Puerto Ricans denounce “second-class” status as island struggles to recover. Hector Figueroa on how Washington set Puerto Rico up for disaster: Long before Hurricane Maria targeted Puerto Rico, the island was impoverished by neglect and abuse from Congress. Puerto Rico’s American Dream is dead: Hurricane aid is on its way, but the U.S. seems unwilling to tackle the island’s long-term problems. Don’t let Puerto Rico fall into an economic abyss. How Puerto Rico recovered before: The island’s New Deal history offers an alternative to disaster capitalism. Puerto Rico after Maria: Brad W. Setser on initial thoughts on the fiscal and economic implications.

Puerto Rico’s fiscal board postpones furloughs following Hurricane Maria. Getting ready for Trump’s Puerto Rico shakedown. Puerto Rican debt holders respond to catastrophic hurricane by offering Puerto Rico more debt. Don’t let the vultures shock doctrine Puerto Rico. Austerity natural disaster: Jean Rene Santiago Cruz on why we should push for debt forgiveness for Puerto Rico.


An oral history of the Trump administration as told through anonymous quotes from White House and Republican officials. “Soon”, “very soon”, “eventually”: A detailed list of things Trump said would happen. Ex-Reagan advisor Bruce Bartlett: Trump’s cabinet could go down as the worst in history. Trump aides begin looking for the exits. How Mitch McConnell paved the way for Trump. Dam Jentleson on the myth of Mitch McConnell, political super-genius. The Washington press corps favorite thoughtful conservative wants to get rid of almost the entire federal government: Let’s give Paul Ryan credit for what he is proposing — it is specific, it just happens to be crazy.

Why do Republicans struggle to govern, despite controlling Congress and the White House? Republicans are the party of ideological inconsistency. Trump, Roy Moore, and the craven surrender of the GOP establishment. There is no GOP establishment or base — just massive resistance. Republican strategists have come to the unnerving conclusion that no one in their party — not even Donald Trump — has absolute influence over the unruly populist movement that swept him into office. “Brother kicked that double standard right in the teeth”.


Bianca Crewe and Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa (UBC): Rape Culture and Epistemology. The thankless task of being Michael Moore: He’s been right about everything before, and he really thinks you are living in a bubble. Tucker Carlson is sorry for being mean — sorta, kinda, but all’s fair in politics and punditry these days, right? Judith Shulevitz on Kate Millett: Sexual Politics and family values. The study of languages has long been prone to nonsense — why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots? Fifty years ago, the Freedom of Information Act gave the public access to government secrets —all you had to do was ask; how a simple request became a bureaucratic nightmare. Onora O’Neill wins $1 Million Berggruen Prize for philosophy. “the word you’re looking for is ‘Republicans’, you morons”


Why part of Spain is trying to secede — and why the Spanish government cracked down on it. What happened in Catalonia? Why the independence referendum turned violent. Catalonia’s independence drive is a critical stress test for Spain’s democracy. Carlos Delclos on Spanish democracy vs. Catalonia’s independence vote. More populism than separatism: Emotions are running high in Catalonia. Catalonia, Spain map out their next moves after chaotic vote for independence (and more and more). The would-be secessionists in the Spanish region of Catalonia are about to get a reality check: No way, says the EU (and more). David Frum on what Canada can teach Spain about secessionists. Political risk makes a comeback in Europe.

It may seem silly to American sports fans, but the question over what would happen to Barca should Catalonia secede was a relatively important one in a lot of people’s minds.


In response to deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, lawmakers offer “thoughts and prayers”: They’ve proven ineffective in preventing mass shootings from occurring. Alexandra Petri on when white men turn into lone wolves. White American men are a bigger domestic terrorist threat than Muslim foreigners. White men have committed more mass shootings than any other group. Trump’s reaction to the Las Vegas shooting is very different than his response to other attacks (and more). All the massacres matter — but they’re only readily politicized along our existing paranoia about Muslim terrorists and white fears of black criminality.

Internet shreds Fox News host after he whines “could we just have a day” before we talk about guns. White House’s message to the nation after Las Vegas massacre: Don’t discuss gun control. Trump, Congress offer to help future mass shooters kill you (and more). Americans are buying fewer guns, and the NRA is getting desperate to change that. This is how quickly the NRA thinks you will forget about the Las Vegas shooting.

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