Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein on how the Republicans broke Congress. “The hypocrisy is astounding”: This tax bill shows the GOP’s debt concerns were pure fraud. Heading toward tax victory, Republicans eye next step: Cut spending. “This is class warfare”: Tax vote sparks political brawl over populism that will carry into 2018 elections. The Republican tax plan creates big long-term opportunities for Democrats. Thread: “A note on the politics of this tax bill, which is so absurd & horrendous it can scarcely be believed — like, really”. Why Republicans will insist the Trump tax cuts “worked”, no matter what. The Trump tax cuts for the rich must, and will, be repealed: They’re the most easily reversible damage Trump will do in office (and more).


From the European Journal of Humour Research, a special issue on Eastern European humour. Mara Faccio and John J. McConnell (Purdue): Death by Pokemon GO. Russia’s group is the easiest in modern World Cup history. Want to understand college football? It’s all about politics. Why has the uber-elitist Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel joined forces with the uber-plebeian Donald Trump? The answer may be scarier than you think. Trump’s descent into madness is a worldwide crisis. Jaws drop as Roy Moore supporter says she’d support him even with proof of child molestation. Gopal Balakrishnan, professor at UC-Santa Cruz, disputes sexual-assault accusations. Bernie Sanders’ plan to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands might actually work.

Trump could be forced to testify on sexual-harassment allegations — and if he lies he could be impeached. Guys like Matt Lauer are why we have President Trump. Jill Pilipovic on the men who cost Clinton the election. “I’m humbled and troubled — especially since I got caught”. We don’t want your apology — we want you to go away. (Not) a vindication of the rights of women: Feelings of vindication are not high on the list for women whose career hit a detour because of a guy who turns out to be, well, rotten.


Scott McLemee reviews Finding Fibonacci: The Quest to Rediscover the Forgotten Mathematical Genius Who Changed the World by Keith Devlin (and more). A long-sought proof, found and almost lost: When a German retiree proved a famous long-standing mathematical conjecture, the response was underwhelming. Math genius June Huh blooms late and conquers his field. This man is about to blow up mathematics: Harvey Friedman is about to bring incompleteness and infinity out of quarantine. Women who are elite mathematicians are less likely than men to believe they’re elite mathematicians. Natalia Nollenberger (UAB) and Nuria Rodriguez-Planas (CUNY): Let the Girls Learn: It is Not Only About Math, It’s About Gender Social Norms.


Michael Flynn’s guilty plea sends Donald Trump’s lawyers scrambling. Thread: “Separate from the very real possibility of Trump-Russia collusion, the Flynn revelations this week speak to a clear pattern of behavior by both Team Trump and GOP leadership: conspiring to go easy on the Kremlin despite Russian interference in our election”. The odds of impeachment are dropping: Despite Robert Mueller’s damaging disclosures, Republican voters offer Trump unwavering support. Deaf to the truth, blind to the facts: Those divorced from reality don’t care about Michael Flynn. Donald Trump isn’t the only villain — the Republican Party shares the blame. Alan Dershowitz is an apologist for official misconduct. Is it too late for Robert Mueller to save us? Robert Costa, Carol D. Leonnig and Josh Dawsey go inside the secretive nerve center of the Mueller investigation.


Harry van der Linden (Butler): Trump, Populism, Fascism, and the Road Ahead. Surviving Trump: Adam Boretz on the KKK and Donald Trump. “Build a counter-narrative”: Asher Schechter interviews Beppe Severgnini on what the U.S. can learn from Italy on how to defeat populist plutocrats. Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca on facing the four structural threats to US democracy. Thomas Edsall on the self-destruction of American democracy. Trump isn’t sure if democracy is better than autocracy: America’s president is voluntarily abdicating one of the country’s biggest strategic advantages. Ari Berman: “How democracy dies: Voting on secret bills Packing courts with extreme unqualified judges Attacking free press Corporations running Internet Mass voter suppression Gerrymandering Hacking elections”.

Trump veers past guardrails, feeling impervious to the uproar he causes. The White House expects Trump to get even more outrageous. The sickness isn’t in Donald trump’s mind: A president who is both susceptible to and a proponent of propaganda and a thriving conservative agitprop apparatus have met their perfect matches.

