From LRB, David Runciman reviews Theresa May: The Enigmatic Prime Minister by Rosa Prince. Why Theresa May could be damaged even if she wins U.K. election. How Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn can win by losing the U.K. election. Is Jeremy Corbyn actually going to win this thing? A guide to what the hell is happening in the British parliamentary election. Win or lose, Labour and the British Left had a good election. Gaming out the British election: What happens if nobody wins? New British election forecast: Conservatives gain 31 seats and have 77% chance of controlling a majority. How Brexit looms over the British elections. Don’t be fooled by the U.K. election: There’s nothing democratic about Brexit.

How your favorite British celebrities are voting in the U.K.’s general election.


Will The New York Times ever fix its Clinton problem? The paper of record has failed us in this regard. Clinton is right to criticize the media — demands to the contrary show the double standard she faced. Dems want Hillary Clinton to leave spotlight. Why do they hate her? Hillary Clinton is the most maligned presidential loser in history. Ezra Klein writes in (partial) defense of Hillary Clinton. What’s next for Hillary Clinton? Clinton was back in the spotlight, setting off a storm of controversy over her future in Democratic Party politics. Melissa McEwan has a suggestion for the title of Clinton’s new memoir.


From Foucault Studies, a special issue on Foucault’s Rome. Yannick Coenders (Amsterdam) and Sebastien Chauvin (Lausanne): Race and the Pitfalls of Emotional Democracy: Primary Schools and the Critique of Black Pete in the Netherlands. Boris Toucas on the Macron leaks and the defeat of informational warfare. Stevens Institute of Technology’s plan to honor Greg Gianforte stirs outrage. The myth of the kindly General Lee: The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed (and more). Luke Savage on how liberals fell in love with The West Wing. The machinery of death: A review essay on the death penalty by Stephen Rohde. The first chapter from Epistemology by Ernest Sosa.

A Russian newspaper editor explains how Putin made Trump his puppet: “They consider him a stupid, unstrategic politician”. Russia’s attempt to hack US election officials, explained. Russia’s attempt to hack voting systems shows that our elections need better security: Even failed attacks can sow doubt about our democracy. Former intelligence chief James Clapper calls Russia scandal bigger than Watergate. Everything we know about the Mueller probe so far.


Richard Boudreau (LMU): The Plausibility of Universal Health Care in the United States. How medical bills harm us all: Adam Gaffney reviews An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal. Nevada’s legislature just passed a radical plan to let anybody sign up for Medicaid. Medicaid could assume the role of a public option. Senate Republicans are closer than ever to repealing Obamacare. Make no mistake: Republicans can still succeed in destroying Obamacare. They’re on Obamacare, they voted for Trump, and they’re already disappointed — but they’re still voting Republican.


Everything you need to know before Comey’s testimony. Nicholas Schmidle on James Comey’s intellectual history. The history of Trump and Comey’s tumultuous relationship. Liza Goitein on why James Comey’s testimony won’t give all the answers we need. Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes on what to expect when you’re expecting Comey. Josh Marshall annotates the Comey statement (and more on “the most shocking single document compiled about the official conduct of the public duties of any President since the release of the Watergate tapes”). Donald Trump has committed the exact offense that forced Richard Nixon to resign — and the “obstruction of justice” tweets are already flying. Philip Allen Lacovara: “I helped prosecute Watergate. Comey’s statement is sufficient evidence for an obstruction of justice case”.

Trump’s loyalty demand to Comey is part of his ongoing corrosion of constitutional government. For Trump, loyalty is everything — and a one-way street. Trump wanted a rapid-response “war room” in place before James Comey started talking — but soldiers have been reluctant to enlist (and more). It’s Comey vs. Trump partisans: The fired FBI director’s testimony is damning — many will refuse to hear it. As Democrats prep for Comey, some on Left want them to give up Russia story.

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