Why Hurricane Maria is such a nightmare for Puerto Rico. Hurricane pushes long-suffering Puerto Rico to the edge: Many believe Congress shares some of the responsibility for the economic crisis. Facing months in the dark, ordinary life in Puerto Rico is “beyond reach”. With power out and cell service down, Puerto Ricans work to connect each other in Maria’s wake. Maria took a Puerto Rican radio station’s roof — but the hosts stayed on air anyway. Arecibo telescope damaged after Hurricane Maria slams Puerto Rico. What now for Puerto Rico? Puerto Rico faces mountain of obstacles on the road to recovery.

Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico. “If anyone can hear us, help”: Puerto Rico’s mayors describe widespread devastation from Hurricane Maria. How to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Andrew M. Lindner and Ziggy Schulting (Skidmore): How Movies with a Female Presence Fare With Critics. German election: Merkel wins fourth term but far-right AfD surges to third. Morgan L. Kaplan and Ramzy Mardini on 5 things to know about the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan (and more). Chelsea Manning and America’s trans prisoners: Timothy Stewart-Winter on what an activist might have taught at Harvard. Henry Farrell on Chelsea Manning and Harvard. Thread: “Nationalizing Equifax is interesting, but it doesn't address the problem and it potentially introduces new ones”. Facebook’s ad scandal isn’t a “fail”, it’s a feature. Bloodstained ice axe used to kill Trotsky emerges after decades in the shadows.

Presidencies sometimes change course — Trump’s hasn’t so far. There is no Trump pivot, and there never will be: Boy, the “new Trump” sure disappeared fast. Jay Rosen on normalizing Trump: An incredibly brief explainer. Is Trump mentally ill, or is America? Carlos Lozada reviews The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President, ed. Bandy X. Lee (and more); Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump by Allen Frances, and Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen. What makes Trump so dangerous?

The personal is the geopolitical: The mix of intense insecurity couple with a need for dominance and aggression is too central to Trump’s own personality not to be the driver of this vision of the world and America’s role in it. Dave Zirin on the fragile, toxic masculinity of Donald Trump. The President of the United States is regularly manipulated by Twitter bots: Fake accounts and trolls pose a bigger threat than you might think. Why Donald Trump’s tweets are only going to get worse. The loneliest president: He’s increasingly isolated in the White House, but for Donald Trump, being alone is not a liability — it’s where he’s most comfortable.

The awakening of Colin Kaepernick: In college, Kaepernick began a journey that led him to his position as one of the most prominent, if divisive, social activists in sports. John Feinstein on the NFL cowards who aren’t signing Colin Kaepernick. Stop pretending there are legitimate reasons NFL teams aren’t signing Colin Kaepernick. Why Colin Kaepernick isn’t working: Claire Potter on football’s sketchy labor history (and more). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don’t tell Colin Kaepernick to “stick to sports”. How Colin Kaepernick became a cause for activists, civil rights groups and others. Colin Kaepernick vs. Tim Tebow: A tale of two Christians on their knees.

NFL players reject Trump’s intimidation tactics, expand anthem protest. David Remnick on the racial demagoguery of Trump’s assaults on Colin Kaepernick and Steph Curry. Sally Jenkins on what President Trump doesn’t get about the NFL. How Trump bungled the politics of football. Will Hobson on Donald Trump’s long, stormy and unrequited romance with the NFL. Watch the stunning contrast between how Trump and Obama talk about Colin Kaepernick. Real patriotism, Mr. Trump, isn’t how you treat a flag — it’s how you treat Americans. “How is there literally a tweet for everything”. “A Tweet for everything, part 120,876”.

Donald Trump’s allies join his crusade against the NFL. “How dare the guy I supported after he pissed on women, immigrants, and Muslims for a year straight do the same to my people?” Life in the NFL has always been harder for outspoken liberals: The league’s conservative culture has long sparked blowback against them. How ESPN became a conservative cause: Conservative media has seen ESPN’s business problems through the prism of politics — but the network’s struggles are much more straightforward.

Here’s why you should pay attention to this weekend’s German election. The German elections are not boring — they are troubling. Merkel’s legacy: As Germany prepares to head to the polls, the chancellor’s exhausted, Europe’s in shambles, and a neo-Nazi party is on the rise. These young German voters explain why Angela Merkel is on course for a fourth term as chancellor. The Angela Merkel model — or how to succeed in German politics. The German Left is its own worst enemy: Could Germany’s left-wing parties unseat Angela Merkel in Sunday’s election? In Germany, immigrants are becoming a serious political force. German elections could bring a new wave of extremism. There is meddling in Germany's election — not by Russia, but by U.S. right wing. Trump boosting Merkel’s re-election campaign because he’s so unpopular in Germany.