Time to talk impeachment: Trump’s reckless behavior this week is another sign of crisis. D.R. Tucker on the case for preemptive impeachment. Ezra Klein on the case for normalizing impeachment: Impeaching an unfit president has consequences — but leaving one in office could be worse.


The mainstream media didn’t care about Puerto Rico until it became a Trump story. Added to the storm’s toll, guilt and heartache for Puerto Ricans who fled. A great migration from Puerto Rico is set to transform Orlando. Two months after Maria, life on Puerto Rico’s southeast coast is far from normal. Congress faces growing health care crisis in Puerto Rico. Economists, demographers present grim picture to Puerto Rico fiscal board. A controversial “oversight board” could take over Puerto Rico’s hurricane rebuilding effort. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren propose $146 billion “Marshall Plan” for Puerto Rico.

The lineman got $63 an hour — the utility was billed $319 an hour. Puerto Rico’s deal with Whitefish was shady as hell, new records show. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Repair or Rebuild: Options for Electric Power in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is starting to take solar power more seriously. Desperate for electricity, Puerto Rico children’s hospital goes solar. Molly Crabapple on Puerto Rico’s DIY disaster relief. Puerto Rico’s Arecibo observatory will stay open, despite funding concerns.


Yogita Goyal (UCLA): Third World Problems. Rudolf Stichweh (Bonn): Evolution and Control of Society. Susan Sarandon: “I thought Hillary was very dangerous. If she’d won, we’d be at war”. Daniel Ellsberg is still thinking about the papers he didn’t get to leak. Derek Thompson on how to survive the media apocalypse. Monster heat wave reaches Greenland, bringing rain and melting its ice sheet. Interrogators blast Trump’s “clueless” CIA pick Tom Cotton (and more). The Trump administration is mulling a pitch for a private “rendition” and spy network. From Buzzfeed, Robert Johnston solved the DNC hack — now he’s telling his story for the first time; and this man pranked Eric Trump and Harvey Weinstein — now he just wants a job.


Julia Downes (Open): “It's Not the Abuse That Kills You, It’s the Silence”: The Silencing of Sexual Violence Activism in Social Justice Movements in the UK Left. From Vox, Nicole Hemmer on #MeToo’s roots in the feminist awakening of the 1960s; and Hope Reese interviews Stephanie Coontz on backlash: “#MeToo is powerful but will fail unless we do more”. A new prescription for tackling sexual violence: How some advocates are looking to dismantle rape culture using public health strategies. Constance Grady on the complicated, inadequate language of sexual violence. Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller on when sexual assault victims are charged with lying.

Why do we condemn some men and forget about others? How to identify serial harassers in the workplace. Sex and power in Washington: Why the capital is ripe for sexual abuse — and why that’s unlikely to change. To hell with the witch-hunt debate: The post-Weinstein moment isn’t a war on sex — it’s a long-overdue revolution.


The worst of the GOP, all in one bill: How tax reform turned into a Frankenstein’s monster of bad Republican ideas. It started as a tax cut — now it could change American life. “It’s a ponzi scheme”: Wall Street fears Trump’s deranged tax plan could kick off economic euthanasia. GOP tax bill is the end of all economic sanity in Washington. The biggest tax scam in history (and more and more). David Leonhardt on the four big tax deceptions. Brian Beutler on how to spot the GOP’s big tax bill lie. How the GOP’s contempt for democracy will pass Trump’s tax cuts (and more). John McCain caps political career by declaring himself a fraud.

Trump’s tax scam is a massive bailout for his rich adult sons paid for by you and your kids. Trump’s phony populism is fully exposed in the Republican tax bill. Senate GOP tax bill hurts the poor more than originally thought, CBO finds. A Republican tax plan built for plutocrats. GOP doesn’t seem to hate debt so much now that it wants a tax cut. “The funny thing is all the Republicans voting to increase the deficit by at least $1.5 trillion will switch 180 degrees to being deficit-hawks the second Trump signs the tax cut. They will blame the deficit entirely on spending & the media will let them get away with it”.

The media still doesn’t know how to cover a bankrupt GOP: The Republican Party’s big tax reform package is nothing less than a massive scandal — so where is the outrage? The tax bill battle shows the Left needs a “single payer of fiscal policy”: Sarah Jaffe interviews Michael Kink of the Strong Economy for All Coalition.

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