By one definition, the GOP baseball shooting is the 154th mass shooting this year. Republican praises guns, saying they helped save lives, just moments after Virginia shooting. Rep. Mo Brooks saw his colleague get shot — it didn’t change his mind about gun control. Their own targeted, Republicans want looser gun laws, not stricter ones. Congressman’s shooting first test for Trump-era gun debate. America’s gun problem, explained: The public and research support gun control — here’s how it could help and why it doesn’t pass. The shooting of Steve Scalise showed how America is at war with itself.

Gun makers’ marketing ensures that gun violence feeds on itself, and no one is safe: Guns are largely marketed to right-wing male power fantasies, but this latest tragedy shows that no one is immune.


Political divisions in 2016 and beyond: Lee Drutman on tensions between and within the two parties. The mystery of the 2016 election was its normalcy: In politics, one identity rules them all. Study: Views on immigration, Muslims drove white voters to Trump. Blame Donald Trump’s rise on the avant-garde movement. The big lesson from Virginia’s election: We’re still underestimating Trumpism. Maybe Democrats aren’t such a hot mess after all: We were told the party was still fighting the 2016 primary — but the Virginia governor’s race is teaching us something rather different. That Jon Ossoff’s message seems moderate is a sign of how far Democrats have shifted.

Can Democrats fix the party? Trump’s victory exposed the party establishment as utterly broken — now Dems hope to rebuild in time for a 2018 comeback. Three ideas to check Trump and revive the Democratic Party: How to (actually) make America great again. Bernie Sanders’s army is not the Democratic base: The party’s most reliable voters are older black women — so why do some journalists suggest otherwise?


From Crisis and Critique, a special issue on Hegel(’s) Today. Marika Rose (Winchester): “Not Peace but a Sword”: Dionysius, Zizek and the Question of Ancestry. Daniel de Kadt (MIT): Bringing the Polls to the People: How Electoral Access Encourages Turnout But Exacerbates Political Inequality. Lucy McKeon on the true story of Rastafari. Faking “wokeness”: Alissa Quart on how advertising targets millennial liberals for profit. Emmanuel Macron says door to remain in EU is open to Britain. Wars are not won by military genius or decisive battles. Are these Warriors less manly? The nice guys just finished first. You can download Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games, ed. Allison Levy (2017).

Attack tests movement Sanders founded: The bloody shooting of Republican lawmakers by a Bernie Sanders supporter could prove to be an opportunity for the senator’s fans to consider their message. The blurry line between violent talk and violent action: How do progressives express their moral fury without embracing a dehumanizing language of their own? Eric Levitz on the case for nonviolence in a violent society. Can Donald Trump be America’s consoler-in-chief? Trump knows how to capitalize on fear — after two mass shootings in one day, he needs to tamp it down. How Congress can fight political violence.


From Vox, President Trump’s maybe-nonexistent White House tapes, explained; Sessions: I can’t discuss conversations with the president; 9 legal experts: Yes, you can; and Jeff Sessions is trying to distract you from the heart of the Russia scandal. Small man in a memory hole: Max B. Sawicky on Jeff Sessions’s selective amnesia. Francine Prose on how words still matter. Darren Samuelsohn on 6 explosive moments that could still come in Russia probe: The president and his attorneys are showing an increasing willingness to play hardball. Robert Mueller chooses his investigatory dream team. Even Trump’s aides blame him for obstruction probe: Trump “shot himself in the foot again with this cockamamie scheme to get Mueller to play ball”. The WaPo obstruction blockbuster and the world of hurt to come. Fox News was attacking Barack Obama for using dijon mustard at this point in his presidency.

Is Putin getting what he wanted with Trump? Forget Comey — the real story is Russia’s war on America: Why are we focusing on who leaked what to whom, when our democracy is under siege?


The divide between health outcomes for the richest and poorest Americans is among the largest in the world, according to a new study. Trump’s attempts to sabotage Obamacare are working. Republican senators will keep health bill secret until they have the votes. Trump’s scandals are making Republicans more dangerous: The president’s mounting woes are increasing the GOP’s desperation to pass a secret, inhumane health care bill. The Senate is about to ram through Trumpcare; this is not a drill — it’s an emergency. If Senate Republicans vote to repeal Obamacare, this is how it’ll happen. David Leonhardt on the halfhearted opposition to the G.O.P.’s health care misery.

The Russia scandal is distracting Democrats from Trumpcare: Republicans are secretly crafting a health care bill — where’s the outrage? “This is red alert”: Inside the Left’s game plan for beating the GOP health bill. How Democrats can save Medicaid for good: Despite becoming a middle-class entitlement, Republicans still aren’t scared to gut the program — why?

American health care tragedies are taking over crowdfunding: Sites such as GoFundMe and GiveForward are poised for a wave of medical appeals if Trumpcare leaves millions uninsured, and even if it doesn’t.

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