House Intelligence chair discloses classified intel in clumsy effort to validate Trump. What the heck is Devin Nunes talking about? A guide for the perplexed. The latest Trump wiretapping news, explained in plain English (and more). Thread: “Some more thoughts on Nunes today, who really exposed himself today”. We’re learning a lot more about the Trump team’s financial ties to Russia. The White House is filled with smoke: Paul Manafort is just the latest guy to fall — there will be more. Manafort who? With Trump’s former campaign chairman catching heat for his Russia ties, the White House is scrambling to distance itself. Congress must act: Trump’s Russia ties a full-blown crisis for U.S. democracy.


Sahar F. Aziz (Texas A&M): Losing the “War of Ideas”: A Critique of Countering Violent Extremism Programs. Threats of violent Islamist and far-right extremism: What does the research say? The media needs to start calling white men terrorist. Most convicted terrorists are U.S. citizens — why does the White House say otherwise? It’s not foreigners who are plotting here: What the data really show. What if President Trump really wants to alienate Muslims? Fanning national security fears is GOP’s obvious path to midterm success. Donna Starr-Deelen on double government, national security powers, and the Trump administration. Trump administration is said to be working to loosen counterterrorism rules. Trump has a plan for the next 9/11 — Democrats need one. Jed S. Rakoff reviews A War Like No Other: The Constitution in a Time of Terror by Owen Fiss.

Trump’s Pentagon presents ISIS plan that looks much like Obama’s. Kurt Eichenwald on how Donald Trump is fueling ISIS. What ISIS fighters think of Trump: The president has given terrorist groups a propaganda victory beyond their wildest dreams. Al Qaeda propaganda is using Steve Bannon’s Islamophobia against the U.S. Al-Qaida puts Steve Bannon on the cover of its official newspaper. “Our readiness for a terrorist attack is dangerously low”: Richard Clarke, a former counterterrorism adviser to three presidents, says, “I’ve never seen anything quite like” Trump’s approach to national security.


Kay Mathiesen and Don Fallis (Arizona): “The Greatest Liar Has His Believers”: The Social Epistemology of Political Lying. Trump’s worst enemy is his own big, lying mouth: The FBI, NSA, Germany, Britain, Australia — is there anybody America's dissembler-in-chief can't alienate? Trump’s lies are failing him, and it is making him deeply frustrated. Donald Trump “records morning shows he misses so he can watch them before bed”. Donald Trump is not having fun: Katy Waldman on a portrait of a sad, angry president. “He’s deeply, deeply insecure about how he’s perceived in the world, about whether or not he’s competent and deserves what he’s gotten”: Why letting go, for Trump, is no small or simple task. The emigrants: From a letter written in 1905 by Friedrich Trump, Donald Trump’s grandfather, to Luitpold, prince regent of Bavaria.


Junyan Jiang (Penn) and Yang Zhang (American): Leadership Successions and Patterns of Power Sharing in China. The PRC of 1949 and 2016 may as well be different planets, so why are some calling Xi Jinping the new Mao? Ian Johnson on Xi Jinping: The illusion of greatness. China just held its National People’s Congress — here are three key points. Matej Simalcik (Groningen): Confucianism in Chinese Foreign Policy: A Strategic-Cultural Analysis of the South China Sea Dispute. Tom Miller on Chinese foreign policy in 5 minutes. Gregory Shaffer (UC-Irvine) and Henry S. Gao (SMU): China's Rise: How it Took on the U.S. at the WTO. Following a fiasco, Trump now looks like “a paper tiger” to China.

Amitai Etzioni (George Washington): The China Options. Kenneth Rogoff on why Trump can’t bully China. Gideon Rachman on Trump in the China shop. Robert Farley on how a war between the U.S. and China would be World War III (and might be hard to shut off).


Kimberly Gross and Ethan Porter (George Washington) and Thomas Wood (OSU): Presidential Debates in the Age of Partisan Media: A Field Experiment. Russia "trying to oust Angela Merkel by inciting unrest against refugees in Germany". Tillerson plans to skip NATO meeting, visit Russia in April (and more and more and more and more on "Trump's Diplomat"). Tillerson refuses to rule out nuclearization of Asian allies. "Untalented" crime writers respond to their No 1 critic: 13 thriller writers take William O'Rourke to task for dismissing them and their readers. For more than two decades, Rebecca Solnit has been a favorite of the literati: Penning exquisite essays that move between the political and the personal, the intellectual and the earthy — then came "mansplaining".

Neil Gorsuch is not Another Scalia — he's the next John Roberts: Gorsuch puts a handsome face on an ugly ideology. Sorry Neil Gorsuch: American judges are just as partisan as everyone else. Gerald Dworkin reviews The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia by Neil M. Gorsuch.


