The Trump administration’s chaos has reached an astounding new level. Trump tries to regroup as the West Wing battles itself. Trump promised to hire “the best people” — he has built a White House that will only attract the worst. Men are clearly too emotional to be president — or work for him. Our non-unitary executive: The Trump Presidency is a strange combination of menacing and impotent; it is also fractured internally like no presidency in American history. Donald Trump doesn’t scare Washington anymore. Mark this date: Donald Trump is now a lame-duck president. Trump has not yet begun to lose: The failures so far have been spectacular, but they’re just the warm up act.

Who ate Republicans’ brains? Four decades of intellectual and moral deterioration. This is blood-curdling madness, the sort of madness that won’t end even after Trump is out of the White House; now more than ever, it’s clear that what is good for the Republican Party is bad for America, and vice versa.

Evan Osnos on Donald Trump’s state of mind, and ours. Jeffrey C. Isaac on Trump, tweets, and the dictatorial mind. Trump is an authoritarian by instinct, not ideology. Death of a Fucking Salesman: Trump is the political version of a pickup artist, and Republicans — and America — went to bed with him convinced that he was something other than what he is.


Devon W. Carbado (UCLA): Predatory Policing. Jake Monaghan (SUNY-Buffalo): The Special Moral Obligations of Law Enforcement. What happened to Black Lives Matter? Three years after BLM launched a nationwide uprising against police violence, what’s next for the movement? Reframing “Black Lives Matter”: Marc Parry interviews Christopher J. Lebron, author of The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea. Nathalie Etoke on video evidence, police brutality, and the denial of black humanity. An excerpt from Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea J. Ritchie. Adam Shatz reviews Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman. Forty percent of black Americans distrust the criminal justice system.


Matthew Yglesias on Anthony Scaramucci, explained: He’s not here to “suck his own cock”. You talkin’ to me? Trump’s White House gets some New York attitude. Trump, “Mooch,” and the rise of the New York douchebag: The president and his foul-mouthed communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, are members of a very particular species. Stroke, lick and splay: The Anthony Scaramucci guide to wooing your interviewer. Anthony Scaramucci’s self-help books are all self and no help. Scaramucci shows the kind of White House culture Trump has created. Why “the Mooch” whacked Reince Priebus. “He played you”: Here’s the real reason Anthony Scaramucci hates Reince Priebus. Scaramucci learned his press tactics from Wall Street — they’ll only get uglier.

Anthony Scaramucci executive producing HBO movie while in White House. Watchdog group calls for probe of Scaramucci’s contacts with FBI, Justice Dept. Mooch is committing the cardinal sin of WH comms: Making himself the story. The Anthony Scaramucci era will be freakish, embarrassing and all too short.


The latest issue of International Political Science Review is free online. Erick Jose Ramirez (Santa Clara): A Conditional Defense of Shame and Shame Punishments. Which way out of the Venezuelan crisis? Pro-Trump trolls silent after “alt-Right” ship detained in Mediterranean for apparent human trafficking. Why Urban Dictionary is horrifically racist: The crowd-sourced repository of internet slang is rife with racist and sexist content — but owner Aaron Peckham doesn't seem to care. From Philosophy Now, a special section on radical theories of consciousness. Hua Hsu on Stuart Hall and the rise of cultural studies. Where the lakes have no names: In a province of 100,000 lakes, only 10,000 are named — Manitoba’s toponymist is working to change that.


The real reason Obamacare repeal is so hard: Dylan Matthews interviews Paul Pierson, author of Dismantling the Welfare State? Ezra Klein on the GOP’s massive health care failures, explained. Behind legislative collapse: An angry vow fizzles for lack of a viable plan. Elizabeth Drew on the end of the end of Obamacare. Obamacare repeal isn’t dead — it’s undead (and more). As Trump steams, Senate Republicans consider new repeal effort. Trump is trying to reanimate Trumpcare using threats and ridicule. Three things Trump is already doing to “let Obamacare implode”.

Epic health care fail wasn’t McConnell’s fault; it was Trump’s. McConnell’s strange achievement: With the public against it, a president who couldn’t stay on message and even allies calling it a “disaster”, the Senate master nearly passed a huge bill anyway — that’s something, right? Senate Republicans have become a threat to democracy with the latest health care vote. The 10 challenges Republicans now face: With efforts to repeal Obamacare collapsing, the GOP faces a difficult landscape as it looks ahead to 2018.


