Does Trump care about human rights? The president says his foreign policy is based on “principled realism”. Will Trump’s “principled realism” let autocrats off the hook? President Trump’s foreign policy is a “dangerous farce”. Trump’s foreign policy is incoherent: From Syria to Russia, the administration doesn’t seem to agree on its messaging — or who should deliver it. Don’t lose sight of how strange and dangerous the Trump administration’s anti-Islam worldview is. Donald Trump killed the “indispensable nation” — good, what might countries accomplish now that they can’t rely on America? People outside the U.S. hate Trump — will they punish their leaders for working with him?

Trump’s European trip was a watershed moment: A split has emerged between the U.S. and its European allies — and there’s probably no going back. Emmanuel Macron says Donald Trump is like Putin and Erdogan. French President Emmanuel Macron just went after Russia — to Putin’s face. Former NATO envoy: “This seems to be the end of an era”. Trump is already guilty of aiding Putin’s attack on America. Trump just handed the reins of global leadership to Russia and China. Donald Trump deals away America’s prestige, and his own position. How Republicans are helping Trump destroy the U.S.’s global credibility.


Marquis Bey (Cornell): The Trans-ness of Blackness, the Blackness of Trans-ness. At Chinese factory where Ivanka Trump shoes are made, an activist is detained. Gay son of Indian immigrant Leo Varadkar likely to be Ireland’s next leader. This is what an honest account of history looks like: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu destroyed all justifications for having Confederate monuments in his city. Jesse Singal on how the self-esteem craze took over America — and why the hype was irresistible. Katie Fitzpatrick on heartlessness as an intellectual style. Tim Parks on the pleasures of pessimism. Emily Parker writes in praise of echo chambers. From Magculture, Jeremy Leslie interviews Matt Kelly of The New European.

Democrats warn Trump against pre-emptive attack on North Korea. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says military solution to North Korea would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale”. Hawaii is preparing a new nuclear contingency plan because of North Korea. What would the government do after a WMD attack? We have no idea. US successfully intercepts ICBM in historic test. North Korean hackers are scarier than North Korean nukes.


Putin’s defender: American Russia scholar Stephen Cohen on why he doesn’t believe the New York Times, doesn’t think the DNC was hacked, and just wants the U.S. and Russia to get along. Russians think Trump might be a Russian asset, and they might be right: The most innocent explanations of Donald Trump’s shadowy relationship with Russia have grown increasingly fanciful, while the most paranoid interpretations have grown increasingly more plausible. With Kushner revelations, the worst case scenario comes into view. Meet Marc Kasowitz, the hard-charging lawyer Trump tapped to defend him in Russia probe. The Senate Intelligence Committee is showing courage.


From TNR, the EPA fired a bunch of scientists; it’s just political theater — for now; EPA science adviser quits in protest over firings: “I hope others will resign”; and Scott Pruitt is the hypocritical liar that Trump deserves. How rollbacks at Scott Pruitt’s E.P.A. are a boon to oil and gas. Financial Times declares a winner in the war for energy’s future, and Big Oil won’t be happy. Trump’s disdain for environmental regulations stems from his misunderstanding: He thinks it’s all about cost, and he seems uninterested in assessing the critical benefits the laws provide. Trump’s quest to undo Obama’s environmental protections has been surprisingly productive.

Trump’s most dangerous acts aren’t on Russia, but on climate. How Trump’s environmental policy is a total joke, explained. The media is failing miserably to challenge Trump on climate change. Trump’s energy, low and dirty: Risking the planet to keep a lie alive. Would the planet be better off if Trump left the Paris deal? Bannon is pulling one over on Trump — there is zero reason to exit the Paris climate accord. Can the Paris climate deal survive a Trump-style renegotiation? America’s tragic fall from international climate leader to global embarrassment. Buoyed by Trump, the climate change counter-movement gains momentum.


Trump’s budget scam: All presidents fudge the numbers — but this one represents a new level of deception. Jennifer Rubin on the Trump team’s five major shams. The enormity of Trump’s scam is coming into view. It’s all about Trump’s contempt: His budget and health plan show he despises his voters — will they notice? The one little number that — so far — is all the protection Donald Trump needs. No buyer’s remorse: Trump backers stand strong, fault Congress for shortcomings. Thread: “It always seems to come back to ‘you liberals may give us material help, but I don't feel respected. Also, you’re a bunch of snowflakes’”.


