Shelley Park (Central Florida): Trump is Gross: Taking Political Taste (and Distaste) Seriously. Beyond bullshit: Chris Gavaler and Nathaniel Goldberg analyze Trump’s mode of communication. Ultimate salesman: How Trump is helping to revive the publishing industry. “A lot of people don’t know that”: We’ve all been witness to the president learning things that many of us have known for quite a while. I’d like to report a scam against the elderly: Fox News has been conning older viewers for two decades — now, it’s ensnared a president. “Truly amazing am psych assoc says Trump so f’ing nuts they’re lifting Goldwater Rule”. “Post-Trump Stress Disorder” will haunt Americans for years to come.

To America, it looks like chaos; for Trump, it’s just Tuesday: The president makes a mess, then makes it worse — it’s what he’s always done.


Andreas Follesdal (Pluricourts): Theories of Human Rights: Institutional or Orthodox — Why it Matters. Tomer Broude (HUJI): Deontology, Functionality and Scope in the Sovereignty of Human Rights. Rene Wolfsteller (Glasgow) and Benjamin Gregg (Texas): A Realistic Utopia? Critical Analyses of The Human Rights State in Theory and Deployment. Matthew Happold (Luxembourg): Who Benefits from Human Rights Treaties? Andrew Keane Woods (Kentucky): Discounting Rights. Emma Larking (ANU): Human Rights Rituals: Masking Neoliberalism and Inequality and Marginalising Alternative World Views. The introduction to A Global Political Morality: Human Rights, Democracy, and Constitutionalism by Michael J. Perry.

Jodok Troy (Innsbruck): The Papal Human Rights Discourse: The Difference Pope Francis Makes. From King’s Law Journal, a debate on Christian Human Rights by Samuel Moyn, with contributions from John Finnis, Tom Pink and Lorenzo Zucca.

Leila N. Sadat (WUSTL): Whither Human Rights in the Era of Trump. Is the Trump administration abandoning human rights?


From Analize: Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies, a special issue on Roma feminism. Is Venezuela on the verge of civil war? “The most innocent victim”: Leon Neyfakh on what the response to a police shooting sounds like when a black cop kills a white woman. Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America has become an intellectual flashpoint. What’s next for the Senate Republicans’ effort to repeal Obamacare, in one flowchart. “Ten or twenty years ago, I would not have watched Downton Abbey. I would have distanced myself from those who did”: Katherine Fusco on why anglophilia is embarrassing. The Trump administration is pulling a grant from a group that combats neo-Nazis. Matthew Kassel on Peter Duke, the Annie Leibovitz of the alt-Right.


Trump humiliates everyone, including John McCain. Trump the disloyalist: Why is anyone surprised by the president’s treatment of Jeff Sessions? Trump famously said, “You’re fired”, but he tends to demean rather than dismiss. Jeff Sessions is growing “pissed” at Trump, his allies say — and he doesn’t plan to quit. Joshua Green: In Trump’s world, “you’re never really dead if you just stick around and endure it”. Trump’s cabinet is “ready to bail”. What happens if Trump fires Mueller? When this man holds the fate of the nation: Mitch McConnell may be the only person in Washington who can save the Trump-Kremlin conspiracy investigation. Democrats with dreams of impeachment should consider how Iran-Contra turned out. Why Russia revelations never seem to change anything.

Ex-Bush ethics lawyer Richard Painter: Trump calling for Clinton to be prosecuted is an “impeachable offense”. Trump’s latest rage tweets reveal a lawless, out-of-control president.


From the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a report on the Full Employment Mandate of the Federal Reserve: Its Origins and Importance. Back to work: How Democrats can win over Americans left behind in the new economy. The Democrats are looking for a big idea? Here’s one — a guaranteed job for anyone who wants one; it’s not as crazy as it sounds. It’s time for the government to give everyone a job. Should the government guarantee everyone a job? An old idea for preventing poverty and fighting recessions is gaining traction once again. Why we need a federal job guarantee: Giving everyone a job is the best way to democratize the economy and give workers leverage in the workplace.

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