Alarmed by Trump plans, some refugees see growing enmity in US. The Islamic State wanted the West to fear refugees and Muslims — it worked (and more). More important than ever: Defending immigrants and refugees during the Trump presidency. Kristen De Pena and Matthew La Corte on four reasons why President Trump is wrong to ban refugees. We'll see you in court: David Cole on why Trump's Executive Order on refugees violates the Establishment Clause (and more). Trump has suspended due process for Muslims in America — this is a constitutional crisis. Malevolence tempered by incompetence: Trump's horrifying Executive Order on refugees and visas.

President Trump's first defeat: The immigration order creates an international mess — and a political embarrassment. Top Republicans denounced Trump's Muslim ban on the trail — now they support his executive order. The very long list of Republicans in Congress who have taken no position on Trump's refugee ban. Yet again, Republicans demonstrate the mean-spiritedness at the dark heart of their party. Donald Trump, the refugee ban, and the triumph of cruelty: "Some political philosophers like to theorize about what goods governments should try to promote, the things that are best in life like freedom and happiness and dignity that should be maximized. Shklar devoted her life to considering the bads government should avoid and fight".

"The world is a mess": Trump explained why he doesn't fear backlash to his immigration order. "Refugees detained, as people around the world feel the impact of the refugee ban…And what's on @realDonaldTrump's mind? Election coverage". Don't be surprised by Trump's immigration crackdown — be shocked. Watch Jared Kushner's grandmother talk of refugee plight, warn against another Hitler. Christian leaders denounce Trump's ban to favor Christian immigrants. Pope Francis: You cannot reject refugees and call yourself a Christian. "In today's episode of Massive Hypocrisy: #MarchForLife #MuslimBan".

Stella Burch Elias (Iowa): The Perils and Possibilities of Refugee Federalism ("It argues that, in accordance with the Supreme Court's longstanding immigration federalism doctrine, states may not exclude refugees from their territories. But, it also proposes that states may nonetheless benefit from playing a more active role in refugee selection, admission, and integration").


Who didn't go to the Women's March matters more than who did. Do public protests matter in a democracy? The "outside strategy" as a signal of support to judges and bureaucrats. Yes, marches can make a difference — it depends on these three factors. Susanna Schrobsdorff on why you should protest even if the effect is mostly symbolic. Calling basic civics "resistance" will only make it harder to stand up to Trump. Sarah Jaffe interviews Biola Jeje of Black Youth Project 100. Jia Tolentino on Swing Left and the post-election surge of progressive activism. The opposition is born: Trump thinks he can do what he’s doing now because no one will stop him — he’s wrong.

Obama's America rises again: Obamaism may have lost control of the levers of power of government but it has never lost the country.


Aziz Z. Huq and Tom Ginsburg (Chicago): How to Lose a Constitutional Democracy. Thanks to the incoming president, American democracy is in an accelerated state of decay — is there anything we can do? Donald Trump is becoming an authoritarian leader before our very eyes: The administration's many lies should frighten all Americans. Is American democracy strong enough for Trump? The vulgar and the sophisticates: Are our diminished democratic institutions capable of forcing Trump to behave responsibly? Life after trust: Once you lose faith in one institution, you start to lose faith in them all — lessons from Putin’s Moscow.

Why it’s so terrifying that team Trump is unhinged from verifiable scientific fact. Experts in authoritarianism are very concerned about Trump’s first few days as president: The GOP’s unwillingness to rein him in may be the biggest warning sign. Can history prepare us for the Trump presidency? Twenty-one historians explain which moments in history are closest to this one — and what we can learn. Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou on the American Sisi moment. Surviving Trump: Adam Boretz interviews Lewis Lapham, author of Age of Folly: America Abandons its Democracy. Francis Fukuyama on the case against panic (and more).

The US has been downgraded to a “flawed democracy” by the Economist Intelligence Unit (and more). Donald Trump today sets out to make America great again — but what if it was never great?


Stephen Brown (NYU), Yan Lu (Central Florida), Sugata Ray (Florida), and Melvyn Teo (SMU): Sensation Seeking, Sports Cars, and Hedge Funds (“We find that hedge fund managers who own powerful sports cars take on more investment risk”). Christian Davenport (Maryland), Will H. Moore (FSU), and David Armstrong (Oxford): The Puzzle of Abu Ghraib: Are Democratic Institutions a Palliative or Panacea? Gillian Fletcher, Gary Dowsett and Nicola Henry (La Trobe) and Stephen Wood (IDS): Gender, Sexuality and Disadvantage: Intimately Entwined, but Perpetually Divorced within International Development? William Davies on how statistics lost their power — and why we should fear what comes next. America is still the future: Andrew Sullivan writes a love letter to his new country. How hostels have turned backpackers into "brokepackers". Make dating great again: Trump Singles matchmaking site is for President-elect supporters only.


From the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Populism, Paulina Ochoa Espejo (Haverford): Populism and the Idea of The People; and Roger Eatwell (Bath): Populism and Fascism. Pope warns that rising populism could produce a new Hitler. The introduction to Rethinking Antifascism: History, Memory and Politics, 1922 to the Present, ed. Hugo Garcia, Mercedes Yusta, Xavier Tabet, and Cristina Climaco. Paris Aslanidis (Yale): Is Populism an Ideology? A Refutation and a New Perspective. Jason Glynos (Bath) and Aurelien Mondon (Essex): The Political Logic of Populist Hype: The Case of Right-wing Populism’s “Meteoric Rise” and its Relation to the Status Quo. Sahar F. Aziz (Texas A&M): Global Conflict and Populism in a Post-9/11 World. The first chapter from The Global Rise of Populism: Performance, Political Style, and Representation by Benjamin Moffitt.

