Mad magazine gets a jump on the Jared Kushner news cycle: A most serendipitous August cover. Meet the real Jared Kushner: He’s a lot tougher than he looks. Jared Kushner and Donald Trump: Like father, like son-in-law. Poor, poor Michael “Lock Her Up” Flynn is being treated like a criminal. The sum total of everything that happened on this trip casts the entire Trump/Russia story in a decidedly more ominous light — and the light was already quite ominous. Trump’s obsession over Russia probe deepens. Elizabeth Drew on the presidency in peril. A constitutional puzzle: Can the president be indicted? Douglas B. McKechnie (USAF): @POTUS: Rethinking Presidential Immunity in the Time of Twitter. Impeachment talk is in the air: How many people have to die, resign, or go to jail before a good person is president?


The lesser part of valor: Preston Brooks, Greg Gianforte, and the American tradition of disguising cowardice as bravery. The reaction to Greg Gianforte’s attack on a reporter exposes America’s problem with macho talk. A journalist was body slammed, but some conservatives want the news media to apologize. Greg Gianforte proves Trump’s Fifth Avenue principle. Thread: “Gianforte and Hannity, in their different ways, show that Trumpist norms are infecting conservatism and the Republican Party”. Trump’s moral holiday: The permissiveness of Republican leaders who acquiesce to violence, collusion, and corruption is encouraging more of the same. Jennifer Rubin on a week that reveals how rotten today’s Republican Party is.

Some of the GOP’s institutions have more reason to be loyal to Trump than others. The Republicans broke American politics, and media elites are blind to it. Michael Gerson on how the conservative mind has become diseased. The gateway degenerate: Republicans sold their souls to this devil and now are forced to defend as right what they know full well is wrong. Donald Trump and the agony of H.R. McMaster: Will the President dump his second National Security Adviser? Thomas Ricks: General McMaster, step down — and let Trump be Trump. GOP: It’s time to get off the Trump train — you have nothing left to lose.

It’s time to get rid of Donald Trump: Donald Trump has transformed the United States into a laughing stock and he is a danger to the world — he must be removed from the White House before things get even worse. It may be time to disobey the commander in chief: With his assault on the rule of law, President Trump has undermined his legitimacy.


Helge Arsheim (Oslo): Religion and International Organizations. Somalis are fleeing famine — only to find death in a place of refuge. Don’t be duped or misled about the Venezuela protests — these 5 insights will help. Did the Turkish president’s security detail attack protesters in Washington? What the video shows. Lawfare isn’t the blog we deserve, but it is the one we need in Trump’s America. Sarah Herrington reviews May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion by Kassi Underwood. GDP is built on a great lie: Lorenzo Fioramonti on why GDP is such a dangerous number. Mount Everest’s Hillary Step has collapsed, mountaineer confirms. Trying not to drown in a flood of major breaking news.

Fareed Zakaria on how Saudi Arabia played Donald Trump. The pope and the pagan: Andrew Sullivan on the vast, empty, and dark space that lies between Donald Trump and anything resembling Christianity. Why Trump is a salesman with autocrats and a slumlord with allies. As G7 ends, it’s clear how world leaders are learning to handle Donald Trump.


From Congressional Research Service, a report on NATO funding and burdensharing. Steve Saideman on Trump’s unpopularity and what it means for NATO. Trump confirms Europe’s worst fears: Worried continental leaders discover that the U.S. president’s brash and unpredictable persona is not an act. Europe can no longer “completely depend” on America, Merkel says: Time for Europe to “take our fate into our own hands” (and more). Donald Trump acted like “a drunk tourist” on Europe trip that led Angela Merkel to proclaim end of US alliance. Angela Merkel, Donald Trump and the end of the west: The German leader’s speech was a blunder and risks becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Thanks to Trump, Germany says it can’t rely on the United States — what does that mean? Germany is quietly building a European army under its command. Trump’s trip was a catastrophe for U.S.-Europe relations. Eurasia is on the rise — will the US be left on the sidelines?


From Art Monthly, Larne Abse Gogarty on the Art Right. From e-flux, Yuk Hui on the unhappy consciousness of neoreactionaries. The public square belongs to 4Chan: Joseph Bernstein on the future of civic space and free speech in the age of the alt-Right. Hiding in plain sight: How the “alt-Right” is weaponizing irony to spread fascism. Alice Marwick and Becca Lewis on the online radicalization we’re not talking about. Changing face of terrorism: The case of a white supremacist charged with murdering a black man may help redefine “terrorism”. The rising homegrown terror threat on the Right. The U.S. has a homegrown terrorist problem — and it’s coming from the right.

Suspected attacker Jeremy Joseph Christian stood out amid rising tensions in Portland. “A man yelled anti-Muslim slurs and murdered two people. Reverse the killer/slur scenario and there would be nothing else on TV for days”. “The presumption that the attacker is mentally ill and not ‘radicalized’ is strictly based on religion and race, btw”.

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