■ U.S. crude oil production this year is set to exceed the output of Saudi Arabia for the first time in the modern era, largely thanks to the fracking revolution. Output is expected to climb above 10.4 million barrels a day in 2018, topping the U.S. high set in 1970; only Russia produces more, at a rate of approximately 11 million barrels per day. The Wall Street Journal
■ After just two weeks on the shelves, Michael Wolff’s White House tell-all, Fire and Fury, is on track to outpace President Trump’s own best-seller, The Art of the Deal. Wolff’s book is projected to soon reach 1.75 million in sales, while Trump’s story of how he became rich and famous sold 1.67 million over three decades. MotherJones.com
■ More than 3.2 million Americans contributed money to federal candidates in the 2016 elections—but 50 percent of the total funds came from just 0.5 percent of the contributors. The Washington Post
■ Foreign tourism to the U.S. is declining, as other nations come to see the U.S. as hostile to visitors. Tourist spending in the U.S. dropped 3.3 percent last year—the equivalent of $4.6 billion in losses and 40,000 jobs. Bloomberg
■ 49% of American voters blame President Donald Trump (34%) or the Republicans in Congress (15%) for the recent government shutdown. 35% of voters say that the Democrats in Congress are to blame. 53% say the president has not done enough to bring the two parties together.
■ 81% think that the Founding Fathers would be “upset” with the way institutions like the presidency and Congress have functioned over the past decade.