The real reason Republicans can’t answer simple questions about their health care bill: They know you won’t like the answers. Aaron Rupar on 14 Republican tweets about health care that are very awkward now. The healthcare industry doesn’t love Obamacare enough to save it. Josh Marshall on the McConnell corrupt bargain and the fallacy of policy literalism. What if Rep. Steve Scalise was uninsured? Repeal of the ACA would only further compound the tragedy faced by thousands of low-income firearm assault victims each year in the U.S. Even the insured often can’t afford their medical bills: Helaine Olen on how the debate over the future of healthcare is obscuring a more pedestrian reality — insurance may handle most costs, but many Americans still need to turn to charity for help when they get sick.

Putting profits ahead of patients: Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband review An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal and Getting Risk Right: Understanding the Science of Elusive Health Risks by Geoffrey C. Kabat.


Alon Daks, Nishant Desai, and Lisa R. Goldberg (UC-Berkeley): Do Steph Curry and Klay Thompson Have Hot Hands? Donald Trump no longer wants to “stay out” of Syria. Does Trump’s Syria policy remind you of someone? The Syrian war enters a new phase — and we’re in it. The US and Russia may be getting closer to a military confrontation. Did Trump just declare war on a nuclear-weapons state over Twitter? A flaw in too much of our political analysis: The default is white. This is what the demise of oil looks like. Business feminism: Stephanie Young reviews The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability by Kristen Hogan. What is the longest word in the Yiddish language?

Are Russian operatives attacking Putin critics in the U.S.? James Bruno on what Americans don’t understand about Russian diplomacy. The Trump administration has a new plan for dealing with Russia. Former CIA analyst warns Russia threat may be ignored like al-Qaeda before 9/11. Putin’s pro-Trump plot has backfired spectacularly: Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election has not panned out for the autocrat. Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes. The FBI is America’s best hope against Trump. A disabled executive: Bob Bauer on the special counsel investigation and presidential immunities.


The inaugural issue of Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy is out, including Vivek Chibber (NYU): Rescuing Class from the Cultural Turn; and Nivedita Majumda (John Jay): Silencing the Subaltern. Jussi Backman (Jyvaskyla): The End of the World after the End of Finitude: On a Recently Prominent Speculative Tone in Philosophy. Mark Pingree (SUNY-Stony Brook): Geohistorical Materialism: Philosophy and the End After the End. Justin Sands (North-West): After Onto-Theology: What Lies Beyond the “End of Everything”. The introduction to Agamben and Radical Politics by Daniel McLoughlin. You can download New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory, ed. Gary Hall and Clare Birchall (2006).

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