Trumpcare is a giant slush fund: A provision in the Senate’s bill gives states near-carte blanche to spend health care money on whatever they want. Democrats are warning that Trumpcare will kill people — is it convincing? I only protested the Affordable Care Act because the president was black — please don’t take away my health insurance. Republicans don’t hold town halls anymore. Even Paul Ryan admits Trumpcare is crap. Warren: The next step for Dems is single-payer health care. Why Donald Trump can’t make deals in Washington: The big problem is he has no idea what he’s talking about. If Republicans lose the healthcare fight, it's the beginning of the end. This is how Trumpism died: Donald Trump won the battle — the Republican Party won the war.


Your soon-to-be college freshman is probably reading about racism — and these professors say that’s a bad thing. Political polarization among college freshmen is at a record high, as is the share identifying as “far left”. How American colleges became bastions of sex, booze and entitlement: An excerpt from American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus by Lisa Wade. Trump the union buster: For graduate students fighting to unionize, time is running out. The myth of the English major barista: The old joke that consigns people who graduate with English degrees to a permanent life in food service says less about them and more about our culture. Our college students are changing — why aren’t our higher education policies?


Trump is already guilty of aiding Putin’s attack on America. How Donald Trump misunderstood the FBI. The right-wing attacks on CNN’s Russia story are not actually about ethics in media journalism. Trump allies worry the White House’s off-camera briefings are damaging his message. Trumpcare will kill people — why is that so hard to accept? Tax cuts in the Republican healthcare plan are the “central” issue. Trump unaware of Trumpcare’s single most important feature. Republicans may have Plan B if their health-care bill fails. Despite its other failures, GOP poised to move courts to the right. Gorsuch is the new Scalia, just as Trump promised (and more). There’s no substitute for defeating Trump and his enablers.


Miquel Comas Oliver (UIB): WikiLeaks Under Fire: Is It Electronic Civil Disobedience? Russia’s cyberwar on Ukraine is a blueprint for what’s to come. Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary. What did ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort really do in Ukraine? Power causes brain damage: Over time, leaders lose mental capacities — most notably for reading other people — that were essential to their rise. “I loved being part of that scene”: Anita Corbin tracks down the punk, mod and skinhead girls she first photographed in the 1980s — are they still rebelling? Why Google’s record $2.7 billion EU fine is such a big deal. You can download Critical Epistemologies of Global Politics, ed. Marc Woons and Sebastian Weier (2017).


Rachel Brewster and Samuel W. Buell (Duke): The Market for Global Anticorruption Enforcement. Donald Trump is a crook: Holding his first fundraiser at his own hotel is a message that the president wants to flaunt his self-enrichment. Did the U.S. just pull out of a global anti-corruption group? How Trump rebranded the First Family: The president has turned an archaic institution into something worse — an organized racket. There’s more to measuring corruption than Transparency International’s annual index. Trump, Russia and a shadowy business partnership: An insider describes the Bayrock Group, its links to the Trump family and its mysterious access to funds — it isn’t pretty.

Jordan Gans-Morse, Mariana Borges, Alexey Makarin, Andre Nickow, and Dong Zhang (Northwestern) and Theresa Mannah Blankson (UMass): Reducing Bureaucratic Corruption: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on What Works. Can Jared Kushner’s SWAT team of mini-mes protect him in the White House? Trump is pulling America back from the global fight against corruption. M. Steven Fish and Katherine Michel (UC-Berkeley) and Staffan I. Lindberg (Gothenburg): Legislative Powers and Executive Corruption. How a “shadow” universe of charities joined with political warriors to fuel Trump’s rise. Vladimir Putin is suddenly on the defensive against corruption.

J. Patrick Dobel (Washington): Integrity and Corruption. Why Angola’s star reporter won’t stay down: Angola's corrupt leaders keep trying to silence Rafael Marques — so far, without success. Trump lawyer’s firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show. When a liberal power lawyer represents the Trump family, things can get ugly. Donald Trump is making the United States an anti-corruption laughingstock: The nation is losing credibility thanks to the president’s numerous conflicts of interest.


