From Longreads, Tom Maxwell on a history of American protest music. From Vox, the history of American protest music, from “Yankee Doodle” to Kendrick Lamar: Bridgett Henwood on how protest music evolved from Civil War refrains to viral Trump videos. Flight of the punk-pecking carnage vultures: They’re already commemorating punk under Trump. Todd Rundgren warns Trump voters away from his shows: “You will likely be offended”. Rachel Kraus on how music reveals the pitfalls and possibilities of patriotism. White liberals love political rap — when the rapper is white. Moises Velasquez-Manoff on the meaning of “Despacito” in the age of Trump (and more).


The closing of the Republican mind: The tax debate offers a clear measure of how deeply insular the GOP has become — it’s now governing solely of, by, and for Red America. The G.O.P. is rotting: The party is selling its soul, doing harm to every cause it purports to serve. The GOP is trying to pass a super-unpopular agenda — and that’s a bad sign for democracy. How a democracy dies: Donald Trump’s contempt for American political institutions is only the latest chapter in a history of opportunistic attacks against them. Francis Wilkinson on how the survival of rule of law depends on 2018 midterm elections. Roy Moore: America “was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery”. Steve Bannon: Electing Roy Moore isn’t politics, it’s war.

Dems warn GOP: We’re prepared for class war. We’re supposed to apologize and ask permission to talk about Trump’s fitness to continue in office? We can’t fix this at the ballot box.


Judith M. Burkart, Michele N. Schubiger, and Carel P. van Schaik (Zurich): The Evolution of General Intelligence. Nicholas Vrousalis (Leiden): Exploitation: A Primer. Researching Subcultures, Inc.: An interview with Gregory Snyder, author of Skateboarding LA: Inside Professional Street Skateboarding. Grace Wang interviews Tom Bird, editor of Roll with the Punches, a skateboard magazine from Palestine. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new acting director has suspended or softened several investigations and lawsuits — some employees are quietly resisting. The weird campaign to get Taylor Swift to denounce Donald Trump. Private war: Erik Prince has his eye on Afghanistan’s rare metals. Higher-ed lobbyists are told to make peace with Republicans.


Trump Organization worth one tenth of value previously reported. Trump Foundation declares it will dissolve, nearly a year after the president said it would. More than a quarter of Trump’s overseas partners have tangled with the law. How the Trumps kept their hands clean while taking criminals’ money. Trump is using DOJ lawyers to defend his right to profit from the presidency. Make nepotism great again: 20 families got jobs in Trump administration. “The fish rots from the head”: Sean Illing interviews Robert Dallek on the unique corruption of Trump’s White House. Hilary Niles on a web of accountability for Trumpian conflicts.

Trump creating fund so his children and advisers can keep their expensive lawyers — paid by donors. Trump firms must save records for AGs’ emoluments lawsuit.


As Al Franken steps down, a partisan division comes into focus. After Franken resignation, Democrats hit Trump. Now that Al Franken is gone, Democrats need to hold hearings on Trump. We need a healthier conversation about partisanship and sexual assault: Trying to put sexual assault allegations beyond partisanship is only making them more partisan. Why Democrats had to dump Franken: The party needs a clean contrast with Republicans heading into the 2018 midterms. The moral gap in American politics: The Democrats are forcing sexual harassers from their ranks — why aren’t Republicans doing the right thing, too?

Franken is leaving and Trump is still here: The incendiary rage unleashed by Trump’s election needs to be directed back at him — otherwise, only those who already advocate women’s equality will be forced to grant it. Masha Gessen on Al Franken’s resignation and the selective force of #MeToo: The cultural wave that brought down the Minnesota senator only works on half the country.

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