Hurricane Irma ravages Caribbean islands as Florida nervously awaits historic storm’s wrath. For developing countries, reckoning with disasters like Irma will be harder thanks to Trump: The White House has slashed international climate funding, which vulnerable islands desperately need. No one’s in charge at the National Hurricane Center: It’s the worst storm season in years, and the top forecasting posts are still vacant. Sorry, you’ve got basically no legal recourse if you’re fired for fleeing Hurricane Irma. Harvey and Irma, married 75 years, marvel at the storms bearing their names.

Eric Levitz on Hurricane Harvey and the stunted moral imagination of American conservatism. Susan Zakin on Hurricane Harvey and the end of the administrative state. Houston medics and police sue Arkema over chemical plant blasts after Harvey. Hurricane Harvey shows how floods don’t pay attention to flood zone maps — or politicians. Low-tax Texas should pay its fair share of Harvey costs. All the relief money in the world won't rebuild Houston — undocumented workers will.

America is in flames, but you wouldn't know it by looking at your TV. The unprecedented drought that’s crippling Montana and North Dakota. Nearly 1.5 million acres are burning across the west: What you need to know right now. Has climate change intensified 2017’s western wildfires?

The Trump administration wants to ignore a major aspect of these hurricane disasters. Irma and Harvey should kill any doubt that climate change is real. This weather is not normal, and it will only get worse: How many more lives must be destroyed by historic hurricanes, floods, and wildfires before the government admits that climate change is a problem? As hurricanes and wildfires rage, US climate politics enters the realm of farce. These photos of people golfing during a massive wildfire are extremely 2017.


George C. Edwards (Texas A&M): No Deal: Donald Trump’s Leadership of Congress. Trump wants to eliminate the debt ceiling — he’s right, but no, Donald Trump is not a moderate now. Donald Trump can’t pivot out of the trouble he’s in. “I cannot believe the Republicans are extending the debt ceiling”: Aaron Rupar on Trump’s awkward tweets. Trump screwed the Republicans, so now what? The president’s deal with the Democrats could bring even more chaos and dysfunction to Washington. Republicans won’t play fair unless Democrats make them: The GOP’s inconsistency on disaster relief is just the latest evidence of the party’s procedural hypocrisy. Why a Republican pollster is losing faith in her party. Martin Longman on why the Right has to be sidelined.


Andres Fabian Henao Castro (UMass): Slavery in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave: Alain Badiou, Jacques Ranciere, and the Militant Intellectual from the Global South. Marko Kovic (ZIPAR) and Tobias Fuchslin (Zurich): Probability and Conspiratorial Thinking. Matthew Rimmer (QUT): Back to the Future: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is standing idly by as her country moves closer to genocide. Chile’s president is a woman and she just scored a major policy victory for women — here’s why that matters. Why investigators are so interested in Facebook ads bought by Russian firm. Betsy DeVos just issued “a blunt attack on survivors of sexual assault”, say advocates (and more).

Russians flock to Trump properties to give birth to U.S. citizens. Trump gets millions from golf members — CEOs and lobbyists get access to president. Trump uses pay to play — here’s why and how to fix it. Donald Trump’s inaugural committee promised to give millions in unspent money to charity — so where’s the money?


Jeff Sessions spews nativist lies while explaining why Trump is killing DACA. How Jeff Sessions got Trump to stop protecting Dreamers. “Go home and get in line”: Fact-checking Kris Kobach on DACA. Scott Lemieux on the inhumanity and lies of Trump’s DACA suspension. Seven ways of looking at Trump’s DACA decision: Why the politics of immigration are the opposite of the politics of trade. Sarah Binder on why Congress will have a hard time legalizing DACA. Rebekah Entralgo on Congress’ options to save DREAMers. Will Anthony Kennedy heed his own words and protect “DREAMers”? How DACA pits “good immigrants” against millions of others.

From the Niskanen Center, what drives opposition to immigration? Will Wilkinson on in-group favoritism, out-group hostility, and Donald Trump; and on why the logic of populism favors amnesty for “Dreamers”. Trump and Republicans face “a defining moment” on immigration. Trump’s repeal of DACA is the GOP’s pathology in a nutshell: An entire country is being held hostage by a thin slice of the Republican electorate, and they answer to no one. The DACA fight and the end of politics: The DACA chaos isn’t just about immigration — it also points to a growing disturbance within Enlightenment liberal politics. John Joannes reviews A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story by Tom Gjelten.


North Korean nuclear test shows steady advance: Elisabeth Eaves interviews Siegfried Hecker, former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Thread: “After a long, crazy weekend, it’s time to take stock of the N.Korea threat & the appropriate response. Some thoughts”. John Nilsson-Wright on the trouble with Trump’s North Korea policy. Trump’s response to North Korea is both predictable and counterproductive. South Korea is right: Trump has characterized its policy as “appeasement” — but Seoul’s approach is far more sensible than Washington’s. North Korea isn’t “begging for war” — it’s fighting for survival. What would war with North Korea look like? Sam Kriss on what to think about North Korea now we’re all dead. The United States must accept a nuclear North Korea.

How Kim Jong Un treated his high-school girlfriend is the key to understanding his “wild” temper, according to this North Korea expert.

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