Donald Trump’s anything-goes campaign sets an alarming political precedent. What does Trump need to do to lose this election? If you want Donald Trump’s tax returns, start asking now and don’t stop. Pepe the Frog: With eight weeks to go until the election, this is what Donald Trump Jr. has been “honored” to send out. A lot of Donald Trump Jr.’s trail missteps seem to involve white nationalists and Nazis. Divide and conquer: How professional sports and stand-up comedy taught Trump to profit from racial stereotypes. Birther Nation, alive and well: Whatever Trump said, his supporters know he’s privately agreed with them all along. Judd Legum on 7 questions Donald Trump needs to answer about birtherism. Donald Trump is a racist conspiracy theorist — don’t let him lie his way out of it. Nathan McDermott on 16 other conspiracy theories Donald Trump has pushed.

“You can dislike Dowd, CNN or Gates and still acknowledge this is insane behavior for a person running for President”. Karen Tumulty on how Trump is never wrong, never sorry, never responsible. It would be nice to be able to assume that the election will be decided on the respective qualifications of the contenders for the job; that just might be too much to hope for. Why are there any liberals supporting Gary Johnson? Bernie Sanders: “This is not the time for a protest vote”. Al Gore: If you care about the climate crisis, don’t vote for a third party. Jesse Singal on how Internet trolls won the 2016 presidential election. Did Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History come close to predicting Trump’s rise?

Stop whining about “false balance”: Everyone wants to blame reporters for the rise of Donald Trump — how about the media consumer? An exchange between Chris Cillizza and Norm Ornstein on how the media is covering the 2016 campaign. The press keeps punishing Clinton over disclosures — while Trump makes none. Adele M. Stan on the normalization of evil in American politics: The racist, misogynist, authoritarian strain has always been there, but Trump’s candidacy has brought it into the mainstream — and media have helped. Reporters know they are being conned by Donald Trump, but not what to do about it. It’s time for TV news to stop playing the stooge for Donald Trump. It’s not too late for the media to fix its election coverage: A final plea for sanity in how we report on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Dan Gillmor on fighting politicians’ war on truth: U.S. journalists have an obligation to call out presidential candidates when they lie.

Roger D. Congleton (West Virginia): Gordon Tullock’s Implicit Analytical History of Government. Henry Farrell and Charles Glaser (GWU): The Role of Effects, Saliencies and Norms in U.S. Cyberwar Doctrine. Anne Helen Petersen on how the Dakota access pipeline protest is unprecedented — and 150 years in the making. Did you know we are having the largest prison strike in history? Probably not, because most of the media have ignored it. Hate crimes against American Muslims most since post-9/11 era. Rana Elmiron how Muslim women bear the brunt of Islamophobia — treated as both villains and victims. Trump VP Pence says he views Cheney as a role model. House Republicans go to bat for ExxonMobil. Margaret Gray on the dark side of local: There’s nothing ethical about “buying local” and supporting small farms when the workers on them are brutally exploited.

From Review 31, the critic as the intervening figure: Simon Grimble reviews Conflict in the Academy: A Study in the Sociology of Intellectuals by Marcus Morgan and Patrick Baert. Campuses cautiously train freshmen against subtle insults. Fancy dorms aren’t the main reason tuition is skyrocketing: By far the single biggest driver of rising tuitions for public colleges has been declining state funding for higher education. Laura McKenna on the ever-tightening job market for Ph.D.s. Noah Berlatsky on why most academics will always be bad writers: No one should be surprised if much scholarly writing continues to be mediocre and confused. Diana Moskovitz on why Title IX has failed everyone on campus rape. The untold story of Middle America’s regional universities: Alan Ruby sings the praises of the less-heralded face of US higher education. Jim Sleeper on political correctness and its real enemies.

What is a “serious academic”? Social-media critique provokes a backlash. Mark Oppenheimer on graduate students, the laborers of academia. Dancing with professors: Patricia Nelson Limerick on the trouble with academic prose. Danielle Allen on how tuition is now a useless concept in higher education. Colleges are defining “microaggressions” really broadly. Are PhD students irrational? We’re still wedded to the irrationality narrative we’ve unfoundedly ascribed to humanities PhDs. Christopher Schaberg is against careerism, for college. Scott McLemee reviews a scholarly article that examines how small but significant tweaks to an academic paper’s title can make it more likely to win attention. David Sarasohn on the Republican war on public universities. Should the PhD be saved? Stephen Milder reviews The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It by Leonard Cassuto.

Now that everybody knows how rubbish it is to be an adjunct, what happens next to the “professor” as a cultural figure? The artist, teacher, writer, and editor Dushko Petrovich is recalibrating our understanding of the adjunct professor into something closer to art. What’s the point of the PhD thesis? Doctoral courses are slowly being modernized — now the thesis and viva need to catch up. Aaron Hanlon on how to fix our toxic debate about political correctness on campus. Emma Pettit on how one professor will turn Wisconsin’s higher-ed philosophy into a seminar. Amid heightened interest, transgender studies weighs newfound influence. 2,000 spaces for 10,000 papers: Neil Sinhababu on why everything gets rejected and referees are exhausted. Why do so many people continue to pursue doctorates? Glenn C. Altschuler reviews Wisdom’s Workshop: The Rise of the Modern University by James Axtell.

From Times Higher Education, despite a long history of trailblazing female academics, Europe’s academy is making slow progress in promoting more women to senior roles. Why not a college degree in sports? The future of academic style: Kathleen Fitzpatrick on why citations still matter in the age of Google. Todd Gitlin writes an open letter to incoming students: Your guide to navigating the personal and political minefield of today’s hypersensitive college life.