McKay Coppins on the return of Sean Spicer and the art of failing upward. “When he resigned, outside observers mercifully unschooled in the ways of Washington assumed that his role as an agent of misinformation—and his willing participation in Trump’s culture war on the press—would result in some sort of negative consequence for the career communications professional. How quaint.”

+ Does anyone still fail downward anymore? Yes, but as demonstrated by this headline, it takes a lot: Georgia Lawmaker Quits After Dropping Pants, Shouting Slurs.