Alabama’s GOP primary is just a preview: Despite controlling all three branches of government, Republican voters are still angry with their representation in Congress. The thing about the Kid Rock for Senate trial balloon is that no one was really willing to predict that he wouldn’t win. The Republican roots of Trumpism: Jonathan Chait interviews Charlie Sykes, author of How the Right Lost Its Mind. Republicans really don’t think it’s their job to keep Trump in check. Trump relishes fighting enemies in his own party. Steve Benen on the unusual nature of the Republican Party’s “civil war”. “What if Trump is doing exactly what congressional GOP leaders want? (i.e., using cultural wedge issues to distract from Rs helping the 1%)”. While you aren’t looking, the GOP continues to gut financial oversight.


ZhiMin Xiao (Durham): Mobile Phones as Life and Thought Companions. Have smartphones destroyed a generation? More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been — but they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. Our minds have been hijacked by our phones: Tristan Harris wants to rescue them. “Our minds can be hijacked”: Paul Lewis on the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia. David Byrne on eliminating the human: We are beset by — and immersed in — apps and devices that are quietly reducing the amount of meaningful interaction we have with each other. Samir Chopra on social media and the training of our minds.


Leon Wieseltier admits “offenses” against female colleagues as new magazine is killed. Fidelity was supposed to be a woman-friendly Wall Street firm — now it has a sexual harassment scandal. Harvey Weinstein and the economics of consent: The blunt power of the gatekeeper is the ability to enforce not just artistic, but also financial, exile. Sexual harassment will change your career forever: It’s one of the most damaging barriers to professional success for women. Women in political life say #MeToo: Here’s how harassment and violence limit their political lives worldwide. Me too, I think? Laura Bassett on when sexual harassment feels all too normal. When men fear women: It’s good to make men feel fear, and this is something women absolutely have the power to do.


Cover-up: The White House is stonewalling a congressional inquiry into how officials spent nearly $2 million — at least — on luxury flights. Ethics chief “deeply concerned” about actions by top federal officials. The Trumpite looting of Puerto Rico seems well underway. “Now this my friends is some serious New Gilded Age corruption”. Billionaire Robert Mercer is helping pay Donald Trump’s legal bills. Trump pledges to personally pay some legal bills of WH staff and associates. Are foreign payments to Trump’s businesses unconstitutional? We’re about to find out. Are the emoluments lawsuits filed against President Trump dead?

In 2014, Americans feared walking alone at night — now they’re worried about government corruption. The do’s and don’ts of kleptocracy: A private investigator and a New School professor have created a game in which players must launder their ill-gotten riches without getting caught.


Nathan A. Rosenberg (Arkansas) and Bryce Wilson Stucki (U.S. Census Bureau): The Butz Stops Here: Why the Food Movement Needs to Rethink Agricultural History. Joshua Ulan Galperin and Graham Downey (Yale) and Lee Miller (Harvard): Eating Is Not Political Action. Across Myanmar, denial of ethnic cleansing and loathing of Rohingya. Does literary studies have a future? Marko Roth reviews Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History by Joseph North (and more). Almost half of the abortions performed every year are unsafe. Why barbed wire was a revolution, paper money was an accident, and HVACs were a productivity booster: Derek Thompson interviews Tim Harford, author of Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy.

House Republicans launch probe into Obama-era uranium deal involving Russian-backed company. The Hill’s flimsy Russia-uranium story lands with maximum effect. Did the media learn their lesson about faux Clinton scandals?


Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Free Speech in the Algorithmic Society: Big Data, Private Governance, and New School Speech Regulation. We have to demystify code because our adversaries are armed with algorithms, too: Morgan Meis interviews Ellen Ullman, author of Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology. Turns out algorithms are racist. Technology is biased too — how do we fix it? Algorithms were supposed to free us from our unconscious mistakes, but now there’s a new set of problems to solve. Biased algorithms are everywhere, and no one seems to care: The big companies developing them show no interest in fixing the problem.

If Google and Facebook rely on opaque algorithms, what does that mean for democracy? Google, Facebook may have to reveal deepest secrets: The algorithms that helped the companies make their fortunes are of growing interest to investigators probing interference in the 2016 election.


John McCain is escalating his longstanding feud with President Donald Trump. Bob Corker’s 9 most devastating lines on Donald Trump in his CNN interview, ranked. Senator Bob Corker won’t say if Trump can be trusted with nuclear codes. “The Senate Foreign relations chair says the president is a threat internationally and is debasing the nation. And Ryan says: focus on taxes”. Ezra Klein on the Republican Party, in one tweet. Jeff Flake’s rousing speech illustrates Trump’s stranglehold on the GOP. Jeff Flake is not a hero, despite what he wants you to think. It’s one thing to criticize Trump — it’s another to vote against him.

“The difference being Flake doesn’t grope the widows and orphans before he shoves them out on the street and auctions off their worldly goods. Character! And Conscience!” Jeff Flake can’t save America from the sidelines. Republicans need a better response besides quitting: First Bob Corker, now Jeff Flake — we’re one away from a dangerous trend.


Cory Wimberly (UTRGV): Trump, Propaganda, and the Politics of Ressentiment. Martin Longman on Trump’s strange appeal to cultural conservatives. On safari in Trump’s America: The country’s elites are desperate to figure out what they got wrong in 2016 — but can they handle the truth? To win elections, find out what makes people wince. Trump’s already largely won his war against the media. Thread: “Trump is the conservative movement, more fully & nakedly than any previous GOP president. In that, at least, he is honest”. No Bush, no Trump: Our previous Republican president fails to own up to his responsibility for our current one. Liberals, stop applauding George W. Bush: One half-decent speech doesn’t atone for paving the way for Donald Trump.


Mikael Baaz, Mona Lilja, and Stellan Vinthagen (Gothenburg): Resistance Studies as an Academic Pursuit. “A colossal miscalculation”: Why the Kurds’ independence bid might lead to civil war in Iraq. From New York magazine’s 50th Anniversary Issue, a special section on My New York. When a culture produces this much sexual assault, it’s not an accident: This isn't just about Harvey Weinstein or Donald Trump. Constance Grady on the convoluted world of best-seller lists, explained. How the elderly lose their rights: Guardians can sell the assets and control the lives of senior citizens without their consent — and reap a profit from it. You can download Philosophy of Law in the Arctic, ed. Dawid Bunikowski (2016).

Trump fails to sanction Russia over election meddling and defies Congress with three-week delay. Trump and conservative media have their own, quite different version of the Russia scandal. Trump supporters are being set up to dismiss his ties to Russia. Don’t forget to adjust for Russian trolls: Americans aren’t quite as bad as the Internet has led us to believe. Hopes dim for Congressional Russia inquiries as parties clash.


Donald Trump just hit a new low in the La David Johnson fiasco: The President is now suggesting that the widow of a soldier killed in action is lying. Jeffrey C. Isaac on why Trump’s words were offensive: Myeshia Johnson confirms Trump’s comments as hurtful and disrespectful. In Trump’s response to Myeshia Johnson, many black women see a pattern. The motivation behind Trump’s behavior is obvious — the media just doesn’t want to confront it: Trump is continuing his fight with Myeshia Johnson because he’s a cruel bigot. In war widow case, pundits smear the black lady, suck up to the general. In the Trump administration, everyone becomes a liar: Eventually everyone, including John Kelly, must sink to lying for the president.

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