The Economist on the one-year-old Trump presidency: Is it really this bad? From Law and Liberty, Greg Weiner on the price of Trump: Year one reflections on an unconventional presidency; he’s good and bad on foreign affairs, good and bad on the economy; and Daniel McCarthy on Trump, the great de-mythologizer. Here’s what the Trumpists don’t understand about American Greatness: Consider what the state of our nation would be without the accumulated protections over a century of progressive legislation. David Frum on why Republicans chose Trumpocracy over democracy: “The Republican Party has a platform that can’t prevail in democratic competition”. Lloyd Green reviews Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic by David Frum (and more).

Want to see where Trump is taking America? Look at Turkey under Erdogan. We could be a much better country — Trump makes it impossible. Donald Trump’s enduring promise: Reopening the wounds of racial grievance will be Donald Trump’s most lasting achievement. The conventional, reversible Trump agenda: The president’s first-year accomplishments are more typical and fragile than the commotion made it seem.


The many faces of the #MeToo backlash: From Weinstein to The New School, push back against sexual harassment allegations is gathering steam. The patriarchy strikes back: Why the backlash to the #MeToo movement is so depressingly familiar. Forget the backlash — we need #MeToo now more than ever. Has #MeToo gone too far, or not far enough? The answer is both. #MeToo isn’t enough — now women need to get ugly. We harpies want more: You don’t get utopia by tweaking who stars in what Netflix show. Sarah Jaffe on how ending harassment won’t end romance. Ladies, let’s be reasonable about #MeToo or nothing will ever be sexy again.

The controversy around Babe.net’s Aziz Ansari story, explained. The Aziz Ansari story proves that our traditional ideas about consent are flawed. Aziz, we tried to warn you: It may seem like rules around sex have changed overnight, but feminists have been talking about this for a long time. This is not a sex panic: Stories of gray areas are exactly what more men need to hear. The conversation about Aziz Ansari is an uncomfortable mess, which is why we need to have it. Women can tell the difference between Ansari and Weinstein.

“I Am Student X”: How graduate students are seizing their #MeToo moment. Accusations against former youth pastor Andy Savage reveal the difficulties of #MeToo in the church. The sexual revolution isn’t going away — it never really happened. A radical idea for predatory men: Confession, then amnesty. Maybe men will be scared for a while — but maybe to fear women is to begin seeing them as people.


Nicholas Shackel (Cardiff): The Infinity from Nothing Paradox and the Immovable Object Meets the Irresistible Force. Radioactive oligarchs: Russia’s richest are staging a $1 trillion freak-out. Jack Goldsmith and Susan Hennessey on the merits of supporting 702 reauthorization (despite worries about Trump and the rule of law). World’s approval of U.S. leadership drops to new low. Apple successfully avoids $50 billion in American taxes. Goodbye to Awl that: Why one of the best sites on the Internet is gone for good. The fall of Travis Kalanick was a lot weirder and darker than you thought. The NRA is part of the Trump–Russia scandal now. Fox News, not the “Fake News Awards”, is the real threat. “Jeff Flake, supposed Trump critic, voted for all of Trump’s 17 judicial nominees today. Actions speak louder than words”.

Chris Cillizza: “4 things I learned by reading letters from Trump supporters in The New York Times”. Racist-in-Chief or Commander-in-Chief? You can’t be both, Mr. Trump. Trump’s brand of white identity politics has real consequences, but the overall Trump Show is basically a con that masks an agenda that’s bad for almost everyone — his opponents would do well to do what they can to lower the temperature of the discourse and focus more attention on what the president does than on what he says.


Secret money: How Trump made millions selling condos to unknown buyers. Trump sold $35M in real estate in 2017, mostly to secretive buyers. Trump lender gets waiver from punishment after conviction. If we lived in a functioning democracy, this would be a major scandal: The president is making millions and no one knows where the money is coming from. Foreigners reportedly “curry favor” with spending at Trump properties. How a Trump SoHo partner ended up with toxic mining riches from Kazakhstan. The Trump presidency: On track to becoming the most corrupt in U.S. history? Eric Trump dismisses his dad’s racist comments, says he only cares about money.


Tara Isabella Burton on the March for Life, America’s biggest anti-abortion rally, explained. Trump’s speech to March for Life marks a U-turn on abortion. Trump, white nation fantasies and reproductive politics: An excerpt from Happy Abortions: Our Bodies in the Era of Choice by Erica Millar. Trump’s HHS director Roger Severino compares anti-abortion activists to Holocaust victims. This extreme ballot measure campaign shows the true intentions of the anti-abortion movement. What if conservatives were pro-life instead of simply anti-abortion? The necessary politicization of reproductive autonomy: Avery Felman on why we should create quotas for female politicians.

From the SIA Legal Team, a report on Roe’s Unfinished Promise: Decriminalizing Abortion Once and for All. Does it matter if abortion is legal? Rebecca Grant reviews Her Body, Our Laws: On the Front Lines of the Abortion War, From El Salvador to Oklahoma by Michelle Oberman.


