From New York, a look at what’s at play in the 2018 Senate races. Terry McAuliffe’s dead-serious advice for Democrats: Have some fun. Nancy LeTourneau on an “all hands on deck” approach to the Resistance. Rebecca Solnit on the 11 biggest victories against Trump by the resistance. Stop the sniping, Washington Democrats — learn from the grass roots. A grand anti-Trump coalition is a terrible idea for Democrats: A centrist Popular Front to fight the unpopular president would only demoralize Democrats and empower Trumpism. The Democrats’ dangerous obsession with impeachment: The party needs to focus on winning elections, not removing Trump.

Liberals need to take their fingers out of their ears: Many Democrats continue to have little understanding of their own role in creating the conditions that make conservatives willing to support Trump. The Democratic party is fine: It is the most united American party in modern political history.

Mikhail Antonov (HSE): Religion, Sexual Minorities and the Rule of Law in Russia: Mutual Challenges. Russia’s culture wars look a lot like America’s. Russia is the global leader in Jew-hate. The Putin problem: The West thinks of Putin as an aberration among recent Russian rulers, but he stands in line with them. Why Russia needs respect: Eliot Borenstein on the consequences of American overconfidence. Understanding Russia’s war stories: Putin’s foreign policy is rooted in an epic myth of betrayal and redemption. Molly McKew on the Gerasimov Doctrine: It’s Russia’s new chaos theory of political warfare — and it’s probably being used on you.

The hidden family histories of totalitarian Russia: An excerpt from The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen (and more and more and more and more). Why did Putin build a monument to victims of Soviet repression? Russia election: Putin to run again for president. Yes, the Kremlin is worried — about Russia’s own presidential elections. What does Vladimir Putin fear? His own people. Anastasia Edel on Putin’s Russia: Revolution, what revolution? Why Gorbachev likes Putin more than you might expect.

Francesco Sangiorgi (FSFM) and Chester S. Spatt (Carnegie Mellon): The Economics of Credit Rating Agencies. Oana Serban (Bucharest): The Critical Theory of Artistic Capitalism. Discriminating in the name of religion? Segregationists and slaveholders did it, too. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, explained. “The idea that you would just do something like this purely to gratify the Republican base, spurred by the President’s boredom and desire to upset people. That’s all unthinkable. Yet that is pretty clearly what is going on here”. Julia Ioffe on how the Kremlin tried to rig the Olympics, and failed. Jia Tolentino reviews Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials by Malcolm Harris (and more and more).

How the alt-right duped MSNBC into firing one of its contributors. Ye of “bad faith”: From Sartre to Seder, how the legal — and philosophical — term became a metaphor for the death of truth. Weaponized outrage is a threat to free speech: Activists on the Right and Left are exploiting sensitivity over sexual misconduct and other issues — it’s seriously undermining journalism.

Experts find tax plan riddled with glitches: Some of the provisions could be easily gamed, tax lawyers say (and more). Alice Ollstein on how economists are warning that the Trump tax plan will be an epic disaster. Today in conservative media: Tax cuts for the rich are a moral necessity. The GOP’s overhaul of the tax system reveals one of the party’s top political priorities: Punishing Democrats. Populism died on Saturday: Republicans know how unpopular their tax bill is, and they just don’t care. Celeste Pewter on 5 ways to push back against the tax reform bills: There’s time to apply pressure. The republic will survive the tax bill: Yes, it’s dreadful policy — but it will be easier to reverse than other Trump priorities.

After tax cuts for the rich, Trump hopes to take food from poor kids. Paul Ryan trying to talk Trump into cutting Medicare. Ryan says Republicans to target welfare, Medicare, Medicaid spending in 2018. Congressional Republicans are laying the groundwork to overhaul welfare programs for the poor.

From Time, the Person of the Year 2017: The Silence Breakers. The “Silence Breakers” are another sign that a groundswell is forming. A reckoning on sexual misconduct? Absolutely — but how harsh, women ask. From Vox, Anne T. Donahue on the utter failure of male apologies in 2017: So many creeps, so many selfish apologies; and Hannah North on how to apologize for sexual harassment: Apologies can actually help survivors — but only if they’re done right. From Vanity Fair, James Wolcott on the Times reporters who brought sexual harassment out of the shadows. Linda Yang interviews Cara Buckley and Melena Ryzik, the journalists behind the Louis C.K. report.

Weinstein’s complicity machine: The producer Harvey Weinstein relied on powerful relationships across industries to provide him with cover as accusations of sexual misconduct piled up for decades. We got government data on 20 years of workplace sexual harassment claims — these charts break it down. A Platonic dialogue about sexual harassment in and out of the workplace. A lawsuit against Emma Cline shows how sexual humiliation is used to silence women writers. Gillian Flynn on the work to be done to fight sexual misconduct.

From Politico, a congressman’s accuser: Blackballed and baby-sitting for cash. Lauren Duca on how sexual misconduct doesn’t have a political ideology: It is entirely possible to fight for women’s rights as a politician while mistreating them behind the scenes. Garance Franke-Ruta on a partisan split on harassment charges: Dems resign, GOPers deny. Thread: “But they are acting. They are cleaning house, and taking the issue seriously. Meanwhile, the GOP is rallying behind a child molester. The parties are not the same”. “Worth remembering that as Democratic women of the Senate rightfully stand up to call on Al Franken to resign, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to child molester Roy Moore”.

Trump’s endorsement of Roy Moore points up a G.O.P. problem: Chaos. Lawsuit could put Trump’s sexual misconduct accusers back in spotlight. “serious Q: why aren't Dem senators calling on Trump to resign everyday if he's been accused by 20+ women?” Fellow conservatives, it’s time to call on Clarence Thomas to resign. Survey: Republicans are less likely than Democrats to believe women who make sexual assault accusations. Republicans tucked a provision undermining sexual assault victims into a 542-page bill.