Consider its "The Daily 202" feature, named for DC's area code. Daily 404 is more like it. Oh and by daily, they mean Mondays through Fridays, except for holidays.
Friday: "The Daily 202: Trump may generate mini wave for House Democrats."
Thursday: "Hispanic RNC staffer’s resignation spotlights Trump’s toxicity and the party’s failed outreach."
Wednesday: "David French trial balloon underscores the failure of Never Trump conservatives to field an independent candidate."
Tuesday: "Trade animates liberal opposition to DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz."
The previous Friday: "What neither the Clintons nor Trump grasp about the 1990s generally and Whitewater specifically."
The previous Thursday: "Trump ousts his political director. Here’s what that says about him and his campaign."
The previous Wednesday: "Trump’s attacks on the GOP’s most prominent Latina, Susana Martinez, should alarm Republicans."
The previous Tuesday: "This election will be about the past, not the future."
The previous Monday: "Refusal to release tax returns emerging as a big liability for Trump."
Nine headlines. Seven have Trump's name in them. Nine photos. Trump is in seven of them. Nine stories. Eight are about Trump.
The daily, relentless attacks on Trump have an interesting effect. Meant to set the agenda and discredit him, the stories make Trump the focus of the campaign. This works on the minds of the punditry in Washington who think income tax returns matter (they don't; we know he's rich and doesn't like to pay taxes).
But there is a bigger arc at work here.
Every day the Washington Post's "Daily 202" feeds a Trump story to its readers. And that is exactly what Trump wants. Attention. Negative or positive, that is what any newcomer wants. Trump like any politician knows that if the election is about him, he wins. The 2008 election was a referendum on Obama. The 1992 election was a referendum on Clinton. The 1980 election was a referendum on Reagan. Not every election works this way. It takes a strong candidate to pull it off.
I wonder if James Hohmann who runs "The Daily 202" realizes that the more he writes about Trump, the more he helps him.
Meanwhile, at Time magazine, here is the list of its latest Must Reads posted on Friday:
Trump’s God Machine
TIME's Elizabeth Dias on how the GOP nominee won over a scion of the Bible Belt—and America's evangelical base
Hillary Clinton Tears Into Donald Trump on Foreign Policy, Temperament
Clinton leaves the policy aside as she attacks Trump personally, TIME's Philip Elliott writes
Donald Trump’s Secret Weapon: Letters of Love, Flattery and Revenge
Handwritten missives illustrate Trump's career [New York Times]
Donald Trump Defends Attacks on Judge in Trump University Case
The Republican’s charge that Judge Gonzalo Curiel has a conflict of interest draws criticism from some legal observers [Wall Street Journal]
Paul Ryan Endorses Donald Trump
It's an abrupt about-face for the speaker, who has been outspoken about his clashes with the controversial businessman [Washington Post]
Violence Erupts Outside Donald Trump RallyTrump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump...
Anti-Trump protesters assault supporters outside event [San Jose Mercury News]