Real death toll in Puerto Rico is probably 450 — much higher than official count. 4 out of 5 Puerto Ricans are still without power — but darkness is far from the island's biggest problem (and more). The unrelenting crisis in Puerto Rico is forcing people to drink dirty water. EPA steps in as Puerto Ricans grow desperate for clean drinking water. Connor Maxwell and Cathleen Kelly on 3 million reasons for environmental justice in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria has exposed and intensified the island’s ecological crisis and its human consequences — can it build a sustainable future? Devastation in Puerto Rico could produce a revolutionary power grid. Elon Musk and Richard Branson want to bring clean energy to Puerto Rico — it won’t be easy. Why thousands of people around the world are mapping Puerto Rico’s buildings and streets.

Here’s how New York City is preparing for Puerto Rican evacuees. Emily Atkin on Trump’s dangerous spin on Puerto Rico’s suffering. Trump can’t stop complaining about Puerto Rico — and it shows in his policies. Is racial bias driving Trump’s neglect of Puerto Rico? Puerto Rico is still waiting for federal aid. Donald Trump awards himself 10 out of 10 for Puerto Rico hurricane response. Here are the disturbing numbers on Puerto Rico one month after Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico still needs our help — here’s what you can do. Reminder: The U.S. Virgin Islands are still in crisis.

In Puerto Rico, a hopeful sight: Endangered parrot spotted after Hurricane Maria.


A “hiero” in the White House: Antonio Redfern Pucci on Trump’s resemblance to a Greek tyrant. Trump lines pockets with one sentence in new law, buried 700+ pages deep. Nancy LeTourneau on Trump’s criminally-inspired approach to deal-making. Trump just publicly accused the FBI of having conspired against him. Does Trump live in an alternate reality? Some believe that the president is so divorced from actual governance that his statements have limited consequences — but that isn’t the case. Tom Friedman on The Trump Doctrine: “Obama built it. I broke it. You fix it”. Trump is not the failure he appears to be: A lot of people laughed when the president claimed to be “ahead of schedule”, but he’s not wrong.

Trump’s military family scandal reveals the profound ugliness of his character. “Kelly confirms Trump said ‘he knew what he was getting into’ but instead of criticizing Trump 4 lying, he attacked woman who exposed his lie”. The real John Kelly: His freewheeling press conference proved that there are no adults in the room.


Tomasz Zuradzki (Jagiellonian): The Normative Significance of Identifiability. In Czech election, a new threat to European unity. Jessica Loudis on why we need Stuart Hall’s imaginative Left. Arresting disabled bodies: How disabled activists turned the fight for Medicaid into a battle for civil rights. The problem is the prices: Opaque and sky high bills are breaking Americans — and our health care system. Trump World quickly abandons its obsession with email servers. Trump’s judge pick Jeff Mateer admits he discriminates against gay people. Francis Fukuyama on relaunching The American Interest. Harvey Weinstein’s former employees reckon with what they knew and what they didn’t. After Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood assistants urged to break culture of silence.

Stephen L. Morgan and Jiwon Lee (Johns Hopkins): The White Working Class and Voter Turnout in US Presidential Elections, 2004-2016. Rigged: Ari Berman on how voter suppression threw Wisconsin to Trump — and possibly handed him the whole election. Democrats should stop chasing the “sensible centrists” — they don’t exist, but voter suppression, on the other hand, is very real. Is Trump leading Congressional Republicans to slaughter? It isn’t the president’s extremism that’s sabotaging GOP incumbents, so much as his cowardly evasion of responsibility. Is it safe to say Trump is a favorite to win re-election? The incredibly boring reason Trump is on track to win in 2020.


Vesa Kanniainen (Helsinki): Cyber Technology and Arms Race. John Yoo (UC-Berkeley): Embracing the Machines: Rationalist War and New Weapons Technologies. Will artificially intelligent weapons kill the laws of war? Amitai Etzioni (George Washington) and Oren Etzioni (Allen Institute): Pros and Cons of Autonomous Weapons Systems. Aleksandar Fatic (Belgrade): The Ethics of Drone Warfare. Militant groups have drones — now what? Drone warfare: James Rogers on the death of precision. Our next world war might be fought in outer space: To counter threats from China and Russia, the U.S. military is scrambling to weaponize space on a scale not seen since Ronald Reagan. Military officials say we need to prepare for space war.


What’s the matter with Republicans? Ross Douthat on how the party of Trump became a liberal caricature. The debunked IRS scandal shows there’s no sane wing of the GOP. The G.O.P. is a mess — it’s not all Trump’s fault. Establishment Republicans mystified by their base should look at Ed Gillespie’s campaign. The GOP is the party of Roy Moore. E.J. Dionne on the enablers of Trump’s dangerous presidency. Here are 5 reasons the GOP won’t dump Trump. Republicans have Stockholm Syndrome and it’s getting worse. Does Charlie Sykes understand how the Right lost its mind? Alex Shepard on the increasingly isolated world of conservative media.

Aaron Blake on George W. Bush’s unmistakable takedown of Trumpism — and Trump. George W. Bush condemns Trumpism, but skips his role in its rise. Thread: “It’s maddening how many will rehabilitate George W. Bush in the age of Trump instead of pointing out how Bush’s GOP paved the way for Trump”. George W. Bush bashing Trump’s “cruelty” is hypocritical bullshit.

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