Aziz Z. Huq (Chicago): Separation of Powers Metatheory. Kidnapped as schoolgirls by Boko Haram: Here they are now. Farmers’ anger at Trump tariffs puts Republican candidates in a bind. Michael Ignatieff, president and rector of CEU, writes an open letter regarding “Soros mercenaries” at CEU. Catalonia is just the most recent referendum on sovereignty — why are they proliferating? “The genius to glue them together”: Cynthia Haven on Rene Girard and his ideas. The class system: The best thing about purchasing luxury air travel is the sensation of knowing you’ve purchased it. Hype for the best: Samuel Moyn reviews Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker. You can download Karl Popper, Science and Enlightenment by Nicholas Maxwell.

Carlos Lozada reviews A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James B. Comey. Comey talks Trump-Russia “pee tape” allegation (“The Pee Tape Is Real”). Why James Comey isn’t the hero you think he is. James Comey is no hero: The former FBI director has a low opinion of the president who fired him, but his disregard for Justice Department rules helped put Trump in the White House to begin with. James Comey is no hero: The ex-FBI director is a self-reverential careerist who should be marked lousy by history.