Julie L. Novkov (SUNY-Albany): How Do We Solve a Problem Like the Donald? We know a lot about what Robert Mueller is doing; we also know nothing at all: Looking for clues in the actions of D.C.’s second-most-powerful man. Trump will fire Robert Mueller eventually — what will happen next? Richard Cohen is scared that Trump might be impeached. What are impeachable offenses? Noah Feldman and Jacob Weisberg review The Case for Impeachment by Allan J. Lichtman and Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide by Cass R. Sunstein (and more). Roger Stone says there would be an “insurrection” if Trump were impeached — is he right? Trump could be removed for political incompetence — using the 25th Amendment.

#AlwaysTrump: No matter how he leaves the White House, we’ll never be rid of Trump — and all that he represents about America.


Reva Siegel (Yale): ProChoiceLife: Asking Who Protects Life and How — And Why It Matters in Law and Politics. A new slew of state laws are aimed at making sure abortion coverage is banned from private health insurance plans — putting the procedure still further out of reach. An excerpt from How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics: From Welfare Reform to Foreclosure to Trump by Laura Briggs. Defending abortion without “rights”: Juniper Alcorn reviews Foucault’s Futures: A Critique of Reproductive Reason by Penelope Deutscher. Let’s talk about Roy Moore’s extremism on abortion. Artificial wombs are coming — they could completely change the debate over abortion.


Aziz Z. Huq (Chicago): Judging Discriminatory Intent. Armin Falk (Bonn): Status Inequality, Moral Disengagement and Violence. From the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, here is the entry on Empires vs States by Josep M. Colomer. Latest figures reveal more than 40 million people are living in slavery. Socialist parties in Europe keep losing for the same reason. The general who turned around the response in New Orleans after Katrina thinks we’re failing Puerto Rico. Is the Steele dossier about to have its moment of truth? Trump puts another fox in charge of another hen house. Trump’s lawyers just keep stepping in it. What do most mass shooters have in common? It isn’t politics, video games or religion. Choire Sicha on Hugh Hefner, the Pajama Man.


The new Republican tax plan, explained. The GOP tax plan, explained in simplest possible terms. Trump’s tax “reform” looks like tax cuts for the rich. Trump’s tax plan: Prioritize cuts for the rich, say he isn’t (and more). Trump says his tax plan is “not good for me”, despite big cuts for the wealthy (and more and more). Hamilton Nolan on the sheer bold balls of the Republican tax cuts; and on how the Trump tax plan is an American catastrophe. The middle class doesn’t want a tax cut — it wants better government. The Trump tax cuts are going to hurt the Republican Party. Passing a tax bill should be easy — here’s why it isn’t. The tax fight is about to get real.

Bruce Bartlett: “I helped create the GOP tax myth. Trump is wrong: Tax cuts don’t equal growth”. With tax cuts on the table, once-mighty deficit hawks hardly chirp. The Republican tax plan is a sham. Let’s stop taking Trump’s tax plan seriously. Watch the tax code because that’s how they get you.


Why black families struggle to build wealth: Gillian B. White interviews Tom Shapiro, author of Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future. White economic privilege as alive and well: Fifty years after Martin Luther King campaigned for black economic equality, the difference in income between blacks and whites remains the same. The American economy isn’t getting any less racist (and more). The everyday economic violence of black life: Renee Hatcher reviews Ferguson’s Fault Lines: The Race Quake That Rocked a Nation by Kimberly Norwood. Narender Strong interviews Darrick Hamilton on capitalism’s dichotomous nature and stratification economics.


It wasn’t just a hurricane that destroyed Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy will make hurricane recovery even harder. “This is like in war”: A scramble to care for Puerto Rico’s sick and injured. The devastation in Puerto Rico, as seen from above. El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the national forest system, was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico faces a “death spiral” that goes way beyond the humanitarian crisis. With federal disaster relief lagging, residents of the devastated island territory have little say about what happens to them next. Influx of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria could tip Florida toward Democrats.

