Adam Hill (UC-Berkeley): Why We Misjudge the Nudge. Donald Trump should not be allowed to speak in UK parliament, says Speaker. Trump's refusal to condemn Putin as a "killer": The real significance has nothing to do with Russia. Scott Pruitt hasn't even been confirmed and EPA employees are already protesting: Facing an uncertain future, the EPA is under revolt. From the Baffler, Jennifer C. Berkshire on holy warriors against the welfare state: A dispatch from the dark heart of DeVos-land; and Chris Lehmann on why it's an odd time to be evenhanded: Fred Hiatt's courtier-like difference trimming is something of a tour de force in meaningless meritocratic posturing. Bill McKibben reviews The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax.
Rihan Yeh (COLMICH): Visas, Jokes, and Contraband: Citizenship and Sovereignty at the Mexico-U.S. Border. The introduction to On the Move: Changing Mechanisms of Mexico-U.S. Migration by Filiz Garip. One of Trump's policies could spark a boom in immigration from Mexico. Forget the wall: If you want less illegal immigration, go after employers. If immigration can't be stopped, maybe it can be managed: Eduardo Porter on "A Blueprint to Regulate U.S.-Mexico Labor Mobility". The fact is that while we mock President Trump's wall on the US-Mexican borders, we have simultaneously built our own wall to keep the Other out of our own front yard. In Mexico, Trump triggers a surge in patriotism, anti-American sentiment.
Blake Edward Brookshire (Mississippi): Building the Trade Wall to Mexico: What NAFTA, Brexit, and TPP Mean for the Future of U.S. Trade. Building a wall of ignorance: A Mexican standoff that epitomizes Trumpism. Revoking trade deals will not help American middle classes: The advent of global supply chains has changed production patterns in the US.
From Lawfare, Quinta Jurecic on President Trump, Quebec, and the dismantling of CVE; and does Trump want to lose the EO battle in court or is Donald McGahn simply ineffectual (or worse)? Trump just declared the "court system" a threat to national security. Is this Watergate? President Trump's showdown with the federal judiciary feels awfully familiar. What's next in the legal battle over the travel-ban block? Trump Muslim ban executive order violated executive order about executive orders. Basically the entire tech industry signs onto a legal brief opposing Trump's exec order. Anti-Muslim laws risk inciting acts like Quebec mosque attack, says Charles Taylor.
Welcome to Trumperica: Donald Trump's chaotic signing of grandiose orders has the air of a deluded despot's last days, not his first. Does Trump actually want to succeed? Jim Baker on how to run a White House that works, why the world is so scared right now — and how the new president could stop screwing up. Jonathan Chait on the true purpose of Trumpism: To create a blood-and-soil American nationalism, an identity from which Asian, Muslim, and Latin American immigrants are excluded permanently. "This is where we are as a country: any commercial that celebrates American values is interpreted as an insult to the President".
Stephane Mechoulan (Dalhousie): France Bans the Veil: What French Republicanism Has to Say about It. What would it mean for France to accommodate Muslims? David Frum reviews Beyond Radical Secularism by Pierre Manent. Europeans greatly overestimate Muslim population, poll shows. So long, Marianne: From the bare breast to the burkini. France's obsession with decline is a booming industry. The introduction to The Discovery of the Third World: Decolonization and the Rise of the New Left in France, c.1950—1976 by Christoph Kalter. Joao Carvalho (IUL): The French Mainstream and the Front National's Electoral Fortune. The death of the elephants: With this year's elections, French politics has become less predictable than at any time since the founding of the Fifth Republic.
Nicholas R. Parrillo (Yale): The Endgame of Administrative Law: Governmental Disobedience and the Judicial Contempt Power ("If the judge concludes that the agency has delayed too long and demanded too much, is there anything she can do, at long last, to make the agency comply? This Article provides the first general assessment of how federal courts handle the federal government's disobedience"). "An epic confrontation": Has travel ban put White House and courts at odds? Trump says judge and U.S. Court System deserve blame "if something happens" as a result of blocked travel ban. Eric Posner on why Gorsuch must condemn Trump's attack on a judge (and more).
Fear, American style: Trump doesn't need to subvert American institutions to achieve his goals, because they are already powerful tools of oppression. Karen Tumulty and David Nakamura on Trump's rallying cry: Fear itself. Trump: I'm president, so no more protest or media accountability. John Yoo on executive power run amok: Even those of us who support a strong president are concerned. Paul Gowder on the Trump threat to the rule of law and the constitution. Trump is a perfect Schmittian: Mark Koyama on the fragility of the rule of law in Trump's America. From Carl Schmitt to Mike Anton: Steve Bannon isn't the only shadowy far-right figure in the White House.
If there is a political vision underlying Trumpism, the person to ask is not Trump — it's his eminence grise, Stephen K. Bannon. "humbly requesting that someone on Twitter write the very good, very terrifying piece on Bannon vis-a-vis Carl Schmitt". Steve Bannon described U.S. Jews as "enablers" of jihad. "It will be called Americanism": Sarah Churchwell on the US writers who imagined a fascist future.