Do the Democrats know how to win anymore? Democrats don’t have a policy problem — they have a marketing problem. Democrats face a challenge of mobilization, not just persuasion. Democrats should do to McConnell what the GOP does to Pelosi. Voting rights defeatism is toxic: The simple fact is that Democrats or anyone who believes in voting rights will need to win elections under the current restrictive system to be able to change laws to change that system. Civil war has broken out inside the Democratic Party — does the future belong to the populist left or the centrists? Eric Allen Been interviews Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need.


Linn White (Thomas Jefferson): God, Guns and Money: A Global Perspective on Intentional Homicide. Aurora Temple Barnes (Denver): Guns and Academic Freedom. When the driver who just cut you off also has a gun: Road rage incidents involving firearms have more than doubled since 2014. The costs of Southern gun culture: Bullets and blood flow most freely in the South, as hospitalization expenses from firearms injuries show. Gun ownership used to be bipartisan — not anymore. Empowered by Trump, the NRA is pushing its most extreme agenda yet. Supreme Court turns down case on right to carry guns (and more).


Trump thinks he’s signed a “Nice!” amount of legislation — here’s what he’s really done. Trump won, and Amy Siskind started a list of changes — now it’s a sensation. Can Trump destroy Obama’s legacy? The president seems determined to define his time in office by demolishing what his predecessor did. America’s Mayor: The 45th president is trying to run the White House like it’s city hall. Trump is a Merovingian, a near-perfect reincarnation of an early medieval Germanic king. Social Darwinism is what truly guides Trump. Andrew Sullivan on the perverse presidency of Donald Trump.

Trump’s defenses suggest guilt, not innocence. What happens when a presidency loses its legitimacy? Voting off the apprentice president: Kathleen Geier on the case for impeaching Trump. How long will President Trump survive? Nobody knows, but everyone’s guessing. Just wait: Watergate didn’t become Watergate overnight, either. “Trump is what happens when a political party abandons ideas”: As surprising as Trump’s young presidency has been, it’s also the natural outgrowth of 30 years of Republican pandering to the lowest common denominator in American politics. NBC/WSJ poll: It’s Trump’s base against everyone else.


Christina Mulligan (Brooklyn): Copyright Without Copying. Robert P. Merges (UC-Berkeley): What Kind of Rights Are Intellectual Property Rights? From Al Jazeera, what is the Qatar-GCC showdown really about? Japan on alert: Residents told to seek shelter or lie on ground in event of North Korea missile attack. What you need to know about the Supreme Court’s 3 big Monday decisions. Why big business keeps winning at the Supreme Court. The Congressional Budget Office, explained: CBO’s score of Republicans’ health plan is out, and it looks grim — here’s why the agency has such influence. Why the hell are we still debating birth control — in 2017? From the Washington Post, welcome to Made by History: Historians enter the fray.


Stefan Koller (Colorado) and Maarten Franssen (TU Delft): Philosophy of Technology as a Serious Branch of Philosophy: The Empirical Turn as a Starting Point. Mark Sentesy (Penn State): How Technology Changes Ethical Experience. Brent Mittelstadt, Patrick Allo, Mariarosaria Taddeo, Sandra Wachter, and Luciano Floridi (Oxford): The Ethics of Algorithms: Mapping the Debate. Michael J. Kelly (Creighton) and David Satola (World Bank): The Right to Be Forgotten. Giancarlo F. Frosio (Strasbourg): Right to Be Forgotten: Much Ado About Nothing. It’s time for a grassroots movement for better online privacy.

Linnet Taylor (Tilburg): What is Data Justice? The Case for Connecting Digital Rights and Freedoms on the Global Level. From the Atlantic, can technology rescue democracy? A collection of essays from technologists and scholars about how machines are reshaping civil society.

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