The NFL is America’s socialist utopia: The Super Bowl might be a capitalist bonanza — but its creation was the ultimate socialist act. Is the mind-blowing cost of a Super Bowl ad actually worth the price tag? Trump’s reaction to the NFL protests shows how he fights the culture war. Republicans are souring on the N.F.L. again. How football stopped being fun: Completion percentage is at an all-time high, but watchability is trending in the other direction. What a lifetime of playing football can do to the human brain: Brian Resnick on six things to know about the NFL, concussions, and CTE. Ted Jackson on the search for Jackie Wallace.

Dom Cosentino on how the 1987 NFL players strike created the modern NFL. Are we entering the end times for the NFL? Professional basketball offers the NFL a blueprint for success: Embrace the black culture of the majority of your players. Is this the end of the NFL?


Arcangelo Dimico (QUB), Alessia Isopi (Manchester), and Ola Olsson (Gothenburg): Origins of the Sicilian Mafia: The Market for Lemons. Julie Beck on why we forget most of the books we read and the movies and TV shows we watch. Pentagon confirms it’s developing nuclear cruise missile to counter a similar Russian one. Trump might test a nuke “for political purposes”. Russia probe lawyers think Mueller could indict Trump. Scott Pruitt predicted Trump would act unconstitutionally as president. Caitlin Dewey on the surprising argument for extending food stamps to pets. The U.S. government is set to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year, an 84 percent jump from last year. Let them eat French fries.


A close reading of the Nunes memo shows how sketchy it is (and more). Even if you take the Nunes memo seriously, it makes no sense. Jonathan Chait on the backward logic of the Nunes memo. Jeva Lange on 6 major criticisms of the Nunes memo. 5 points on how the Nunes memo is basically one big self-own. The only thing the Nunes memo proves is that it was massively overhyped. “Nothingburger” doesn’t do this memo justice. The Nunes memo is a dud. Thoughts on the Nunes memo: We need to talk about Devin. Marcy Wheeler on the Nunes-Ryan civil liberties sham. Chas Danner on the real damage of the Nunes memo. The Nunes memo doesn’t reveal an abuse of power — it is one.

Trump just shot himself in the foot: By approving the release of the Nunes memo, the president undermined his own defense against allegations in the Russia investigation. Survival at all costs: By releasing the Nunes memo, Trump betrayed the intelligence community to save his own skin. The memo doesn’t vindicate Trump — it’s more proof of obstruction. Donald Trump said 4 things that aren’t true in a single 47-word tweet. #YoMemoJokes trends nationwide, adding to Trump’s humiliation over memo failure.

Nunes memo accidentally confirms the legitimacy of the FBI’s investigation. Devin Nunes tried to discredit the FBI — instead, he proved it’s onto something. Trump’s unparalleled war on a pillar of society: Law enforcement. Trump’s brazen war on the FBI defies history: The president is attacking one of the government’s most conservative institutions — and the Republicans have his back. Inside the FBI: Anger, worry, work — and fears of lasting damage. Josh Campbell: Why I am leaving the F.B.I. — it is time to speak out against the unfair partisan attacks against the bureau. Mike Allen on James Comey, America’s most surprising new pundit.

Once the party of law and order, Republicans are now challenging it. How conservatives learned to hate the FBI: The GOP has almost always supported the FBI, but Republicans have recently unleashed a furious firestorm of criticism against the bureau. This is the week that the GOP truly became the party of Trump. Trump’s blood sport politics: The president understands how American voters have abandoned the Jeffersonian ideal of compromise in favor of the zero-sum game. Newt wrote the playbook 25 years ago — Republicans finally have a quarterback who can follow it. “It’s almost as if we really are living in a perfect Schmittian moment”: A constitutional crisis, or partisans without purpose?

Trump bashes FBI and doesn’t impose sanctions against Russia — but he’s racist, so Middle America still loves him. Putin’s Saturday Night Massacre: He got Trump and the GOP to sell out America.

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