Why Bernie Sanders’s unity tour failed: The independent senator hit the road with Democratic national chairman Tom Perez — and highlighted everything that’s tearing the party apart. “Disarray” is preface to power for Democrats. Democrats partner with political newcomers aiming to create anti-Trump wave in 2018 midterms. Joshua Holland on why opposing Trump isn’t like the GOP obstructing Obama. Shit talking is Democrats’ new strategy. No time for a negative peace: This is what a failed “resistance” looks like. Alex Arriaga on how a group that defended affirmative action evolved into an anti-Trump force. Adam Gopnik on the persistence of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

The first 100 days of resistance restored our faith in democracy — but progressives must continue to take to the streets — and push Democrats to offer a real alternative. Brian Resnick on four rules for making a protest work, according to experts. In America, “proximity and shared values” is all it takes to turn protesters into felons.


Tristam Adams (Goldsmiths): Femme Fatales, Female Psychopaths and Narrative Science. What would the second Korean war look like? The first 24 hours of war on the Korean peninsula could cost hundreds of thousands of lives. Theresa May would fire UK’s nuclear weapons as a “first strike”, says Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. Outspoken Maldives blogger who challenged radical Islamists is killed. Jeff Stein on the core contradiction of Barack Obama’s post-presidency. State Department uses government website to promote Trump’s private country club: Taxpayer dollars, used to line the president’s pockets. How to do things with genres: Marta Figlerowicz reviews Simple Forms: Legend, Saga, Myth, Riddle, Saying, Case, Memorabile, Fairytale, Joke by Andre Jolles.


The AP has released the transcript of its interview with our Yam-in-Chief, and much of it is utterly unintelligible (and more). “The ideas made it, but I didn’t”: Pat Buchanan won after all — but now he thinks it might be too late for the nation he was trying to save. Donald Trump won the 2016 election because he’s what Republican voters wanted. “Trump voters like Trump not because of anything he’s doing but because he’s Trump”. Trump voters don’t believe he has played more golf than Obama in first 3 months. Nearing 100 days, Trump’s approval at record lows but his base is holding (and more).

“Last year, Trump released a Contract With The American Voter, outlining an agenda for the first 100 days. Here’s the status of that agenda”. Winning: Trump, GOP Congress are 0-4 on major campaign pledges. Donald Trump just pulled a major flip-flop on his first 100 days in office: President Trump was for the 100 days mark mattering before he was against it. A hundred days of Trump: With his nativist and purely transactional view of politics, he threatens to be democracy’s most reckless caretaker. Robert Reich on the first 100 days: Trump and the degradation of the presidency. Marc Thiessen: “Forget the critics, Mr. President. Your first 100 days have been just fine”.

“I never realized how big it was”: President Trump is slowly coming to terms with the size of the government he now runs, and the challenges he must tackle. Donald Trump’s ignorance keeps getting in the way. Trump is writing fake executive orders because he doesn’t know how to be president. White House loads thinly staffed agencies with policy deadlines. Why Republicans will pass Trump’s yuge tax cuts for the rich. Trump’s nuclear option on Obamacare, explained: He might blow up the law or himself. Trump will provoke a crisis or be humiliated this week. Donald Trump is obsessed with winning, and that’s why he’s losing.

Republicans are holding themselves hostage, threatening a government shutdown against their own party.


What pundits are saying about the French election. “This is deadly serious”: French parties set sights on Marine Le Pen. Almost everyone in French politics is working to stop Le Pen. Le Pen calls French parties “completely rotten” as they unite to fend her off. Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader. Sunday’s election shows just how completely French voters have rejected the establishment. The French elections showed the strength of the European far Right — and its limits. What a 1973 French novel tells us about Marine Le Pen, Steve Bannon and the rise of the populist Right: Stridently anti-immigrant, The Camp of Saints was originally ignored or pilloried — now, it’s found a following.


Kweku Opoku-Agyemang (UC-Berkeley): Narcissism Over Ideology: Revealed versus Stated Terrorist Preferences. Simon Mabon (Lancaster): The Apocalyptic and the Sectarian: Identity, “Bare Life” and the Rise of Da’ish. Sabri Ciftci, Becky J. O'Donnell, and Allison Tanner (Kansas State): Who Favors Al-Qaeda? Anti-Americanism, Religious Outlooks, and Support for Terrorist Organizations. Barak Mendelsohn (Haverford): Terrorism and Protean Power: How Terrorists Navigate Uncertainty. Samuel Plapinger and Philip B.K. Potter (Virginia): Balancing the Books: How Militant Organizations Compensate for Weaknesses with Alliances. Georg Meggle reviews Terrorism Unjustified: The Use and Misuse of Political Violence by Vicente Medina.


