Seven weeks after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans still can’t access programs that fed millions in Texas and Florida. Official says Puerto Rico needs “unprecedented” federal help. U.S. emergency response efforts in Puerto Rico aren’t good enough, U.N. experts say. Appeal to Puerto Rican diaspora intensifies amid post-hurricane crisis. Jose Andres fed Puerto Rico, and may change how aid is given. The now-cancelled Puerto Rico power contract was so shady the FBI is investigating it. The Whitefish contract in Puerto Rico shows the real cost of bad government. Profiting from Puerto Rico’s pain: Hurricane Maria finally scared away debtholders — but other vultures continue to feed off the island. Puerto Rico’s path toward recovery a complicated picture.


From Public Seminar, a roundtable on Reading Adorno on Fascism in the Age of Trump. Ira Katznelson on what America taught the Nazis: In the 1930s, the Germans were fascinated by the global leader in codified racism — the United States. This is what happens when 6,000 neo-Nazis get together: Johannes Musial goes to Germany’s largest ultranationalist festival, Rock Against Uberfremdung. Seyla Benhabib on the return of fascism: From Germany to Greece, far-right nationalists are attacking migrants, raiding mosques, and winning elections. Why we have to cut off the head of fascism again and again: From Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts in 1930s London to the recent violence in Charlottesville, the cult of hatred lives on.

Bruce Krajewski (Texas): What if Your Hero Is a Fascist? Angela Dimitrakaki (Edinburgh): The Ecstasies of Europe, or, Drinking with Fascists. Is there ever a right time to talk to your children about fascism?


Mark Lemley (Stanford): Can the Patent Office Be Fixed? Syria just agreed to sign the Paris climate agreement, making the US the only holdout. Tax rogues like Bono are harming the world’s poorest people. GOPer on tax cuts: Donors are saying “get it done or don’t ever call me again”. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross lied about being billionaire. Scarborough: “Washington would be melting down” if shooter was “named Muhammad”. Trump, Gillespie and the Same Old Party: Trumpism has taken over the G.O.P. because the party was mostly there already. What Donna Brazile got right and what she got wrong. The controversy over Disney blacklisting the LA Times, explained.

We’re again testing how much bullshit American politics can withstand: Enter Carter Page. Carter Page’s testimony is filled with bombshells — and supports key portions of the Steele dossier. With Manafort, it really is about Russia, not Ukraine. At least nine people in Trump’s orbit had contact with Russians during campaign and transition. The case for collusion is deepening.


Lisa Heinzerling (Georgetown): The Legal Problems (So Far) of Trump’s Deregulatory Binge. Timothy Taylor on parsing Trump’s deregulation plans. Trump’s nominee for consumer protection is a big defender of dangerous products. Republicans are propping up scammers and cheaters. Swamp things: More than 50% of President Trump’s nominees have ties to the industries they’re supposed to regulate. The Mueller indictments aren’t stopping the GOP from pursuing its craven agenda: Trump is in hot water, but Republicans are still pushing forward his plans to cut taxes on the rich and defang the EPA.

Scott Pruitt doesn’t let investigations get in the way of his regulatory rollback. What rolling back the Clean Power Plan means for the US climate fight. Why gas the E.P.A. shifted on toxic chemicals? An industry insider helps call the shots.

From the Congressional Research Service, who regulates whom? An overview of the U.S. financial regulatory framework. Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Stanley Fischer says Trump’s push to deregulate Wall Street “may be taking us in a direction that is very dangerous”. Republicans want to sideline this regulator — but it may be too popular. Trump’s Wall Street watchdog undercuts a key consumer protection.


From the New Yorker, Ronan Farrow on Harvey Weinstein’s army of spies: The film executive hired private investigators, including ex-Mossad agents, to track actresses and journalists. Paz de la Huerta says Harvey Weinstein raped her twice — will that bring him to justice? Terrible men, terrible apologies: A taxonomy of sorry celebrity statements, from Harvey Weinstein’s incoherent rant to Kevin Spacey’s failed diversion tactic. The usual suspects: Jacob Bacharach on Kevin Spacey and the problem of the “open secret” — from Hollywood to Broadway. Oxford University places Tariq Ramadan on leave amid rape claims. Claims of sexual harassment at BBC spike after Weinstein scandal. Global media confronts its own Weinsteins. Lizzie O’Leary describes sexual harassment in journalism.

Sexual harassment is a huge problem in politics, too — what can we do about it? Congress wants to make harassment trainings mandatory — science shows they don’t work. How corporations create a culture of impunity for sexual harassers. Increased sexual harassment complaints have companies investing in insurance against sexual harassment complaints. Hollywood and evangelicals respond to sexual harassment/assault. Trump was expressing political opinion by calling sexual-harassment accusers “liars”, his attorneys argue.

How confidentiality agreements hurt — and help — victims of sexual harassment. Mimi Kramer on the double life of the “respectable” men who harass women. Thread: “One pattern: Men benefit professionally from sexual harassment. Even those who don’t harass”. This is why sexual harassment can’t truly be rooted out. All the angry ladies: The Weinstein moment has had a side effect — the mobilization and the normalization of women’s rage.

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