Colin J. Beck (Pomona) and Eric W. Schoon (Ohio State): Terrorism and Social Movement. Ben Saul (Sydney): Minorities and Counter-Terrorism Law. From NYRB, what makes a terrorist? Nafees Hamid investigates. ISIS’s defeat in Iraq and Syria makes attacks like New York inevitable. The fatal flaw of America’s “forever” war on terror. What is the green card law Trump wants to scrap after the New York attack? Diversity visa lottery, criticized after New York terrorist attack, was invented to help the Irish. Losing hearts and minds: How Trump quietly gutted a program to combat homegrown extremists. Go ahead and politicize tragedies — it’s ok.


Nancy LeTourneau on the changing politics of the South. The health care system is leaving the Southern Black Belt behind. Cheap wages, little training, crushed limbs: The South’s manufacturing renaissance comes with a heavy price. States of denial: From crop failures to killer storms, Trump’s Southern supporters are paying the price. Jemar Tisby: “I’m a black man who moved to the Deep South. Here’s what it’s teaching me about race”. The South only embraced states’ rights as it lost control of the federal government. Lots of Americans don’t think slavery caused the Civil War. Let’s relitigate the Civil War: There can be no “compromise” with the false view of America’s past from Trumpists and pop historians alike. Secessionists push for South to break away from US again.


Gary W. Cox (Stanford): Political Institutions, Economic Liberty, and the Great Divergence. Nathan Stout (Tulane): Autism, Meta-Cognition, and the Deep Self. From the forthcoming The Objects of International Law, ed. Jessie Hohmann and Daniel Joyce (eds), here is the entry on the passport by Sara Dehm. Islamic State magazine steers followers to U.S. gun shows for “easy” access to weapons. The real John Kelly: The chief of staff reveals himself to be a dishonest man. Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter blames black athletes for disappointing pizza sales. Maggie Hennefeld and Laura Horak on the nasty women of silent cinema. We’re all Protestants now: Five hundred years later, the spirit of the Reformation defines all American religion.

Everything we learned about Russian election interference from Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Russian ads, now publicly released, show sophistication of influence campaign. Facebook may have a Russia problem, but it just posted its best quarter ever. It’s time to end the secrecy and opacity of social media.


The sham populism of Silicon Valley: Alexander Bisley interviews Franklin Foer, author of World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech (and more and more). How Silicon Valley is erasing your individuality: Franklin Foer on the perils of monopoly. There’s blood in the water in Silicon Valley: The bad new politics of big tech. How big tech became a bipartisan whipping boy. Monopoly men: Sarah Jones on how Silicon Valley’s monopolies abet conservative propaganda. Why “fake news” is an antitrust problem: Tech companies aren’t raising prices — but they’re still monopolies. Is Amazon getting too big? What if platforms like Facebook are too big to regulate?

Elena Perotti (WAN-IFRA): Google’s Antitrust Woes Around the World. Thomas Hoppner (TH Wildau): Duty to Treat Downstream Rivals Equally: (Merely) a Natural Remedy to Google’s Monopoly Leveraging Abuse. Google is essentially building an anti-Amazon alliance, and Target is the latest to join. You can’t boycott Google: Trying to pressure Google by boycotting its products is futile.

Casey Newton, Nick Statt, and Michael Zelenko on how Americans really feel about Facebook, Apple, and more. Tech giants, once seen as saviors, are now viewed as threats. Most consumers still really like the really big tech firms. Silicon Valley is not your friend: We are beginning to understand that tech companies don’t have our best interests at heart — did they ever? After an eventful summer in Silicon Valley, there is blood in the water — at stake is democracy itself. Can Washington stop big tech companies? Don’t bet on it.


Vanity Fair: Trump blaming Kushner for Mueller investigation. Matt Flegenheimer on Andrew Weissmann, Mueller’s legal pit bull. Looks like Jeff Sessions perjured himself. Josh Marshall on Manafort’s strategy: A pardon. K. Riva Levinson: “I worked for Paul Manafort. He always lacked a moral compass”. Why the Wall Street Journal is calling for Robert Mueller’s ouster. Why it’s much harder for Trump to fire Robert Mueller than it was to fire James Comey. “Concerned” conservatives, aiming to build a Trump resistance, call for GOP to protect Mueller. Here is how every Senate Republican would respond if Trump fired Mueller.

The G.O.P. collusion with Trump continues despite the Mueller revelations. The Mueller indictments aren’t stopping the GOP from pursuing its craven agenda.

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