“Red” America is an illusion: Jonathan Rodden on how postindustrial towns go for Democrats; and this is why Democrats lose in “rural” postindustrial America. “Hillbilly Elegy” made J.D. Vance the voice of the Rust Belt — but does he want that job? The places in America most exposed to a trade war: Export-related jobs are everywhere, which means many of America’s cities have a lot to gain — and a lot to lose. Who benefits from Bannon’s economic nationalism? Daniel Drezner on the minimum winning coalition of Donald Trump's foreign economic policy. Rick Perlstein: “I asked my student why he voted for Trump. The answer was thoughtful, smart, and terrifying”. Trump is already betraying the white working class.

Thomas Edsall on the peculiar populism of Donald Trump: All wars have unintended consequences, including culture wars (and a response). Trump inflicts pain with purpose: The president is not the champion of the denizens of the “real America” — he is their avenger. “I’ve arrived at the conclusion that by and large Trump supporter don’t really give a shit about what he does. The whole thing runs on spite”. Journalists need to stop giving bigoted Trump supporters a free pass.

Trump's 1990 Playboy interview perfectly lays out his view of the world. A conspiracy theory-spreading website now has a seat in the White House briefing room. The Infowars President: Many of Trump’s strangest claims began with America’s foremost conspiracy theorist. Kelly Field on what reality TV taught Trump, according to professors who study it. The kind of comedy that can hurt Trump: Ian Crouch on responses to Donald Trump from comedians, including Aziz Ansari and Tim Heidecker. Comedy won’t defeat Trump, but that’s not the point: Jokes helped him win the presidency — they will help his opponents survive it.

Donald Trump was asked a question about anti-Semitism — his answer was about the electoral college. In his comments, President Trump seemed to give up on the idea that there is such a thing as wrongdoing at all — compared to that nihilism, hypocrisy is a vice well worth preserving. Stupidcrazyevil: Suppose someone says something that is obviously and non-controversially false, this is pointed out to him, he then keeps repeating it anyway — what explains Trump’s persistence? An eminent psychiatrist demurs on Trump’s mental state: “The antidote to a dystopic Trumpean dark age is political, not psychological”.

Rafael Di Tella and Alejandro Lagomarsino (Harvard) and Juan Dubra (Montevideo): Meet the Oligarchs: Business Legitimacy, State Capacity and Taxation. Carola Frydman (BU) and Dimitris Papanikolaou (Northwestern): In Search of Ideas: Technological Innovation and Executive Pay Inequality. How the Twinkie made the superrich even richer: Behind the financial maneuvering at Hostess, an investigation finds a blueprint for how private equity executives have amassed some of the greatest fortunes of the modern era. Corporate executives are making way more money than anybody reports. Why C.E.O.s are getting fired more: Companies treat — and pay — top executives as if they were all-powerful — so when things go bad the boss is shown the door.

Business leaders and the mixed feelings they inspire: The combination of suspicion and reverence that people feel toward the financially successful isn’t unique to the modern era, but reflects a deep ambivalence that goes back to the Roman empire.

Donald J. Kochan (Chapman): The Symbiosis of Pride and Property. Will the French presidential race be a replay of the U.S. election? French presidential hopeful Macron the “target of Russian fake news attacks”. Russians fear that moment to come in from the cold has been lost: Moscow concerned backlash over Flynn ties will end opening for rapprochement. The Trump administration wants Europe to pay more to defend itself — it’s not that easy. US allies in Europe have literally no idea what’s going on with the Trump administration. For so many Americans, Obamacare offered career freedom — a repeal could take that away (and more). Willpower is a dangerous, old idea that needs to be scrapped.

Moises Naim on how democracies lose in cyberwar: In 2016, Russia used the American system against itself. Terrell Jermaine Starr on a brief history of Russian fuckery. Zack Beauchamp on the 3 Trump-Russia scandals, explained. Flynn resignation shows leaks under Trump are working — keep ‘em coming. Trump is showing how the Deep State really works: America's intelligence agencies aren’t operating outside the law — they’re using the vast power they’ve acquired within it. “He will die in jail”: Intelligence community ready to “go nuclear” on Trump, senior source says. Trump’s Republican support is cracking as momentum grows for independent investigation.

Donald Trump is on the ropes: A barrage of damning leaks is making the president look weaker every day. Donald Trump is suddenly looking like a very weak autocrat.

Rebecca E. Zietlow (Toledo): The Constitutional Right to Organize. Kate Andrias (Michigan): The New Labor Law. The perils of a partisan NLRB: Although recent decisions are worth celebrating, our labor rights are far too dependent on the political affiliation of National Labor Relations Board appointees — how did it come to this? The phantom limb: Why it matters that the United States has no labor party. Labor after Bernie: An organizer with Labor for Bernie argues that the gains won within the Democratic Party must be defended and expanded. Elena Nikolova on how democracy weakens when workers have less power. Realistically, there is only one way out of our predicament: Organize or die. “Alt-labor” reorganizes politics in the age of Trump.

Veterans of Obama’s Labor Department look ahead in anguish: The Department of Labor was the regulatory hub for advancing Obama’s second-term agenda — Trump endangers all of that (and more and more and more). Why the Puzder nomination fell apart: The fast-food mogul faced opposition from both liberal and conservative groups, though for different reasons.

Binneh S. Minteh (Rutgers): The European Migration Crisis (2011-2015): A Crisis of Failed and Fragile States. Mario Savino (Tuscia): The Right to Stay as a Fundamental Freedom? The Demise of Automatic Expulsion in Europe. Merlin Schaeffer (Cologne): Status Aspirations, Anti-Discrimination Policy and Perceived Discrimination: Comparing the “Integration Paradox” Among Classical European Immigration Countries. Africa's population boom fuels “unstoppable” migration to Europe. Celine Cantat (CEU): The Ideology of Europeanism and Europe’s Migrant Other. Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati (UCD) and Indra De Soysa (NTNU): “Welfare Chauvinism” vs. “Race to the Bottom”: Immigration and Electoral Support for Populist Right in Industrial Democracies, 1990-2009.

The “(anti)virus” in Europe: Chloe Haralambous on conjuring “refugees” and “migrants”. Emmanuel Blanchard on Europe united against refugees. Opening doors: Sophie Weiner on how activists in Exarchia built a center to aid refugees. You can download The Integration of Migrants and Refugees: An EUI Forum on Migration, Citizenship and Demography, ed. Rainer Baubock and Milena Tripkovic.