From New York, Nick Tabor on 55 ways Donald Trump structurally changed America in 2017: These are the concrete actions his administration has taken to alter how the country works. These are the obscure Trump staffers who are systematically dismantling the federal government. The end of the Obama era: How Republicans undid so many of his accomplishments in a single year. Donald Trump has already carved a lasting legacy: The tax reform bill crowns a year’s worth of policies that will be difficult, perhaps even impossible, to reverse. The Trump presidency as a success story: Trump has the opportunity to solidify his position as the most successful president ever in his first year. Trump’s biggest win in 2017? His judicial confirmations.

Trump can’t believe no one’s thrown a parade in his honor. Republicans warn Trump of 2018 bloodbath. Is Trump the worst president of all time? The presidency survived the Watergate, Iran-contra and Clinton scandals — Trump will exact a higher toll.


Michael J. Higdon (Tennessee): Constitutional Parenthood. Haim Abraham (Toronto): A Family Is What You Make It? Legal Recognition and Regulation of Multiple Parents. Katharine K. Baker (Chicago-Kent): Quacking Like a Duck? Functional Parenthood Doctrine and Same-Sex Parents. Michelle Renee Gros (Southern): Since You Brought It Up: Is Legally Separating a Child from a Nonbiological Third Party Who Has Essentially Become the Child’s Psychological Parent Really in the Best Interest of the Child? June Carbone (Minnesota) and Naomi Cahn (George Washington): Jane the Virgin and Other Stories of Unintentional Parenthood. What did Wittgenstein know about babies? Rebecca Schuma on parenting philosophy. Just like at work, it’s possible to burn out on parenting.

Lambrianos Nikiforidis (SUNY-Oneonta), Kristina M. Durante (Rutgers), and Joseph P. Redden and Vladas Griskevicius (Minnesota): Do Mothers Spend More on Daughters While Fathers Spend More on Sons? Fathers, here’s why your children should have their mom’s last name.


While you’re looking the other way, Trump is changing America for decades to come. Hypocrisy rules: From deregulation to Guantanamo, the threats to democracy in the first year of Trump. Trumpocalypse: Our once bright and shiny democracy may be going down the drain before the holidays are out. As Trump assaults American democracy, Obama warns it could collapse, follow path of Nazi Germany. Republicans used to compare talking to Moscow to talking to Hitler — Trump changed that. Donald Trump “would probably be a dictator by now” in almost any other country. The real coup plot is Trump’s: The president and his allies in the news media and the Republican Party are overthrowing the rule of law and the truth.

The Republican opposition goes out with a whimper: There are many elected Republicans who claim to stand against Donald Trump — but they have all quietly submitted to the president anyway.


From Black Perspectives, Neil Roberts interviews Charles W. Mills, author of Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism. Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin interview Angela Davis on the futures of black radicalism. Ibram Kendi, one of the nation’s leading scholars of racism, says education and love are not the answer. Robert Greene on the continuing mission of black intellectuals: Stamped from the Beginning and African American history. “You can’t let your emotions overtake you so much that you can’t do the work”: Colleen Walsh interviews Annette Gordon-Reed on her personal history, from East Texas to Monticello.

Black female activists of the Black Power Movement: Sara Rimer profiles Ashley Farmer, author of Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era. Caroline Kitchener interviews Melissa Harris-Perry on what she learned from Maya Angelou about mentorship. What is a black professor in America allowed to say? Tommy Curry thought forcing a public discussion about race and violence was part of his job — it turned out that people didn’t want to hear it. Khalil Gibran Muhammad on the descent of democracy: While the United States has expanded its borders of inclusion over time, the borders of whiteness have never fallen — only a robust black public sphere can change that.

Sandra DeVries (Waterloo): Why I Study Multiraciality in the Philosophy of Race. Catching up to James Baldwin: Darryl Pinckney reviews The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, ed. Jesmyn Ward. These black female mathematicians should be stars in the blockbusters of tomorrow. Patricia J. Williams on how Donald Trump’s words create emergencies: A linguistic political analysis. Ibram X. Kendi reviews Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women by Brittney C. Cooper (and more and more). The representation of African-American women: Labinot Kunushevci interviews Patricia Hill Collins. Jennifer Senior reviews Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. by Danielle Allen.


From the journal The Bible and Critical Theory, Emily McAvan (Victoria): “May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favour”: The Sacrificial Logic of The Hunger Games. Michael Hobbes on why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression. No wonder millennials hate capitalism: A generation maligned as entitled whiners will be particularly hard hit by the Republicans’ wretched tax bill. “An orgy of serious policy discussion”: Ezra Klein interviews Paul Krugman on deficits, net neutrality, tax reform, single-payer, a UBI, and more. Dana J. Graef on how natural disasters are social disasters. “So Apple made our phones worse without disclosing it. This should be a massive scandal”.

James Clapper refocuses the Russia investigation. The real reason Trump allies are attacking Mueller: Sowing public doubt about the special counsel's Russia investigation can give the president cover for pardons, even if the investigation is allowed to proceed. Why hasn’t Trump fired Mueller yet? Because he’s better off not doing it.


