A new study out of New York University found that President appeals to men with fragile masculinity. The utterly unsurprising analysis, published in the Washington Post on Thursday, also revealed that Republican candidates facing a Democrat drew more support in areas of the country with higher levels of fragile masculinity in 2018 House races. NYU Psychology professor Eric Knowles and doctoral student Sarah DiMuccio say that male Trump supporters are much more insecure with their own masculinity than you'd think, and that Trump's authoritarian, cartoonishly-machismo rhetoric makes them feel more powerful. read more
NORTH WATERBORO, Maine -- The only light in the house came from the glow of three computer monitors, and Christopher Blair, 46, sat down at a keyboard and started to type. His wife had left for work and his children were on their way to school, but waiting online was his other community, an unreality where nothing was exactly as it seemed. He logged onto his website and began to invent his first news story of the day. "BREAKING," he wrote, pecking out each letter with his index fingers as he considered the possibilities. Maybe he would announce that had died during a secret overseas mission to smuggle more refugees into America. Maybe he would award President Trump the Nobel Peace Prize for his courage in denying climate change. A new message popped onto Blair's screen from a friend who helped with his website. "What viral insanity should we spread this morning?" the friend asked. read more
Senate Republicans, not the White House, set the scope of the FBI probe into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, including the decision not to interview the Supreme Court nominee or accuser Christine Blasey Ford, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.