Rachel Weil on the two-bodied king of “Richard II” and its Trumpian delusion. Body double: Quinta Jurecic on what medieval executive theory tells us about Trump’s Twitter accounts. Six different ways of looking at a Trump tweet. Trump’s fake war on the fake news: The president puts on a big show of assaulting his “opposition” in the news media — but inside the White House, it’s a different story. Trump’s about-face on WikiLeaks sums up why he’s so untrustworthy. What Donald Trump's “joke” about Nikki Haley reveals about him. Trump is the new insult on playgrounds: Bizarrely Trump-themed play is popping up in schools for children as young as four years old. Achtung maybe: Robert Zaretsky on reverence in the age of Trump.


Thomas Piketty on inequality in China. Ravi Kanbur, Yue Wang, and Xiaobo Zhang on the great Chinese inequality turnaround. The Chinese government has big plans for its migrant worker population: As the urban economy slows, the government is encouraging rural-to-urban migrants to open businesses in the countryside. Jinting Wu on her book Fabricating an Educational Miracle: Compulsory Schooling Meets Ethnic Rural Development in Southwest China. “Half these apartments are empty”: Mao’s former home city struggles with growth. China’s coming revolution: Growing tension within the regime, economic turmoil and a more energetic public. Surprise findings: China’s youth are getting less nationalistic, not more.


Trump supporters are the most overrated force in American politics. Sorry, Trump voters, you got scammed — you’re never going to get your wall. Public dissatisfaction with Washington weighs on the GOP. The rehabilitation of George W. Bush: Newfound warm and fuzzy feelings towards the former president can’t mask how bankrupt mainstream conservatism really is. Great books socialism: Tim Lacy on how intellectual traditions matter for movement building and identity formation (and more). Outsmarted: Rick Perlstein on the liberal cult of the cognitive elite. Debate versus persuasion: Nathan J. Robinson writes in defense of political rhetoric. Liberals need to make the case for government programs that work.

Joseph Sullivan reviews Political Correctness and the Destruction of Social Order: Chronicling the Rise of the Pristine Self by Howard S. Schwartz. Maybe liberals are so “P.C.” because conservatives keep excusing bad behavior. Enemies of the people: Angela Nagle on how hatred of the masses bridges our partisan divide. Andrew Burstein on his book Democracy’s Muse: How Thomas Jefferson Became an FDR Liberal, a Reagan Republican, and a Tea Party Fanatic, All the While Being Dead.


Alexander Dilger, Julia Muller, and Michael Muller (Muenster): Is Trustworthiness Written on the Face? Ricardo Isea on Venezuela under dictatorship: An urgent note regarding recent developments in Venezuela. Trump is now as angry at Canada over NAFTA as he is at Mexico. Caitlin Dewey on Trump’s sudden preoccupation with Canadian milk, explained (and more and more). Trump is starting to run out of U.S. allies to alienate. Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speaking fee will undermine everything he believes in. “We’re totally fucked”: Scientists explain why they’re running for office. Neo-Nazis are tearing the furry world apart: A putsch, death threats, sex offenders — just because people dress up like animals doesn’t mean their fights aren’t human.

From The Nation, a series of articles on the French election. The French election, explained in 9 maps and charts. Russian hackers who targeted Clinton appear to attack France’s Macron. Tim Judah on France against itself. “Cleverest meme yet: Oedipal French election between a woman who killed her father & a man who married his mother”.


Report: Mystery shell company snapped up 11 Trump condos before election. House Oversight Committee calls on Trump’s business to prove he’s not violating the Constitution. Trump’s reelection stockpile grows as small donors keep giving. Trump’s ethical squalor is worse than you thought. This insane chart shows just how much voters care about Trump’s conflicts of interest. The tale of the dictator’s daughter and her prince: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are often viewed as a “moderating influence” on her father, but as their power in the White House grows and Donald Trump tightens his inner circle, this is looking more and more like a ruling dynasty — and this dynasty is no fairy tale.


From the Comparative Politics Newsletter, a symposium on Populism in a Comparative Perspective. Aline Burni (UFMG): Beyond Protest Vote: Western European Extreme Right Voters in Comparative Perspective. Ralph Scott (Birkbeck): Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself: Populism in Europe. Shaen Corbet (DCU) and Charles James Larkin (TCD): Populism and Extremism: The Immediate Political Challenges to Europeanism. Once in the shadows, Europe’s neo-fascists are re-emerging (and more). The far Right’s leftist mask: The European far Right has cynically appropriated left-wing and pro-worker talking points for its own purposes. Why the fear of Islamization is driving populist Right support, and what to do about it.

Shane Savitsky on the millennial surge fueling Europe’s right-wing populism. Anton Shekhovtsov and Andreas Umland on the future of Austria’s far Right: Its Freedom Party threatens the European project. This is how Germany fought back against far-right populism: “Emulation is almost always the worst strategy”. A far-right grouping may become the biggest opposition party in Germany — here’s what you need to know. Is right-wing populism really surging? A look back at the Dutch election.

A Trump Tower neighbor is the point man for Europe’s populists. The “Trump effect” was supposed to transform Europe — it hasn’t. Has Trump’s incompetence killed Europe’s populism? It’s not just Trump: With Brexit and France votes, Russia is cultivating the global Right. How to be a populist: Around the world, politicians can follow a simple recipe to present themselves as saviors of “the people”. David Leonhardt on the urgency of ethnic nationalism. Daniel Little on new understandings of populism.


Six times Trump said executive orders were bad before he decided they were actually good (and more). Trump’s desperation is exposing his deep ignorance. It’s beyond parody how beyond parody Trump is. Lindy West on 100 days of gibberish: Trump has weaponised nonsense. White House release touting Trump’s 100 day accomplishments is riddled with errors. Step into a cringe binge: The signature moment of Donald Trump’s first 100 days. Trump wants it known: Grading 100 days is “ridiculous” (but his were the best). The catastrophic triumph of Trump’s first 100 days: His agenda has stalled, but he’s already done lasting damage to America.

Trump threatens human rights in over 100 ways, says Amnesty.

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