Bert Van Landeghem and Anneleen Vandeplas (KU Leuven): Lower in Rank, But Happier: The Complex Relationship between Status and Happiness. Timon Elmer, Zsofia Boda, and Christoph Stadtfeld (ETH Zurich): The Co-evolution of Emotional Well-being with Weak and Strong Friendship Ties. Martin Schroder (Marburg): Income Inequality and Life Satisfaction: Unrelated Between Countries, Associated Within Countries Over Time. Dave Fagundes (Houston): Why Less Property Is More: Inclusion, Dispossession, and Subjective Well-Being. Rowan Jacobsen goes inside the Computational Story Lab, the lab that’s quantifying happiness. Using money to buy time linked to increased happiness.

Paul Bloomfield (UConn): Morality is Necessary for Happiness. Eden Lin (Ohio State): Pleasure, Pain, and Pluralism about Well-Being. Alex Gregory (Southampton): Hedonism. Esteban Ortiz-Ospina on on income inequality and happiness inequality: A tale of two trends. Why are the Danes so happy? Because their economy makes sense. Denmark has the best work-life balance — here’s why. Wikipedia’s great experiment: Finding a definition of “happiness” we can all agree on. Should we really make people happy? “Emotional diversity” is more important than happiness. Jenny Chen on everything we know about how Facebook affects your happiness.

You can download Happiness: Transforming the Development Landscape, published by the Centre for Bhutan Studies.


From Vox, Ari Glogower on 7 ways rich people can game the Republican tax plan, explained by a tax expert. The Republican tax bill will probably make rich people greedier — here’s why. Inside Wall Street’s towers, traders grouse over Trump tax plan. Charles Blow on the great American tax heist. Grab what you can: The Republican tax shakedown. Republicans didn’t reform the tax code — they never wanted to. The tax bill shows the G.O.P.’s contempt for democracy. The GOP tax bill is business as usual in America’s unequal democracy. In another country, we would call this “corruption”. Trump’s main contribution to passing the tax bill: Staying the hell away from it.

“The idea that Congress is at fault totally ignores the fact that 100 percent of Democrats voted against this big give-away to the wealthy. Any message that feeds the idea that it is Congress — rather than Republicans — who are responsible for passing the most unpopular legislation in decades is not only misleading, it feeds right into the framing that Republicans are trying to promote”. How the Trump tax cuts solved the Democrats’ campaign problem. Eric Levitz on 6 reasons for progressives to stop worrying and love the GOP tax scam.


Richard Schragger (Virginia): The Attack on American Cities. In the wake of the housing crisis, a new breed of real estate investor is destroying America’s cities. Richard Florida is sorry: Sam Wetherell reviews The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class-and What We Can Do About It by Richard Florida (and more and more and more). Are cities too small or too big? To get the most collective benefits out of urban life, we might need more people to live in fewer (but bigger) cities. Making cities more dense always sparks resistance: David Roberts interviews Brent Toderian on how to deal with NIMBY [Not In My Backyard]. Why big cities thrive, and smaller ones are being left behind.

Amelia Thorpe (UNSW): Hegel’s Hipsters: Claiming Ownership in the Contemporary City. How to stop gentrification: Individuals moving to newly-hip neighborhoods admit they are part of the problem — what can they do? We should ban cars from big cities — seriously. Driverless cars could see humankind sprawl ever further into the countryside. Why can’t we get cities right? Paul Krugman wonders. Desperately seeking cities: Amazon has bankrupted the ideology it claimed to appeal to, the ideology of “urbanism”. Amazon is running its own hunger games — and all the players will be losers.

How Detroit’s mayor became unbeatable: Mike Duggan pulled a symbol of American decline back from the brink — now, he wants to finish what he started. Will Columbus’ Smart City grant serve moms in need? Why so many Americans are saying goodbye to cities: What’s happening to New York City is a microcosm of what’s happening around the country — the hollowing out of the U.S. city. To Donald Trump, the American city will always be a dystopic, “eighties movies” New York.


Charlotte Wood: We’re told female anger is finding its moment — but I can’t trust it. What makes someone a ‘“predator”? Lately it feels as if it’s not just the most vicious men who earn that label — it’s also the casual, the careless, the not-that-bad. Saying you’re sorry isn’t enough anymore: Maybe the reason the recent wave of apology tours feels so exhausting is because giving forgiveness takes more effort than asking for it. Megan Garber on the weaponization of awkwardness. Kirsten Gillibrand, long a champion of women, finds the nation joining her. Quinta Jurecic on why Trump should face harassment allegations under oath.

Paranoia grips Capitol Hill as harassment scandal spreads. Congress fears release of bombshell sexual-misconduct expose that may not exist. Sinclair Broadcast Group sued for sexual harassment and retaliation. Inside the NYT, the Glenn Thrush scandal is a sex-reckoning test case. #MeToo has debunked the “Lean In” philosophy: Women shouldn’t have to change themselves to succeed at their jobs — not to mention, it doesn’t work. Women of color in low-wage jobs are being overlooked in the #MeToo moment. Will women in low-wage jobs get their #MeToo moment? Yes, it happens in Sweden, #too.


Alex Stein (Brooklyn): Law and the Epistemology of Disagreement. Henri Feron (Columbia): A New Ocean: The Legal Challenges of the Arctic Thaw. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Jerusalem: U.S. recognition as Israel’s capital and planned embassy move. Jim Simons, the Numbers King: Algorithms made him a Wall Street billionaire — his new research center helps scientists mine data for the common good. Have you ever felt sorry for the I.R.S.? Now might be the time. In defense of adulterers: Zoe Heller reviews The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel. The repression of academics in Turkey is worsening, writes Scott McLemee, who describes the growing international protest on behalf of such scholars and how one might join it.

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