Axios and Donald Trump are made for each other: Mike Allen’s scoop-generating newsletter is the perfect vehicle for the nonstop chatter coming from the White House. The line between an independent press and the White House’s public relations is blurring. Why the media’s defense against Trump has proven so ineffective. Media errors give Trump fresh ammunition. Trump is blaming the media for his own Twitter fail. The network against the leader of the free world: President Trump, in a series of denunciations of CNN and a video depicting him wrestling it, is “trying to bully us”, said its president, Jeffrey Zucker. A pro-Trump neo-Nazi group just threatened the children of CNN reporters. Now involving Reddit and neo-Nazis, the spiraling Trump-CNN feud is 2017 in a nutshell.


America, the diminished: Ezra Klein on what Trump has wrought. Nationalism makes for bad foreign policy: Ronald R. Krebs on what Trump gets wrong. “America first” is becoming America alone. U.S. image suffers as publics around world question Trump’s leadership. Trump creates a leadership vacuum on global affairs. The Trump administration might be exercising leadership after all, but not in the way that you think. France’s U.S. ambassador says Donald Trump is harming global stability. US declining role the biggest threat to global security, says ex-spy chief. The Trump Tower peace theory: Why Donald Trump’s real estate holdings abroad are so dangerous for Americans at home. The greatest threat facing the United States is its own president.

Trump wants a do-over in Europe — but the president’s upcoming trip offers ample opportunity for fresh trouble. Kara Fox on Trump’s long list of disagreements with G20 nations. At G-20 summit, it looks more and more like Trump against the world. EU-Japan deal sends anti-protectionist signal before G20. China sees opening left by Trump in Europe, and quietly steps in. How Europe could be the unexpected beneficiary of America’s fall from global grace.

The world looks past Donald Trump: Foreign policy, increasingly, is what is happening around the world while the United States is making other plans. We can’t afford a mentally unfit commander in chief: “People like Petraeus need to stop bullshitting us and themselves and get on board with making sure we’re prepared for what’s coming”. Where to go from here: Richard N. Haass on rebooting American foreign policy.


Why is Trump causing chaos in Washington but not in the stock market? The stock market is weirdly calm — here’s a theory of why. There’s been a “stunning” shift in the US economy since Trump’s election. The economy President Trump loves looks a lot like the one candidate Trump hated. As voodoo economics collapses in Kansas, Trump takes it national. Remember those 1,100 jobs Trump saved in Indiana? They’re gone (and more). Donald Trump is a job killer: He campaigned as an economic savior — so why is the president handing out pink slips? Deconstructing the administrative state: Donald Trump promises that his deregulatory agenda will lead to a boom in jobs — the real effect will be the opposite.

Trump’s “small business” tax plan helps only the rich. Trump’s executive orders are the nail in the coffin of Trump’s economic populism: There’s no workers’ party here. John Cassidy on the real Trump agenda: Helping big business. Ben Bernanke explains what Donald Trump gets wrong on the economy. The simplest summary of White House economic policy to date is four words long: There is no policy. You can download Economics and Policy in the Age of Trump, ed. Chad Bown (2017).

Billionaire hedge fund manager Ray Dalio, who was initially bullish on Donald Trump’s ability to stimulate the economy, is growing increasingly concerned about the potential consequences of his presidency. Wall Street is wising up to Trump’s long con. CEOs to Trump: You’re failing. Donald Trump is reckless, erratic and incompetent, according to business leaders around the world.

The delusion that Trump is “good for business”: He’ll shred regulations, he may cut taxes, but more and more industries are realizing that the candidate they supported is very bad for their bottom line. Now is the time for business leaders to dump Trump — for the good of the country. A predictor with a perfect track record on the American economy is moving closer to signaling a recession. It’s time to plan an escape route, for you and your money, from Trumpland.


