"This is what Holocaust denial is": Facing criticism, Trump administration has no regrets about leaving out Jews in Holocaust statement. Neo-Nazis delight in the White House's downplaying of the singularity of the extermination of Jews in the Holocaust. Amazon needs to restock Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism. What totalitarianism looks like: Christopher Lebron on five signs of a totalitarian regime. If you want to understand President Trump's wild, chaotic and controversial first days, study up on White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. Steve Bannon's longtime suspicion of successful immigrants is the key to this weekend's chaos.

Trump administration defends Bannon's role on Security Council. Is Donald Trump just a pawn in Steve Bannon's game? Why Twitter is talking about Steve Bannon with the hashtag #StopPresidentBannon (and more). How Steve Bannon took charge of the Trump administration. "Of course, if your goal is to destroy the American state (as Bannon has said), making it stupid, cruel and incompetent is a good tactic".

Is the Trump Admin trying to create an excuse for violent suppression? Analyzing the news of the past 24 hours: Trial balloon for a coup?

What would happen in the minutes and hours after a coup in America? The government won't be taken over by the military, but here's what it would look like if it did.


North Korea has restarted reactor to make plutonium, fresh images suggest. China military official says war with US under Donald Trump “becoming practical reality”. Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer on the nuclear arsenals of China and the U.S.: Plans for a future armageddon. A forgotten fact: In 1969, Russia and China almost went to war (and it could have gone nuclear). From the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a first look at a 21st century disarmament movement; can a treaty banning nuclear weapons speed their abolition? Arms control is realistic; general disarmament probably isn't. Reality: Humanity can't indefinitely avoid using nuclear weapons.

Thanks to Trump, the Doomsday Clock advances toward midnight. Derek Hawkins on the history of the Doomsday Clock as it moves closer to “midnight”. Jon Wolfsthal on thinking beyond the next nuclear tweet.


Welcome to the Pat Buchanan administration. Trump is creating a new form of Christian nationalism centered on himself: Trumpian patriotism is the new piety. The radical crusade of Mike Pence: He's trampled on the rights of women, LGBTQ folks and the poor — then there's the incompetence; meet, quite possibly, the next president. Trump and the Republicans are on a suicide mission together — and we'll all have to live with the fallout. Steve Pearlstein on the only thing that can stop Trump from turning Washington into a permanent Crazytown. Congressional Republicans can challenge Trump without fear — if they want to. Senate Democrats have the power to stop Trump — all they have to do is use it.

From Goldwater to Reagan and now Trump — but Americans will fight this latest brand of cartoon conservatism. A clarifying moment in American history: There should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has done in his first week — but he has underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions.


Kristen Ghodsee (Bowdoin) and Katerina Liskova (Masaryk): Bumbling Idiots or Evil Masterminds? Challenging Cold War Stereotypes about Women, Sexuality and State Socialism. Mikhail Gorbachev: “It all looks as if the world is preparing for war”. Yuksel Sezgin on how a constitutional amendment could end Turkey’s republic. Can Kamala Harris live up to the hype? The new senator is already being floated as a presidential candidate, but that says more about Democrats' desperation than her progressive record. Jared Bernstein interviews Jason Furman, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, on his biggest triumphs and biggest regrets. For the public, it’s getting harder to identify thinkers of value, so who should we listen to? Bonnie Kristian reviews Public Intellectuals in the Global Arena: Professors or Pundits?, ed. Michael C. Desch.


From Politico, Michael Grunwald on Trump’s yuge Week One: What really mattered, and what didn’t. Masha Gessen on the styrofoam presidency. Office that protects whistleblowers fires warning shot across Trump's bow. David Cole on how Trump is violating the Constitution: He is trying to have it both ways, serving himself, his family, and his far-flung business interests while simultaneously making foreign and domestic policy decisions that will inevitably have direct effects on his personal holdings. Dave Denison interviews Zephyr Teachout, author of Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United.

Make American dystopias great again: What do homegrown worst-case scenarios look like? Never underestimate the staying power of autocratic rulers. The best theory for why Trump tells such obvious lies (and more). Jack Shafer on how Trump is now assigning the news. Why liberals should root for Fox News: The cable news network and the Wall Street Journal are uniquely positioned to hold the Trump administration accountable — will they? John Herrman on Donald Trump and the theater of access. Only 3 million of Trump's 20 million Twitter followers are active domestic users.

“IMPORTANT. Donald Trump filed with @FEC for 2020 reelection on January 20th, 2017. This is major for several reasons”.


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.

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