White House “pressuring” intelligence officials to find Iran in violation of nuclear deal. How Donald Trump is trying to blow up the Iran nuclear deal. Will Trump recertify Iran? Much hangs in the balance. Former UN Ambassador John Bolton has a plan to pull out of the Iran deal — it’s bad. Trump says Iran is violating the nuclear deal — it isn’t. Iran is adhering to nuclear deal limits, UN says, despite Donald Trump claim. Unfortunately for Trump, the Iran deal is still working. Trump’s case against the Iran nuclear deal has very little to do with nuclear weapons. Trump on Iran is a repeat of Bush on Iraq. More than 80 experts urge Trump not to abandon Iran nuclear deal. Obama hands scramble to save Iran deal.

The Europeans have 90 days to save the nuclear agreement with Iran. The Iran deal may live after all. Iranian public may be turning more skeptical, hostile toward US.


Elena Pikulina (UBC) and Chloe Tergiman (Penn State): Preferences for Power. D. A. Jeremy Telman (Valparaiso): Introduction: Hans Kelsen for Americans. Some crypto-capitalists just want to see the world burn. Nathan Robinson on a quick reminder of why colonialism was bad: Ignoring or downplaying colonial atrocities is the moral equivalent of Holocaust denial. Andrew Jacobs and Matt Richtel on how big business got Brazil hooked on junk food. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is worse than Sean Spicer. It’s not “liberal bias” for the press to oppose lies and bigotry. Experts say the use of private email by Trump’s voter fraud commission isn’t legal. The generation game: It makes no sense, but typecasting generations is more popular than ever.


Matthew Yglesias on what really happened in 2016, in 7 charts. The my mother/my self: Nell Painter reviews The Destruction of Hillary Clinton by Susan Bordo. A wonk on the wild side: Hillary Clinton’s book is a technocrat’s lament. The Democratic campaign against complexity: Hillary Clinton’s loss to Trump was blamed partly on her wonky nuance — should Bernie Sanders’s simplicity represent the party's future? Sarah Lerner: “Steve Bannon got a 60 Minutes feature & Sean Spicer got an #Emmys cameo, but Hillary Clinton needs to ‘shut up & go away’? Mmkay”. Hillary Clinton’s legacy is huge and lasting: Far from being a historical footnote, she’s a pathbreaking pioneer.

Mark Lilla’s comfort zone: Kimberle Williams Crenshaw on how liberal discourse flattens out the work of critical race analysis. Mychal Denzel Smith on what liberals get wrong about identity politics. Blaming identity politics is like saying “all lives matter”. The Democratic Party needs to become a workers’ party. Josh Marshall on on the intra-Democratic divide. Democrats should stop fighting the last war. What do centrist Democrats even stand for? As Bernie Sanders and the progressive wing pull the party leftward, moderates are hoping to convince voters that they have big ideas, too.

John Judis on redoing the electoral math: “I argued that demographics favored the Democrats. I was wrong”. With their party’s future on the line in the states, Democrats can’t agree on a playbook. Democrats need to make a moral argument for their positions. Democrats, attack: The proper response to a small number of rich people systematically robbing the rest of us is not to suggest that they rob us slightly less — the proper response is to take their shit so they can’t hurt us any more. Angry about Donald Trump? Stop protesting and start writing.


Reece Jones (Hawaii), Corey Johnson (UNC), Wendy Brown (UC-Berkeley), Gabriel Popescu (IUSB), Polly Pallister-Wilkins (Amsterdam), Alison Mountz (Wilfrid Laurier), and Emily Gilbert (Toronto): Interventions on the State of Sovereignty at the Border. The struggle to accommodate the world’s refugees raises a wider question: Do states have an absolute right to control borders? Phillip Cole on framing statelessness. Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati and Grace Kelly (UCD): Welfare Chauvinism? Refugee Flows and Electoral Support for Populist-Right Parties in Industrial Democracies. Hungary and Slovakia challenged Europe’s refugee scheme — they just lost badly. Turning away refugees is an American tradition.

Mary Elizabeth Crock, Laura Smith-Khan, Ronald McCallum, and Ben Saul (Sydney): Disability in Refugee Populations. The forgotten refugees: A new report highlights the crisis facing unprotected, internally displaced populations. Jack I. Garvey (San Francisco): The Future Legal Management of Mass Migration. Refugia: A utopian solution to the crisis of mass displacement.


Is America still a “nation of ideas”? Warring tribes or united by principle, Donald Trump’s presidency forces a question we haven’t had to answer in generations. How America’s culture wars have evolved into a class war: The haves and the have-nots are doing battle, but not in the terms Karl Marx would have predicted. Political divisions are widening and long-lasting: Survey indicates deepening split on cultural, economic issues driven by education level and news viewing. Why now is such a strange era in American political history: The juxtaposition of broadly competitive national elections plus broadly non-competitive state elections is really unusual — and really dangerous.