Simon During (Queensland): The Eighteenth-Century Origins of Critique. Sverre Raffnsoe (CBS): What is Critique? Critical Turns in the Age of Criticism. From Constellations, Frieder Vogelmann (Bremen): Measuring, Disrupting, Emancipating: Three Pictures of Critique. Leonie Ansems De Vries (King’s), Lara Montesinos Coleman (Sussex), Doerthe Rosenow (Oxford Brookes), Martina Tazzioli (Swansea) and Rolando Vazquez (UCR): Fracturing Politics (or, How to Avoid the Tacit Reproduction of Modern/Colonial Ontologies in Critical Thought). Alexander R. Galloway interview McKenzie Wark, author of The Beach Beneath the Street, The Spectacle of Disintegration, and Molecular Red.


President Trump’s quiet bid to kill President Obama’s legacy: Trump is a prolific user of an obscure 20-year-old law to overturn protections put in place by his predecessor. Trump isn’t a do-nothing president: He’s done a lot of undoing. George Will on the “Oh, never mind” president. What happens if the president doesn’t matter? Trump realizes being president is hard. How Trump succeeds without succeeding: He has made a career of convincing people that his failures were the exact opposite — can he pull it off again? Maggie Haberman on Trump White House’s loneliness, leakiness. “Everyone tunes in”: Ashley Parker and Robert Costa go inside Trump’s obsession with cable TV.

Why Trump likes his freewheeling Oval Office schedule: The loose set-up allows friends and unofficial advisers to whisper in the president’s ear on policy issues. Personnel is policy: Timothy Taylor on presidential appointments. Remember those temporary officials Trump quietly installed? Some are now permanent employees. With 85% of Trump’s top roles unfilled, who’s running the government? “Trump tweeted about Benghazi 67 different times. But he hasn’t even nominated anyone for State Dept job of Asst Sec. for Diplomatic Security”. Nothing’s happening: There’s no news right now because Trump doesn’t actually do anything.

The White House seems excited to shut down the government. Trump has big demands and no leverage in the government-shutdown fight. When Donald Trump needs a win, America loses: His ego is driving life-and-death decisions; the results could be disastrous. Trump’s ego could cause a government shutdown. Nixon had his “madman theory”, Trump is just a madman: Nixon was smart and calculating; Trump is just ignorant and incompetent. At Yale, psychiatrists cite their “duty to warn” about an unfit president. Hillary was right: Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president.


Maggie Hennefeld (Minnesota): Toward a Feminist Politics of Comedy and History. Lukas Kantor (Charles): Bilderberg Group and Transnational Capitalist Class: Recent Trends in Global Elite Club as Vindication of neo-Marxism. William Gochberg reviews Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World by Leif Wenar. Stupid, brutal world: The desensitization industry strikes again. Donald Trump’s Earth Day statement is shameful. Neil Gorsuch’s very first decision on the Supreme Court was to let a man be killed. How can we accept the transgendered but not the transracial? Joseph Heath wants to know. Sean Illing interviews Martha Nussbaum on key intellectual influences and the importance of contrary opinions.


France’s historic presidential election results, explained: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron come out on top. Macron won, but France’s austerity centrism is still in big trouble. Valerie Igounet and Vincent Jarousseau on France’s Front National in power. The meaning of France Insoumise: Even in defeat, the movement around Melenchon offers new possibilities for the French Left. What happens next in France will determine the level of bigotry Europe is willing to tolerate: “If Le Pen wins, she will divide the country, Europe and probably the world”. We should remember that the President of the United States is supporting the hyper-nationalist, far-right anti-semitic candidate, Marine Le Pen.


How to catch a hacker: Russia’s cyberwarfare operations are built on the back of their cybercriminal networks — can the US and its allies take them down? Trump blows his deadline on anti-hacking plan: He pledged in January to quickly develop a program for countering hackers, but no one seems to know who’s in charge of developing it or where it is. Let’s talk about bubbles and James Comey. As the F.B.I. investigated Hillary Clinton and the Trump campaign, James B. Comey tried to keep the bureau out of politics but plunged it into the center of a bitter election. Obama rejected Comey op-ed on Russian interference.

Report: Former staffer confirms Jason Chaffetz is under FBI investigation. Jason Chaffetz is fleeing scandal — but maybe not his own. It looks like House Democrats just won a big victory in the Trump-Russia investigation. It’s not “McCarthyism” to demand answers on Trump, Russia, and the election: Katha Pollitt on how using the language of the anticommunist witch hunt for this moment is a mistake.

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