expect President Trump to redouble his efforts loosening regulations and questioning climate-change science should he win reelection next month.

Driving the news: A second Trump administration would supercharge efforts by certain states, countries and companies to address global warming. But some wildcards could have a greener tinge.