From Konturen, a special issue on Triumph of the Will: A New Era in American Politics, including Jeffrey S. Librett (Oregon): Sovereignty and the Cult of Immediacy; Dawn Marlan (Oregon): “Broad-Shouldered” Rhetoric: The Trump Era and the Peculiar Contempt for Words; and Sonja Boos (Oregon): No Joke: Trump and Humor. William Mazzarella (Chicago): Brand(ish)ing the Name, or, Why is Trump So Enjoyable. A recipe for coping in Trump’s America: Randle Browning reviews The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President by Bandy X. Lee. Daniel Drezner on four thoughts on the story that almost broke the #ToddlerinChief thread. Trump has out-lied Obama nearly six-fold in just 10 months.


The year in class war: Donald Trump’s first year in office can best be seen as an all-out assault by the rich against the rest. The “death tax” cargo cult: With its assault on the estate tax, the GOP is demonstrating that it’s not even under the thumb of the 1 percent, but the 0.2 percent. The Republicans despise the working class: Unless you own a business or live off assets, you’re a second-class citizen in their eyes. Republicans have lost touch with Blue America. Republican tax bill is a poison pill that kills the New Deal. Law professors just published a delightful, 34-page list of ways people will game the GOP tax plan.


Ben Merriman (Kansas): The Editorial Meeting at a Little Magazine: An Ethnography of Group Judgment. Julia M. Puaschunder (Harvard): Mapping Climate in the 21st Century. Why does the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame keep snubbing LL Cool J? Jared Bernstein on a three-tiered solution for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico declares it is officially “open for tourism”. Head of Congressional ethics office sued for abusing position, accused of assaulting women. Why Ajit Pai is wrong about net neutrality (and more). The FCC just killed net neutrality — now what? Paul Ryan says American women need to have more babies. Paul Ryan to go out in a blaze of Randian glory. Love at first sight feels magical, but what is it really? Results from new research may or may not surprise you.

Susan Glasser on the secret post-Alabama fantasy of the anti-Trump G.O.P. establishment. Alabama, shaken: How can Democrats “scale” its victory into a national wave? Democrats can’t rely on a Trump backlash. Joseph Lowndes on how Roy Moore lost the battle, but he’s winning the war: Moore’s vision for the Republican Party is becoming a reality.


How Democrats killed their populist soul: In the 1970s, a new wave of post-Watergate liberals stopped fighting monopoly power — the result is an increasingly dangerous political system. Does liberalism still have a future? Jeffrey C. Isaac reviews The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics by Mark Lilla (and more). The Left shouldn’t make peace with neocons — even to defeat Trump (and more). What liberals can learn from conservatism: Criticizing the president with the kind of radical rhetoric he uses is toxic for American democracy. The voices in Blue America’s head: For years, liberals have tried, and failed, to create their own version of conservative talk radio — has Crooked Media finally figured it out?

The political limits and possibilities of #MeToo: Democrats are calling for President Donald Trump to resign — now they need a substantive agenda to fight sexual harassment. Simon Balto on felon re-enfranchisement and the political future. The Democratic wave is coming in 2018.


From the Washington Post, what Trump was saying about Russia and Putin — and what the campaign was doing; and doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked. The conservative case to fire Robert Mueller, explained: It relies on four pieces of “evidence”. FBI agents sending anti-Trump texts is not a scandal. The FBI scandal hiding in plain sight: Releasing the texts of two members of the Trump-Russia probe was an astonishing breach of privacy. Benjamin Wittes on Rod Rosenstein’s testimony and the disturbing and dangerous nature of the current moment.

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