Eric A. Posner (Chicago): Liberal Internationalism and the Populist Backlash. Did centrism beget populism? Simon Wren-Lewis wonders. Maria Daniela Poli (Konstanz): Contemporary Populism and the Economic Crisis in Western Europe. It's austerity, not globalization, that is making workers in France and Italy unhappy. One way Trump is different from European nationalists. Richard Steigmann-Gall (Kent State): Star-Spangled Fascism: American Interwar Political Extremism in Comparative Perspective. South Dakota lawmakers are showing us that populism is a lie. Eli Zaretsky on populism and Freudian mass psychology: Three paradoxes.

From The Critique, a special section on the theme “Stick It To The Man: A Year of Anglo-American Populist Revolt Against a Changing Culture and an Obtuse Political Establishment”, including Gerald Gaus (Arizona): The Open Society and Its Friends: With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?; Suzanne Dovi (Arizona): Name-Brand Populism: Donald Trump’s Political Legacy; Sharon Lloyd (USC): Does Trump’s Election Represent a Failure of Democracy? Rousseau, Machiavelli, and Civic Duty in America; Christopher Beem (PSU): The Burden of Truth: Hannah Arendt, Democracy, and Donald Trump’s Lies; and Joshua L. Cherniss (University): Liberal Understanding for Troubled Times: Isaiah Berlin’s Insights and Our Moment of Populist Revolt.


From New York, Ed Kilgore on the unsettling possibility that the Trump administration is flying without a flight plan. Quentin Bruneau on why we’re not re-living the interwar years — we're back in the 19th century. Is Donald Trump the next Jimmy Carter? Political scientists have argued that Trump represents the last gasp of a failing coalition — but we might be in a new political era altogether. Trump will not be a conventional Republican. George Hawley on how Donald Trump can change conservatism. The “great conservative sorting” has begun: The Trump administration is going to force conservatives into some revealing choices. The fight for the soul of the Republican Party has been canceled.


Democrats in the wilderness: Edward-Isaac Dovere goes inside a decimated party's not-so-certain revival strategy. The first step to electing more Democrats? Getting them to run. Bernard Avishai on why it's not too early for the next Democratic ticket. Sarah Jones on the case against unity: The Democratic Party hasn't earned the right to silence its critics. Don't deride liberals who attended the Women's March — recruit them to radical politics: The possibility of a mass Left movement in the U.S. is now very real. Beyond the usual suspects: Saturday's marches were successful because they rallied millions, not just a small core of activists.

"I have no problem admitting I view politics as a team sport because the other side sure the fuck does, and look what that got them — and, honestly, look what it got all of us".


Bethany Berger (Conn): Kelo and the Constitutional Revolution that Wasn't. Marko Kovic (ZIPAR) and Silje Kristiansen (Northeastern): The Gambler's Fallacy Fallacy (Fallacy). Joan Acocella reviews What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves by Benjamin K. Bergen and In Praise of Profanity by Michael Adams. Eli Zaretsky interviews Hartmut Rosa, author of Resonance: A Sociology of the Relationship to the World, on the crisis of dynamic stabilization and the sociology of resonance. Compromise does not work with our political opponents — when will we learn? Chelsea Manning’s first column since her commutation, she writes that Barack Obama’s legacy is a warning against not being bold enough.

The Republicans own Obamacare now — how many people will they let suffer? (and more) Democrats should seriously consider this GOP alternative to Obamacare. Senate Democrats call Trump's bluff on infrastructure with a new $1 trillion plan (and more). In his first major TV interview as president, Trump is endlessly obsessed with his popularity.


Martin Wolf on Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’s battle over globalisation: The US president’s rhetoric on trade reads like a declaration of economic warfare. Who’s afraid of the Trans-Pacific Partnership? President Trump signed an order pulling the US out — but that doesn't mean the rest of the world is standing still. Why China will be able to sell itself as the last liberal great power. Donald Trump just forfeited in his first fight with China. Trump is paving the way for China to rule the world: China is now closer to the international norm on issues like trade, climate change, and Israel-Palestine — is this the end of American dominance? John Cassidy on Donald Trump’s New World Disorder.


James Hohmann on 11 stories from President Trump's first 100 hours that deserve more attention (and more). Trump prepares orders aiming at global funding and treaties. A spy odyssey: Can Trump control the CIA? President Trump's rejection of science represents a threat to national security. What President Trump doesn't understand about job creation (and destruction). President Trump wants to kill these 17 federal agencies and programs — the total cost, per American, of the programs said to be on the chopping block is $22.36 per year. Trump's "orders" are essentially memos to his advisers. Trump's flashy executive actions could run aground. Take Trump seriously, the savvy pundits said, but not literally — were they ever wrong.

Trump's delusion about voter fraud is very useful to the GOP. Trump's deep insecurity is fueling his most extreme plans: He's relying on his most loyal advisers and trying to please his most hardcore supporters — because only they make him feel good about himself. President Trump's tweets are not for you. Whatever else you're worried about, rest easy: Financially speaking, things look promising for Donald J. Trump in 2017. Does the emoluments clause lawsuit against President Trump stand a chance?

It's no Trump Tower, but White House has "beautiful" phones. Being president is seriously cutting into Trump's TV time. Trump is a self-deluded narcissist — what on earth does this have to do with fascism?

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