A new interview reveals Trump’s ignorance to be surprisingly wide-ranging. Trump’s latest interview highlights four of his greatest flaws. No matter what the subject, the president finds someone to compare himself to — and in every comparison, he comes out the winner. This man has our nuclear codes. A consistent idea manages to poke through the delirious rambling: Trump repeatedly affirmed his conviction that the entire federal government ought to be operated for his personal benefit. Congress should reconsider giving the FBI Director independence from presidential control. From Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes on the president vs. federal law enforcement; and Bob Bauer on considering Trump’s legal position (and problems) after the New York Times interview. Here’s the chain reaction Trump could set off by trying to fire Mueller.

Trump aides, seeking leverage, investigate Mueller’s investigators. “Trump has asked about his ability to pardon aides, family members — and even himself”. We’re on the brink of an authoritarian crisis: If Trump fires Robert Mueller or pardons himself, Republicans won’t do a thing about it — and our democracy will be changed forever.

Catherine Sophia Herfeld (Zurich): Between Mathematical Formalism, Normative Choice Rules, and the Behavioral Sciences: The Emergence of Rational Choice Theories in the Late 1940s and Early 1950s; and From Theories of Human Behavior to Rules of Rational Choice: Tracing a Normative Turn at the Cowles Commission, 1943-1954. Dorian Jullien and Nicolas Vallois (UPJV): Estimating Rationality in Economics: A History of Statistical Methods in Experimental Economics. How New Keynesian Economics betrays Keynes. Keynesian economics is hot again. Noah Smith on how so many critics of economics miss what it gets right. Esther Duflo (MIT): The Economist as Plumber. How to think like an economist (if, that is, you wish to).

Michelle D. Layser (Georgetown): How Federal Tax Law Rewards Segregation. A powerful, disturbing history of residential segregation in America: David Oshinsky reviews The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein (and more and more and more and more). Leah Boustan on the culprits behind white flight. Police forces are sending a message to black suburban residents: You’re not wanted. Trump party planner-turned-housing official gives segregation a thumbs up: If you can’t win an argument about federal housing policy, just wait for Trump to put a crony in charge of answering your letters.

Zoltan Miklosi (CEU): Association, Property, Territory: What is at Stake in Immigration? Johan Rochel (Zurich): Towards a Legal Turn in the Ethics of Immigration. Christian Barry (ANU) and Luara Ferracioli (UvA): On the Rights of Temporary Migrants. Javier Hidalgo (Richmond): The Ethics of People Smuggling. Svenja Ahlhaus reviews Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership, ed. Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi. Linda S. Bosniak reviews Strangers in Our Midst: The Political Philosophy of Immigration by David Miller. Who has the right to move? Peggy Kamuf on “It is obvious from the map”. Douglas MacKay reviews The Moral and Political Philosophy of Immigration: Liberty, Security, and Equality by Jose Jorge Mendoza.

“After I lived in Norway, America felt backward. Here’s why”: Ann Jones on a crash course in social democracy. Tom Heberlein: “I’m an American living in Sweden. Here’s why I came to embrace the higher taxes”. Why rightwingers are desperate for Sweden to “fail”: Of course Sweden isn’t perfect, but those who love to portray it as teeming with terrorists and naive towards reality, are just cynical hypocrites. Sweden has created government by competent people who are representative of all walks of life; Sweden’s inclusive meritocracy suggests that electoral democracy can help us avoid the tension between representation and competence. Matt Bruenig on how small populations make it harder to do what Nordic countries do (and part 2 and part 3).

Lehman Sisters, or the third way to European social democracy: Wolfgang Streeck reviews Crisis by Sylvia Walby. You can download Social Democracy in Europe, ed. Pascal Delwit (2005).

Caroline Close and Vivien Sierens (ULB): Increasing Intra-Party Democracy, Blurring the Lines of Representation? 2017 is so unexpectedly warm it is freaking out climate scientists. Trump attacks Sessions, still doesn’t know how the Justice Department works. Yes, Trump is making xenophobia more acceptable. The scientific case that America is becoming a more prejudiced place: Why watching leaders behave badly gives us permission to behave badly. Andrew Seal on the controversy over Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. Robert Farley on the contribution that academic military history can make to other historical fields. Alexia Fernandez Campbell on the unexpected economic consequences of video games.

Ryan Lizza on how Trump broke the Office of Government Ethics. Walter M. Shaub Jr, the departing head of the Office of Government Ethics, says actions by President Trump and his administration had created a historic ethics crisis. Walter Shaub on how to restore government ethics in the Trump era.

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Military Pay: Key questions and answers. From jobs to journalism: Task & Purpose is finding a niche reporting on veterans’ issues. Welcome to the Green Machine: My son was jobless, directionless, and apartmentless, so when he decided to join the Army, we were just glad he was out of the house — what we didn’t know was just how much the military would change him — and us. Drew Pham: “I was a U.S. Army officer, but nowadays, America feels like a foreign country to me”. Foreign-born recruits, promised citizenship by the Pentagon, flee the country to avoid deportation (and more). Why discouraging Americans from joining the military is totally wrong.

Avigail Eisenberg (Victoria): Religion as Identity. Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern): How Could Religious Liberty Be a Human Right? Joseph William Singer (Harvard): Property and Sovereignty Imbricated: Why Religion Is Not an Excuse to Discriminate in Public Accommodations. Christopher C. Lund (Wayne State): Religion is Special Enough. Did the Supreme Court just crack the wall between church and state? The Supreme Court’s incredible privileging of religion: In obliging the state to directly aid Trinity Lutheran and other churches, the Court is allowing the religious Right to have their cake and eat it, too. “Mainline” churches are emptying — the political effects could be huge.

The seven circles of Donald Trump’s Russia inferno: We now know that the president wasn’t ignorant of his campaign’s contacts with Moscow’s intelligence agents — but, on a scale, how complicit was he? Rep. Dana Rohrabacher got direction from Moscow, took it back to D.C. Trump’s embrace of Russia making top advisers wary. What Congressional Republicans really think about Trump and Russia. Republicans will never turn on Trump over the Russia scandal. John A. Farrell, author of Richard Nixon: The Life, on the real parallel between Nixon and Trump: Backdoor pre-election contacts with a foreign power. Don’t compare Trump to Nixon — it’s unfair to Nixon.

From Vox, why Republicans would grant health care access to one dying baby — and deny it to millions. Who’s to blame for the GOP health-care debacle, Trump or McConnell? Trump can’t make a health care deal because he doesn’t understand health care. Donald Trump is a victim of Congressional Republicans’ incompetence. Trump cares about looking good, not doing good. Now what? Democrats must decide how to exploit the collapse of Trumpcare. Al Gore breaks with Democratic Party leadership to support single-payer healthcare. Graham Vyse on how to sell “Medicare for All” to all Americans.