William D. Araiza (Brooklyn): Samuel Alito: Populist. Neil Siegel (Duke): The Distinctive Role of Justice Samuel Alito: From a Politics of Restoration to a Politics of Dissent. Clarence Thomas has spent his career pushing a fringy, right-wing ideology — now, he has an army of acolytes who can make his vision a reality. Ian Millhiser on the not-at-all-subtle partisanship of Chief Justice Roberts. Joan Biskupic on Gorsuch v. Roberts: The rookie takes on the chief. How badly is Neil Gorsuch annoying the other Supreme Court justices? Jeffrey Toobin wonders. Is Gorsuch driving a wedge between conservatives on the Court? Why rumors of a Gorsuch–Kagan clash at the Supreme Court are such a bombshell.

Beverley Baines (Queen's): Women Judges and Constitutional Courts: Why Not Nine Women? Hannah Brenner (California Western) and Renee Newman Knake (Houston): Shortlisted (“Shortlisted tells the stories of nearly a dozen extraordinary women considered for the Court, but ultimately not nominated, before Justice Sandra Day O’Connor became the first in 1981”). The Democrats’ next Supreme Court nominee: Meet Patricia Millett, the hero of the Jane Doe abortion case and a worthy successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

What happens to America if Justice Kennedy retires: Say goodbye to Roe, racial justice, voting rights, and any new progress on LGBT rights. Will he or won’t he? How Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement decision became a battle over the judiciary and the Trump presidency. Carl Reiner: Justice Kennedy, don’t retire.

Trump names Supreme Court candidates for a nonexistent vacancy.


The inaugural issue of Contango Journal is out, including Chris Cutrone (SAIC): The Crisis of Neoliberalism and Marxism in the Age of Trump. Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption purge is all about life after oil. Trump is in deep with Saudi Arabia — that’s dangerous. Emily Holden on how the Bonn climate talks survived Trump. The Menendez trial revealed everything that’s gone wrong with US bribery law. From the New York Times, a special report on how politics and bad decisions starved New York’s subways. Peter Beinart: White men from fancy schools advanced quickly at the New Republic — asking how much of their success was due to race, gender, and class would have meant asking the same of myself. There’s a digital media crash — but no one will say it.


From the Atlantic, Megan Garber on Al Franken, that photo, and trusting the women: From Eve to Aristotle to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a brief history of looking at half the population and assuming the worst. Kate Harding: I’m a feminist, I study rape culture, and I don’t want Al Franken to resign. Franken case sets off debate over line between abuse and a mistake. Thread: “The reason there’s a concern about disproportionate responses in the last month of sexual misconduct revelations is that we’ve utterly abandoned the rule of law in America”. The 4 redemption narratives we are currently using to minimize this sexual harassment hellscape.

Trump-loving pastor Mark Burns stuns Joy Reid by blurting “morality” is not a necessary qualification for leadership. As we rethink old harassers, let’s talk about Clarence Thomas. In chatlogs, celebrated hacker and activist confesses countless sexual assaults. Rape in the storage room, groping at the bar — why is the restaurant industry so terrible for women? Every six weeks for more than 36 years: When will sex abuse in Olympic sports end? The TED talks empire has been grappling with sexual harassment, interviews and internal emails show. “He was masturbating, I felt like crying”: What housekeepers endure to clean hotel rooms. Sarah Leonard on how to stop the predators who aren’t famous.

Lawyers call White House sexual harassment policy “useless”. After Al Franken and Roy Moore, we are dangerously close to botching the #MeToo moment. Should women’s rights be in the constitution? Equal Rights Amendments gets big push after Me Too movement.


White-on-white voting: When an area is more than 85 percent white, support for President Trump skyrockets — and that makes all the difference. No white man left behind: Saving coal country has never been about energy — it’s been about rescuing white men. The mythical whiteness of Trump country: An excerpt from What You are Getting Wrong about Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte. Johnstown never believed Trump would help — they still love him anyway. “Trump country” stories help explain our politics, not the next election. Donald Trump has nominated 480 people so far in his presidency — 80% of them are men. Bryce Covert on our inordinately white, wealthy, male government. A team of economists has uncovered persuasive evidence that local government officials throughout the United States are less responsive to African-Americans than they are to whites.


Jesse Minor and Geoffrey A. Boyce (Arizona): Smokey Bear and the Pyropolitics of United States Forest Governance. Why are we in Niger? It has become safer to assume that the American military has a presence in a given country in Africa than not. The American far Right asks: What Rohingya ethnic cleansing? Trump’s blank check for Saudi Arabia: As the kingdom makes mass arrests at home and tensions spike in the region, the United States looks on. Claire Potter reviews No is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein. Top media watchdog accused of playing dirty to help Trump's friend. In a radical departure, Trump health officials want to define life as starting at “conception”. The wizards of Armageddon set up shop in Silicon Valley.

