America is suffering through a "trust crash," with faith in government at abysmal lows and faith in other institutions not looking much prettier. But when you look at the big political trends, there's some reason for hope.
Recent examples, rounded up by the A.P.'s David Crary:
Flashback: "The protests have echoes of [2010, when] ... conservatives staged boisterous rallies around the country in response to President Barack Obama’s health care law. The tea party movement helped Republicans complete a takeover of Congress the midterm elections that year."
Why it matters: The continued rise of mass movements, while not always pretty, shows people still believe in their power to shape the system.
Photo: Operators use drones to spray pesticides and nutrient solution on winter wheat on in Cangzhou, Hebei Province of China. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images
The late comedian Garry Shandling, who created the "Larry Sanders Show," will be the subject of a four-hour Judd Apatow documentary on HBC, “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling," the AP's Mark Kennedy reports.