Donald Trump and the danger of “adhocracy”: The president has opted for a chaotic style of governing that reinforces his weaknesses and increases the chances of major blunders. There is a profound but predictable obstacle blocking Trump’s legislative agenda: His own incompetence. Trump is showing the world what a weak American presidency looks like: More than just the health care collapse, Donald Trump has so far failed to bring the “Art of the Deal” to the White House. “6 months (182 days) in, Trump hasn’t passed a single bill of 10 he promised to pass in his first 100 days. (Republicans control everything)”. How Trump and the GOP Congress failed in just six months.

The harbingers of doom for the Trump administration: The president’s ego is writing checks his administration can’t cash. Unlike Jimmy Carter, Trump has been remarkably weak — and that may turn out to be his salvation.


Trump administration plans to minimize civil rights efforts in agencies (and more). Jeff Sessions’ civil rights agenda chills former DOJ prosecutors. The fight for health care has always been about civil rights: In dismantling Obamacare and slashing Medicaid, Republicans would strike a blow against signature victories for racial equality in America. Births of a nation: Robin D.G. Kelley on surveying Trumpland with Cedric Robinson. Prospects for black America about to get worse under Trump, report says. Black voters say they’re already losing under Trump. Surviving Trump: Adam Moretz interviews Marc Lamont Hill, author of Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond. Turning away from street protests, Black Lives Matter tries a new tactic in the age of Trump.


Jay Fitzgerald on the long-run effects of immigration during the age of mass migration. The immigrants who made America: The long-run benefits of immigration can be large, can persist across time, and need not come at a high social cost. Why open borders are crucial for innovation. There’s no evidence that immigrants hurt any American workers. More immigration does not mean less economic freedom: Conservatives who claim that immigrants import anti-liberty attitudes are wrong. American prosperity depends on a nonwhite future: Without immigration, mostly of Hispanics and Asians, economic growth will falter. The case for immigration: Current policy could be improved, but American greatness depends on welcoming foreigners.


Andrew Hartmann on the millennial Left’s war against liberalism. The dirtbag Left and the problem of dominance politics: Trump insulted his way to the White House; now, Chapo Trap House is trying to insult Democrats into moving left — a strategy that's doomed to fail (and a response). Ari Paul on the Chapo dilemma. Peter Frase on being left of the dial. Everyone hates neoliberals, so we talked to some: Eve Peyser asked neoliberals about their political ideology and the tremendous backlash it's received from all over the place lately — especially since Trump won. “Neoliberalism” isn’t an empty epithet — it’s a real, powerful set of ideas.


Marialena Avgerinou (Dundee): Wittgenstein’s Language and Beckett: The Limits of Language and the Absurd. The strange legal battle that is pitting Trump’s secretaries of the Treasury and State against each other. Jeff Sessions is letting police take more people’s stuff even if they aren’t convicted of a crime. Team Trump used Obamacare money to run PR effort against it. What about the terrorism of the far Right? With so much focus on Islamic State-inspired extremism, we’re not paying enough attention to anti-Muslim violence. The numbers don’t lie: White far-right terrorists pose a clear danger to us all. Hannah Rose Woods on why the wizarding world is a dystopian, totalitarian nightmare. The myth of an apolitical Montaigne: Robert Minto reviews Montaigne: A Life by Philippe Desan.

Trump could place himself in even more legal jeopardy if he pardons his inner circle. Everything now hinges on three Republicans in the Senate. America, don’t let Donald Trump fire Robert Mueller: If the opposition waits for Trump to fire the man investigating the Russian collusion scandal, it will be too late — the street protests must start now.


From Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, Serene J. Khader (Brooklyn): Transnational Feminisms, Nonideal Theory, and “Other” Women’s Power; Amy R. Baehr (Hofstra): A Capacious Account of Liberal Feminism; and Kate M. Phelan (RMIT): Is Feminism Yet a Theory of the Kind That Marxism Is? Linda L. Berger (UNLV), Bridget J. Crawford (Pace), and Kathryn Stanchi (Temple): Using Feminist Theory to Advance Equal Justice under Law. Antuan M. Johnson (Harvard): Sexual Assault and Gendered Hate: A Case of Epistemic Injustice. Debasis Bandyopadhyay (Auckland): Gender Biased Institutions and the Wealth of Nations. Norma Burow (DIW Berlin), Miriam Beblo and Denis Beninger (ZEW), and Melanie Schroder (Hamburg): Why Do Women Favor Same-Gender Competition? Evidence from a Choice Experiment.


From Think Progress, first meeting of Trump’s voting commission makes clear that suppression is the goal; and meet Trump’s voter fraud squad: The men and women tasked with fighting a non-existent demon. German Lopez on Trump’s “election integrity” commission, explained. This completely astonishing interview totally undercuts Trump’s “voter fraud” investigation. Trump accidentally exposes the lie at the heart of the Pence-Kobach voter fraud commission. DNC Chairman Tom Perez and Karen Carter Peterson on the Democratic plan to combat Trump’s voter suppression commission.


William J. Carney (Emory): The Background of Modern American Business Law. Daniel J.H. Greenwood (Hofstra): Neofeudalism: The Surprising Foundations of Corporate Constitutional Rights. Richard N. Langlois (UConn): The Corporation is Not a Nexus of Contracts: It’s an iPhone. Alan R. Palmiter (Wake Forest): Corporate Governance as Moral Psychology. Samuel W. Buell (Duke): The Responsibility Gap in Corporate Crime. Peter J. Henning (Wayne State): Why It Is Getting Harder to Prosecute Executives for Corporate Misconduct. Hao Jiang (Tulane): Freedom to Mislead: The Fictitious Freedom to Contract Around Fraud under Delaware Law. Robert Anderson (Pepperdine): The Delaware Trap: An Empirical Study of Incorporation Decisions. Charles M. Elson (Delaware): Why Delaware Must Retain its Corporate Dominance and Why it May Not.


A new interview reveals Trump’s ignorance to be surprisingly wide-ranging. Trump’s latest interview highlights four of his greatest flaws. No matter what the subject, the president finds someone to compare himself to — and in every comparison, he comes out the winner. This man has our nuclear codes. A consistent idea manages to poke through the delirious rambling: Trump repeatedly affirmed his conviction that the entire federal government ought to be operated for his personal benefit. Congress should reconsider giving the FBI Director independence from presidential control. From Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes on the president vs. federal law enforcement; and Bob Bauer on considering Trump’s legal position (and problems) after the New York Times interview. Here’s the chain reaction Trump could set off by trying to fire Mueller.

Trump aides, seeking leverage, investigate Mueller’s investigators. “Trump has asked about his ability to pardon aides, family members — and even himself”. We’re on the brink of an authoritarian crisis: If Trump fires Robert Mueller or pardons himself, Republicans won’t do a thing about it — and our democracy will be changed forever.

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