Trump governs by disruption — and overloads all the circuits. Are you wrestling with Trump fatigue? Lots of people are — and that may be a good thing. Engaging in politics these days is both toxic and exhausting. How American politics became so exhausting: Alan Jacobs looks at why it’s impossible for people who disagree to hold a civilized conversation. Nancy LeTourneau on the difference between “you are wrong” and “you are evil” and one of the things that makes politics exhausting these days. “Mindful resistance” is the key to defeating Trump: Outrage and disdain waste mental energy — and feed into a narrative that sustains the president.


What is white supremacy? A few thoughts on the question. The language of white supremacy: Narrow definitions of the term actually help continue the work of the architects of the post-Jim Crow racial hierarchy. Dell Upton on Confederate monuments and civic values in the wake of Charlottesville. Why the “alt-Lite” celebrated the Las Vegas massacre. The war against the Southern Poverty Law Center: Hate groups claim SPLC is the one actually inciting violence. How should the alt-Right be covered? Milo Yiannopoulos’s game has been obvious from the beginning, and the so-called liberal media keeps getting played.

Skin in the game: How antisemitism animates white nationalism. Can American Jews be white nationalists? White House adviser Stephen Miller is a spokesman for groups that wouldn’t have him as a member. Nicole Hemmer on the women fighting for white male supremacy. Tamara Holder on how the alt-Right’s view of women is worse than the Nazis’. Birth of a white supremacist: Andrew Marantz on Mike Enoch’s transformation from leftist contrarian to nationalist shock jock. When white nationalists chant their weird slogans, what do they mean?


Seth F. Kreimer (Pennsylvania): The Ecology of Transparency Reloaded. The world once laughed at North Korean cyberpower — no more. Ates Altinordu on political narratives and authoritarian consolidation in Turkey. Invoking Trump, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen dismantles the country’s democracy. “Squeal on the pigs”: French women bombard Twitter with tales of sexual harassment. Laura Gianino: I went public with my sexual assault — and then the trolls came for me. Internal White House documents allege manufacturing decline increases abortions, infertility, and spousal abuse. Uber pushed the limits of the law — now comes the reckoning. Lisa Appignanesi reviews Freud: The Making of an Illusion by Frederick Crews.


Aziz Z. Huq (Chicago): Terrorism and Democratic Recession. Lisa Blaydes and Martha Crenshaw on how 9/11 created a feedback loop for international jihadism. Paul Kamolnick (ETSU): The Al-Qaeda Organization and the Islamic State Organization: History, Doctrine, Modus, Operandi, and U.S Policy to Degrade and Defeat Terrorism Conducted in the Name of Sunni Islam. Mara Revkin (Yale): When Terrorists Govern: Why State-Building Terrorist Groups Require a New Targeting Approach. From RAND, when the Islamic State comes to town: The economic impact of Islamic State governance in Iraq and Syria.

From the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, Anne Speckhard (Georgetown) and Ahmet S. Yayla (George Mason): The Runaway Bride of ISIS: Transformation a Young Girl with a Dream to a Lethal ISIS Enforcer. We spoke to women who married into ISIS in Syria — these are their regrets. Rape and slavery was lure for UK ISIS recruits with history of sexual violence. New UN team investigating ISIS atrocities raises questions about justice in Iraq and beyond.

“Come out and surrender”: Inside Raqqa, with the fighters who drove off ISIS. ISIS fighters, having pledged to fight or die, surrender en masse. Trump: ISIS “gave up” because he’s president. Trump’s boasts about ISIS crumble under scrutiny. ISIL was ended not by Trump or Obama but by Muslims. Why the fall of Raqqa doesn’t feel like much of a victory. ISIS “caliphate” fades but social media empire remains. Adam Badawy and Emilio Ferrara (USC): The Rise of Jihadist Propaganda on Social Networks.


From Lawfare, Ned Price on the civil-military divide: A temporary casualty of the Trump administration. It’s not organized military opposition to President Donald Trump, but day by day, generals and admirals are publicly stepping up and directly giving the American public their views in ways that don’t always match the Twitter rhetoric of their commander in chief. Weakest commander in chief ever: Trump likes to say that he’s strong on the military — but he’s weak, so weak. Trump breaks these 3 rules about how U.S. presidents relate to the military. Trump faces new scrutiny over grieving military families. Trump’s refusal to take responsibility is a deep moral failure. Bannon says criticizing Trump disrespects the military.


For Trump, “consequences are piling up” in Washington. “He is failing”: Trump strikes out solo as friends worry and enemies circle. Thread: “He’s an utter failure as president, and he clearly knows it, so he’s lashing out and breaking things just because he can”. Trump keeps getting mad when he finds out what his policies actually do: “But like the millions of low-information voters who elected him, Trump was duped by Fox News”. Inside the “adult day-care center”: How aides try to control and coerce Trump. Trump’s not just the head of state — he’s the “talent”. Trump’s reverse Midas touch is making everything he hates popular.

