Bad faith: D.R. Tucker on the religion of Trumpism. To evangelicals, Trump is the whirlwind — and they’re fine with that. The more Trump struggles, the more the Christian Right loves him. Mike Pence assures evangelicals Trump is their “unwavering ally”. One reason why evangelicals won’t abandon or protest Trump: Spiritual coercion. Christians, Trump, and the long history of “pious cruelties”: Dave Denison interviews William B. Parsons, author of Machiavelli’s Gospel: The Critique of Christianity in The Prince. Some Trump supporters want a holy war. How one strain of macho theology leads to a church choir singing “Make America Great Again”.

Presidents often turn to faith in times of crisis — that seems unlikely for Trump. Has Trump found religion in the Oval Office? The president is mentioning God more than ever during his public appearances. Who cares if Trump is religious? Trump might be the least God-fearing president to occupy the White House in centuries — that’s a great thing for America.


“Coal is dead” and oil faces “peak demand”, says world’s largest investment group. Once and for all: Obama didn’t crush US coal, and Trump can’t save it. Coal CEO admits that “clean coal” is a myth: Coal baron says carbon capture and storage “does not work” and “is just cover for the politicians”. We’re a cheap battery away from phasing out fossil fuels. New nuclear energy technology has come a long way — but can we get over our fears? Utilities fighting against rooftop solar are only hastening their own doom. Solar’s rise lifted these blue-collar workers — now they’re worried about Trump.

Ernest Moniz, Obama’s Energy Secretary, defends his legacy against Trump. The end goal of Trump’s war on science: EPA head Scott Pruitt wants to undo Obama’s environmental legacy — this is his smokescreen. Counseled by industry, not staff, E.P.A. chief is off to a blazing start. New email and meeting records show Scott Pruitt is tight with the fossil fuel industry. Trump and Pruitt are the biggest threat to the EPA in its 47 years of existence. Donald Trump is handing the federal government over to fossil fuel interests. Meet the fossil fuel all-stars Trump has appointed to his administration.

Climate-change deniers aren’t tired of winning yet: Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement came as a huge relief to them — now they’re setting their sights on bigger prizes. Doubts about the science are being replaced by doubts about the motives of scientists and their political supporters — once this kind of cynicism takes hold, is there any hope for the truth? Yeah, the weather has been weird: People already care about climate change — the trick is getting them to realize it. Millennials have never lived through a colder than average month — and never will.

Challenging Trump, Gov. Brown plans world “climate action summit” in SF. Blue America reaches out to the world, ignoring Trump: States and cities are forming a kind of parallel national government around climate change. The new nation-states: How Trump’s rejection of the Paris accord is reshaping the political landscape. Experts have a plan to beat climate change even if Donald Trump won’t help. Grass roots activists won the war on smoking — can they win the war on climate change?

The uninhabitable Earth: Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us — what climate change could wreak, sooner than you think.


The remaking of Donald Trump: In the multicultural days of The Apprentice, he rose to a level of popularity with minorities that the GOP could only dream of — then he torched it all to prepare for a hard-right run at the presidency. Trump tries to claim presidential immunity against Apprentice sexual harassment lawsuit. Ever wonder how a lifelong urbanite can resent cities as much as Donald Trump does? First you have to understand ’70s and ’80s New York — how Gotham gave us Trump. All the president’s lawyers: Donald Trump’s life and career have been defined by his legal battles — but do the attorneys who guided him through the courtrooms of New York and New Jersey know how to navigate Washington?


Those empty desks at U.S. embassies and the State Department? They’re a big problem. What happens when the United States has no State Department? Trump isn’t draining the swamp, he’s drowning diplomacy. Present at the destruction: How Rex Tillerson is wrecking the State Department. While some learning curve is to be expected for a secretary of state lacking diplomatic or government experience, that Tillerson is so disconnected from his department is problematic for a number of reasons. Jennifer Rubin on how Tillerson has only himself to blame. Tillerson gets oil industry award, says he misses colleagues, expresses nostalgia for his former life as an oilman. Tillerson considered central figure in ExxonMobil investigation.


Christian Bjornskov (Aarhus) and Stefan Voigt (Hamburg): Why Do Governments Call a State of Emergency? On the Determinants of Using Emergency Constitutions. How Trump made the nearly impossible North Korea problem even worse. Soner Cagaptay and Oya Rose Aktas on how Erdoganism is killing Turkish democracy. Hackers are targeting nuclear facilities, Homeland Security Dept. and F.B.I. say. Putin adviser: He’s a “more powerful alpha male than Trump”. Bradley Babendir reviews The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time by Brooke Gladstone. A French philosopher considers the kids: Malcolm Harris reviews The True Life by Alain Badiou.

