From the Congressional Research Service, a report on U.S. Restrictions on Relations with Burma. Brooke Chambers and Miray Philips on the silence surrounding the Rohingya. Aung San Suu Kyi can't, or won't, rein in Burma's army: Her inability or unwillingness to stand up for persecuted Rohingya Muslims against the Burmese military has chilling implications. Is this the real Aung San Suu Kyi? The Nobel laureate has shocked the world by failing to speak up for persecuted minorities. Press freedom in Burma is under attack again — and Aung San Suu Kyi isn't doing anything about it. From LARB, a review essay on Burma by Sebastian Strangio.


Ryan C. Black (Michigan State) and Amanda Clare (Minnesota): The Policy Consequences of Term Limits on the U.S. Supreme Court. Eric Segall (Georgia State): Eight Justices are Enough: A Proposal to Improve the United States Supreme Court. RonNell Andersen Jones (Utah) and Aaron Nielson (BYU): Clarence Thomas the Questioner. Brian Christopher Jones (Liverpool Hope) and Austin Sarat (Amherst): Justices as Sacred Symbols: Antonin Scalia and the Cultural Life of the Law. Mitchell N. Berman (Penn): The Tragedy of Justice Scalia. Alan E. Garfield (Widener): How Conservative Justices Are Undermining Our Democracy (or What's at Stake in Choosing Justice Scalia's Successor?).

Why we must not normalize the Gorsuch nomination: Judge Neil Gorsuch may be a really nice guy, but that doesn't matter if his record on every issue progressives care about is dangerously regressive. Does Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee believe the constitution is God's law? You may hear a lot about an arcane legal theory at Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings.


Stewart L. Brown (Florida State): Mutual Funds and the Regulatory Capture of the SEC. Eric A. Posner (Chicago) and Fiona M. Scott and E. Glen Weyl (Yale): A Proposal to Limit the Anti-Competitive Power of Institutional Investors (and more). David J. Reiss (Brooklyn): Gorsuch, CFPB and Future of the Administrative State. The GOP is looking to fire one of the few adversaries of Wall Street who's slated to stay in power. Republicans are moving to get rid of rules that limit overdraft fees: The big winner will be a prepaid debit card company that has spent generously in Washington in recent years. Miklos Dietz, Vinayak HV, and Gillian Lee on bracing for seven critical changes as fintech matures.

The champions of the 401(k) lament the revolution they started: The dominant vehicle for retirement savings has fallen short of its early backers' rosy expectations; longer life spans, high fees and stock-market declines. Six in 10 Americans don't have $500 in savings. The 10 most important things about personal finance that you must know.


Antonios G. Broumas (Westminster): Social Democratic and Critical Theories of the Intellectual Commons: A Critical Analysis. The Yemen raid is looking more and more like a complete disaster — and Trump is starting to distance himself from it. The travel press is reporting the “Trump slump”, a devastating drop in tourism to the United States. Trump echoes David Duke, reportedly suggests Jews are behind threats to Jewish schools (and more). “I have multiple loves”: Carrie Jenkins makes the philosophical case for polyamory. Skye C. Cleary reviews What Love Is: And What It Could Be by Carrie Jenkins. Is Puerto Rico on a path to incorporation? Puerto Rico is on its way to holding a status plebiscite over the summer.


From Boston Magazine, Chris Sweeney on how liberal professors are ruining college: In New England, they outnumber conservatives 28 to 1 — why that's bad for everyone. Colleges are accused of using civics instruction to promote liberal activism. Reed College professor Lucia Martinez on the social justice Left: "I am a gay mixed-race woman. I am intimidated by these students". Campus conservatives get a lesson in activism: When professors start ranting, start filming. Studies say professors lean left but challenge idea that this results in indoctrination or harms conservatives. Mill, Mao and Socrates: Harrison Fluss and Landon Frim describe three basic styles to teaching in the current politically charged environment.

Has Donald Trump exposed the liberal academic cocoon? There's a lot of schadenfreude out there about out-of-touch liberal universities — let's take a closer look. Kelly Wilz on the myth of the liberal campus. Aaron Hanlon on the myth of the liberal "echo chamber" on campus. If college liberals are so naive, why did the campus right fall for Yiannopoulos? Milo and the violent, well-funded right-wing attacks on academic freedom: Guns, hostile lawmakers, and professional bigots are more dangerous to academic freedom than left-wing activists are. Host a white supremacist, risk chaos from anarchists: Peter Schmidt interviews Lacy MacAuley of the D.C. Antifascist Coalition.

George Yancy: I am a dangerous professor. Katherine Knott on what it's like to be named to a watch list of "anti-American" professors (and more by Heather Cox Richardson). Casey Quinlan on Turning Point USA, the conservative group behind efforts to intimidate professors. A twist on controversial "Professor Watchlist": Notre Dame academics want their names added. Goldie Blumenstyk interviews George Ciccariello-­Maher on the far Right's new offensive against academia. Here is a day in the life of Erik Loomis.


Perilous: European crisis looms in the Balkans. Russia stirs friction in Balkans, as NATO keeps an uneasy peace. As Moscow advances, U.S. allies look warily to Trump for clarity. Trump says American allies should spend more on defense — here's why he's wrong. Administration adopts a “Never-Mind-What-Trump-Said” foreign policy. President Trump's foreign policy failures are alarming Europe. Trump takes aim at the European Union: Kathleen R. McNamara on why the EU won't unify in response. Trump's anti-EU rhetoric could actually help Europe. This is how NATO ends: With the quiet shuttering of an irrelevant Brussels office building in September 2020.


From Mother Jones, here are the top ten Republican accomplishments of 2017 so far. What Trump has done (and mostly not done) from his first 100 days agenda. Why the Trump agenda is moving slowly: The Republicans’ wonk gap. Trump says he’s deliberately refusing to fill hundreds of top agency jobs. Trump’s budget plan depends on wholly unrealistic cuts to the rest of government. Why Trump can’t make a deal: Trump was supposed to be great at making deals — what happened? We no longer have three branches of government. Donald Trump and Paul Ryan’s Phony War: “Trumpism” is mainly a post hoc attempt to build an intellectual edifice around a race-baiting demagogue — since it did not spring from any serious analysis, it has mostly grabbed onto ideas that were already lying around the conservative movement. William E. Scheuerman on the real reason the GOP made peace with Trump: The GOP’s anti-democratic fetish runs deep.

Does Stephen Miller speak for Trump, or vice versa? The 31-year-old is a driving force behind the White House’s policies. Trump faces a huge problem, and Bannon’s con-artistry cannot make it disappear. Timothy Denevi on the dark, Orwellian power of Steve Bannon, on display at CPAC. The failure of pro-Trump intellectualism: The new American Affairs journal whitewashes the president's politics and aims to hoodwink elite conservatives into believing that he's just like them.

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