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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