Noah Smith on the myth of the U.S. immigration crisis. An unintended side effect of Trump's border wall: Since the Great Recession, more Mexicans have left the United States than migrated there — constructing a barrier along the southern border may discourage more from going. Trump's border wall ignores a long history of U.S. cooperation with Mexico — that's a problem. Trump's version of a lawless US-Mexico border is being disputed by the people who live there. What happens to undocumented immigrants once they fall into ICE's hands? In New York, undocumented immigrants can languish in abominable detention centers for months or even years.

Trump administration issues new immigration enforcement policies, says goal is not "mass deportations" (and more). New Trump administration rules target far more people for deportation and prosecution. The government just put out the blueprint for President Trump's immigration crackdown: Almost everyone in the US without papers is now a priority for deportation. Trump Plan is to deport to Mexico immigrants crossing border illegally, regardless of nationality. Jeremy Neifeld on why Republicans should want to expand protection from deportation. Borderline delusion: Siddhartha Deb on the Bannon-Miller alternative history of immigration.


From Boston Review, beyond cynicism: William E. Scheuerman on why the GOP made peace with Trump. The Claremont Review of Books published “The Flight 93 Election”, an incendiary case for Donald J. Trump — can it now help pilot the American government? From National Review, a cover story on For Love of Country: Rich Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru on how conservatives should embrace a sensible and moderate form of nationalism (and responses by Jonah Goldberg, Ben Shapiro, and John O’Sullivan). The anti-anti-Trump Right: For conservative publications, the business model is opposing the Left — and that means opposing the people who oppose Trump. Brendan Nyhan: “Anti-anti-Trumpism is the false balance of the conservative media”. Conservative talk radio stands by Trump despite turmoil.

4chan is the skeleton key to the rise of Trump: Trump’s younger supporters know he’s an incompetent joke; in fact, that’s why they support him. Ben Howe on how evangelical leaders enabled the rise of Milo Yiannopoulos. Milo Yiannopoulos just tasted the hypocrisy of the American Right: The fact that Milo's new friends weren't fine with pedophilia means that they were fine with racism, sexism, transphobia, etc. Trump’s America will be on vivid display at annual conservative gathering, CPAC. Sean Illing interviews Evan McMullin, former #NeverTrumper candidate, on why America needs a new conservative movement.


From CJR, what does Trump have in common with Hugo Chavez? A media strategy. "This is an emergency": Left-leaning sites grapple with Trump's defiant attempts to undercut the media. In Trump’s volleys, echoes of Alex Jones’s conspiracy theories. Has the White House press office’s silence become a weapon in its war on the media? A dangerous time for the press and the presidency: Trump’s branding of the press as an "enemy" seems less an attempt to influence coverage than an invitation to repression and even violence. Could reporters be hunted down if Trump goes after leakers? The best response to Trump’s press-bashing: Do your job. Chill with the "journalists are heroes" thing.


“Mind the sequence: First, Trump watches a Fox News segment”: Erik Wemple on how Fox News is now forging U.S. foreign policy. Donald Trump is the Bizarro Noam Chomsky: The president shares the left-wing view that America is a brutal imperialist power — but he thinks there's nothing wrong with that. Quit calling Donald Trump an isolationist — he is a militarist, something far worse. Trump has no foreign policy: There's no such thing as a Trump Doctrine, folks — just an incoherent mess. Trump’s grand strategic train wreck: Believe it or not, the president has a grand strategy — but it's a nightmarish mess. The Trump administration’s foreign policy is running so smoothly.

Michael Flynn, General Chaos: What the removal of Flynn as the national-security adviser reveals about Donald Trump’s White House. Classified memo tells intelligence analysts to keep Trump's daily brief short. Trump ignores “the grown-ups” in his Cabinet: Foreign policy chiefs struggle to influence a wobbly White House. What should U.S. military leaders do if the president provokes a major international crisis? New praetorianism: A fetish for generals has seized the nation — and America is careening toward disaster.


