We’re not in Kansas anymore: We’re now in someplace much, much worse. Under Trump, inconvenient data is being sidelined. Inside Trump’s war on regulations: The push to block, rewrite and delay scores of Obama-era rules may be the administration’s biggest untold success. When Trump signs bills into law, he objects to scores of provisions — here’s what that means. Remember Trump’s promise not to touch Social Security? It’s gone now. Sarah Kliff: “I’ve covered Obamacare since day one. I’ve never seen lying and obstruction like this”. Republicans are about to make Medicare-for-all much more likely. Martin Longman on why the Republicans can’t legislate. Why Republican numbers stopped adding up: Two critical tenets of American politics explain GOP struggles with governing and Democrats’ sudden success at the polls.

Jack Balkin on Trumping the Constitution. Trump’s judicial picks are keeping Republicans happy — and quiet. Trumpism is taking over the Republican Party: If secrecy is better than exposure, then keep things secret, and don’t let media pressure sway you into backing down or even bothering to explain yourself. What would a real GOP break from Trump look like? Martin Longman on how to get out of an unholy alliance. The Trump era is starting to depress Republicans, too. Trump’s a Republican now: Whatever Trump’s true ideological predilections, there’s no place for him to go. Thread: “the GOP has descended into a very dark place, which has very little to do with Trump, who’s just an ignorant bystander”.


Alexander Tatarko and Anna Mironova (HSE): Electoral Choices and Basic Values of Russians. Unequal Russia: Is anger stirring in the global capital of inequality? Five years after crackdown, an anti-Kremlin protest resumes. Vladimir Milov: “I worked for Putin's government, then became one of his biggest critics”; and “I quit Putin's government in disgust. These protests are a turning point for Russia”. In Russia, state TV and the Internet tell a tale of two protests. Masha Gessen on the new face of Russian resistance. Amie Ferris-Rotman on the teenagers standing up to Putin. Liza Alexandrova-Zorina on Russia on the verge of a nervous breakdown.


Omri Y. Marian (UC-Irvine): Is Something Rotten in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg? Carlos E. Gallegos-Anda (ANU): Ecuador’s Good Living as a Living Law. The World Health Organization just picked a new leader — these are the challenges he faces. The Confederate flag largely disappeared after the Civil War — the fight against civil rights brought it back. Susan Chira on the universal phenomenon of men interrupting women. A leaked manuscript of Milo Yiannopoulos’s book suggests that “the most controversial book of the decade” could actually be the most boring book of the year. Andrea James on how 40% of Wikipedia is under threat from deletionists. The first chapter from A Short History of German Philosophy by Vittorio Hosle.


Peter H. Ditto, Sean P. Wojcik, Eric E. Chen, Rebecca Hofstein Grady, and Joanne F. Zinger (UC-Irvine), Brittany Liu (Kalamazoo), and Cory J. Clark (Florida State): At Least Bias Is Bipartisan: A Meta-Analytic Comparison of Partisan Bias in Liberals and Conservatives. Why liberals aren’t as tolerant as they think. Jeremy Frimer (Winnipeg) and Linda J. Skitka and Matt Motyl (UIC): Liberals and Conservatives are Similarly Motivated to Avoid Exposure to One Another's Opinions. “Motivated ignorance” is ruining our political discourse: Talking with a political opponent is almost as unpleasant as getting a tooth pulled.

How we became bitter political enemies: Members of the two parties are more likely today to describe each other unfavorably, as selfish, as threats, even as unsuitable marriage material. Douglas Ahler (Florida State) and David E. Broockman (Stanford): The Delegate Paradox: Why Polarized Politicians Can Represent Citizens Best. In the Trump era, America is racing toward peak polarization. No, Americans are not polarized by ideology: Most people do not possess a system of logical constraints when it comes to politics. James L. Gibson and Joan Barcelo (WUSTL) and Christopher Claassen (Glasgow): Is Hatred Really the Main Emotional Source of Political Intolerance?

How far will the Right go in blaming the Left for the Alexandria shootings? Blaming “heated political rhetoric” is the most useless response to a shooting. What do many mass shooters have in common? A history of domestic violence. Bigoted homophobe Steve Scalise’s life was saved by a queer black woman. Michael Loadenthal (George Mason): Leftist Political Violence: From Terrorism to Social Protest. Is America descending into political violence again? America has always been angry and violent: The Alexandria shooting has prompted much handwringing about the state of the nation — but political violence and anger are embedded in America's DNA.

How Congress failed to plan for doomsday: What would happen if some crazed gunman or terrorist massacred Congress?


Trump’s indifference to Russia’s election attack raises alarm. Trump’s cover-up may be worse than the crime, but the crime seems pretty bad. Trump backers try out the incompetence defense against obstruction concerns. White House aides fret over Trump’s Russia probe obsession. Trump warned of endless Clinton investigations — instead, the focus is on him. Meet the all-star legal team who may take down Trump. Mueller, known for being above the fray, is now in the thick of it. Trump is reportedly under investigation, so does that signal his end? Not so fast. America’s highest-ranking legal official is more interested in protecting his boss than the law.

Trump, Russia and omnibalancing: What happens if Trump views his domestic threats as more dire than any foreign threat?

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