Anjali J. Forber-Pratt and Dominique A. Lyew (Vanderbilt), Carlyn Mueller (Washington), and Leah B. Samples (Penn): Disability Identity Development: A Systematic Review of the Literature. This is why the West should pay attention to the drama in Macedonia. Human Rights Watch confirms torture, abuse of gay men by Chechen authorities. $25 million oil tanker gifted to Erdogan’s family is just one of many revelations in the Malta Files. Deborah Blum on the truth about domestic violence and the impacts of “Trumpcare”. Attacks like Portland’s will keep happening unless we all fight white supremacy. Bruce Robbins reviews Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History by Joseph North.

Europe’s leaders confront the worst case scenario: The President of France is talking about standing firm with predatory autocrats — and one of them is the President of the United States. Trump’s gifts to Merkel and Macron: The U.S. President did not go to Europe planning to punish Britain, reward Germany and promote France — but that is exactly what he did. There is always a tweet.


Duncan Kennedy (Harvard): A Left of Liberal Interpretation of Trump's “Big” Win, Part One: Neoliberalism. Hillary Clinton is furious and resigned and funny and worried: The surreal post-election life of the woman who would have been president. The one thing Democrats like about Trump. Katy Waldman on the rise of the liberal conspiracy theorist: Louise Mensch’s loony Trump fantasies fill a craving the Left didn’t know it had. Democrats are falling for fake news about Russia: Why liberal conspiracy theories are flourishing in the age of Trump. No, liberals are not falling for conspiracy theories just like conservatives do. While you were watching Trump, the Democratic Party changed: Bernie Sanders lost the primary but reshaped his party.


Brian D. Feinstein (Chicago): Congress in the Administrative State. Ryan David Doerfler (Penn): Who Cares How Congress Really Works? How to get Congress to do what you want: Lawmakers explain how to change their opinions. Snubbing Seth Rogen: Does celebrity testimony increase Congressional hearing attendance? Adam Bonica (Stanford): Why Are There So Many Lawyers in Congress? Republicans sell access to Congressional staffers, flouting cardinal ethics rule. Why can’t Congress get its act together? How Trump is torturing Capitol Hill: As Republicans in Congress try to fend off the flurry of scandals, they are haunted by a question — is this as good as it’s going to get?

People love to hate Congress; The Imprint of Congress by David R. Mayhew reminds us why we should treasure it.


Mad magazine gets a jump on the Jared Kushner news cycle: A most serendipitous August cover. Meet the real Jared Kushner: He’s a lot tougher than he looks. Jared Kushner and Donald Trump: Like father, like son-in-law. Poor, poor Michael “Lock Her Up” Flynn is being treated like a criminal. The sum total of everything that happened on this trip casts the entire Trump/Russia story in a decidedly more ominous light — and the light was already quite ominous. Trump’s obsession over Russia probe deepens. Elizabeth Drew on the presidency in peril. A constitutional puzzle: Can the president be indicted? Douglas B. McKechnie (USAF): @POTUS: Rethinking Presidential Immunity in the Time of Twitter. Impeachment talk is in the air: How many people have to die, resign, or go to jail before a good person is president?


The lesser part of valor: Preston Brooks, Greg Gianforte, and the American tradition of disguising cowardice as bravery. The reaction to Greg Gianforte’s attack on a reporter exposes America’s problem with macho talk. A journalist was body slammed, but some conservatives want the news media to apologize. Greg Gianforte proves Trump’s Fifth Avenue principle. Thread: “Gianforte and Hannity, in their different ways, show that Trumpist norms are infecting conservatism and the Republican Party”. Trump’s moral holiday: The permissiveness of Republican leaders who acquiesce to violence, collusion, and corruption is encouraging more of the same. Jennifer Rubin on a week that reveals how rotten today’s Republican Party is.

Some of the GOP’s institutions have more reason to be loyal to Trump than others. The Republicans broke American politics, and media elites are blind to it. Michael Gerson on how the conservative mind has become diseased. The gateway degenerate: Republicans sold their souls to this devil and now are forced to defend as right what they know full well is wrong. Donald Trump and the agony of H.R. McMaster: Will the President dump his second National Security Adviser? Thomas Ricks: General McMaster, step down — and let Trump be Trump. GOP: It’s time to get off the Trump train — you have nothing left to lose.

It’s time to get rid of Donald Trump: Donald Trump has transformed the United States into a laughing stock and he is a danger to the world — he must be removed from the White House before things get even worse. It may be time to disobey the commander in chief: With his assault on the rule of law, President Trump has undermined his legitimacy.

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