Maxine Eichner (UNC): The Privatized American Family. Modern family: James Chappel reviews Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism by Melinda Cooper. Lionel Smith (McGill): Parenthood Is a Fiduciary Relationship. We invest far more time and money in raising our children than our parents did — Ryan Avent wonders whether we’re doing it in their best interests or in ours. The U.S. already has a high-quality, universal childcare program — in the military. Why your children’s day care may determine how wealthy they become. Parenting is not a “job,” and marriage is not “work”: Yes, they’re hard to do — but our narrow moral vocabulary for describing non-professional pursuits is making our lives worse. Is American childhood creating an authoritarian society? Patrik Chougule on how overprotective parenting is a threat to democracy.


A new issue of the Journal of Practical Ethics is out. Omar Lizardo (Notre Dame): Pierre Bourdieu as Cognitive Sociologist. The Pentagon’s secret search for UFOs: Funded at the request of Harry Reid, the program probed a number of encounters military pilots had with aircraft they believed didn’t operate like anything they had seen before (and more). Anita Hill chosen to lead Hollywood sexual harassment commission. The final version of the G.O.P. tax bill is a corrupt, cruel, budget-busting hairball. Here’s why Republicans are hellbent on passing an unpopular tax bill. Little black girls are killing themselves — does anyone care enough to figure out why? CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity.

“Devastating blow”: Puerto Rican governor turns on Trump, slams GOP tax scam. Puerto Rico: On top of everything else, GOP tax bill is racist. Life without power in Puerto Rico — and no end in sight.


Collusion doesn’t have to be criminal to be an ongoing threat. Collusion doesn’t have to be criminal: The possibility that Trump is in Putin’s pocket is scarier than any crimes Mueller might uncover. Brian Stelter on how Fox News and President Trump create an anti-Mueller “feedback loop”. Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro embodies a kindergartener’s idea of justice — no wonder the president loves her. Are Trump’s transition-team lawyers attempting to discredit Mueller? “Hilariously, the Trump Administration now hangs in the balance over a question of email server management”. If Trump fires Mueller, we must impeach. The outcome is the same whether Trump fires Mueller or not.

“DOJ should appoint a second special counsel to look into Russian involvement in Congressional campaigns. Mueller doesn't have time to look at all of them. We could have a House full of compromised members and not even know it”.

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