Trump’s lies about voter fraud are already leading to new GOP voter-suppression efforts: Republicans are rushing to make it harder to vote in states like Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. In the battle over voting rights, what happens next? Court challenges to redistricting in North Carolina and Wisconsin could bring national changes in elections. When will progressives make democracy reform a top priority? Daniel Nichanian on the voting rights manifesto: A state-by-state plan to defend democracy. The virtue of an educated voter: The Founders believed that a well-informed electorate preserves our fragile democracy and benefits American society as a whole.

Democrats at crossroads: Win back working-class whites, or let them go? Power and persuasion: Bernie Sanders’s nationally televised town hall spotlighted the type of politics we need to beat Trump. Democrats should stop talking about bipartisanship and start fighting. Libertarians emerging as Trump resistance: As some Never Trumpers go dark, libertarians have taken up the cause. “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda”: Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen (and more).


Timothy K. Kuhner (Georgia State): Plutocracy and Partyocracy: Oligarchies Born of Constitutional Interpretation. Republicans are planning to use the budget process to remake Washington early next year — why doesn't Trump even have a budget director? McConnell says no to infrastructure spending as a priority. Donald Trump's fiscal stimulus probably won't work: This was the right recipe for 2013 but it's too late now. What the markets expect from President Trump: Trump's America will be a great place for banks and for-profit colleges — but not for hospitals — according to the Wall Street hive mind. Larry Summers on how Trump's tax plans favour the rich and will hamper economic growth.

Isn't it funny how the same investment firm always shows up at the White House? Goldman Sachs turns up in the upper economic policy reaches of White House after White House because America has ossified into a moneyed oligarchy. Trump's 17 cabinet-level picks have more money than a third of American households combined. Alex Cuadros on the other Buffet rule: Or why better billionaires will never save us.


Colleen Murphy (Illinois): Transitional Justice: A Conceptual Map. Norman L. Cantor (Rutgers): Honing the Emerging Right to Stop Eating and Drinking. From the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, in the nuclear order, what role for China? Anya Kamenetz interviews Andrew Hacker, author of The Math Myth and Other STEM Delusions. A brief reminder that paternal leave is the last bastion of the patriarchy: Time off cuts both ways. North Carolina Republicans’ legislative coup is an attack on democracy. Sarah Kendzior on Donald Trump, Russia, and the mystery of “these people”. Silicon Valley has already created a Muslim registry. Jack Balkin on why it's so difficult to get the Electoral College to Dump Trump.

Trump Grill could be the worst restaurant in America — and it reveals everything you need to know about our next president. To Trump, a very smart person, the darn media keeps getting it all wrong, especially that “no talent” Graydon Carter. What on earth is Trump doing between tweets? He consistently takes five-minute pauses to complete a thought.


In new @YouGovUS poll, Republican voters view Vladimir Putin more favorably than any Democrat leader in the poll. Trump’s war on the CIA has deep, right-wing roots: His anti-professionalism is part of a long populist tradition in America — and it could cripple his presidency. An intellectual history of Trumpism: Trump’s ideology has deep roots in U.S. history — but this is the first time it’s made it to the White House. Will Trump take a honey badger approach to Congress? Why conservatives were wrong about why Republicans like Trump: Authoritarianism in service of plutocracy turns out to be an attractive combination for the Grand Old Party. Here’s how we’ll know if Trump engages in secret surveillance.

Quinta Jurecic on Donald Trump’s state of exception: “So maybe Trump is just a bullshitter, rather than a Schmittian bullshitter. In this scenario, we may be headed for something much closer to a Berlusconi than a Putin: four to eight years of cheerful vulgarity and the degradation of political norms in the service of grift, but not a wholesale attack on the rule of law as such”.


How do you solve a problem like Pizzagate? Plato predicted “Pizzagate” (or rather, fake news more generally). Most Americans say fake news causes “a great deal” of confusion about current events. Nearly a quarter of Americans say they have shared fake political news. Facebook mounts effort to limit tide of fake news (and more and more). Conservatives react with skepticism and alarm to Facebook's war on “fake news”. Fake news is a convenient scapegoat, but the big 2016 problem was the real news: You can’t blame Macedonian teens for disastrously email-centric coverage. Trump, aided by fake news, wages a war on science and your children’s future.