Trump aides: Russia flap proves Don Jr. is the “Fredo” of the First Family. Thread: “At minimum, we now have a pattern: Trump campaign associates (and family members) seeking a Russian election assist via dirt on Clinton”.


Hated by the Right, mocked by the Left — who wants to be “liberal” anymore? Why we need the left-wing critique of liberalism: Because liberals got us where we are today. The problem with centrism is that it might get us all killed: Going “back to the center” and curbing climate change are mutually exclusive. The Democratic Party just admitted it doesn’t stand for anything. David Akadjian on a reason to believe — and why this is important to the Democratic Party. Primary colors: Osita Nwanevu on Democratic presidential politics, neoliberalism, and the white working class. To win the working class, Democrats need to start talking straight.

The sad reality is that being a scholar of the labor movement or the Left does not ensure that your takes on elections are any better than something you would hear from a stoned 19 year at a party in the apartment of the head of the local student activist group.


Neil J. Sullivan on his book The Prometheus Bomb: The Manhattan Project and Government in the Dark. Daniel Little on the development of the atomic bomb and elements of the story that deserve close thought and reflection. Web of war: How the hair-trigger nuclear age and fears of Armageddon inspired visionary cold warriors to invent the Internet. How the U.S. prepared for nuclear catastrophe: Mahita Gajanan interviews Garrett Graff, author of Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself — While the Rest of Us Die (and more). Tsar Bomba: Russia’s insane 50-megaton monster nuke could have killed millions. The Soviets made a real doomsday device in the ‘80s and the Russians still have it today. Dan Cluchey on winners and losers of the recent nuclear holocaust.

Thomas O Karako (Kenyon): A New Nuclear Review for a New Age. James E. Doyle on mini-nukes: Still a bad choice for the United States. Terrell Jermaine Starr on why America’s new nuke upgrades would be an endgame for Russia. Reid Pauly (MIT): Nuclear Weapons in Wargames: Testing Traditions and Taboos. Here’s why Trump has the power to start a nuclear war any time he wants. Thread: “Here’s why the President must not be constrained by Congress. Imagine your enemy is contemplating an attack on you or an ally”.

The truth about Satan: David Szondy on nuclear war in the 21st century. Why 3,000 scientists think nuclear arsenals make us less safe: Despite what you hear in the news, an atomic war between the superpowers is still the biggest threat. Ian Johnson, Joel Beckner, Heng Qin, and Nadezhda Smakhtina on new life for New START. Andree Lanham on lessons from the nuclear freeze. Only one country has ever voluntarily given up its nukes. A treaty is reached to ban nuclear arms — now comes the hard part.


David Cabrelli (Edinburgh) and Rebecca Zahn (Strathclyde): Civic Republican Political Theory and Labour Law: A Sketch. Where despots rule: Chase Burghgrave interviews Elizabeth S. Anderson, author of Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about it) (and more). The United States of Work: Employers exercise vast control over our lives, even when we’re not on the job — how did our bosses gain power that the government itself doesn’t hold? When companies prize investors above all, they’ll do anything to increase their stock price, and that’s not good for workers. The American pension crisis helps corporations maintain a precarious, easily exploitable workforce: Micah Uetricht interviews Mike McCarthy, author of Dismantling Solidarity: Capitalist Politics and American Pensions Since the New Deal. Signing away the right to get a new job: Noncompete clauses, once for top executives, are spreading across the labor landscape — making it tougher for Americans to get a raise (and more).


Trump’s meeting with Putin was a disaster — the aftermath is worse. Masha Gessen on how Trump gave Putin exactly what he wanted. Trump handed Putin a stunning victory: From his speech in Poland to his two-hour summit in Hamburg, the president seemed determined to promote Russia’s dark and illiberal view of the world. Trump’s nationalists triumphant after Europe trip: Advisers like Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller gain new momentum in the White House’s ongoing ideological battle. In New York, like Kiev, it’s all about Putin: The two cities are united now in their common fear and loathing of Russia.

World leaders move forward on climate change, without U.S. Once dominant, the United States finds itself isolated at G-20. Trump leaves leaders fearing the future as G-20 summit closes. The G-20 shows how far the world has fallen. Feeling that Trump will “say anything”, Europe is less restrained, too.

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