From Slate, Andrew Gelman on 19 lessons for political scientists from the 2016 election: The ground game is overrated, the parties don’t decide (and neither do sharks), and other things we’ll need to rethink going forward. Women Also Know Stuff about the 2016 election. After 2016, can we ever trust the polls again? The tainted election: Paul Krugman on coming to grips with illegitimacy. The year in faux protests: Donald Trump should have spurred liberals to fight — instead, they bought a lot of swag. How Democrats can bridge identity politics and economic populism: Some on the left are touting "the Bobby Kennedy coalition" as a model of multicultural working class politics.

American radicals and the change we could believe in: The Obama era reminded us all that popular movements play an essential role as catalysts for political action. Barack Obama’s America is still the future.


Big Republican donors are even more extreme than their party — and they drive its agenda. Donald Trump’s proposed cabinet is very white, and very male. Issues where Trump’s cabinet picks and most Americans differ. Trump and the anti-establishment fantasy: Rafael Khachaturian on the balance of power in the new Trump administration. “If anything, transition officials say, Trump seems to be relishing the idea of presiding over a divided administration”. The key to Trump is reading him like a celebrity: Analyze Trump as a politician and you’ll only end up confused — study him like a celebrity, however, and every baffling action makes sense. Did America just elect Baron Munchausen? Tobias Carroll on the appeal of fantasists, storytellers, and liars. Trump attacked this union leader on Twitter — then the real fight began. Trump’s witch hunts are having a huge chilling effect: His intimidation of journalists, civil servants, and businesses is already doing incalculable harm to the public interest.


Tarun Goyal and Yannick Ouardi (FAU) and Lorenz Graf-Vlachy and Andreas Koenig (Passau): Political Ideology as a Predictor of Online Consumer Review Characteristics. From NYRB, a review essay on the Rockefeller Family Fund vs. Exxon by David Kaiser and Lee Wasserman (and part 2). The mystery of Rudy Giuliani’s moral decline isn’t such a mystery at all. The General Services Administration warns Trump he must give up DC hotel before inauguration. A Cassandra in Trumpland: Omaoir Ahmad reviews The View From Flyover Country by Sarah Kendzior. “It’s almost impressive the lengths these two narcissistic idiots are going to promote a fake friendship. Almost”. Jia Tolentino on the worst year ever, until next year.


From the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Ben Buchanan and Michael Sulmeyer on Russia and Cyber Operations: Challenges and Opportunities for the Next U.S. Administration. Russian spies adopt new tactics to battle old enemy: Hacking during US presidential campaign marks escalation of cold war-style espionage. Putin had a motive for helping put Trump in the White House. U.S. officials: Putin personally involved in U.S. election hack. Trump is assembling an anti-government — did Russia help get him here? Trump’s men in Moscow: Trump disciples suddenly showing up in Russia.

At this point, you need to be willfully blind to pretend this was anything other than what it was: A ratfucking operation on an epic scale aimed squarely at Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party — and while it was happening, Republicans were happy to play along. With a -10 net favorability among GOP members, the Russian president is far better liked by them than either Hillary Clinton (-77) or Barack Obama (-64). The specifics of how Congress “investigates” Russian hacking will make a huge difference.

President-elect Donald Trump's ongoing feud with U.S. intelligence agencies over alleged hacking by Russia is unnerving outside national security experts. Trump maintains “insanely dangerous” feud with intelligence agencies. Former defense secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta: Trump responsible if U.S. attacked while he skips intel briefings.


Why the Christian Right shares Trump’s affection for Putin. Ishaan Tharoor on Putin, Trump and the West’s new ideological alliance. “A model for civilization”: Putin's Russia has emerged as “a beacon for nationalists” and the American alt-Right. Trump's newest senior adviser seen as a white nationalist ally: Stephen Miller drew praise from a top white nationalist, who hopes he'll “do good things for white America”. An alt-Right makeover shrouds the swastikas: A movement of many factions is trying to change its image now that its profile has risen, but its message — one of racial separation and supremacy — is unchanged. Donna Zuckerberg on putting the “neo” back in “neo-Nazi”. Michael Kinsley on how Donald Trump is actually a fascist.

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