From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on Effective Altruism, ed. William MacAskill and Jeff Johnson. Leah M. Litman (UC-Irvine): Judge Gorsuch and Johnson Resentencing (This is Not a Joke). Amy Knight on Putin's intelligence crisis. Republicans back off bill to sell 3.3m acres of public land after outcry. Donald Trump White House dress code policy? Female staffers must "dress like women", president says. "Monthly cost of: Guarding Trump Tower: $30 million Section 8 for all 15,856 homeless NYC families: $28 million" Scott McLemee reviews Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories by Rob Brotherton. Bibliomania: Lorraine Berry on the strange history of compulsive book buying.
Matthew La Corte on how Trump's election already pushing immigrants to work and study elsewhere. Trump's election doesn't mean Americans are more opposed to immigration. Post-election, liberals invoke states' rights: In response to Trump's hostility toward immigrants, political leaders in New York and California vow to protect their most vulnerable. Not just "bad hombres": Trump is targeting up to 8 million people for deportation. Donald Trump's looming mass criminalization: The only way to quickly deport 3 million immigrants is to first make them into criminals. Yes, Trump will build his border wall — most of it is already built. Trump's wall is about rage, not immigration.
Danny Vink on the little-noticed bombshell in Trump's immigration order. Francis Wilkinson on the coming immigration clash. Alan Levinovitz on the myth that Christianity provides ethical guidance. Presumed terrorists: Rafia Zakaria on Pakistan and the Muslim ban. On becoming the enemy: A family of Jewish refugees remembers Berlin before the war.
Trump and staff rethink tactics after stumbles. Case study in chaos: How management experts grade a Trump White House. Ryan Lizza on Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus's war for the White House. Trump missing top lieutenants across federal government: The work at some agencies has slowed because of the lack of deputies. "Let the leaking begin": Longtime NASA watchdog welcomes new rogue-agency tweeters. Thread: "You really can't overstate how institutionally weak Trump is right now". Donald Trump is about to find out you can't run government like a business (and more). Businesses grow concerned about Trump after early excitement. Trump announces plan to Let Wall Street Scam America Again (and more and more)
Now it's the Republicans who are facing angry Obamacare town halls. Why Republican efforts to "repair" Obamacare are doomed to fail. Princeton, Harvard, and dozens of other top American colleges delivered Trump a searing letter accusing him of "staining the country's reputation". In Trumpistan, things fall apart: Even after winning the presidency, Trump can't capture the love and adulation he craves above all else. Michael Specter on the deep denialism of Donald Trump. Charles Sykes on why nobody cares the president is lying. Nate Silver on 14 versions of Trump's presidency, from #MAGA to impeachment. Kevin Baker on the politicization of everything: Is no part of American life safe from politics in the Age of Trump?
Trump's comparing US to Putin's Russia draws bipartisan backlash. "One day, every Republican will have to face the utter shame of their silence in the face of Trump's outrages against decency and competence".
Howard Stern: Trump wants to be loved, presidency will be "detrimental" to his mental health. "Up is down": Trump's unreality show echoes his business past. Sean Illing interviews Matt Taibbi, author of Insane Clown President: Dispatches From the 2016 Circus, on Donald Trump's strange appeal: "He's what a lot of Americans would be if they had a billion dollars". Conservatives are losing their base to Trump. Trump already has socked away more than $7 million for his 2020 reelection. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee agenda for the next two years includes no planned inquiries into the Trump organization's global entanglements and the potential for conflicts of interest.
After 2 weeks, voters yearn for Obama: Less than 2 weeks into Donald Trump's tenure as President, 40% of voters already want to impeach him. Eric Posner on the Nixon-Trump comparison: There is, of course, the psychological dimension, but the real connection goes deeper still. Distrust in Trump's White House spurs leaks, confusion: "Agency officials have been specifically directed to not tell others outside Trump world about their plans, people with knowledge of the conversations say". The anonymous pro-Trump "Decius" now works inside the White House: Michael Anton is a senior national-security official for President Trump (and more).
Are we really stuck with President Donald Trump? Rosa Brooks wonders. President Donald Trump's actions like a "military coup", says expert on fascism Ruth Ben-Ghiat. Erica Chenoweth on how it may only take 3.5% of the population to topple a dictator — with civil resistance. 48 hours of defiance: How President Trump unleashed a wave of dissent. Carlos Lozada reviews What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump's America, ed. Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians; and The Trump Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living Through What You Hoped Would Never Happen by Gene Stone. Liberals on the edge of a nervous breakdown: Dissecting the latest viral Trump conspiracy theories.
Evan McMullin is trying to save democracy: The former C.I.A. operative and failed Presidential candidate has become an unlikely civic superego for the age of Trump. Democracy is holding up, for now: Despite Trump's blatant assaults on American ideals, our institutions and people are refusing to give in without a fight.
W. Bradley Wendel (Cornell): Government Lawyers in the Trump Administration. What does Donald Trump need for a successful presidency? Bureaucrats. First, destroy the federal workforce, then rule like an autocrat: The bureaucracy is one of the last things standing in Donald Trump's way. Trump's enemies within: The president has awakened the slumbering beast that felled presidents before him — the federal bureaucracy. Resistance from within: Federal workers push back against Trump. Fog over Foggy Bottom: The foreign policy establishment challenges Trump. The nervous civil servant's guide to defying an illegal order: The law's on your side — but you should give a lawyer a call before you say no to Donald Trump.