ExxonMobil seeks U.S. sanctions waiver for oil project in Russia. Quite a lot more digging is required to get to the bottom of Trump’s business dealings with Russia sources of money during the W. Bush and Obama eras — we still only know the outlines. Martin Longman revisits the golden showers. The Susan Rice scandal is based on “absolutely nothing” — and House Republicans know it, but they’re going to keep investigating it anyway. Ryan Lizza on the continuing fallout from Trump and Nunes’s fake scandal. Mike Conaway isn’t an improvement on Devin Nunes. Blackwater founder Erik Prince said to have advised Trump team. The domestic conspiracy that gave Trump the election is in plain sight.

Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election. Why some national-security experts say Kremlin-gate will lead to Donald Trump’s impeachment.


Alexander Luka Flis (MIT): On Markets of Thought. Mark Geistfeld (NYU): Hidden in Plain Sight: The Normative Source of Modern Tort Law. Videos fuel charges of fraud in Erdogan’s win in Turkey referendum. Turkey arrests dozens over referendum protests. A month after dismissing federal prosecutors, Justice Department does not have any U.S. attorneys in place. The heart of whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo interviews Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who identifies as black. Helicopter parenting makes college students more supportive of government surveillance and social welfare policies. Elizabeth Warren wants to make your taxes simpler, but tax preparers won’t let her. Bye-bye, Bill O’Reilly. “this byline is a war crime” (and more).

Trump’s new “Buy American” executive order will just make infrastructure more expensive. “Made in USA” is nearly impossible for some companies. Trump companies don’t always follow his “buy American, hire American” pledge. Trump’s “Hire American” executive order has no weight without Congress.


Thomas M. Keck (Syracuse): Will Donald Trump Break Political Time? Or, Is President Trump More Like Victor Orban or Franklin Pierce? The knight’s move: Can a new Trump-inspired intellectual magazine transcend its contradictions? Trump’s true ideology has been revealed: Trump has turned over his administration to the same people he promised to vanquish. Trumpism was real and its death deserves to be mourned: The president is becoming a typical right-wing Republican, thereby preserving a flawed status quo. Why we shouldn’t celebrate Trump’s “centrism”: It blinds us to the ways in which the institutions constraining Trump are themselves flawed. Donald Trump is heading for a do-nothing presidency.

As Trump drifts away from populism, his supporters grow watchful. “At least that bitch Hillary didn’t win”: Trump voters gonna Trump — whatcha gonna do?


Bilgehan Tekin (Cankiri Karatekin): The Effect of Overconfidence and Gender on the Investment Decisions. Men under 35 are so confident that they suspect discrimination when they don’t get the job. Gender quotas and the crisis of the mediocre man: Quotas aren’t anathema to meritocracy — they increase competence levels by displacing mediocre men. “I made that bitch famous”: A brief history of men getting credit for women’s accomplishments. Thomas Edsall on the increasing significance of the decline of men. As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality; Ryan Avent suspects this is the beginning of something big.


The North Korean military threat to America and its allies, explained. Unpredictable, unhinged, dangerous: Asian countries look warily at Trump. South Koreans feeling cheated after U.S. carrier miscue. “The aircraft carrier story isn’t just something to laugh at. It is endangering people and alliances”. Dissembling on North Korea, Trump creates a crisis of credibility. Trump’s newest foreign policy challenge: The Iran deal is working. The Trump administration just quietly admitted that the Iran deal is working. “Beautiful kids”: How the Trump administration has weaponized photographs of agony in Syria.

Stephen Sestanovich on the brilliant incoherence of Trump’s foreign policy: The United States periodically debates whether to do more or less abroad — Trump won by promising both, but he can’t possibly deliver. Why presidential candidates (like Trump) campaign as isolationists but (like Trump) govern as hawks — the pattern goes back at least to 1900.


Americans’ feelings about paying taxes have changed — here’s how. Americans are proud to pay taxes — except when they think others are cheating. Robert Samuelson on taxes, the great uniter? 100 years of tax brackets, in one chart. Henry Alford interviews accountants about doing taxes in the Trump age. Trump’s unreleased taxes threaten yet another campaign promise. Trump’s tax secrecy will haunt Republicans in 2018: Politicians who are abetting his corruption will have a lot to answer for in the midterm elections — if Democrats make an issue of his tax returns. The new Democrat argument on tax reform will be a tough one for Trump to deal with. How Trump’s tax returns became a liberal fantasy: There is a desperate belief that we’re just one more disclosure away from bringing down the president.


Anika Gauja (Sydney): The Legal Regulation of Political Parties: Is There a Global Normative Standard? Carlo Invernizzi Accetti (CUNY) and Fabio Wolkenstein (LSE): The Crisis of Party Democracy, Cognitive Mobilization and the Case for Making Parties More Deliberative. David R. Jones (Baruch): Party Brands and Partisan Tides. Nick Barlow (Queen Mary): A New Definition of the Centre Party. Jonathan White (LSE): The Party in Time. Jacob T. Levy on how it is little appreciated how much liberal democracy depends on strong parties — a revitalized, re-understood liberalism adequate to the moment will have to overcome a traditional distaste for partisan politics. Faisal Devji on post-interest politics: Are we looking at a political realignment?


Comedians have figured out the trick to covering Trump: Carlos Maza on why political satire is the antidote to Trumpism. Maggie Hennefeld on laughter in the age of Trump. Amusing ourselves to idiocracy: Maximillian Alvarez on The Real World: Trump Edition. 1984 is 2017’s surprise best-seller — it’s a good fit for the Trump era, but not perfect. David Micah Greenberg on poetry and agency under Trump. Eve Ewing on why authoritarians attack the arts. Perhaps there should be some talk about why so many American writers and artists as well as the organizations close to them are critical of Trump but not of the American state, or even of America itself.


Carlton Patrick (Miami): The Long-Term Promise of Evolutionary Psychology for the Law. Did President Trump do something wrong in congratulating Erdogan on the Turkish referendum? Here’s why Erdogan’s victory may come back to haunt him. Why Britain’s prime minister just called a new election — and how it could backfire. A preemptive strike on North Korea would lead to “very big war”: Zeeshan Aleem interviews Jonathan Pollack of the Brookings Institution. Heather Hurlburt on four foreign policy lessons from the North Korea showdown. Political diversity is a cop-out for overpaid media men: Can the New York Times hire a black woman opinion columnist already? #Vanlife, the bohemian social-media movement: What began as an attempt at a simpler life quickly became a life-style brand.


Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Changing Climate Change, 2009-2016. Why the U.S. government is crucial to saving the planet: Emily Atkin reviews Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope. Richard Marshall interviews John Broome, lead author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals — it’s eye-opening. Paris climate agreement could bring a huge economic boom. Big Coal wants Trump to sabotage the Paris climate deal from the inside. Why Trump may stick with the Paris climate deal — and what it would mean if he did. Trump advisers abruptly cancel meeting on fate of Paris climate accord.

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