Bentley Allan (JHU), Srdjan Vucetic (Ottawa), and Ted Hopf (NUS): The Distribution of Identity and the Future of International Order: China’s Hegemonic Prospects. Daniel Nexon on Jinping’s China, Trumpism, and international order. The Chinese world order: Andrew J. Nathan reviews The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region by Michael R. Auslin; Post-Western World: How Emerging Powers Are Remaking Global Order by Oliver Stuenkel; and Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? by Graham Allison.

From the Congressional Research Service, a special report on China’s Economic Rise: History, Trends, Challenges, and Implications for the United States. Move over, America: China now presents itself as the model “blazing a new trail” for the world. “Xi is making China great again”: Philip Bowring on China’s Silk Road illusions. Minxin Pei on the paradox of Xi’s power. Anthony Saich (Harvard): What Does General Secretary Xi Jinping Dream About? Chinese President Xi Jinping just managed to secure himself Mao-like power. China elevates Xi Jinping to Mao Zedong’s level — here’s why that’s unsettling.


Clinton Tolley (UCSD): The Difference Between Original, Metaphysical and Geometrical Representations of Space. The lost children of Tuam: Ireland wanted to forget — but the dead don’t always stay buried. In Paris, a team of editors have created America, a publication that examines the Trump Presidency and what led to it. Rebecca Chace on regarding the pain of Trump. Hillary Clinton shouldn’t go away — she should embrace her role as Trump’s nemesis. Dear Democrats: Stop rehabilitating George W. Bush. 238 cities are wooing Amazon — the winner may end up with a very bad deal. The 238 attempted bribes of Amazon should be illegal. Eugene Scott on Kevin Spacey and how correlating homosexuality to child molestation influenced politics.


From Lawfare, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes on Robert Mueller’s show of strength: A quick and dirty analysis. What it means: The indictment of Manafort and Gates. Why did Paul Manafort go to work for Trump? Trump group throws former campaign official Rick Gates under the bus after Bob Mueller indictment. What we know about Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos. Which reactions to the Manafort indictment really matter. Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow stops denying collusion with Russia and starts defending it. Will Manafort sing? If so, it may mark the beginning of the unraveling of this presidency. “Now this is how you make a ‘time for some game theory’ joke”.

It sure looks like there was collusion between the Trump operation and Russia. Facebook says Russian-backed election content reached 126 million Americans. “The Russians have succeeded beyond their wildest expectations”: James Clapper says President Trump is dead wrong about Russian interference in America’s elections — and they’re going to get away with it again, he warns.

Trump has trouble staying focused — and that was before the Mueller indictments. As Manafort and Gates are arrested, Trump doubles down on Clinton-Russia “scandal”. Mueller’s indictments get Rightbloggers salivating for arrest of Hillary Clinton. Look at how Fox News covered Manafort: “Meanwhile on Fox News” leaps to new heights of absurdity. This is how Republicans will try to distract you from Trump’s campaign manager being indicted.

Paul Ryan won’t let indictments stop him from cutting taxes on the rich. Staying silent may backfire spectacularly on Republican lawmakers. The Republican Party is gearing up for war on the rule of law. The question that matters now: What will Republicans do when Trump fires Mueller?


It feels surreal being a Puerto Rican in the United States these days: The disaster has revealed our ambiguous status as citizen-strangers. Puerto Rico tourism craters in wake of Hurricane Maria. Nurses returning from Puerto Rico accuse the federal government of leaving people to die. Puerto Rico’s dire health-care crisis: Over a month after Hurricane Maria, citizens are still facing limited access to medical help and the increasing threat of illness. “This is an unnatural disaster”: Activist Stephanie Llanes on what you should know about Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico governor wants Whitefish contract cancelled “immediately”. Puerto Rico to cancel $300 million Whitefish contract.


Inside the partisan fight for your news feed: How ideologues, opportunists, growth hackers, and Internet marketers built a massive new universe of partisan news on the web and on Facebook. What if the right-wing media wins? Conservative critics of the press want more than just a louder voice — they want the New York Times and the Washington Post to go away. Ready for Trump TV? Andy Kroll goes inside Sinclair Broadcasting’s plot to take over your local news. “I don’t feel it has any place in a local newscast”: An anonymous Sinclair journalist sounds off on his employer’s pro-Trump segments. Is Fox News hurting Donald Trump? Lucia Graves on the Wall Street Journal’s Trump problem. Brian Beutler on the seeds of media self-sabotage.


Renee M. Jones (BC): The Unicorn Governance Trap. What we get wrong about technology: Forget flying cars or humanoid robots, the most disruptive inventions are often cheap, simple and easy to overlook. These women entrepreneurs created a fake male cofounder to dodge startup sexism. The SEC just fined a unicorn startup for the first time. Unicorns aren’t real, and neither are the valuations ascribed to many of the startups that say they’re worth $1 billion or more. The end of the Internet startup: We haven’t had a major new technology company in more than 10 years. Silicon Valley isn’t special: Tech has plenty of reasons to pretend it’s an industry of upstarts — that facade is crumbling.


