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Trump and first lady Melania Trump arriveto speak on the opioid crisis in the East Room. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Fox News always had Trump's back on Russia. The New York Post usually had it, too. Now, the Wall Street Journal — the jewel of the Murdoch empire — has fully joined the defense. While Journal reporters have done some great work on the Russia story, many cringe at what they see as pro-Trump interference from their editor, Gerry Baker.

But it's the editorial page that has taken the lead in critiquing Mueller and calling for greater emphasis on possible Clinton corruption instead of Trump's.

  • Today's Journal lead editorial, "The Manafort Indictment": "[T]he main charge against Donald Trump is poor judgment for hiring the notorious Beltway operator."
  • Bill McGurn column on previous page, "Bob Mueller's Sideshow": "The Steele dossier is at the heart of the narrative that Mr. Trump had colluded with Moscow to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. Now the same people who pushed this narrative have lost all interest in the document that helped fuel it. "

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Trump's legacy is shaped by his narrow interests

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President Trump's policy legacy is as much defined by what he's ignored as by what he's involved himself in.

The big picture: Over the past four years, Trump has interested himself in only a slim slice of the government he leads. Outside of trade, immigration, a personal war against the "Deep State" and the hot foreign policy issue of the moment, Trump has left many of his Cabinet secretaries to work without interruption, let alone direction.

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AI and automation are receiving a boost during the coronavirus pandemic that in the short term is creating a new hybrid workforce rather than destroying jobs outright.

The big picture: While the forces of automation and AI will eliminate some jobs and create some new ones, the vast majority will remain but be dramatically changed. The challenge for employers will be ensuring workforces are ready for the effects of technology.