This is what you need to know about government surveillance: Henry Farrell interviews Jennifer Stisa Granick, author of American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care and What to Do About It. So there was an FBI wiretap in Trump Tower: Josh Marshall on Donald Trump, GoodFellas edition. The Nixonian strategy behind Trump's Obama lie: The president's stubborn wiretapping claim is a way to shore up support from his Republican base. Nancy LeTourneau on when right wing media goes from being GOP propaganda to intel source. The FBI probe into Trump and Russia is huge news — our political system isn't ready for it.

If Trump is innocent, why is he acting so guilty? His reaction to FBI Director James Comey's testimony about Russian meddling was defensive and deceitful. John Dean, the former White House counsel to President Nixon who was charged for helping cover up the Watergate scandal, says he thinks President Trump's White House is "in cover-up mode". Comey disclosures leave Trump alone on island of conspiracy theories. Is Russiagate a conspiracy theory? Masha Gessen weighs in on Putin, Trump and what we should really be afraid of.

A Russian lawyer involved in a US prosecution mysteriously plunged from his apartment window.


Richard Christopher Whalen (Indiana State): Financial Regulation in the Era of Donald Trump. Christina Parajon Skinner (Brooklyn): Deregulating Finance. The return of an unfettered Wall Street: Donald Trump says we need deregulation to help his friends get loans. Trump thinks Wall Street regulations are killing America and only Goldman Sachs can save us. Springtime for scammers: Trump and his allies in Congress are making it a priority to unravel financial reform — and specifically the parts of financial reform that protect consumers against predators. Trump picks Wall Street over Main Street. Can Wall Street save Trump from himself? The promise and peril in the president’s surrounding himself with former bankers.

Is Wall Street responsible for our economic problems? Wall Street believes a myth about Donald Trump’s presidency — it will face a rude awakening. Donald Trump is about to make a mockery of Wall Street: Trump has a unique talent — convincing people he won't rip them off, and Wall Street could be the latest victim. We need a simple way to remind everyone that Trump is ripping us off. Trump honeymoon over: Markets are now scared his policy promises won't come true. The stock market has boomed under Trump — what happens next might scare you. Why Robert Shiller is worried about the Trump rally.


The Congressional Budget Office finds fewer Americans would be insured with G.O.P. plan than with simple repeal. Trump should worry more about what happens if the GOP health bill passes. Trump warns House Republicans: Repeal health law or lose your seats. Why Trump thinks passing a terrible health-care bill makes sense. Tierney Sneed on the 7 biggest cons in the GOP's Obamacare repeal pitch. Andrew Prokop on 4 ways the House health care vote could go down — including "in flames". Trump's penchant for vengeance casts shadow on health care vote. What if conservatives said what they really believed about health care? Ezra Klein on the health care debate we're not having, but should be.


Luis Andueza (King’s College): Value, Struggle, and the Production of Nature. Jason W. Moore (Binghamton): The Rise of Cheap Nature. Benjamin Kunkel reviews The Birth of the Anthropocene by Jeremy Davies; Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital by Jason Moore; and Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam-Power and the Roots of Global Warming by Andreas Malm. Ulrich Brand (Vienna): How to Get Out of the Multiple Crisis? Contours of a Critical Theory of Social-Ecological Transformation. Julia M. Puaschunder (New School): Sunny Side Up: From Climate Change Burden Sharing to Fair Global Warming Benefits Distribution: Groundwork on the Metaphysics of the Gains of Global Warming and the Climatorial Imperative; and Climate Policies with Burden Sharing: The Economics of Climate Financing.

Christian Tarsney (Maryland): Does a Discount Rate Measure the Costs of Climate Change? Jonathan White (LSE): Climate Change and the Generational Timescape. Philip E. Graves (Colorado): Global Climate Policy Will Have Net Benefits Larger Than Anyone Thinks (and Welfare Gains, Strangely, Are Likely To Be Much Larger Yet).


Thread: “Going to say again: Putin or Trump don't actually need to have anything on the GOP Congress to force their complicity”. Who stopped McCarthy? Sam Tanenhaus on what the history of Republican infighting can teach us today. National Review in the wilderness: The magazine was famously “Against Trump”, now it's anti-anti-Trump, and increasingly pro-Trump — what does it stand for now? American Affairs, a new journal sympathetic to the president, makes an uneven debut. Best known for her turn on The Apprentice, Omarosa Manigault — a former Democrat turned “Trumplican” — now holds an important position inside the White House; her rise has sent black Republicans into an existential crisis as they find themselves trying to get a seat at the table. Thousands of furious Trump fans can’t stop visiting a website that pretends Clinton won.

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