The Nancy Pelosi problem: The first female speaker of the House has become the most effec­tive congressional leader of modern times — and, not coinciden­tally, the most vilified. Nancy Pelosi is good at her job and she should keep it. Inside California’s war on Trump: As the state resists the White House on issues from immigration to climate change, Governor Jerry Brown is determined to avoid a pitched battle. Is (Cynthia) Nixon the one? Claire Potter on the yearning for celebrity candidates. The Democrats’ elitist obsession with qualifications: Why actress Cynthia Nixon is being attacked for running against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Ryan Cooper on how Democrats can wipe out the GOP and fix America. If a blue wave materializes, be prepared for a big tent Democratic Party. A party within the Democratic Party: The Congressional Progressive Caucus is mapping out not only its principles, but also a strategy for taking power.

From the inaugural issue of Public Philosophy Journal, Christopher Long (MSU): Practicing Public Scholarship. Molly Brigid Flynn (Assumption): Socratism as a Vocation. Zoe Ashton (Simon Fraser) and Moti Mizrahi (FIT): Show Me the Argument: Empirically Testing the “Armchair Philosophy” Picture. Darren Bradley (Leeds): Philosophers Should Prefer Simpler Theories. Susan Haack (Miami): The Real Question: Can Philosophy be Saved? Thomas Grundmann (Cologne): Progress and Historical Reflection in Philosophy. How philosophy makes progress: Daniel Stoljar on the identity of philosophical problems over time. Justin Weinberg on the intellectual achievement of creating questions.

Sagi Cohen (Ottawa): Homo Perfidus: An Antipathology of the Coward’s Betrayal. 15 years after the Iraq War, more than 1 million dead, no one held responsible. “It’s dead”: Peace architect gives up hope for Israel-Palestine two-state solution. FEMA apparently just logged off during Hurricane Maria. What’s happening with Puerto Rico’s stores after Hurricane Maria? Brian Stelter recaps of all 4 of Mark Zuckerberg’s interviews. 20,000 Republicans just voted for an actual Nazi. The Fed just took away the punch bowl. Are the Austin bombings terrorism? It depends who you ask. Here’s what we know about Mark Anthony Conditt, the Austin package bomber. Why are white men so angry? Alan Dershowitz’s audition to be Trump’s lawyer not going well (and more). The introduction to Flattery and the History of Political Thought: That Glib and Oily Art by Daniel Kapust.

Fox News really doesn’t want to say “Trump” and “porn star” on air. Why Trump likely won’t collect the $20 million he claims Stormy Daniels owes him: Five law professors weigh in. Karen McDougal is the woman with the best chance of bringing down Trump.

Trump, master of the political insult, declines to chide Putin. Ex-CIA director John Brennan: I think Trump “is afraid of the president of Russia”. Trump doesn’t bother to hide his submissiveness to Putin anymore. Trump thinks Russia will help solve the problems it created in the first place. The next Russian attack will be far worse than bots and trolls. Greg Sargent on GOP senator Bob Corker’s remarkable admission about Trump and Mueller. Will we ever learn what Bob Mueller knows? Firing Mueller won’t solve Trump’s legal problems: Trump could ax Mueller, but the indictments aren’t that easy. Donald Trump has never been more dangerous than he is now.

From NYRB, Tamsin Shaw on the new military-industrial complex of big data psy-ops. How Cambridge Analytica’s psychological warfare subverts democracy. Did Cambridge Analytica leverage Russian disinformation for Trump? Russiagate has reached Steve Bannon’s doorstep. There’s an open secret about Cambridge Analytica in the political world: It doesn’t have the “secret sauce” it claims. Facebook was letting down users years before Cambridge Analytica — and not even a prescient crackdown by federal regulators stopped it. Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook “made mistakes” on the Cambridge Analytica scandal — he’s not apologizing. Facebook will never change unless we force it to.

We can’t trust Facebook to police itself: Sean Illing interviews Sally Hubbard on the case for regulating big tech companies. Section 230: A key legal shield for Facebook, Google is about to change. Silicon Valley has failed to protect our data — here’s how to fix it. Want to fix Facebook? That’ll cost you about $75 a year. The case against Facebook: It’s not just about privacy; its core function makes people lonely and sad.

Is Facebook going to take Silicon Valley down with it? What the Cambridge Analytica scandal means for the rest of the tech industry. Welcome to Zucktown, where everything is just Zucky: In Menlo Park, Calif., Facebook is building a real community and testing the proposition — do people love tech companies so much they will live inside them?

