How people inside Facebook are reacting to the company’s election crisis. “What have I done”: Early Facebook employees regret the monster they created. People at Facebook don’t know how Facebook works. Does even Mark Zuckerberg know what Facebook is? The same company that gives you birthday reminders also helped ensure the integrity of the German elections. Facebook’s DC nightmare is just beginning. What happens when Facebook controls the news. Who will take responsibility for Facebook? What Facebook did to American democracy — and why it was so hard to see it coming. Social media bots threaten democracy — but we are not helpless.


The tragedy of Jeff Flake: The Arizona senator gambled that voters would choose civility and responsible governance over Trump. Why Jeff Flake’s exit should scare Democrats. Flake wants GOP to “speak out” against Trump, but that’s it. After day of feuding, Jeff Flake and Bob Corker join Trump to upend a major consumer protection. A stern Senate speech won’t stop Trump — it didn’t stop McCarthy. Scott Lemieux on what Jeff Flake must do next. Alex Shepard on Jeff Flake and the great failure of the anti-Trumpists. Jonathan Chait, Ed Kilgore, and Eric Levitz on Jeff Flake and the anti-Trump Republican politician. Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, and John McCain need to start acting like senators, not pundits. Sorry, Senator Corker — you missed your chance to do the right thing about Trump.

Republican establishment accuses Steve Bannon of being an anti-Semite in ugly war against his plan to topple sitting senators. “The president’s wingman”: Absent in the West Wing, Bannon stays close to Trump. The Bannon style of American politics: It’s not as new as it seems. Bannon’s populist “New Right” pretty similar to the 1970s New Right. The Republican purge has only just begun: Steve Bannon isn’t just trying to tear down the GOP establishment — he wants to build a new one. Establishment Republicans agree: Steve Bannon is kicking our ass. What is McConnell’s ammunition in the battle against Bannon?

Republican elites cheered the right-wing insurgency — now it’s coming for them. As G.O.P. bends toward Trump, critics either give in or give up. Greg Sargent on the Trump authoritarian cult. The GOP civil war is bigger than Trump — a new study shows deep fissures on policy. The Republican party is in the midst of a civil war — and Donald Trump is winning. Colbert mocks GOP: It's “civil war”, but no one is trying to help black people.

Movement conservatives now prefer Trump: According to new research from Pew, old-school conservatives love Trump even more than the America First types do. No, the extremist fever in the GOP is not breaking.


Richard T. Karcher (Eastern Michigan): The Chances of a Drafted Baseball Player Making the Major Leagues: A Quantitative Study. Rob Manfred is trying to speed up baseball in order to save it. As baseball considers change, it should look to its past. This is why baseball is so white. The Braves’ new ballpark is an urban planner’s nightmare. Why are some new statistics embraced and not others? Going deep: Kieran Setiya on baseball and philosophy. How audio mixers make sports sound great on TV: The crack of a baseball bat and the roar of a crowd aren't accidents — they're carefully constructed by professionals.


Darkness: Yochi Dreazen on life in Puerto Rico without electricity. “Like going back in time”: Puerto Ricans put survival skills to use. How one small town in Puerto Rico found food and community after Maria. Pop-up disaster relief groups are navigating a devastated Puerto Rico. Why FEMA sent “junk food” to Puerto Rican hurricane survivors. Tesla just unveiled its first battery project in Puerto Rico that will restore power to a children’s hospital. Google turns on Internet balloons in Puerto Rico. Schumer wants “CEO of Response and Recovery” for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico’s hurricane crisis has only just begun.

Jon Lee Anderson interviews Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, on Trump’s “big mouth” and what Puerto Rico needs. Counties that voted for the president get more in disaster relief: The federal aid sent to Puerto Rico fits a longstanding pattern. How Donald Trump’s failure to help Puerto Rico could haunt him in 2020.


