An Updated Idiot’s Guide To The Trump/Russia Controversy

There are legitimate questions here, but they’re not the ones the media are obsessed with.

ASs the highly anticipated meeting of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G-20 economic summit in Hamburg inched closer, I found myself having the same conversation over and over with friends who only casually follow politics.

How could you possibly think that the Russia story isn’t worth covering? they’d say. Isn’t it an enormous deal that Russia hacked the election? And Trump might have been colluding with them the whole time!

Like many who follow politics full-time, I am exhausted with the Trump/Russia narrative, in no small part because it forces me to defend the president from mostly baseless charges rather than challenge his progress on repealing Obamacare, balancing the budget, and filling his own staff positions.

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