Niko Kolodny (UC-Berkeley): Standing and the Sources of Liberalism. Asbjorn Melkevik (Harvard): The Fictitious Liberal Divide: Economic Rights are Not Basic. Koshka Duff (Sussex): The Criminal is Political: Policing Politics in Real Existing Liberalism. Joshua W Schulz (DeSales): Towards a More Perfect Liberalism. Maimon Schwarzschild (San Diego): Liberalism, Liberal and Illiberal. Fabio Wolkenstein reviews Partisanship and Political Liberalism in Diverse Societies by Matteo Bonotti. Jennifer Szalai reviews Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Selfishness is killing liberalism: The path to its revival lies in self-sacrifice, and in placing collective interests ahead of the narrowly personal. Liberalism after liberalism: Win McCormack on the civic republican tradition and its lost treasure.

Why Robert Mueller should be interested in when Trump decided to run for president. Mueller’s interest in obstruction is probably just the tip of the iceberg. David Kocieniewski and Lauren Etter on what Michael Flynn could tell the Russia investigators. Trump’s loyalists are following in Reagan’s footsteps: What Republicans really learned from Nixon’s Watergate scandal. Yes, this is going to be worse than Watergate: In 1973, there were still some independent-minded lawmakers in the Grand Old Party — today, not so much. Republicans to Trump: Don’t fire Mueller or we’ll do nothing. Aaron Blake on how Trump has emasculated the Republican Party. Brian Beutler on the ultimate test of Trump’s impunity.

Mike Sosteric (Athabascau): From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Science and Technology of Mass Human Behavior. Timothy Hsiao (Grantham): Why Recreational Drug Use is Immoral. From The Disorder of Things, a symposium on Reordering the World: Essays on Liberalism and Empire by Duncan Bell. Beliefs about male superiority help explain why more gender-equal societies are more peaceful. “Resistance alone is not enough”: Andrea Peto on women’s rights and illiberal democracies. Why postmodernism is the palate cleanser we need: Our love-to-hate-it relationship with postmodernism may be more important to design progress than we think. Imagining Iraq: Philip Metres on the fifteenth anniversary of the Iraq War. Congress quietly preserves ability to pay sexual harassment settlements with taxpayer money.

How big business elites have funded and won political rights for corporations: Benjamin C. Waterhouse reviews We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler (and more). “Corporations are people” is built on an incredible 19th-century lie. Business as usual: Lawrence Glickman on the long history of corporate personhood. Kevin A. Young (UMass), Tarun Banerjee (Pitt), and Michael Schwartz (Stony Brook): Capital Strikes as a Corporate Political Strategy: The Structural Power of Business in the Obama Era. Big money rules: Diane Ravitch reviews The One Percent Solution: How Corporations are Remaking America One State at a Time by Gordon Lafer.

The CEOs won’t save us: Why do we keep falling for the myth that business leaders are the moral pillars of America? I thought we were all in this together. The first official report on CEO-worker pay ratios shows an enormous 333-1 gap at Honeywell. Chris Dillow is against high CEO pay. Why are your wages so low? Democrats and Republicans don’t know, but Marxism does. Are bosses dictators? Joshua Rothman reviews Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (And Why We Don’t Talk About It) by Elizabeth Anderson (and more and more and more). Why workers are losing to capitalists: Automation and offshoring may be conspiring to reduce labor’s share of income.

For American corporations, winning is not enough. The class war is fought on every front simultaneously without pause.

From Lawfare, Andrew Keane Woods on the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook debacle: A legal primer. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, in 3 paragraphs: What it means for Facebook, for President Trump’s world, and for every American. Whatever Cambridge Analytica has done to the U.S., it’s done worse to developing countries. Who does Facebook serve? The slow-motion exit of the company’s security chief has revealed a troubling internal debate over whether the social network should prioritize users or profits. Conspiracy theories in the Age of Trump: Is Cambridge Analytica the missing link between Russia and Trump? Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica crisis keeps growing.

Given Facebook’s privacy backlash, why aren’t we angrier with the broadband industry? If you’re mad about Cambridge Analytica taking data from Facebook you should be absolutely livid about AT&T and Verizon. What you need to know about the Facebook controversy: How big data, big marketing and big politics turned 50 million Americans into lab rats. The problem isn’t just Cambridge Analytica or Facebook — it’s “surveillance capitalism”. Cambridge Analytica is not an anomaly: Ratfucking is political tradition — just ask G. Gordon Liddy and Richard Nixon. The real scandal isn’t what Cambridge Analytica did — it’s what Facebook made possible. Cambridge Analytica is shady, but Facebook is shadier. The Facebook data breach wasn’t a hack — it was a wake-up call.

A hurricane flattens Facebook: Facebook struggles to respond to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Where is Mark Zuckerberg? As regulators and chaos circle the company following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook’s leader has gone absent without leave. Mark Zuckerberg AWOL from Facebook’s data leak damage control session. Is it time for more adult supervision at Facebook? Helaine Olen on Facebook’s terrible, horrible, no good 24 hours — and what comes next.