The Angle

The Angle: Bad Dream Edition

Slate’s daily newsletter on worrying and not worrying, Trump’s authenticity, and the president’s worst 2019 nightmare.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19:  U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference April 19, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Pelosi held a news conference to answer questions from members of the media.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Depending on how the midterms go, she could be the architect of Trump’s misery.
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Bad year: Drew Littman thinks Trump won’t fire Bob Mueller because he’s terrified of his party losing the 2018 midterms, which would leave him exposed to Democratic oversight in the House. Here are at least 10 reasons why his fear is justified.

It’s the environment: Shania Twain is getting it from all sides after saying she likes Trump—a notorious liar!—because he’s no “bullshit.” Yascha Mounk finds her attitude, which flourishes where people don’t trust their government, to be very familiar.

Bad online: We bid farewell to Justin Peters’ YouTube blog with a meditation on a loss: YouTube’s bigger platform, Peters writes, has made dudes doing “fun” dude pranks into jerks.

Someone’s got to do it: Brigid Schulte and Tom Bowman have One Fight: She’s worrying; he’s floating down a (metaphorical) stream in an inner tube, beer in hand.

For fun: You can’t hack a vending machine.