Kweku Opoku-Agyemang (UC-Berkeley): Narcissism Over Ideology: Revealed versus Stated Terrorist Preferences. Simon Mabon (Lancaster): The Apocalyptic and the Sectarian: Identity, “Bare Life” and the Rise of Da’ish. Sabri Ciftci, Becky J. O'Donnell, and Allison Tanner (Kansas State): Who Favors Al-Qaeda? Anti-Americanism, Religious Outlooks, and Support for Terrorist Organizations. Barak Mendelsohn (Haverford): Terrorism and Protean Power: How Terrorists Navigate Uncertainty. Samuel Plapinger and Philip B.K. Potter (Virginia): Balancing the Books: How Militant Organizations Compensate for Weaknesses with Alliances. Georg Meggle reviews Terrorism Unjustified: The Use and Misuse of Political Violence by Vicente Medina.

Simon During (Queensland): The Eighteenth-Century Origins of Critique. Sverre Raffnsoe (CBS): What is Critique? Critical Turns in the Age of Criticism. From Constellations, Frieder Vogelmann (Bremen): Measuring, Disrupting, Emancipating: Three Pictures of Critique. Leonie Ansems De Vries (King’s), Lara Montesinos Coleman (Sussex), Doerthe Rosenow (Oxford Brookes), Martina Tazzioli (Swansea) and Rolando Vazquez (UCR): Fracturing Politics (or, How to Avoid the Tacit Reproduction of Modern/Colonial Ontologies in Critical Thought). Alexander R. Galloway interview McKenzie Wark, author of The Beach Beneath the Street, The Spectacle of Disintegration, and Molecular Red.

President Trump’s quiet bid to kill President Obama’s legacy: Trump is a prolific user of an obscure 20-year-old law to overturn protections put in place by his predecessor. Trump isn’t a do-nothing president: He’s done a lot of undoing. George Will on the “Oh, never mind” president. What happens if the president doesn’t matter? Trump realizes being president is hard. How Trump succeeds without succeeding: He has made a career of convincing people that his failures were the exact opposite — can he pull it off again? Maggie Haberman on Trump White House’s loneliness, leakiness. “Everyone tunes in”: Ashley Parker and Robert Costa go inside Trump’s obsession with cable TV.

Why Trump likes his freewheeling Oval Office schedule: The loose set-up allows friends and unofficial advisers to whisper in the president’s ear on policy issues. Personnel is policy: Timothy Taylor on presidential appointments. Remember those temporary officials Trump quietly installed? Some are now permanent employees. With 85% of Trump’s top roles unfilled, who’s running the government? “Trump tweeted about Benghazi 67 different times. But he hasn’t even nominated anyone for State Dept job of Asst Sec. for Diplomatic Security”. Nothing’s happening: There’s no news right now because Trump doesn’t actually do anything.

The White House seems excited to shut down the government. Trump has big demands and no leverage in the government-shutdown fight. When Donald Trump needs a win, America loses: His ego is driving life-and-death decisions; the results could be disastrous. Trump’s ego could cause a government shutdown. Nixon had his “madman theory”, Trump is just a madman: Nixon was smart and calculating; Trump is just ignorant and incompetent. At Yale, psychiatrists cite their “duty to warn” about an unfit president. Hillary was right: Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president.

Maggie Hennefeld (Minnesota): Toward a Feminist Politics of Comedy and History. Lukas Kantor (Charles): Bilderberg Group and Transnational Capitalist Class: Recent Trends in Global Elite Club as Vindication of neo-Marxism. William Gochberg reviews Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World by Leif Wenar. Stupid, brutal world: The desensitization industry strikes again. Donald Trump’s Earth Day statement is shameful. Neil Gorsuch’s very first decision on the Supreme Court was to let a man be killed. How can we accept the transgendered but not the transracial? Joseph Heath wants to know. Sean Illing interviews Martha Nussbaum on key intellectual influences and the importance of contrary opinions.

France’s historic presidential election results, explained: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron come out on top. Macron won, but France’s austerity centrism is still in big trouble. Valerie Igounet and Vincent Jarousseau on France’s Front National in power. The meaning of France Insoumise: Even in defeat, the movement around Melenchon offers new possibilities for the French Left. What happens next in France will determine the level of bigotry Europe is willing to tolerate: “If Le Pen wins, she will divide the country, Europe and probably the world”. We should remember that the President of the United States is supporting the hyper-nationalist, far-right anti-semitic candidate, Marine Le Pen.

How to catch a hacker: Russia’s cyberwarfare operations are built on the back of their cybercriminal networks — can the US and its allies take them down? Trump blows his deadline on anti-hacking plan: He pledged in January to quickly develop a program for countering hackers, but no one seems to know who’s in charge of developing it or where it is. Let’s talk about bubbles and James Comey. As the F.B.I. investigated Hillary Clinton and the Trump campaign, James B. Comey tried to keep the bureau out of politics but plunged it into the center of a bitter election. Obama rejected Comey op-ed on Russian interference.

Report: Former staffer confirms Jason Chaffetz is under FBI investigation. Jason Chaffetz is fleeing scandal — but maybe not his own. It looks like House Democrats just won a big victory in the Trump-Russia investigation. It’s not “McCarthyism” to demand answers on Trump, Russia, and the election: Katha Pollitt on how using the language of the anticommunist witch hunt for this moment is a mistake.

Richard J. Pierce (GWU): The Effects of President Trump’s Reversal of President Obama’s Climate Policies are Greatly Exaggerated. The little-known federal agency with the power to buck Trump’s anti-climate agenda. How carbon capture could become a rare bright spot on climate policy in the Trump era. How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism: The deep roots of conservative opposition to the environmental state, explained. George W. Bush’s presidency was a worst-case scenario for environmentalists — then came Trump. The planet can’t stand this presidency: Trump is in charge at a critical moment for keeping climate change in check — we may never recover.

Michael Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate change.