T. V. Danylova (NUBiP): Eastern Mysticism and Timothy Leary: Human Beyond the Conventional Reality. Amir Borges Ferreira Neto, Adam Nowak, and Amanda Ross (West Virginia): Do Tourists Tip More Than Local Consumers? Evidence of Taxi Rides in New York City. Interpol needs to stop helping dictators. Culture is armor: Cody Delistraty on Adam Gopnik and the necessity of the cultural intellectual. Comic relief: Marta Zarzycka on the puzzling function of political humor online. Scott McLemee highlights a half dozen catchphrases that have significantly overstayed their welcome. What do we do with our dead? Our mortuary conventions reveal a lot about our relation to the past.


Alabama’s GOP primary is just a preview: Despite controlling all three branches of government, Republican voters are still angry with their representation in Congress. The thing about the Kid Rock for Senate trial balloon is that no one was really willing to predict that he wouldn’t win. The Republican roots of Trumpism: Jonathan Chait interviews Charlie Sykes, author of How the Right Lost Its Mind. Republicans really don’t think it’s their job to keep Trump in check. Trump relishes fighting enemies in his own party. Steve Benen on the unusual nature of the Republican Party’s “civil war”. “What if Trump is doing exactly what congressional GOP leaders want? (i.e., using cultural wedge issues to distract from Rs helping the 1%)”. While you aren’t looking, the GOP continues to gut financial oversight.


ZhiMin Xiao (Durham): Mobile Phones as Life and Thought Companions. Have smartphones destroyed a generation? More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been — but they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. Our minds have been hijacked by our phones: Tristan Harris wants to rescue them. “Our minds can be hijacked”: Paul Lewis on the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia. David Byrne on eliminating the human: We are beset by — and immersed in — apps and devices that are quietly reducing the amount of meaningful interaction we have with each other. Samir Chopra on social media and the training of our minds.


Leon Wieseltier admits “offenses” against female colleagues as new magazine is killed. Fidelity was supposed to be a woman-friendly Wall Street firm — now it has a sexual harassment scandal. Harvey Weinstein and the economics of consent: The blunt power of the gatekeeper is the ability to enforce not just artistic, but also financial, exile. Sexual harassment will change your career forever: It’s one of the most damaging barriers to professional success for women. Women in political life say #MeToo: Here’s how harassment and violence limit their political lives worldwide. Me too, I think? Laura Bassett on when sexual harassment feels all too normal. When men fear women: It’s good to make men feel fear, and this is something women absolutely have the power to do.


Cover-up: The White House is stonewalling a congressional inquiry into how officials spent nearly $2 million — at least — on luxury flights. Ethics chief “deeply concerned” about actions by top federal officials. The Trumpite looting of Puerto Rico seems well underway. “Now this my friends is some serious New Gilded Age corruption”. Billionaire Robert Mercer is helping pay Donald Trump’s legal bills. Trump pledges to personally pay some legal bills of WH staff and associates. Are foreign payments to Trump’s businesses unconstitutional? We’re about to find out. Are the emoluments lawsuits filed against President Trump dead?

In 2014, Americans feared walking alone at night — now they’re worried about government corruption. The do’s and don’ts of kleptocracy: A private investigator and a New School professor have created a game in which players must launder their ill-gotten riches without getting caught.


Nathan A. Rosenberg (Arkansas) and Bryce Wilson Stucki (U.S. Census Bureau): The Butz Stops Here: Why the Food Movement Needs to Rethink Agricultural History. Joshua Ulan Galperin and Graham Downey (Yale) and Lee Miller (Harvard): Eating Is Not Political Action. Across Myanmar, denial of ethnic cleansing and loathing of Rohingya. Does literary studies have a future? Marko Roth reviews Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History by Joseph North (and more). Almost half of the abortions performed every year are unsafe. Why barbed wire was a revolution, paper money was an accident, and HVACs were a productivity booster: Derek Thompson interviews Tim Harford, author of Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy.

House Republicans launch probe into Obama-era uranium deal involving Russian-backed company. The Hill’s flimsy Russia-uranium story lands with maximum effect. Did the media learn their lesson about faux Clinton scandals?

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