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.

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