Daniel Burston (Duquesne): “It Can’t Happen Here”: Trump, Authoritarianism and American Politics. Trump’s war on the press follows the Mussolini and Hitler playbook. Former prosecutors sound alarm bells over politicization of justice. Jeffrey Toobin on Donald Trump and the rule of law. U.S. “approaching important turning points” in democracy under Trump, per report. American democracy is on a break: Welcome to “Trumpocracy” — a review essay. Trump is not the only threat to America’s democracy — the problems run deeper than our president. Can American democracy withstand its latest assault? Christian Caryl reviews How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. If authoritarianism is looming in the US, how come Donald Trump looks so weak? (and more)

How 9/11 triggered democracy’s decline: The attack spawned wars to export democracy abroad, while degrading it at home. Roger Berkowitz on the four prejudices underlying our crises of democracy.


Daniel A. Farber (UC-Berkeley): The Conservative as Environmentalist: From Goldwater and the Early Reagan to the 21st Century. How much has “climate change” been scrubbed from federal websites? A lot. The toxic chemical industry is having a really great year. The US coal industry is going out, not with a whimper, but with a burst of rent-seeking. Can we put coal miners back to work in clean energy? Why conservatives outsourced environmental policy to lobbyists and kooks. Adam M. Sowards on Interior’s legacy of bad behavior: Ryan Zinke isn’t the first Interior secretary to attract controversy. The damage done by Trump’s Department of the Interior: Under Ryan Zinke, the Secretary of the Interior, it’s a sell-off from sea to shining sea. Most of National Park System Advisory Board quit in protest.


Forthcoming from the Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy, Dan Demetriou (Minnesota) and Ajume Wing (Colorado): The Ethics of Racist Monuments. Philip K. Dick and the fake humans: We live in Philip K. Dick’s future, not George Orwell’s or Aldous Huxley’s. North Korea at the Olympics: Diplomatic breakthrough or propaganda victory? Black, bookish and beautiful: This all-black, all-female publishing team is ensuring authors of color get their shine. Ariel Sophia Bardi on the soft nationalism of Amma, India’s hugging saint. Investigators are scrutinizing newly uncovered payments by the Russian embassy. You can download On Kings by David Graeber and Marshall Sahlins.

Welcome to 2018: Dylan Matthews on Donald Trump’s alleged porn star affair and hush money scandal, explained. The president and the porn star: Trump’s sexual license has turned the culture wars upside down. The triumph of porn over social conservatism: Jeet Heer on why Trump’s alleged affairs with erotic stars aren’t hurting him on the Right. “How can the president of the United States get away with what looks like hush money paid to a mistress in the middle of an election? How is it that this isn’t front-page news until Trump tells us what it was all about and shows us the agreement?”


From the Congressional Research Service, a primer on U.S. immigration policy. Soumyajit Mazumder (Harvard): Becoming White: How Mass Warfare Turned Immigrants into Americans. Jennifer Jones (Notre Dame) and Hana E. Brown (Wake Forest): American Federalism and Racial Formation in Contemporary Immigration Policy. Margaret Hu (Washington and Lee): Algorithmic Jim Crow. Sahar F. Aziz (Rutgers): A Muslim Registry: The Precursor to Internment? Jennifer M. Chacon (UC-Irvine): Criminalizing Immigration. Trump is distorting statistics to demonize immigrants. Our refugees: Take a look at the countries targeted by bans and bombs. How Stephen Miller single-handedly got the U.S. to accept fewer refugees.

How Republicans set the stage for Trump’s corrosive ideas on immigration. None of their business: How a powerful source of support for immigration lost its influence over the Republican Party. Natural human behavior: Dispatches from the Northwest’s immigration dystopia. An underground college for undocumented immigrants: Refused admission by public universities and unable to get funding from private ones, aspiring students find another way. When deportation is a death sentence: Hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the U.S. may face violence and murder in their home countries — what happens when they are forced to return?


If Trump fires Mueller, Republicans won’t object. Donald Trump’s two-faced presidency: He and his administration often contradict each other — how long can this fragile arrangement last? Why Trump administration officials try so hard to flatter him. Trump set a record for White House staff turnover in the first year. “John Kelly is the man Fred Trump always wanted Donald Trump to be”. Trump’s enablers destroy their reputations for nothing. Jeff Flake’s empty words: Until the senator is willing to oppose his own party’s agenda, his anti-Trump speeches are meaningless. The rise of the privilege epiphany: Donald Trump made them realize their dumb luck in life — now what?

Kaitlan Collins on a window inside Trump’s morning “executive time”. The president watches a lot of Fox News — does it matter? President Trump isn’t crazy — but he is dangerous. Fine, Trump doesn’t have dementia — he’s just a moron. Trump isn’t a toddler — he’s an abusive patriarch. Why do we say Trump was “accused” of groping? He confessed.

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