We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for an emergency break … with reality. President Trump threw caution (and the constitution) to the wind and declared a national emergency to access funds to build a wall that wouldn’t solve a crisis that doesn’t actually exist in the first place. (In simpler times, Fred Trump would have stepped in and paid for his son’s wall himself.) Meanwhile, Americans are advised to be afraid, avoid areas near the border, and assume the crash position (which basically amounts to sitting on the couch and tweeting everything you see on Fox News.)

+ In declaring the emergency, Trump mentioned that he actually didn’t really need to declare it. (The real emergency is that millions of people can look at this lawless clown and see a president…)

+ WaPo: Two charts demolish the notion that immigrants here illegally commit more crime. (Charts are too complicated. Can we try something with stick figures or maybe a coloring book?)

+ Bloomberg on where the money will come from.

+ The Atlantic: The Alarming Scope of the President’s Emergency Powers.