“What about Bill?” Sexual misconduct debate revives questions about Clinton. With Franken, the reckoning over sexual misconduct comes to the Democrats. Poll: Democrats say sexual harassment is a problem — Republicans are less sure. The Republicans already are the party of Roy Moore — with or without him. #MeToo: Molly Oberman on thinking beyond legitimation through social media.


Republican class warfare: The G.O.P. tax bills look like attempts to entrench a hereditary plutocracy. Trump argues that GOP tax bill should do more to help out the rich. More than 400 millionaires tell Congress: Don’t cut our taxes. Molly Michelmore on how the GOP uses “family values” to slash taxes: They’re less concerned with morals than with wealth. Brian Beutler on the grift Republicans keep on giving. If the tax bill is so great, why does the GOP keep lying about it? The GOP has done the impossible: Make tax cuts unpopular. Why are Republicans rushing tax reform through? So voters don’t find out who loses. How Republicans gamed budget rules to pass their tax cut. The G.O.P. is no party for honest men: Republicans on taxes — the most dishonest selling job in U.S. political history.

The tax reform debate is stuck in the 1970s. House Republicans are actually delusional enough to think the Trump tax cuts will help them. Republicans only have one plan: Sometimes they call it “tax reform” — other times “health-care reform”. First, Republicans want tax cuts — next, they’ll try gutting Medicare and Social Security.


From Serendipities, a special issue on Understanding the Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe. Philosophy without borders, naturally: An interview with Harold Kincaid, author of Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences: Analyzing Controversies in Social Research. Tobias Hansson Wahlberg (Lund): Why the Social Sciences are Irreducible. A new theory on how researchers can solve the reproducibility crisis: Do the math. Stephen J. DeCanio (UCSB): What Is It Like to Be a Social Scientist? Some social scientists are tired of asking for permission. The first chapter from Quantitative Social Science: An Introduction by Kosuke Imai.

David Waldner (Virginia): Schrodinger’s Cat and the Dog That Didn’t Bark: Why Quantum Mechanics is (Probably) Irrelevant to the Social Sciences. The introduction to Hermeneutic Philosophies of Social Science, ed. Babette Babich. Daniel Little on social science and policy. Jeremy Freese (Stanford) and David Peterson (Northwestern): Replication in Social Science. Why Russian officials want to control the social sciences: In authoritarian regimes, the social sciences are the most vulnerable to state interventions.


Maura Priest (Radford): Intellectual Humility: An Interpersonal Theory. Sebastian Schmidt (FAU): Why We Should Promote Irrationality. Goodbye strongman, hello military intervention: An explainer for what just happened in Zimbabwe. To understand the coup in Zimbabwe, you need to know more about Grace Mugabe. Mira Rapp-Hooper on the 5 things we learned from Trump’s Asia trip. Jeff Sessions' testimony proves how little the truth matters under Trump. Rogue Democrats introduce articles of impeachment against Trump. Trump’s administration is right to block the AT&T and Time Warner merger. Trump’s comments create a lose-lose position for Justice. Why Richard Cordray’s retirement from the CFPB matters. Sean Hannity has become the media’s top conspiracy theorist.

Brian Beutler on Donald Trump and the Russian dog that didn’t bark. A confederacy of dunces: How the Trump campaign got criminally stupid. Christopher Steele believes his dossier on Trump-Russia is 70-90% accurate.


Timothy K. Kuhner (Georgia State): American Kleptocracy: How to Categorize Trump and His Government. Trump is leading the most corrupt administration in U.S. history, one of first-class kleptocrats. Too rich for conflicts? Trump appointees may have many, seen and unseen. The Wilbur Ross scandal isn’t about Russia, it’s about corruption. Trump nominates some club members to plum government jobs. Trump’s tax bill is a swamp monster: The president broke a key campaign promise — to clean up the pipeline of government workers to high-paid lobbyists. How Trump learned to love the swamp: A year after the election he’s still campaigning as a populist, but he’s governing for the big interests he ran against.

How today’s despots and kleptocrats hide their stolen wealth. Trump administration deals a blow to international anti-corruption efforts. America is importing corruption — here’s how to stop it.


Doriane Lambelet Coleman (Duke): Sex in Sport. Emily Bartlett and Nancy Leong (Denver): Sex Segregation in Sports as a Public Health Issue. Nancy Leong (Denver): Against Women’s Sports. Sex discrimination in sport: A challenge also for states with high standards of human rights protection? Full frontal feminism: Susan Ware on why Billie Jean King made history in the Battle of the Sexes. John Carr (New Mexico): Skateboarding in Dude Space: The Roles of Space and Sport in Constructing Gender Among Adult Skateboarders. Ricard W. Jensen and Yam B. Limbu (Montclair State) and Jeonghwan (Jerry) Choi (Kean): How Does the Stadium Atmosphere at a College Football Game Affect Behavioral Intentions Across Gender Lines? The Mediating Role of Spectator Satisfaction.

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