Donald Trump is selling out and his supporters don’t care.

What we are seeing in Trump’s new solicitation of big bucks—and his new positioning—is a validation of what he was saying about how politicians are bought and paid for by wealthy interests. In the primary, Trump was able to entertain both the light side of populism (preserving large social insurance programs, raising a tax or two on the wealthy), and the dark side (nativism), because he did not rely on contributions from elite Republican donors. Those heresies will have to be reined in now that he needs some scratch. “By self-funding my campaign,” Trump said in a typical line last September, “I am not controlled by my donors, special interests or lobbyists. I am only working for the people of the U.S.!” That Donald Trump would look at nominee Donald Trump as a proto-Jeb. His own transition is testament to the truth of his original message.

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U.S. Sails Warship Near Island in South China Sea, Challenging Chinese Claims – The New York Times

The William P. Lawrence, a guided missile destroyer, in Coronado, Calif., in January. The ship ventured into the vicinity of Fiery Cross Reef, an artificial island that China constructed in the South China Sea, on Tuesday. Credit Gregory Bull/Associated PressHONG KONG — An American warship sailed on Tuesday within 12 miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, an operation intended to show that the United States opposes China’s efforts to restrict navigation in the strategic waterway, the Pentagon said.

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More Bad News For The Climate: The Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Accelerates

There is a lot of time left in the melt season. The weather can change. Maybe it gets cool and cloudy. 2012 did not look like a disaster at this point of the year, then crashed as July and August got very warm. So perhaps this is alarmist. But it’s not looking good, and a lot of people who spend a lot of time looking at this subject are expressing a lot of concern.

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