Wait, are we at war with North Korea now? The long history of North Korea’s declarations of war: What’s different now is a U.S. president ready and willing to make his own destructive promises. Is Trump all talk on North Korea? The uncertainty sends a shiver. Escalating tension has experts simulating a new Korean War, and the scenarios are sobering. Experts on North Korea’s latest threat: “This is how war by miscalculation starts”. Here's what could happen if North Korea sets off a huge nuclear explosion in the Pacific. How to make money off our coming nuclear apocalypse: Wall Street is mostly shrugging off the risks of Armageddon — but that doesn’t mean investors aren’t hedging their bets.


“Yeah, I think we’re learning that the Constitution may, in fact, be a suicide pact. It’s a source of constant astonishment to me that the country has handed over the means to destroy civilization on this planet to an unhinged lunatic who lost the popular vote and was installed with the aid of a hostile foreign power. It’s such an epic institutional failure that it calls everything we thought we knew about this country’s stability into question”. Thread: “It's more than that he’ll go down in our history as the worst president we’ll ever have—he’ll go down as one of our greatest villains”. “Trump is the most dangerous American of all our lifetimes—he’s so dangerous we can’t fully apprehend the danger or how to respond to it”.


The four seasons of Kremlingate: The summer of scandal is over, but the autumn is just getting started. RT, Sputnik and Russia’s new theory of war: How the Kremlin built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century — and why it may be impossible to stop. How Matt Drudge became the pipeline for Russian propaganda. Mark Zuckerberg’s fake news problem isn’t going away. Obama tried to give Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook. Facebook was built for this: The gargantuan social network enabled Russian interference in the election, and it will do it again. Mark Zuckerberg can’t stop you from reading this because the algorithms have already won — and the machines are running the asylum. The only way to defend against Russia’s information war.


Ori Aronson (Bar-Ilan): The Next Forty Presidents (“A thought experiment in feminist constitutionalism, this Essay explores a radical argument: allow only women to be elected as the next forty U.S. presidents”). Behind the “boring” German election are four deeply disturbing trends (and more and more and more). Federico Finchelstein on Venezuela’s warning to America: Beware the populist-turned-dictator. Norway’s massive wealth fund hits US$1 trillion in value. Who is the New York Timeswoeful opinion section even for? “Not invisible anymore”: Standing Rock a year after pipeline protests. The value of a critic’s well-honed hatchet: Laura Miller reviews Freud: The Making of an Illusion by Frederick Crews (and more). lol nothing matters: At least 6 White House advisers used private email accounts.


Take a knee: Stephen Squibb on the revenge of Colin Kaepernick. Eric Reid: Why Colin Kaepernick and I decided to take a knee. Kneeling for life and liberty is patriotic: NFL athletes are protesting on behalf of America’s founding values — and Donald Trump neither loves nor understands them. Luke Barnes on 5 shining examples of Trump’s patriotism. Golden State Warriors' coach Steve Kerr, whose dad was assassinated by terrorists, destroys Trump’s fake patriotism. Terrell Jermaine Starr on how patriotism is for white people. From Louis Armstrong to the N.F.L.: Jelani Cobb on ungrateful as the new uppity. Bitter right-wingers don’t like black stars making millions.

The long history of civil rights protests making white people uncomfortable. Josh Marshall on Trump and the weaponization of military sacrifice. It’s actually very strange for sports games to begin with the national anthem. Alexandra Petri on the Trump administration guide to peaceful protests.


No power, little access to water, dwindling food: The situation in Puerto Rico right now (and more and more). Puerto Rico’s agriculture and farmers decimated by Maria. Puerto Rican art institutions close in wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation. Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello: “We still need some more help” from Washington. US to Puerto Rico — we don’t give a damn: The public, government and media all but ignore the catastrophe of our Caribbean colony. The crisis in Puerto Rico was almost totally ignored on Sunday’s talk shows. There are many “reasons” why DC is always so slow to help Puerto Rico — none of them are good. We’ll know Congress is serious about helping Puerto Rico if it axes this obscure shipping law.

Trump ignores 3.4 million U.S. citizens and focuses on football (and more). Trump still silent on Puerto Rico amid worsening catastrophe (and more). Is the crisis in Puerto Rico becoming Trump’s Katrina? Clinton versus Trump on Puerto Rico disaster: A tale of two responses. Trump hasn’t hurt Puerto Rico — yet: “Trump doesn’t seem to have interfered with the FEMA response at all, and in a way we might be able to consider that benign neglect. If he did touch it, he would surely make it worse”. “oh you wanted him to tweet about Puerto Rico? Well he did — and blamed Puerto Rico”.

“These disasters aren’t natural anymore”: A dispatch from Puerto Rico after Maria.


Still no charity money from leftover Trump inaugural funds. Trump is using campaign funds to pay mounting legal bills in Russia investigation. Small donors are not paying Trump’s legal bills, it’s worse: The real donors are some of America’s wealthiest (and more). How Tom Price decided chartered, private jets were a good use of taxpayer money (and more). Steven Mnuchin is a window into the most corrupt White House in history. Is there anyone in the Trump administration who isn’t corrupt? Alexander Nazaryan on how Trump is leading the most corrupt administration in American history.

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