When it reigns it pours. In a series of tweets and statements, Donald Trump shifted the focus away from the root causes of Mike Flynn’s resignation to what he called “fake news” and the deluge of leaks that brought the story to light. “The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy. Very un-American!” (Forget the love of Russia. What’s with his love of hyphens?) Meanwhile, the blockbuster stories continue to roll out. From the NYT: Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence. From CNN: Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign. (Question: If this is all a case of fake news, why was Flynn forced out?)

+ The Atlantic: American Institutions Are Pushing Back Against Trump. (In retrospect, maybe it wasn’t a great idea to simultaneously declare war on intelligence agencies and the media.)

+ Politico Magazine: Who Told Flynn to Call Russia?

+ Mike Drop: Ten Takeaways from Flynngate.

+ There has been a sharp decline in international searches for flights to the US. One report “found that these searches had declined by 17%. The overwhelming majority of countries studied showed a drop in interest. The most notable exception was Russia.”

+ Meanwhile, there’s a Russian spy ship patrolling 30 miles off the coast of Connecticut. (Relax, they’re probably just here to pick up Mike Flynn.)