Why is Putin backing North Korea? To build up Russia as a great power. Making Russia great again: Abby Schrader on the facts and fictions of Russian nationalism. The politics of Russian nationalism: Vladimir Putin rules Russia because he is a centrist. Why the anti-war Left should attack Putin, too: His leftist apologists in the U.S. media aren’t just blind to Russia’s election meddling, but to Putin’s xenophobia and homophobia. The Russians were involved — but it wasn’t about collusion. President Trump, keep in mind that Russia and the West think about negotiations very, very differently. Putin’s bet on a Trump presidency backfires spectacularly. Matt Damsker reviews Putin: His Downfall and Russia’s Coming Crash by Richard Lourie. On a tiny Norwegian island, America keeps an eye on Russia.


John Kelly is no-nonsense — can he run an all-nonsense White House? Trump’s new chief of staff is destined to fail. John Kelly’s move to the White House could start a domino effect. Why John Kelly is the perfect pick for Trump’s new chief of staff — or, at least, why Trump thinks he is. Trump loves surrounding himself with generals and not listening to them. John Kelly’s promotion is a disaster for immigrants. This is the Trump administration’s dark reboot: With a new chief of staff, Trump’s refocusing on his top priority — making America afraid again.

Without Priebus, Trump is a man without a party. Turmoil fuels schism between Trump’s White House and Republican Party. The party establishment wing of Trumpworld collapses. The departure of chief of staff Reince Priebus could jeopardize the administration’s tenuous connection with Republican institutions in Washington. “There really is a tweet for every occasion”.


John Mikhail (Georgetown): The Definition of “Emolument” in English Language and Legal Dictionaries, 1523-1806. Donald O. Mayer (Denver) and Adam J. Sulkowski (Babson College): Emoluments and Implications from Conflict of Interest Laws and Private Sector Fiduciary Duty. Trump’s 2020 campaign has already paid out $600K — to Trump. The U.S. military is dropping $130,000 a month for a Trump Tower rental. Ivanka Trump is making millions off her father’s presidency. How Donald Trump is monetising his presidency: Six months in, Mr Trump’s conflicts of interest look even worse. 13 Trump scandals you forgot about: Any other year, one of these could have derailed a presidency.

Who’s going to trust Republicans after this fiasco? “In short, the Republicans may wind up being tagged as both incompetent and malevolent”. When did the GOP become so sinister? While Democrats are busy infighting, Republicans have found a way to unite and stand behind a president for whom everyone is a winner or loser. The real reason the Trump administration has such a leak problem: There’s a solution, but they’re not going to like it. The lesson Trump hasn’t learned: Trump says that he surrounds himself with “the best people” — but too often, that means people like himself. President Trump’s rallies are about boosting his ego, not his agenda.

The ugly way Trump’s rise and Putin’s are connected. Sarah Kendzior on how Trump fulfilled a 30-year fantasy of becoming president, with a little help from the Kremlin. Sue Halpern on hacking the vote: Who helped whom? Meet the new team of lawyers trying to protect Donald Trump. Trump’s Russiagate attorney is himself entangled in Russian corruption. Nate Silver on how Trump and Congress are probably on a collision course over Russia. Trump, Sessions and America’s looming constitutional crisis: The deeper that special counsel Robert Mueller digs, the more the president panics. A constitutional crisis is inevitable — at this point, why would we expect anything else?


Sara Protasi (Puget Sound): “I’m not envious, I’m just jealous!”: On the Difference Between Envy and Jealousy. How India and China have come to the brink over a remote mountain pass. Koch brothers orchestrate grassroots effort to lower corporate taxes, documents show. Jeff Sessions might have to imprison Trump’s innocent political enemies to save his own job. From Vox, Republicans’ Obamacare repeal drive has revealed a political system where words have no meaning; and why Senate Republicans couldn’t repeal Obamacare — for now. How the pill made the American economy great: Both Donald Trump and Republican state legislatures want to limit women’s access to birth control — history shows that would be a huge mistake.


Corey L Wrenn (Monmouth): Toward a Vegan Feminist Theory of the State. Capitalism has embraced feminist iconography at a huge cost. Valerie Percival on what a real feminist foreign policy looks like. Catriona Sandilands reviews Anthropocene Feminism by Richard Grusin. Why some women aren’t excited about leadership positions. From the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, can women save the world? Elisabeth Eaves wonders. Mary Beard on women in power: Should we be optimistic about change when we think about what power is and what it can do, and women’s engagement with it? Against domesticity: Attempts to elevate and fetishize household labor are deeply insidious. Actually, not everything is a feminist issue — and that’s okay.

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