From Slate, Andrew Gelman on 19 lessons for political scientists from the 2016 election: The ground game is overrated, the parties don’t decide (and neither do sharks), and other things we’ll need to rethink going forward. Women Also Know Stuff about the 2016 election. After 2016, can we ever trust the polls again? The tainted election: Paul Krugman on coming to grips with illegitimacy. The year in faux protests: Donald Trump should have spurred liberals to fight — instead, they bought a lot of swag. How Democrats can bridge identity politics and economic populism: Some on the left are touting "the Bobby Kennedy coalition" as a model of multicultural working class politics.

American radicals and the change we could believe in: The Obama era reminded us all that popular movements play an essential role as catalysts for political action. Barack Obama’s America is still the future.


Big Republican donors are even more extreme than their party — and they drive its agenda. Donald Trump’s proposed cabinet is very white, and very male. Issues where Trump’s cabinet picks and most Americans differ. Trump and the anti-establishment fantasy: Rafael Khachaturian on the balance of power in the new Trump administration. “If anything, transition officials say, Trump seems to be relishing the idea of presiding over a divided administration”. The key to Trump is reading him like a celebrity: Analyze Trump as a politician and you’ll only end up confused — study him like a celebrity, however, and every baffling action makes sense. Did America just elect Baron Munchausen? Tobias Carroll on the appeal of fantasists, storytellers, and liars. Trump attacked this union leader on Twitter — then the real fight began. Trump’s witch hunts are having a huge chilling effect: His intimidation of journalists, civil servants, and businesses is already doing incalculable harm to the public interest.


Tarun Goyal and Yannick Ouardi (FAU) and Lorenz Graf-Vlachy and Andreas Koenig (Passau): Political Ideology as a Predictor of Online Consumer Review Characteristics. From NYRB, a review essay on the Rockefeller Family Fund vs. Exxon by David Kaiser and Lee Wasserman (and part 2). The mystery of Rudy Giuliani’s moral decline isn’t such a mystery at all. The General Services Administration warns Trump he must give up DC hotel before inauguration. A Cassandra in Trumpland: Omaoir Ahmad reviews The View From Flyover Country by Sarah Kendzior. “It’s almost impressive the lengths these two narcissistic idiots are going to promote a fake friendship. Almost”. Jia Tolentino on the worst year ever, until next year.


From the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Ben Buchanan and Michael Sulmeyer on Russia and Cyber Operations: Challenges and Opportunities for the Next U.S. Administration. Russian spies adopt new tactics to battle old enemy: Hacking during US presidential campaign marks escalation of cold war-style espionage. Putin had a motive for helping put Trump in the White House. U.S. officials: Putin personally involved in U.S. election hack. Trump is assembling an anti-government — did Russia help get him here? Trump’s men in Moscow: Trump disciples suddenly showing up in Russia.

At this point, you need to be willfully blind to pretend this was anything other than what it was: A ratfucking operation on an epic scale aimed squarely at Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party — and while it was happening, Republicans were happy to play along. With a -10 net favorability among GOP members, the Russian president is far better liked by them than either Hillary Clinton (-77) or Barack Obama (-64). The specifics of how Congress “investigates” Russian hacking will make a huge difference.

President-elect Donald Trump's ongoing feud with U.S. intelligence agencies over alleged hacking by Russia is unnerving outside national security experts. Trump maintains “insanely dangerous” feud with intelligence agencies. Former defense secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta: Trump responsible if U.S. attacked while he skips intel briefings.


Why the Christian Right shares Trump’s affection for Putin. Ishaan Tharoor on Putin, Trump and the West’s new ideological alliance. “A model for civilization”: Putin's Russia has emerged as “a beacon for nationalists” and the American alt-Right. Trump's newest senior adviser seen as a white nationalist ally: Stephen Miller drew praise from a top white nationalist, who hopes he'll “do good things for white America”. An alt-Right makeover shrouds the swastikas: A movement of many factions is trying to change its image now that its profile has risen, but its message — one of racial separation and supremacy — is unchanged. Donna Zuckerberg on putting the “neo” back in “neo-Nazi”. Michael Kinsley on how Donald Trump is actually a fascist.

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