White-on-white voting: When an area is more than 85 percent white, support for President Trump skyrockets — and that makes all the difference. No white man left behind: Saving coal country has never been about energy — it’s been about rescuing white men. The mythical whiteness of Trump country: An excerpt from What You are Getting Wrong about Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte. Johnstown never believed Trump would help — they still love him anyway. “Trump country” stories help explain our politics, not the next election. Donald Trump has nominated 480 people so far in his presidency — 80% of them are men. Bryce Covert on our inordinately white, wealthy, male government. A team of economists has uncovered persuasive evidence that local government officials throughout the United States are less responsive to African-Americans than they are to whites.

Jesse Minor and Geoffrey A. Boyce (Arizona): Smokey Bear and the Pyropolitics of United States Forest Governance. Why are we in Niger? It has become safer to assume that the American military has a presence in a given country in Africa than not. The American far Right asks: What Rohingya ethnic cleansing? Trump’s blank check for Saudi Arabia: As the kingdom makes mass arrests at home and tensions spike in the region, the United States looks on. Claire Potter reviews No is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein. Top media watchdog accused of playing dirty to help Trump's friend. In a radical departure, Trump health officials want to define life as starting at “conception”. The wizards of Armageddon set up shop in Silicon Valley.

“What about Bill?” Sexual misconduct debate revives questions about Clinton. With Franken, the reckoning over sexual misconduct comes to the Democrats. Poll: Democrats say sexual harassment is a problem — Republicans are less sure. The Republicans already are the party of Roy Moore — with or without him. #MeToo: Molly Oberman on thinking beyond legitimation through social media.

Republican class warfare: The G.O.P. tax bills look like attempts to entrench a hereditary plutocracy. Trump argues that GOP tax bill should do more to help out the rich. More than 400 millionaires tell Congress: Don’t cut our taxes. Molly Michelmore on how the GOP uses “family values” to slash taxes: They’re less concerned with morals than with wealth. Brian Beutler on the grift Republicans keep on giving. If the tax bill is so great, why does the GOP keep lying about it? The GOP has done the impossible: Make tax cuts unpopular. Why are Republicans rushing tax reform through? So voters don’t find out who loses. How Republicans gamed budget rules to pass their tax cut. The G.O.P. is no party for honest men: Republicans on taxes — the most dishonest selling job in U.S. political history.

The tax reform debate is stuck in the 1970s. House Republicans are actually delusional enough to think the Trump tax cuts will help them. Republicans only have one plan: Sometimes they call it “tax reform” — other times “health-care reform”. First, Republicans want tax cuts — next, they’ll try gutting Medicare and Social Security.