Do the Democrats know how to win anymore? Democrats don’t have a policy problem — they have a marketing problem. Democrats face a challenge of mobilization, not just persuasion. Democrats should do to McConnell what the GOP does to Pelosi. Voting rights defeatism is toxic: The simple fact is that Democrats or anyone who believes in voting rights will need to win elections under the current restrictive system to be able to change laws to change that system. Civil war has broken out inside the Democratic Party — does the future belong to the populist left or the centrists? Eric Allen Been interviews Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need.


Linn White (Thomas Jefferson): God, Guns and Money: A Global Perspective on Intentional Homicide. Aurora Temple Barnes (Denver): Guns and Academic Freedom. When the driver who just cut you off also has a gun: Road rage incidents involving firearms have more than doubled since 2014. The costs of Southern gun culture: Bullets and blood flow most freely in the South, as hospitalization expenses from firearms injuries show. Gun ownership used to be bipartisan — not anymore. Empowered by Trump, the NRA is pushing its most extreme agenda yet. Supreme Court turns down case on right to carry guns (and more).


Trump thinks he’s signed a “Nice!” amount of legislation — here’s what he’s really done. Trump won, and Amy Siskind started a list of changes — now it’s a sensation. Can Trump destroy Obama’s legacy? The president seems determined to define his time in office by demolishing what his predecessor did. America’s Mayor: The 45th president is trying to run the White House like it’s city hall. Trump is a Merovingian, a near-perfect reincarnation of an early medieval Germanic king. Social Darwinism is what truly guides Trump. Andrew Sullivan on the perverse presidency of Donald Trump.

Trump’s defenses suggest guilt, not innocence. What happens when a presidency loses its legitimacy? Voting off the apprentice president: Kathleen Geier on the case for impeaching Trump. How long will President Trump survive? Nobody knows, but everyone’s guessing. Just wait: Watergate didn’t become Watergate overnight, either. “Trump is what happens when a political party abandons ideas”: As surprising as Trump’s young presidency has been, it’s also the natural outgrowth of 30 years of Republican pandering to the lowest common denominator in American politics. NBC/WSJ poll: It’s Trump’s base against everyone else.


Christina Mulligan (Brooklyn): Copyright Without Copying. Robert P. Merges (UC-Berkeley): What Kind of Rights Are Intellectual Property Rights? From Al Jazeera, what is the Qatar-GCC showdown really about? Japan on alert: Residents told to seek shelter or lie on ground in event of North Korea missile attack. What you need to know about the Supreme Court’s 3 big Monday decisions. Why big business keeps winning at the Supreme Court. The Congressional Budget Office, explained: CBO’s score of Republicans’ health plan is out, and it looks grim — here’s why the agency has such influence. Why the hell are we still debating birth control — in 2017? From the Washington Post, welcome to Made by History: Historians enter the fray.


Stefan Koller (Colorado) and Maarten Franssen (TU Delft): Philosophy of Technology as a Serious Branch of Philosophy: The Empirical Turn as a Starting Point. Mark Sentesy (Penn State): How Technology Changes Ethical Experience. Brent Mittelstadt, Patrick Allo, Mariarosaria Taddeo, Sandra Wachter, and Luciano Floridi (Oxford): The Ethics of Algorithms: Mapping the Debate. Michael J. Kelly (Creighton) and David Satola (World Bank): The Right to Be Forgotten. Giancarlo F. Frosio (Strasbourg): Right to Be Forgotten: Much Ado About Nothing. It’s time for a grassroots movement for better online privacy.

Linnet Taylor (Tilburg): What is Data Justice? The Case for Connecting Digital Rights and Freedoms on the Global Level. From the Atlantic, can technology rescue democracy? A collection of essays from technologists and scholars about how machines are reshaping civil society.


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.

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