Partisanship is an American tradition — and good for democracy. We need political parties, but their rabid partisanship could destroy American democracy — we’re trapped in a frightening “doom loop” of mutual distrust. The only problem in American politics is the Republican Party: No system could withstand a stress test like a major party captured by a faction as radical as the conservative movement.

The third party goes in the middle: Thank god the Reasonable Ones are finally moving ahead on this. Can a third-party ticket win in 2020? Maybe, but it probably won’t be Kasichlooper. Will the fantasy of a unity ticket just die already? The prospect of a John Kasich-John Hickenlooper run appeals to journalists and donors and virtually no one else.


Michael Joel Kessler (Toronto): A Puzzle about Obscenity. Neil Gregor (Southampton): Mein Kampf: Some Afterthoughts. The big question as the U.N. gathers: What to make of Trump? Every year, the UN General Assembly handles a crisis — this year, it’s Trump. What the hell is happening in Myanmar? The Kurdish independence vote will have major repercussions for the Middle East. Chelsea Manning on the dystopia we signed up for. Harvard’s political fellowships have long been lightning rods. U.S. Army kills contracts for hundreds of immigrant recruits — some face deportation. Jesuit priest James Martin stands up for gay Catholics, then faces backlash. Stephen Greenblatt on what chimpanzees can teach us about Adam and Eve.

Florida’s poop nightmare has come true: Hurricane Irma caused massive sewage overflows, highlighting the twin dangers of an aging infrastructure and climate change. Umair Irfan on why utilities don’t move power lines out of hurricanes’ way. Solidarity after the storms: In Texas and Florida, political activists are “living socialism” with their disaster-relief efforts. For first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda.


Why poverty is like a disease: Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy. Live in a poor neighborhood? Better be a perfect parent. If an unexpected medical emergency bankrupts you, you view yourself as a victim of bad fortune while seeing other bankruptcy court clients as spendthrifts. Nancy LeTourneau on the liberal-conservative divide: Unworthy or unlucky? Escaping poverty requires almost 20 years with nearly nothing going wrong: Gillian B. White reviews The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy by Peter Temin. Why Ben Carson’s bizarre perspective on poverty matters. Growing up poor can spark a “vicious cycle” in a child’s brain.

Want to see who Republicans care about? Check their anti-poor budget. An interview with Khiara M. Bridges, author of The Poverty of Privacy Rights. Matt Bruenig on how the success sequence is about cultural beefs not poverty. Where do we learn that poverty is shameful and dangerous? At the movies. Child poverty in the US is a disgrace — experts are embracing this simple plan to cut it. Under Donald Trump, the poor have never been more vulnerable. The official poverty measure is garbage — the census has found a better way.


Hillary Clinton’s realism vs. Bernie Sanders’s idealism: Kelly Swanson on Sanders’s new single-payer health care bill and Clinton’s new book, What Happened. Clio Chang on why Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All plan is good politics. Can we pay for single payer? Bernie Sanders has announced a bold plan — it’s a huge step in the right direction, but making it workable won’t be easy. Does single payer pay for itself? Jonathan Chait on the unconvincing, cynical case for Berniecare. Steven Attewell on single-payer and generational expectations. Donald Trump is making the single-payer push inevitable. There is no conflict between promoting single-payer and defending Obamacare. Obamacare repeal could still actually pass — really (and more).


James Milo Minnich (APCSS): North Korea Policy: Changed Regime. Land of the Hermit King: Closed off from the world, North Korea weaves a highly militarized mind-set into the fabric of everyday life. South Korea is building an elite military unit with one mission: Kill Kim Jong Un. The risk of nuclear war with North Korea: Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation? A sneak peek at America’s war plans for North Korea: The Pentagon has been running war games for years, and the results aren’t pretty. From Vox, here’s Vladimir Putin’s weirdly on-point analysis of North Korea; and Zack Beauchamp on the case for letting North Korea keep its nukes. Trump review leans toward proposing mini-nuke. Mini-nukes: Still a bad choice for the United States.


James Edwin Mahon (Lehman): Abortion and the Right to Not Be Pregnant. Pratheek Maddhi Reddy (JGU): Sinking Small Island Nations: Calls for a Lifeboat. Mayesha Alam on 5 things you need to know about the Rohingya crisis — and how it could roil Southeast Asia (and more). Attacked in bed, safe a few feet away: Cuba mystery deepens. From prison to Ph.D.: The redemption and rejection of Michelle Jones. The deep state is real — but it might not be what you think. Lawrence Summers writes in praise of Stanley Fischer. How Omarosa became the most “despised” person in the Trump White House. You can download Culture, Theory, Disability: Encounters between Disability Studies and Cultural Studies, ed. Anne Waldschmidt, Hanjo Berressem, and Moritz Ingwersen.

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