President Trump has made 1,318 false or misleading claims over 263 days. Promise the moon? Easy for Trump — but now comes the reckoning. Trump’s bold declarations don’t always lead to the results he promises. The power of Trump’s positive thinking: The president always has believed he could will himself to success — but has he crossed the line between optimism and delusion? The power of negative thinking: Trump’s dark portrayal of the country offers important lessons for his political opponents.

Trump’s conduct in office reflects the psychology that supposedly inspired the infamous “pee tape” uncannily. Trump is the wrong president to honor “National Character Counts Week”. For each scene of his presidency, Trump casts a villain (or two, or three). “A soulless coward’: Coach Gregg Popovich responds to Trump. "A deranged animal": Trump’s newest lie about Obama is causing fury inside and outside the military. That’s the thing: Donald Trump poisons everything (and part 2: “You’re talking about someone with a profound selfishness, a jarring inability to experience empathy and a kind of ravenous emotional predation”).


From ThinkProgress, Russian, American white nationalists raise their flags in Washington; and Casey Michel goes inside Russia’s alliance with white nationalists across the globe. How white supremacy went global: The century-long effort to unite whites worldwide. You are not a rebel: Who benefits from the far Right’s pose of permanent insurrection? Solecism or barbarism: Karl Ekeman on the Swedish nationalist milieu and a cultural struggle from the Right (and part 2). Undercover with the alt-Right: Swedish graduate student Patrik Hermansson infiltrated far Right groups in the United States and Europe — this is what he saw (and more). White supremacists love Vikings — but they’ve got history all wrong.

White nationalism is the real existential threat to the West, not jihad: The rise of the far-right could destroy the liberal societies that we know and love.


Kian Mintz-Woo (Graz): On Parfit’s Ontology. Trump’s demands have deadlocked NAFTA talks (and more). Marc Faber, author of influential Gloom, Doom, and Boom report, says “thank God white people populated America, not the blacks”. Dylan Scott on the Senate’s new Obamacare stabilization deal, explained. President Trump admits he’s trying to kill Obamacare — that’s illegal. John McCain’s final act is war against Trump (and more). Peter Beinart on what John McCain gets wrong about Trump’s nationalism. Actually, no, Bob Corker and John McCain are doing nothing to hold Trump accountable. Colin Kaepernick’s collusion lawsuit against NFL could have historic implications. Barry Meier goes inside a secretive group where women are branded.

Russian trolls used “up to 100” activists to organize events in US, report finds. Tim Lister, Jim Sciutto and Mary Ilyushina on Putin's “chef” Yevgeny Prigozhin, the man behind the troll factory. How the Russians pretended to be Texans — and Texans believed them. Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn on the crazy flood of tech revelations in the Russia investigation. Sean Illing on Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained.


Andrew L. Whitehead (Clemson) and Christopher P. Scheitle (West Virginia): We the (Christian) People: Christianity and American Identity from 1996 to 2014. Christianity in America is more politically polarized than ever. Sarah Jones reviews Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby by Candida Moss and Joel Baden. Are evangelicals inventing a new kind of Christianity that’s all about sex? Major evangelical leaders just signed a controversial document on sexuality and the church. The Nashville Statement is the Religious Right’s death rattle: Beneath an unequivocal stance against queer sexual orientation lies a deep insecurity about the Christian Right’s position in American politics.

White evangelicals are steadily losing both followers and political clout. The age of white Christian America is ending — here’s how it got there. We’re at the end of white Christian America — what will that mean? Fading white evangelicals have made a desperate end-of-life bargain with Trump. The Religious Right moves to cement political power under President Trump. Mainline Protestants call out the evangelical leaders backing Trump.

Religious conservatives shrug at Bannon’s links to white nationalist groups. Brian D. McLaren on how the “alt-Right” has created alt-Christianity. How Trump’s presidency reveals the true nature of Christian nationalism. “Values voters” say they can look past Trump bragging about sexual assault. Josiah Hesse: Donald Trump is no saint, but I know why evangelicals love him.

Evangelical conservatives are proving their harshest critics right. Evangelicals squander their moral authority by sticking with Trump. In their eyes, religious conservatives aren’t making a cynical bargain by embracing a president with dubious religious bona fides — they finally have the street brawler they’ve always wanted. Why Christian conservatives supported Trump — and why they might regret it.


Everyone accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. As the allegations against Harvey Weinstein accumulated with truly breathtaking speed, an anonymous Google sheet titled “SHITTY MEDIA MEN” began circulating among women in this industry. Villains like Harvey Weinstein aren’t new — villains getting caught is. The underside of the viral #MeToo campaign: Survivors’ stories matter — but awareness is not enough. #MeToo named the victims — now, let’s list the perpetrators. Why are Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski, and Casey Affleck still in the academy? Women in film on how to end Hollywood’s toxic “casting couch” culture. Kelly Swanson on the policy implications of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Save the phony Weinstein outrage, Republicans. Thread: “It's amazing to me that both the right-wing and the mainstream media have tried so hard to make the Weinstein scandal about Hillary Clinton”.

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