How the Supreme Court screwed Obamacare: That Republicans are on the verge of repealing the law can be partly attributed to the tortured legal reasoning of Chief Justice John Roberts. Lawrence Glickman on the conservative con that gave us Trumpcare. Republicans spent the weekend lying their faces off about health care. The defenses of the Senate health-care plan are pathetically dishonest. There’s a health care lesson for Republicans in the shooting of Steve Scalise. Thread: “Over the last century our shitty politicians fucked up politics so much that people forgot that decisions can have serious consequences”.

The Senate GOP hid the meanest things very deeply in its Obamacare repeal bill — we found them. It’s official: The Senate health-care bill is about cutting Medicaid. If America understood how Trumpcare devastates Medicaid, there would be riots in nursing home TV rooms. Michael Hiltzik knows Republicans don’t care about the poor, but he can’t allow himself to see the enormity of their cold disdain — that it isn’t just the poor they don’t care about. Pure class warfare, with extra contempt. The health debate shows what both parties care about most. Yes, thousands will die — tell it like it is.

A plan to win universal health care: Trumpcare is barbaric — now is the time to redouble the fight for truly universal health care.


George H. Pike (Northwestern): Elsevier Buys SSRN.com: What It Means for Scholarly Publication. Lindsay McKenzie on how browser extension Unpaywall could shake up academic publishing. David Crotty on predatory publishing as a rational response to poorly governed academic incentives. Brooke Erin Duffy (Cornell) and Jefferson D. Pooley (Muhlenberg): “Facebook for Academics”: The Convergence of Self-Branding and Social Media Logic on Academia.edu. Darrin Pratt on why a university press is a good investment. From IHE, Scott McLemee surveys some of the upcoming publishing season’s offerings. Die hard: Peter J. Dougherty on the once and future scholarly book.


I found Trump’s diary hiding in plain sight: Legally risky, undiplomatic and sometimes wrong, Trump’s Twitter feed is a document for the ages — and historians don’t want to lose it. This is what foreign spies see when they read President Trump’s tweets. It’s time we saw the decay in communications as a feature of the Trump presidency, not a bug. Trumps’ lies: We have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office. Trump’s lies are creeping tyranny: Sean Illing interviews Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny. The twin authoritarians who are endangering American democracy: Trump’s kleptocratic, autocratic tendencies are matched by McConnell’s destruction of democratic norms — both are an existential threat.


Andrea Springirth (CUNY): Discourses of “Cruelty-Free” Consumerism: PETA, The Vegan Society and Examples of Contemporary Activism. Why all Christians should go vegan: The Bible is clear, and early Christians understood it — animals are meant to be our companions, not our food. Thomas M. Sittler-Adamczewski (Oxford): Consistent Vegetarianism and the Suffering of Wild Animals. George Jacobs reviews Even Vegans Die: A Practical Guide to Caregiving, Acceptance, and Protecting Your Legacy of Compassion by Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman, and Virginia Messina. Is this the beginning of the end of meat? The case against eating fish: As a biologist, I know what can happen to seafood before it ends up on our plates — that’s why it’s not on mine.


Could Trump’s White House tapes ruse actually get him in legal trouble? Brad Parscale emerges as crux in Trump-Russia investigation. Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election. We just learned the government knows Russia will sabotage the next election — now what? Report: Trump administration has done next to nothing to prevent future election hacking. The Kremlin’s election meddling is paying off: The president’s policies in office have aligned almost perfectly with Vladimir Putin’s goals. Fox’s Brit Hume: Even if the Trump campaign did collude with Russia, “it’s not a crime”.

Spy or diplomat? Meet Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the most radioactive man in Washington. Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak is going home to Russia.


Mark Bartholomew (SUNY Buffalo): The Political Economy of Celebrity Rights. Defense officials warn of Seoul’s destruction in war with North Korea. Saudi Arabia is trying to make Qatar shutter Al Jazeera — and transform its foreign policy. Brexit vote one year on: The EU is more united than ever — whose loss is it? Why Grenfell Tower burned: Regulators put cost before safety. In science fiction, the future is feminist. John Williams interviews Andrew Essex, author of The End of Advertising: Why It Had to Die, and the Creative Resurrection to Come. The president’s secret air force: Air Force One is just the public face of a fleet that keeps the president safe and secure. The iPhone originally happened because Steve Jobs hated a guy who worked at Microsoft.


Mariano Croce (Rome): The Enemy as the Unthinkable: A Concretist Reading of Carl Schmitts Conception of the Political. From Constellations, Andreas Kalyvas (New School): Carl Schmitt’s Postcolonial Imagination. Joanna Pedder (Manchester): Carl Schmitt and Renouveau Catholique Literature: Trace of an “Outsider” Political Catholicism. Anchors away: Aaron Zack reviews a new edition of Carl Schmitt’s Land und Meer: Eine weltgeschichtliche Betrachtung (Land and Sea: A World-Historical Meditation). Fortress America: Siobhan Kattago on the state of exception and Trump’s politics of forgetting.

From the inaugural issue of Carl-Schmitt-Studien, Qi Zheng (ECNU): Chinese Political Constitutionalism and Carl Schmitt; Christopher Addair-Toteff reviews The Guardian of the Constitution: Hans Kelsen and Carl Schmitt on the Limits of Constitutional Law by Lars Vinx and Carl Schmitt als Jurist by Volker Neumann; and Emil Archambault reviews Janus’s Gaze: Essays on Carl Schmitt by Carlo Galli.


Trump is appointing racist fake-news purveyors to the federal bench. Six resign from presidential HIV/AIDS council because Trump “doesn't care”. Trump still hasn’t appointed anyone to these 14 key national security positions. Not ready for a crisis: The White House national security team is still in transition, nearly five months on. Help wanted: Why Republicans won’t work for the Trump administration. Steve Bannon is the White House’s chief mean girl. William Cohan on the untold story of how Gary Cohn fell for Donald Trump. Populist president says he’d rather get economic advice from Wall Street than “a poor person”. Trump ran as a populist, he’s governing as an elitist — he’s not the first.


Mario Coccia (ASU): General Causes of Terrorism: High Population Growth in Problematic Society. Saeed Bragheri (Akdeniz): The Military Use of Children by the Syrian-Iraqi Salafi-Jihadist Group. The Blackwater of jihad: A consortium of elite, well-paid fighters from across the former Soviet Union are training jihadis in Syria — their business model could go global. The first chapter from Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West by Gilles Kepel. The myth of the “lone wolf” terrorist: In recent years, references to such attacks have become inescapable — but this lazy term obscures the real nature of the threat against us.


From Vox, Sarah Kliff on the Better Care Reconciliation Act: The Senate bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, explained; the Senate health bill takes what Americans hate about Obamacare and makes it worse; and the Senate GOP health bill in one sentence: Poor people pay more for worse insurance (and more). The Senate version of Trumpcare may phase out Medicaid — entirely. What pundits call a “moderate” Senate healthcare bill will kill people (and more). Republican aide says “moderates always cave” — that explains everything. The window of opportunity to stop the GOP health plan is closing. Is Donald Trump the last line of defense for Obamacare?

Obama slams Republicans in blistering 1,000-word takedown. The media bias toward “new” news helped the GOP hide its secret health care plan. The health bill might pass because Trump has launched the era of Nothing Matters politics. Why Republicans will pass Trumpcare: The GOP is getting what it wants — what loyalist would wish to resist that? Why the GOP sticks with an unpopular health bill, in one revealing quote.

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