From the Canadian Journal of Political Science, a special issue on Finding Feminism. Antonio Casimiro Ferreira (Coimbra): The Politics of Austerity as Politics of Law. From LRB, William Davies on reasons for Corbyn. Unquestionably, Macron is going to enjoy the benefits of a strong majority in parliament; nevertheless, victory over the unions is far from assured. How Uber’s tax calculation may have cost drivers hundreds of millions. Giant iceberg the size of Delaware is about to break off Antarctica — here’s what will happen when it does. Dana Loesch plays the victim over criticism of her hate-filled, inflammatory NRA ad. Trump supporters on Twitter spent the Fourth getting real mad about the Declaration of Independence.

Trump’s voter data request poses an unnoticed danger — to national security. Voter fraud commission may have violated law. The Trump administration’s voter-suppression plans are backfiring badly.


All hail daddy, or how obedience trumps masculinity in the GOP. Dear Trump voters: The 1950’s aren’t coming back (and more). Paul Ryan’s policy agenda is more toxic than Trump’s low approval ratings. Gingrich returns again: He’s back, like Freddy Krueger in “A Nightmare on Elm Street 5”, and with a brand new book, Understanding Trump. Meet the Trump-splainers: How conservative hucksters have tried to define the intellectual foundation of an administration whose primary trait is incoherence. A definitive guide to the G.O.P. insiders enabling Donald Trump. Call it the $160-Million Club: While you were watching Comey, Trump quietly welcomed some billionaire donors to the White House.

Federal employees discuss the ethics of sticking it out with Trump’s government: Stay in an attempt to influence a hostile administration, or go when your personal red line is crossed?


From Foreign Affairs, Jeffrey Lewis on Kim Jong Un’s quest for an ICBM. North Korea new missile test: A game-changer? North Korea’s growing nuclear threat, in one statistic: The US has spent decades trying to slow North Korea’s nuclear program — it hasn’t worked. North Korean nuclear program can’t be stopped with weapons. Getting tough on North Korea: Joshua Stanton, Sung-Yoon Lee, Bruce Klingner on how to hit Pyongyang where it hurts. These are all the scary ways North Korea would hit back if Trump strikes. How to deal with North Korea: There are no good options — but some are worse than others.

Why it’s so hard to “deter” North Korea? North Korea places a huge value on projecting itself as a Great Power that can “deter” its enemies — and that’s true, whether or not it has nukes. Trump’s Korea policy is a fast-forward, stupider version of Bush’s. North Korea isn’t crazy: It’s insecure, poor, and extremely dangerous. 5 ways the North Korea situation could spiral out of control: Sean Illing interviews Jeffrey Lewis, author of Minimum Means of Reprisal: China's Search for Security in the Nuclear Age. U.S. missile shield not yet ready for North Korean nukes. Has South Korea renounced “nuclear hedging”?


Andrew L. Whitehead (Clemson) and Christopher Scheitle (West Virginia): We the (Christian) People: Christianity and American Identity from 1996 to 2014. What politicians mean when they say the United States was founded as a Christian nation. A resolution condemning white supremacy causes chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention. The Southern Baptist blowup over white supremacy, explained: Racism is hard to condemn, apparently. Study: When it comes to detecting racial inequality, white Christians have a blind spot. What a unanimous Southern Baptist condemnation of the alt-Right says about evangelicals in America.

Staks Rosch interviews Frances FitzGerald, author of The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (and more and more). Pew research: To understand the political power of evangelicals, we must look beyond the pulpits. Is the Religious Right to blame for Christianity’s decline? The movement is one of the most dramatic failures in American political history. Joshua Rothman reviews The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher.

Indexing political theologies: Jake Meador on six Christianity and culture strategies. Culture wars as pagan counterrevolution: Steven Douglas Smith on how the progressive movement in the current culture wars can be understood as a kind of counterrevolution, or an attempt to overthrow the Christian Revolution by which Christianity triumphed over paganism in the Fourth Century. Religious liberals sat out of politics for 40 years — now they want in the game. Your rabbi is probably a Democrat, your Baptist pastor is probably a Republican, but your priest? Who knows.

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