Facebook and Twitter bots are starting to influence our politics, a new study warns. Are tech companies lazy, incompetent, or greedy? Facebook’s war against fake news isn’t working. Mark Zuckerberg’s fake news problem isn’t going away. Facebook is broken: The problem is this — Facebook has become a feedback loop which can and does, despite its best intentions, become a vicious spiral. Brian Stelter on why it’s so hard to trust Facebook. Facebook’s harm is taking life out of context: Tyler Cowen on what once seemed like a social problem is becoming a civic one as well. Facebook faces a new world as officials rein in a wild web.

Asha Rangappa on how Facebook changed the spy game. Election interference is what Facebook is built for. Facebook wins, democracy loses: Healthy democracies have transparency in political advertising — that doesn’t matter to Facebook. Are we missing a big part of the Facebook story? Meet Ann M. Ravel, the woman who warned about Russian election meddling years ago — and got death threats. What the Facebook search warrant means for Mueller’s Russia probe. Facebook hands over data to Congress and promises better disclosure on political ads.

Djamila Tais Ribeiro dos Santos (Unifesp): Black Feminism for a New Civilizatory Framework. Peter Baumann (Swarthmore) and Gisela Cramer (UNAL): Power, Soft or Deep? An Attempt at Constructive Criticism. A controversial article praises colonialism — but colonialism’s real legacy was ugly. Third World Quarterly row: Why some western intellectuals are trying to debrutalise colonialism. Betsy Rader: “I was born in poverty in Appalachia. Hillbilly Elegy doesn’t speak for me”. How Republicans are trying to pass the buck on health care. Given what we know now, some of the Steele dossier’s claims aren’t so crazy. Karen L. Cox on why historians need to use their power now.

Equifax was always dirty, it bills the US government for millions, and was repeatedly hacked. Josh Marshall on the real problem with Equifax. Why didn’t Equifax protect your data? Because corporations have all the power. Why don’t normal liability rules put Equifax out of business? Get rid of Equifax: The government can take over — why should private companies make money on our credit reports?

Allen R. Kamp (John Marshall): The English Legacy of the Second Amendment: History and Myth. Robert J. Cottrol (George Washington) and George A. Mocsary (Southern Illinois): Guns, Bird Feathers, and Overcriminalization: Why Courts Should Take the Second Amendment Seriously. Navid Khazanei (CUNY) and Max J Andrucki (Temple): First Amendment Homesickness, Second Amendment Homecoming: Hannah Arendt and 501(c) Militias. William D. Araiza (Brooklyn): Arming the Second Amendment — and Enforcing the Fourteenth. Cody James Jacobs (Chicago-Kent): The Second Amendment and Private Law. Areto A. Imoukhuede (Nova Southeastern): Gun Rights and the New Lochnerism.

Donald Trump’s foreign policy doctrine makes no sense: His rambling, incoherent speech to the U.N. General Assembly was proof that the president only has one audience in mind — and it isn’t a global one. Did Trump just do “Rocket Man” a favor? Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea — experts explain how worrisome that is. Trump’s eagerness to provoke North Korea could lead to disaster. What the heck is happening with North Korea? Two people who actually know are as scared of Trump as of Kim Jong Un. Trump signs new North Korea sanctions with goal of “complete denuclearization”.

Joseph E. Stiglitz (Columbia): The Welfare State in the Twenty First Century. Susannah Camic Tahk (Wisconsin): The New Welfare Rights. Warfare helps explain why American welfare is different. Can religious charities take the place of the welfare state? For Trump and G.O.P., the welfare state shouldn’t be the enemy. Supply-side economics, but for liberals: A growing body of research suggests some social welfare policies can be good for growth. Matt Bruenig on why the welfare state should be more than just a safety net. Tara Golshan on the return of welfare reform. The introduction to Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America by Julilly Kohler-Hausmann.

Will Wilkinson on Trump’s white identity politics and the conservative “welfare” bait and switch. In former coal country, the working poor show open contempt for neighbors who seek handouts. Thread: “The belief that black ppl are moochers and that govt benefits = racial redistribution is irrevocably embedded in some Americans’ worldview”. The biggest beneficiaries of the government safety net: Working-class whites. How neoliberals and conservatives came together to undo the welfare state: An excerpt from Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism by Melinda Cooper.