Hannah Levintova on the long, twisted, and bizarre history of the Trump-Russia scandal: Here's the timeline you need to keep track of the controversy. What exactly did Paul Manafort do wrong? If the lobbyist's work did indeed "greatly benefit the Putin Government", the contract wouldn't be especially out of the ordinary for an American lobbyist — or for Russia. Ryan Lizza on how the White House and Republicans blew up the House Russia investigation. Does the House intelligence committee chairman want a crisis? David Corn on how Devin Nunes is threatening the constitution. The House's Russia investigation is currently a gigantic, partisan mess.

Why are Republicans so blindly backing Trump over Russia? The Russia scandal has reached the Trump family — and only a special counsel can find out how deep the rot goes. Donald Trump's team "wiping their electronic devices" in case they have to give evidence.


Quinn Slobodian (Wellesley): Ordoglobalism: The Invention of International Economic Law. M. Ayhan Kose, Csilla Lakatos, Franziska Ohnsorge, and Marc Stocker (World Bank): The Global Role of the U.S. Economy: Linkages, Policies and Spillovers. Grietje Baars (City): "It's not Me, it's the Corporation": The Value of Corporate Accountability in the Global Political Economy. From Political Players? Sovereign Wealth Funds' Investments in Central and Eastern Europe, Piotr Wisniewski (SGH): The Recent Investment Activity of Global Sovereign Wealth Funds; and Tomasz Kaminski (Lodz): Political Significance of Sovereign Wealth Funds.

Andres Rivarola Puntigliano (Stockholm): 21st Century Geopolitics: Integration and Development in the Age of "Continental States". Geopolitics is changing: An excerpt from Power Shift: On the New Global Order by Richard Falk.


The giant Trump climate order is here: Robinson Meyer on what it does, what comes next. Trump just released his plan to gut Obama's climate policies — it's worse than you thought (and more). Brad Plumer asked legal experts how Trump could kill Obama's Clean Power Plan — blowing up Obama's most important climate policy won't be easy. Nancy LeTourneau on the glaring omissions in Trump's climate rule. Jonathan Chait on Trump's mindless war on green energy. Trump claims that killing Obama's climate legacy will bring back coal jobs — it's a ruse (and more). Do environmental regulations reduce employment? Not really.

Trump's environmental executive order is as stupid as it is damaging. The Paris agreement is burning: Trump's executive order will all but ensure America fails to meet its goals under the international agreement to fight climate change (and more). Trump's executive order puts the world on the road to climate catastrophe. China poised to take lead on climate after Trump's move to undo policies. Rhea Suh on how Trump's anti-climate crusade can still be stopped.


Anthony Ince (Cardiff) and Geronimo Barrera de la Torre (UNAM): For Post-Statist Geographies. Panic spreads in Iraq, Syria as record numbers of civilians are reported killed in U.S. strikes. What the Russian protests mean for Putin. Ishaan Tharoor on what your views on Russia and Islam say about your politics. From Reason, Jeff Sessions threatens unconstitutional action against sanctuary cities — and Sessions' targeting of sanctuary cities not exactly what it appears. The White House won't comment on a white supremacist accused of terrorism. Trump Administration omits LGBTQ people from 2020 census (and more). Cicero molds a virtuous leader out of Plato: Todd Hertling on ancient lessons in moral education and duty.


From PUP, the introduction to American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present by Philip Gorski. Pericles Lewis reviews Supernatural Entertainments: Victorian Spiritualism and the Rise of Modern Media Culture by Simone Natale. Christopher Evans on why you should know about the New Thought movement. Phil Zuckerman reviews Village Atheists: How America's Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation by Leigh Eric Schmidt. The sage of Yale Law: Anthony Kronman was a university dean — now he's a "born-again pagan" who thinks he might have discovered the meaning of life.

From Bad Subjects, a special issue on the idea and varieties of faith in our time. Cult confessions: Ellen Wayland-Smith on faith and the limits of liberalism. The Baptist battle over Russell Moore really matters — here's why. A former Mormon launched a WikiLeaks-inspired site — now it's trying to expose the Church. MormonLeaks goes to battle with Mormon church over leaked "enemy list". Progressive faith communities face their own wave of hate. The Christian retreat from public life: Emma Green reviews The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher (and more and more).


The real killer of Trumpcare was conservatives' self-deception. The failure of the health-care bill saved Republicans from themselves. Theory: More Americans embrace Obamacare now that white people need it. Republican failure in DC changes the game on Medicaid expansion. How Trumpcare's failure sets the stage for single-payer: With the implosion of "repeal and replace", the next logical step in Democratic health care reform is Medicare for All. Democrats are back on offense and waiting for GOP to beg for their help. Trump now says he wants to work with Democrats — but it may already be too late.

Republicans' health-care disaster is already haunting their next big thing. The GOP's next legislative trick will be bringing AHCA back from the dead. Repeal of Affordable Care Act is back on agenda, Republicans say. Senate Republicans not ready to give up on Obamacare repeal. McConnell throws cold water on idea of reviving Obamacare repeal effort. Republicans can't even agree on whether to give up on health care. Republicans have 2 ways forward on health care reform — both look bleak.

Trump hired Tom Price to blow up Obamacare — what will he do now? Trump can wound Obamacare without the help of Congress. Trump may have to choose between openly blowing up Obamacare or shutting down the government. Obamacare won't explode unless Trump wants it to. If Trump sabotages Obamacare, rural America will suffer the most. How to save Obamacare from Trump: The Republicans are trying to sabotage the law — liberals shouldn't be complacent, and the media can't abandon its responsibilities.


Baris Guven (UMass): Marxist Explanations for Financialization: A Critical Review. Dirk Schoenmaker (Erasmus): What Happened to Global Banking after the Crisis? The big mystique: William Davies reviews The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and its Aftermath by Ben Bernanke; and The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking, and the Future of the Global Economy by Mervyn King. Lisa Herzog (TUM): Just Financial Markets? Finance in a Just Society. Gwendolyn Gordon and David T. Zaring (Penn): Ethical Bankers. Financial Times columnist John Kay advocates imprisoning dirty corporate executives. Trump and Warren are on a collision course: Why is a so-called populist trying to dismantle America's most effective consumer watchdog?

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