Does New York State have a copy of President Trump’s federal returns? Any state with a copy of those returns could choose to share them with Congress. China violated its own law to grant Trump a trademark: China’s Valentine’s Day present to Trump could put him in legal jeopardy. Donald Trump may have just committed an impeachable offense. Democrats seek to quell Trump impeachment talk: Party leaders caution against rushing into a political trap. New York attorney general reviewing request to bring action to dissolve Trump Organization: An alternate legal route, when impeachment isn’t possible. How can we get rid of Trump? There’s a simple (legal) way to replace a president — but it has never been attempted. Why the 25th Amendment is suddenly getting so much attention.


The Jacksonian revolt: Walter Russell Mead on American populism and the liberal order. Is Trump a populist? Max Sawicky on the ambitions of the Right and of the Left. Trump, a populist? Stress test of a concept. Why Donald Trump really is a populist. The populist ploy: Win McCormack revisits Irving Kristol, the conservative thinker who predicted Trump's rise. Silvia Killingsworth on all the people who predicted Donald Trump: A listicle without commentary. Populist correctness is the new PC culture of Trump's America and Brexit Britain: Rightwing snowflakes are offended by everything from Kermit to holiday greetings and Starbucks cups.

"It's the power that does something to me": Dispatches from the Saturday night Trump rally. Trumped and abandoned: Susan Faludi on the angry white male in the political wilderness. Does Trump's support have a ceiling or a floor?


Mathilde Cohen (UConn): The Lactating Man. Betsy DeVos’s brother, the founder of Blackwater, is setting up a private army for China, sources say. Masha Gessen writes in praise of hypocrisy: The president makes a bittersweet concession to an American norm. Reality begins to set in on Obamacare — for both sides. Bullshitting jobs: Benjamin Noys reviews Working the Phones: Control and Resistance in Call Centres by Jamie Woodcock. The downfall of YouTube’s biggest star is a symptom of a bigger illness: The schadenfreude over YouTube star Felix Kjellberg’s sudden fall from grace overlooks a much bigger, more insidious pattern of young men testing boundaries in the angriest corners of the Internet.


Donald Trump thinks he’s good at being president. Trump, an outsider demanding loyalty, struggles to fill top posts. Thread: “Lot of speculation these days about how #Trump Admin will manage a REAL crisis, given its high level of baseline chaos. Let's dive in”. The great government breakdown has begun: Trump is exercising zero restraint, and Republicans aren't stopping him — four years from now, the damage might be irreparable. Thread: “Lessons I learned from Greece #1: abysmal incompetence of populist government leads many to mistaken belief it will be over quickly”. David Brooks on what a failed Trump administration looks like. “After this is all over, I never, ever want to hear again about how businessmen would run the government better than politicians”.


From a constitutional and moral perspective, the country now faces a momentous question: How far did the Russian penetration of Trump's campaign go? Matthew Yglesias on 33 questions about Donald Trump and Russia: There's an awful lot of loose ends here. Trump’s Russia motives: He has business ties, political ties and ideological ties to Putin’s Russia, and it’s up to the Senate and the F.B.I. to clarify them. Evelyn Farkas was the Pentagon's top Russia expert — now she wants Trump independently investigated. Republicans used to fear Russians — here's what they think now.

"The intervention was a surefire winner": Trump's presidency has created the "unbelievable turmoil" Putin wanted all along. Kremlin tells media to cut back on fawning Trump coverage, sources say. Our Putin: Don't worry too much about whether Trump and the Russian leader are working together — worry about what they have in common.


Alexander Anievas (UConn) and Kerem Nisancioglu (SOAS): How Did the West Usurp the Rest? Origins of the Great Divergence over the Longue Duree. How Europe became so rich: In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth — how? Guido Alfani on the top rich in Europe in the long run of history (1300 to present day): "Throughout this time, the only significant declines in inequality were the result of the Black Death and the World Wars". The first chapter from A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy by Joel Mokyr (and more).

Slavery as free trade: The 18th-century thinkers behind laissez-faire economics saw slavery as a great example of global free trade. There's a bitter new battle over whether slave torture was the foundation of the American economy (and more). Shackles and dollars: Historians and economists clash over slavery. The pain of the past: Lessons from a fight between economists and historians.

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