What makes the US vulnerable to Russia’s “wedge strategies”? The answer, ultimately, lies in polarization. Did Manafort use Trump’s campaign to pay back Russia? The darkest theory of the 2016 campaign becomes extremely plausible. Robert Mueller has no comment: The special counsel avoids the public eye and swears others to secrecy — even as Trump allies accuse him of leaking. Benjamin Wittes on the disturbing paradox of presidential power: Trump’s actions are forcing us into uncharted constitutional waters. What can be pardoned? Yonatan Zunger on some unexpected ins and outs of an executive power. “Profoundly Trumpy to both emulate Carl Schmitt in your use of pardon power as sovereign exception AND get yourself into court over it”.


Every member of Congress who took money from the NRA and tweeted “thoughts and prayers” to Las Vegas. The NRA’s new scare tactics: With Trump in the White House, the gun lobby has transformed into a right-wing media outlet. NRA spokesperson dismisses Las Vegas massacre by claiming “feet” are just as deadly as guns. The NRA’s last tweet tells you everything you need to know about what’s wrong with American gun laws. NRA is the country’s most active and successful terrorist organization. NRA says mass shootings just the unfortunate price of protecting people’s freedom to commit mass shootings.


Anca Gheaus (Pompeu Fabra): Love and Justice: A Paradox? Spanish King Felipe VI says Catalan authorities “have placed themselves outside the law and democracy”. It’s not just Puerto Rico: 6 other Caribbean island nations are in crisis after the hurricanes. These are not acts of God: Mankind is to blame for mass shootings and climate change and we have the power to reduce them, too — it’s time to rewrite our tired tragedy script. Trump administration comes out for amnesty for Dreamers. Trump has given up inviting championship teams to the White House. At his local Starbucks, Las Vegas shooter remembered for berating his girlfriend. “You can make the argument that we are living in Peak Asshole”: Robert Sutton has a theory on why 2017 is filled with jerks.


Trump came to Puerto Rico like an emperor: With pomp and little sympathy. Trump brings harsh edge to Puerto Rico trip: The president dings the hurricane-ravaged U.S. territory for having “thrown our budget a little out of whack”. Trump says helping Puerto Rico is breaking the US budget — Texas has gotten way more money. Trump to Puerto Rico: Your hurricane isn’t a “real catastrophe” like Katrina. The most jaw-dropping remarks from Trump’s Puerto Rico trip. Trump to Puerto Rico: Fuck you (more or less). Trump focuses on optics in Puerto Rican visit. Ryan Cooper on Trump’s Puerto Rico disaster: “It’s entirely possible that the worst is yet to come”.

No real “Berlin airlift” for Puerto Rico: Two weeks after storm, supplies and food should have been there already. These charts show Fox News really did ignore Puerto Rico’s crisis. Obama-Trump voters need to apologize to Puerto Rico. Is the debacle in Puerto Rico all Trump’s fault? Donald Trump’s lukewarm response to Puerto Rico was pretty predictable — here’s why. German Lopez on the research on race that could explain Trump’s slow response to Puerto Rico: Studies show people are less likely to want to help other racial groups.


Gun violence in America, explained in 17 maps and charts. 1,516 mass shootings in 1,735 days: America’s gun crisis in one chart. How US gun culture compares with the world in 5 charts. America’s mass delusion: Surprisingly, the strategy of praying to God is not stopping the mass shootings in the U.S. Two dark American truths from Las Vegas: On the certainty of more shootings. Now is exactly the right time to talk about gun politics. Gun Control is more like abortion than gay marriage. Americans hopeful this will be last mass shooting before they stop on their own for no reason. What to do with my body in the event I die in a mass shooting.

What people actually mean when they label an attack “terrorism”. If the gunman was Muslim, would we be talking about Las Vegas “terrorism”? Shaun King on the white privilege of the “lone wolf” shooter. Erik Loomis on the racist roots of armed self-defense. How did Trump respond to white-on-white violence? How Trump turned against gun control. Bannon: It’d be the “end of everything” if Trump turned left on gun control. Republican senator blames the culture of “sanctuary cities” for mass shootings. Ryan: Congress focusing on “mental illness reform” to stop mass shootings. Why it’s so hard to pass gun control laws (in one graph). Why the Republicans won’t do anything about gun violence.

Dear America: It’s time to grow up and ban guns. Nothing will change after the Las Vegas shooting. If Newtown wasn’t enough, why would Las Vegas be enough?

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