Leon Wieseltier admits “offenses” against female colleagues as new magazine is killed. Fidelity was supposed to be a woman-friendly Wall Street firm — now it has a sexual harassment scandal. Harvey Weinstein and the economics of consent: The blunt power of the gatekeeper is the ability to enforce not just artistic, but also financial, exile. Sexual harassment will change your career forever: It’s one of the most damaging barriers to professional success for women. Women in political life say #MeToo: Here’s how harassment and violence limit their political lives worldwide. Me too, I think? Laura Bassett on when sexual harassment feels all too normal. When men fear women: It’s good to make men feel fear, and this is something women absolutely have the power to do.


Cover-up: The White House is stonewalling a congressional inquiry into how officials spent nearly $2 million — at least — on luxury flights. Ethics chief “deeply concerned” about actions by top federal officials. The Trumpite looting of Puerto Rico seems well underway. “Now this my friends is some serious New Gilded Age corruption”. Billionaire Robert Mercer is helping pay Donald Trump’s legal bills. Trump pledges to personally pay some legal bills of WH staff and associates. Are foreign payments to Trump’s businesses unconstitutional? We’re about to find out. Are the emoluments lawsuits filed against President Trump dead?

In 2014, Americans feared walking alone at night — now they’re worried about government corruption. The do’s and don’ts of kleptocracy: A private investigator and a New School professor have created a game in which players must launder their ill-gotten riches without getting caught.


Nathan A. Rosenberg (Arkansas) and Bryce Wilson Stucki (U.S. Census Bureau): The Butz Stops Here: Why the Food Movement Needs to Rethink Agricultural History. Joshua Ulan Galperin and Graham Downey (Yale) and Lee Miller (Harvard): Eating Is Not Political Action. Across Myanmar, denial of ethnic cleansing and loathing of Rohingya. Does literary studies have a future? Marko Roth reviews Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History by Joseph North (and more). Almost half of the abortions performed every year are unsafe. Why barbed wire was a revolution, paper money was an accident, and HVACs were a productivity booster: Derek Thompson interviews Tim Harford, author of Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy.

House Republicans launch probe into Obama-era uranium deal involving Russian-backed company. The Hill’s flimsy Russia-uranium story lands with maximum effect. Did the media learn their lesson about faux Clinton scandals?


Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Free Speech in the Algorithmic Society: Big Data, Private Governance, and New School Speech Regulation. We have to demystify code because our adversaries are armed with algorithms, too: Morgan Meis interviews Ellen Ullman, author of Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology. Turns out algorithms are racist. Technology is biased too — how do we fix it? Algorithms were supposed to free us from our unconscious mistakes, but now there’s a new set of problems to solve. Biased algorithms are everywhere, and no one seems to care: The big companies developing them show no interest in fixing the problem.

If Google and Facebook rely on opaque algorithms, what does that mean for democracy? Google, Facebook may have to reveal deepest secrets: The algorithms that helped the companies make their fortunes are of growing interest to investigators probing interference in the 2016 election.


John McCain is escalating his longstanding feud with President Donald Trump. Bob Corker’s 9 most devastating lines on Donald Trump in his CNN interview, ranked. Senator Bob Corker won’t say if Trump can be trusted with nuclear codes. “The Senate Foreign relations chair says the president is a threat internationally and is debasing the nation. And Ryan says: focus on taxes”. Ezra Klein on the Republican Party, in one tweet. Jeff Flake’s rousing speech illustrates Trump’s stranglehold on the GOP. Jeff Flake is not a hero, despite what he wants you to think. It’s one thing to criticize Trump — it’s another to vote against him.

“The difference being Flake doesn’t grope the widows and orphans before he shoves them out on the street and auctions off their worldly goods. Character! And Conscience!” Jeff Flake can’t save America from the sidelines. Republicans need a better response besides quitting: First Bob Corker, now Jeff Flake — we’re one away from a dangerous trend.

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