Mihaela Popa-Wyatt and Jeremy L. Wyatt (Birmingham): Slurs, Roles and Power. A war of words puts Facebook at the center of Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis. How Buddhism and Marxism can end our suffering: Hawa Allan reviews Why the Dalai Lama is a Socialist: Buddhism and the Compassionate Society by Terry Gibbs. Do Americans know where our troops are and why they are there? 2 Frenchwomen accuse prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan of sexual assault. Texas House Speaker Joe Straus’ departure earthquake could shake up Texas politics for years. Anti-abortion advocates bent out of shape over Nurx, a birth control delivery app. The NRA hoped everyone would forget the Las Vegas massacre — it only took 3 weeks.


Giulia Landi (Florence): Neutrality of International Law Towards Secession: An Old-Fashioned Story or the Beginning of a New Chapter? Catalonia, Lombardy, Scotland: Why the fight for self-determination now? Catalonia’s parliament voted for independence — so Spain dissolved it. Madrid just dismissed the Catalan government — here’s what you need to know. Lisa Abend on the myths that fuel the Catalan crisis: Flawed, oversimplified narratives are driving both sides. As a republic struggles to be born, Barcelona holds its breath. Huge rally in Barcelona rejects Catalan secession bid. The lessons of economic pain: Stathis Kalyvas on why Greece’s fate helps make sense of Catalonia’s gamble.

Catalonia’s ousted leader Carles Puigdemont calls for peaceful defiance. Resist or obey Madrid’s rule? Catalonia civil servants must decide. What are the peaceful solutions to Spain’s crisis? Sergi Pardos-Prado on Catalonia’s three ways forward.


Refusing Weinstein’s hush money, Rose McGowan calls out Hollywood. Weighing the costs of speaking out about Harvey Weinstein: Annabella Sciorra, Daryl Hannah, and other women explain their struggles with going public. Tara Isabella Burton on the dark history behind letting male “geniuses” get away with bad behavior. Hollywood coddles abusers of all types in the name of making “great art”: You can make uncompromising art without being an asshole — why is this so hard to comprehend? “For every Harvey Weinstein, there’s a hundred more men in the neighborhood who are doing the exact same thing”: Me Too campaign founder Tarana Burke says conversation will broaden beyond Hollywood "if we force it to”. The never-ending story: We haven’t escaped Weinstein’s clutches yet.

Leon Wieseltier was always hiding in plain sight. Women who once worked at the New Republic reflect on their experiences with the legendary literary editor Leon Wieseltier, who is now facing allegations of workplace “misconduct”. Lara Setrakian: “I’m one of Mark Halperin’s accusers. He’s part of a bigger problem we need to fix”. Political journalism has been profoundly shaped by men like Leon Wieseltier and Mark Halperin — and it matters. Rebecca Traister on how our national narratives are still being shaped by lecherous, powerful men.

Anna North and Ezra Klein on why Harvey Weinstein is disgraced but Donald Trump is president. Congress is a breeding ground for harassment: As workplace sexual harassment allegations grow, reports put Congress at center stage. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) shares own sex harassment story, calls Congress “breeding ground”. How Congress plays by different rules on sexual harassment and misconduct. When the “Weinstein effect” hits Washington: A wave of sexual misconduct revelations has sparked a cultural rebellion — but a political agenda is needed to effect lasting change.


FBI probe of Paul Manafort focuses on 13 “suspicious” wire transfers. There was no reason to hire Manafort except to collude with Russia. What did Cambridge Analytica really do for Trump’s campaign? Erica Pandey on the big questions surrounding the Trump-Russia dossier (and more). Nancy LeTourneau on what the Steele dossier got right. Seven frequently asked Mueller indictment questions for which we don’t have the answers. Robert Mueller sends a message: He’s deadly serious. Mueller has authority to name President Trump as an “unindicted coconspirator”. CNN legal analyst: Charges filed in Mueller probe means it will last “well into 2018”.

Brian Beutler on the makings of a GOP pseudo-scandal. How low will Republicans sink after Mueller indictments? Thread: “It seems to me that people aren't quite getting how close we are to a crisis of legitimacy”. Are we in a constitutional crisis (yet)? “Reporters should really get GOP members of Congress on the record now about what they'd do if Trump fires Mueller?”. “Is this Trump’s version of ‘Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?’”. “The pointless, incoherent howl of DO SOMETHING! is pretty much where I’m at right now”.

“My prediction: Mueller fired, blanket pardons, Rs defend, Russians hack again in 2018, House Ds win popular vote by 7 points, GOP majority”.

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