White House is restricting lawmakers from visiting Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, aides say. Is Trump hurting Puerto Rico to protect America’s shipping industry? The one act of deregulation the Trump administration will not take. The Jones Act, the obscure 1920 shipping regulation strangling Puerto Rico, explained. Trump waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico, easing hurricane aid shipments. How we would cover Trump’s handling of Puerto Rico if it were happening in another country.


Sumit Sarkar (XLRI): Paradox of Crosses in Association Football (Soccer): A Game-Theoretic Explanation. Carlos Carvalho, Ruy Ribeiro, and Eduardo Zilberman (PUC-Rio): Sentiment, Electoral Uncertainty and Stock Returns. Mauro Maia Laruccia and Valdenise Lezier Martyniuk (PUCSP): Racism in Football: A Narrative Path. Soccer’s culture of corruption: Simon Kuper reviews The Fall of the House of FIFA: The Multimillion-Dollar Corruption at the Heart of Global Soccer by David Conn. Steven A. Bank (UCLA): Will U.S. Soccer Be Forced to Adopt Promotion and Relegation? Soccer for intellectuals: Baseball has Roger Angell, boxing has A. J. Liebling — yet soccer, puzzlingly, has no writer of such caliber, no one who has managed to find in the sport.


Kai Jager (Mannheim): The Potential of Online Sampling for Studying Political Activists Around the World and Across Time. Robert Hoppe (Twente): Lindblom on Incrementalism: The Tragic Dilemma between Understanding and Shaping the World. Iraq’s Kurds just voted to secede — here’s why that could cause a new civil war (and more). Donald Trump just threatened to commit genocide. Are Switzerland and Sweden the keys to easing the North Korean crisis? From the Baffler, secret powers: Chase Madar on the limitations of the intel cult; and Laurie Penny puts her finger on the anxious pulse of the gigged out, debt-ridden, catastrophe-prone twenty-first century, coming away with a sound prescription of prolonged bed rest.

From Vox, why Obamacare survived: Americans want the health system made better — the GOP plans made it worse; and Obamacare repeal isn’t dead as long as Republicans control Congress. Trump boldly predicts Congress will repeal Obamacare early next year.


The course to chaos: When, precisely, did the Republican Party “snap”? Trapped by their own lies: Why Republicans can win, but can’t govern. Republicans say the “fun” has been taken out of Washington’s dysfunction. For those in the Party of Trump, the Republicans — not the president — are to blame. Charles Sykes on how the Right lost its mind and embraced Donald Trump. Would Trump voters really revolt if he kept DACA? Why Trump supporters might not care that he’s not getting anything done. Maybe Trump’s base wants insults, not results. Trump says jump, his supporters ask: How high? Even Oprah can’t wrangle a productive conversation out of Trump supporters. Trumpism is becoming a monster beyond Trump’s control.

Donald Trump broke the Republican Party — Alabama just made it worse. Roy Moore’s nomination gave Republicans another chance to reject authoritarianism — they declined. Roy Moore’s Alabama victory sets off talk of a G.O.P. insurrection. “I’m out of empathy. I’m out of pity. I’m out of patience”: Roy Moore is a lawless theocratic lunatic, and those who support him are destroying our democracy.


Johannes Steizinger (Vienna): Reorientations of Philosophy in the Age of History: Nietzsche’s Gesture of Radical Break and Dilthey’s Traditionalism. Roberto Manzocco reviews Nietzsche and Transhumanism: Precursor or Enemy?, ed. Yunus Tuncel. Gabriel Zamosc reviews Nietzsche’s Earth: Great Events, Great Politics by Gary Shapiro. Pete Kuryla on thinking through Nietzsche’s Uses and Abuses (and part 2 and part 3). Emmanuel Alloa on post-truth or: Why Nietzsche is not responsible for Donald Trump. Michael Bourke (BCIT): The Nihilistic Image of the World. There’s always death to look forward to: Angela Brussel on Nihilist Arby’s and the cheerful nihilism of the Internet.

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