For all the readers who hate President Trump and see his first 100 days as an epic failure, step back in time for a moment, to election night.
After you wiped away the tears, you wallowed in your fears: Trump would deport immigrants, start erecting a massive wall, unload a clown car of sycophants at every federal agency. He would wage war with NATO and start a trade war with China. America, as we know it, would crumble.
Well, the first 100 days have been a wild reality show, full of bombast and intrigue. But, if you separate hot rhetoric from lukewarm action, your worst nightmares did not materialize.
America First, it turns out, looks a lot like conventional conservatism. This could easily be the first 100 days of a President Mike Pence:
Coming attraction: Keepers of the classic Trumpian campaign flame claim more wins to come in their war of ideas, especially on trade. But the momentum is with the mainstream.
Sound smart: Maybe the people who should be most hacked off about the first 100 days are those who wanted radical change and got conventional results.
Relive the magic: CNN compiled the nearly 600 Trump-related news alerts it sent in the first 99 days.
Just posted ... The White House's 3-minute video, "President Trump's First 100 Days," including a pastiche of cable news clips ("He's pretty close to perfect"), backed by soaring music.
Rough speaking fees for former presidents who are on the circuit:
Note: These are averages — it's more if speech is overseas; less if it's local.
Bonus scoop: Michelle Obama books for $200,000.
Double bonus: Hard to imagine Hillary not going back out — if not for the money, for the people, attention and crowds. It's not good to lower your "fee," but that doesn't mean she won't accept lower offers.
The profitable, influential, seemingly impregnable Fox News is suddenly vulnerable.
In a massive disruption for right-wing media, Fox talent is on the market, the purge of the old-boy clique may continue, and there's huge internal paranoia about further lawsuits and revelations.
On top of that, there are episodic pushes from the next generation of Murdoch leadership for changes in culture and personality.
So at a time when all of cable is vulnerable as viewer habits change, Fox is caught between the America-first instincts of its base viewers, and the globalist impulses for Rupert Murdoch's sons.
A woman to run Fox News? The Hollywood Reporter reports that James and Lachlan Murdoch have quietly put out feelers for a new head of Fox News to replace Bill Shine, the Roger Ailes consigliere.
"[T]he preference ... is that the new leader be female."
And competitors are moving to take advantage:
Why it matters: Reinvigorated conservative media could help Trump as he heads toward midterms and a reelection race, with outlets scrambling to lock in Trump Nation with boosterish coverage.
Here's how Trump used Twitter in his first 100 days, as compiled by Twitter and Axios' Stef Kight:
Elsewhere on Twitter:
Stats from the first 99 days, courtesy of Mark Knoller of CBS News (@markknoller) ...
(Backstory: The legendary Knoller started keeping a few logs during the third year of President Clinton. Mark's meticulous records grew to more and more aspects of presidential activity under Bush 43 and Obama. From the CBS booth in the White House briefing room, Knoller tells me his most often requested data points are presidential vacations, golf outings and news conferences.)
Worth the click ... Cartoonist Steve Brodner for the WashPost, "An illustrated guide to President Trump's first 100 days" — with key, "Who's who and what's what." (Runs as a full page in tomorrow's Outlook section.)
According to the N.Y. Times' Linda Qiu, "The Times has logged at least one false or misleading claim per day on 91 of his first 99 days ... On five days, Mr. Trump went golfing, and on two he made limited public statements."
President Trump has yet to make a designation in 84% of 556 key positions requiring Senate confirmation, according to the Political Appointee Tracker of the Partnership for Public Service:
Barron's has a pair of deep dives on Trump's one-pager tax-reform skeleton (alas, behind paywall):
"Under Trump Tax Plan, Banks, Restaurants, MLPs [master limited partnerships] Could Win Big: Lower tax rates would be a boon for companies such as JPMorgan Chase, Berkshire Hathaway, and Anthem," by columnist Andrew Bary:
"The Trump Tax Plan: The Good, Bad, and Dumb," by columnist Gene Epstein: "With the Congressional Budget Office constantly warning that the U.S. economy could face a fiscal crisis from persistent budget deficits, it's irresponsible to propose a series of tax cuts that aren't revenue-neutral, but instead revenue-losing."
While Washington parties and Trump holds his victory-lap rally tonight in Harrisburg, Pa.:
Running with the idea that the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner is Washington's prom, Independent Journal Review has produced a puckish yearbook for the occasion, The Labrador. This is Principal Donald Trump's copy, with his markings in red Sharpie. A few of the "Senior Superlatives":
In Senior Ads, there's a full-pager for Trump Steaks, and a sappy "We're Proud of You, Hillary."
The book opens with a letter from Valedictorian Jake Tapper: "As we all embark on this next step in our lives, it's clear that the country needs this class of graduating journalists, more than ever."