How Trump blew his chance to break the “resistance”: Chuck Schumer reportedly confronted Bannon over his plan to drive a wedge through the Democratic Party; instead, it’s the G.O.P. that’s in disarray. Chuck Schumer on a better deal for American workers. Democrats don’t need a “core message” in 2018: The manufactured debate over whether the party should focus on the Russia scandal or health care is obscuring a much more important debate. Lessons learned, the healing within the Democratic Party begins. Trump triggers flood of Democratic candidates: For better and for worse, crowded House primaries are becoming a familiar sight on the Democratic side. Can electing more women save the country? Katie McDonough interviews Erin Loos Cutraro, founder of She Should Run.


Does Trump have a case against Mueller? The White House is seeking to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigative team. Jane Chong, Quinta Jurecic, and Benjamin Wittes on how White House threats condition Mueller’s reality. Mueller can pursue whatever crimes he uncovers. America, don’t let Donald Trump fire Robert Mueller: If the opposition waits for Trump to fire the man investigating the Russian collusion scandal, it will be too late — the street protests must start now. To impeach a president: Applying the authoritative guide from Charles Black. What history tells us about Trump’s odds of surviving his first term.

Are we heading toward a constitutional crisis? Keith E. Whittington on the coming constitutional crisis. President Trump’s essentially unlimited pardon power, explained. President Trump is considering pardoning himself; Sean Illing asked 15 experts if that’s legal — “The fact that we’re even talking about it is a measure of how far we’ve fallen under Trump”. No, Trump can’t pardon himself — the constitution tells us so. Trump can’t escape the states: No matter whom he fires or pardons, the president won’t be able to hide from state attorneys general. Can the president be indicted? A long-hidden legal memo says yes.


Murat Iyigun (Colorado) and Jared Rubin (Chapman): The Ideological Roots of Institutional Change. The attack on Poland’s judicial independence goes deeper than you may think. George Scialabba reviews The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction by Mark Lilla and Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow by Steven B. Smith. From NYRB, Marcia Angell reviews Women Against Abortion: Inside the Largest Moral Reform Movement of the Twentieth Century by Karissa Haugeberg; and About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First-Century America by Carol Sanger. Dylan Matthews on the Republican war on the CBO, explained. Former CBO directors to Congressional leaders: Back off, we have a job to do.

Democrats, not Republicans, stand for “freedom” in health care: Obamacare increased Americans’ personal liberty — Trumpcare would do the opposite. Somebody should sue the hell out of Donald Trump if he lets Obamacare collapse.


Helen L. Norton (Colorado): Government Lies and the Press Clause. Six months in, Trump has given just one solo press conference. Getting Trump banned from Twitter would be a huge mistake. Twitter will never ban Donald Trump. The Trumpers don’t hate media — they are media creations. His campaign to discredit the press is a permanent feature of Trump’s political style. Top Republicans aren’t signing up for Trump’s war with the media. From the Sunlight Foundation, a report on Trump, transparency and democracy. What it’s like to interview Donald Trump: Isaac Chotiner interviews Peter Baker. David Remnick interviews Maggie Haberman, Trump’s favorite foe.

Hamilton Nolan on how snakes and money are the real threats to journalism.


Anthony J. Gaughan (Drake): Ramshackle Federalism: America’s Archaic and Dysfunctional Presidential Election System. Eric Maskin and Amartya Sen on a better way to choose presidents. Edward B. Foley (Ohio State): The Gerrymander and the Constitution: Two Avenues of Analysis and the Quest for a Durable Precedent. Ashira Ostrow (Hofstra): One Person, One Weighted Vote. “Amazing stat: By 2040 70% of US pop will live in 15 largest states w/30 Senators. Last 30% of pop will have 70 Sens”. Voting by mail is fair, safe, and easy — why don’t more states use it? This might be the best idea for turning out more voters in U.S. elections. Voting should be mandatory: Compulsory elections are won in the center — extremist politicians can’t get traction.

This voting reform solves two of America’s biggest political problems: “Proportional” voting would reduce party polarization and the number of wasted votes.

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