Thijs Van de Graaf (Ghent), Benjamin K. Sovacool (Vermont), Arunabha Ghosh (CEEW), Florian Kern (Sussex), and Michael T. Klare (Hampshire): States, Markets, and Institutions: Integrating International Political Economy and Global Energy Politics. Roger Berkowitz on Ted Lowi and The End of Liberalism. Emily Carroll interviews Richard Kirsch, author of Fighting for Our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States. Inside the recount: Jill Stein and a ragtag team of computer experts decided to take America’s elections to court — here’s how it all went wrong. Why Trump is skipping the White House Correspondents' Dinner. “This gets to the white bubble. Some hate filled bumpkins in Kansas don't even know what the people they hate look like”.


Christian Caryl on the two words Donald Trump can’t bring himself to say: “Freedom” or “democracy”. Trump's dangerous anti-libertarian nationalism: Promises to cut domestic regulations or shake up the system do not a tolerable libertarian make; Trump is indeed a major threat to core libertarian values — ask Ludwig Von Mises. “The conservative movement is Donald Trump”: Trump’s takeover of conservatism is faster and more decisive than anyone expected. Trump offers conservatives the world — in exchange for their principles. Peter Wehner on the battle for the soul of conservatism. Big tent or circus tent? Elizabeth Williamson on a conservative identity crisis in the Trump era. Conservatives are so confused about the alt-Right: This year's incoherent CPAC conference epitomizes the identity crisis facing conservatism today.

How Steve Bannon conquered CPAC — and the Republican Party. What does Steve Bannon want? There may be good reasons to worry, but they’re not the ones everyone is giving (and more). Where did Steve Bannon get his worldview? From Neil Howe’s The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy. Bannon and Trump are out for revenge. Neil Howe on Bannon, Trump, and the possibility of civil war in the US. Manipulating terror to end democracy: Timothy Snyder on the Reichstag warning. Experts on authoritarianism say Trump’s presidency “has gotten scarier”.


B. Jessie Hill (Case Western): The Identity of the Public University. Alexander Tsesis (Loyola): Campus Speech and Harassment. Can cries of "free speech" be a weapon? Students say yes. Peter Moskowitz on the campus free speech battle you're not seeing. Jesse Singal on why attacking free speech is the wrong way to counter campus anti-Semitism. Professor Larycia Hawkins wore a hijab in solidarity — then lost her job. Who's really placing limits on free speech? At state schools, micromanaging legislators pose a much greater danger than political correctness. Vanessa Wills on philosophy as a virtuous irritation: Can there be ruthless criticism in safe spaces? The free speech problem on campus is real — it will ultimately hurt dissidents.


Can the Democrats get organized? John Judis interviews Marshall Ganz. Can Democrats move Left — and to the suburbs? Michael Moore lists plan to make Trump “toast”. The new Twitter detectives want to bring down Trump without becoming Alex Jones. Why more Democrats are now embracing conspiracy theories. Establishment Democrats just won a needless proxy war: Tom Perez will lead the Democratic National Committee — but at what cost? Tom Perez's win wasn't the end of the fights that defined the 2016 primary — it was a pause. To succeed, Perez must ally with the grassroots activists who are more concerned with principles than with partisanship.


Matthew Lister (Penn): Fixing the Cracking in the Global Liberal Order: Thoughts on Making the Case for Progressive Immigration after Brexit and Trump. An argument for (more) open borders: Mary Kay Magistad interviews Chandran Kukathas, author of The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom. Hrishikesh Joshi on how there's no moral difference between a wall and a migrant visa. We should all be citizens of the world: Horatio Clare on how national borders cross a line of decency. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian interviews Branko Milanovic on the economist's case for open borders. Opening up borders: An idea economists tend to love and politicians detest. David Miller on why liberals should resist the call to open borders.


Frontiers of sex discrimination law: Jessica A. Clarke reviews Gender Nonconformity and the Law by Kimberly A. Yuracko. Transphobia redefined: A much-discussed essay in The American Conservative is an attack on trans people masquerading as an exercise in good faith. Thread: “Trump admin's withdrawal of the Obama admin's guidelines on transgender students and bathrooms may be getting misunderstood”. Trump will lose the fight over bathrooms for transgender students. Trump’s White House is for “states’ rights”, except when it’s against them: Sean Spicer took three different positions on states’ rights in one press conference (and more: “Why, it’s almost as if ‘states’ rights’ is not a principle”).


From Daily Intelligencer, Eric Levitz on how Trump’s immigration policies have already taken a toll on the U.S. economy (and more); and Trump to tackle deficit with imaginary growth, elimination of popular programs (and more). Why is federal government data disappearing? Rescuing government data from Trump has become a national movement. Trump loyalists gumming up the works in federal agencies. How federal civil servants are waging bureaucratic war against Trump. Is Donald Trump’s paranoia sabotaging his own cabinet? An inability to tolerate dissent has left the Trump administration dangerously short-staffed.

Trump wasn’t a real CEO — no wonder his White House is disorganized. The D.C. think tank behind Donald Trump: Alex Shepard on how the Heritage Foundation is shaping the president's playbook. When will Trump announce a policy agenda? Maybe never. Maybe Trump is just a weak president.


Andrew Lindner and Ziggy Schulting (Skidmore): How Movies with a Female Presence Fare With Critics: A Research Note. Hylke Dijkstra (Maastricht): Collusion in International Organisations: How States Benefit from the Authority of Secretariats. Trump wants to make sure U.S. nuclear arsenal at “top of the pack”. Police remove last Standing Rock protesters in military-style takeover. Inside Uber’s aggressive, unrestrained workplace culture. Democrats try to transcend symbolic divisions in DNC race. Listen to controversial White House terrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka’s angry call to a critic. The human toll of naval shipbuilding is staggering. Lost essay reveals Winston Churchill was almost certain aliens exist.

“The rallygoers were the perfect audience for the president”: Ishaan Tharoor on how the Trump presidency exists in a bubble. “Demonic activity was palpable” at Trump’s rally, pastor says. At town halls, more crowds face off against Republican lawmakers. Angry constituents are saving America from Trump and we are here for it. The massive wave of town hall protests ruining the GOP’s week, explained.


Trump forgets his Obama criticisms: The new president, who attacked Obama for golfing and personal travel, spends his first month outdoing his predecessor. Conservative activists refuse to believe Trump is spending more on travel than Obama. The art of Don’s con: Clancy Martin on what Trump shares with America's best swindlers. Russ Choma on Donald Trump's mystery $50 million (or more) loan: The president of the United States might have a secret creditor. This obscure news story, which should be huge, shows how Trump gets away with corruption: “The House of Representatives has refused to investigate either one of the two massive ongoing legal and ethical violations involving the Trump administration”.


CPAC, explained: A conference for ideologues has become a celebrity experience. Is Trump taking over conservatism, or is conservatism absorbing Trump? CPAC will be the latest litmus test. Conservatives can't figure out whether to embrace or denounce the alt-Right: The annual Conservative Political Action Conference began with a condemnation of the movement with close White House ties. Outcast no more: As the far Right goes mainstream, what will happen to their grievances? Stephen Bannon’s nationalist call to arms, annotated. Steve Bannon’s not-so-subtle threat to the media. “Steve, just say Jewish, this is taking forever”. Laurie Penny is on the Milo bus with the Lost Boys of America’s New Right.

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