Corey Robin on the Republican tax bill: Four takeaways. Kevin Drum on the grad student tuition fee waiver, explained: “I’m afraid STEM is just collateral damage in a war against economics, sociology, women’s studies, education, history, and so forth”. Is the Republican tax plan intentionally sloppy? Hamilton Nolan on how the income tax is great and why the estate tax should be 100 percent. The tax debate we need: Progressive taxation curbs the power of the wealthy — and that’s exactly why the Right hates it. A millionaire explains why he wants to pay more taxes and thinks the Republican tax plan is bad for America: Ella Nilsen interviews Morris Pearl, chair of the board of Patriotic Millionaires. You’re the real job creator: Dayna Tortorici interviews Stephanie Kelton, professor of economics at Stony Brook University.

What happens if the tax bill is a revenue disaster? The Trump tax cuts might jack up the deficit more than anybody expects. Wait, should we care at all about the national debt? From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Deficits and Debt: Economic Effects and Other Issues. Do we really have to hear from Peter Peterson’s crew about the budget? How we think about the deficit is mostly wrong.


Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey and Rosalind S. Helderman go inside Trump’s legal team: Trying to protect the president from Mueller’s “killers”. Trump wants to fight Robert Mueller by appointing a Bizarro Mueller. Trump is trying to make the FBI investigation partisan — and it’s working. Fox’s pro-Trump hosts are working overtime to discredit Robert Mueller (and more). A dangerous Republican assault on Mueller is building. The partisan, nihilist case against Robert Mueller: Attacks on the special counsel aren’t about misconduct — instead, they’re aimed at discrediting the very idea of professionalism. Trump will have a hard time stopping the Russia investigation — even if he fires Mueller. America is heading for an unprecedented constitutional crisis: The Republican Party is ready to serve as an accomplice to obstruction of justice.


Sean Phelan (Massey): Critical Discourse Analysis and Media Studies. Net neutrality protests move online, yet Big Tech is quiet. Constance Grady on the uproar over the New Yorker short story “Cat Person”, explained. This is why evangelicals love Trump’s Israel policy: Hint — it has to do with burning lakes of fire. Why farmers were the first time travelers: Adam Roberts reviews Time Travel: A History by James Gleick; Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick; and Of Time and Lamentation: Reflections on Transience by Raymond Tallis. Sucking up to the Saudis: Rafia Zakaria on the Arab Spring in Tom Friedman’s head. Poland’s autocratic counterrevolution draws nearer (and more).

How will Democrats cope if Putin starts playing dirty tricks for Bernie Sanders (again)? If your political identity primarily consists of hating the Democratic Party, nothing Democratic public officials say or do is going to change your mind. Was the Democratic primary rigged? Ezra Klein on how Democrats made a big mistake in the 2016 primary. Sanders-Clinton commission agrees on changes to make the primaries more open. Is the Democratic Party becoming too democratic?


Former Joint Chiefs chairman Mike Mullen: Likelihood of nuclear war is rising. Is Donald Trump getting ready to attack North Korea? Nuclear destruction “one impulsive tantrum away”, Nobel winners warn. “They want to know if Trump’s crazy”: Susan Glasser goes inside the secret back-channel North Korea talks. Sen. Tammy Duckworth on North Korea: “Most Americans don’t realize how close we are to this war”. A war with North Korea would be a conflict like no other (and millions could die). This is how nuclear war with North Korea would unfold: In one all-too-plausible worst-case scenario, millions die from mistakes and a tweet. Would cyberattacks be likely in a U.S.-North Korea conflict? Here’s what we know.

Suzanne Maloney thinks we’re as close to war with Iran as we've been in 25 years. Trump doesn’t understand Iran — he’s making policy based on a caricature. Evan Osnos on Trump’s irrational hatred of the Iran deal. Is the U.S. about to “cheat” on the Iran nuclear deal? Here’s how this could backfire. What a war between Iran and America would actually look like. Iran doesn’t have a nuclear weapons program — why do media keep saying it does? Trump punted the Iran deal to Congress — Congress just punted it back.


Joseph Lowndes (Oregon): From New Class Critique to White Nationalism: Telos, the Alt Right, and the Origins of Trumpism. “They may not care, but it bears repeating. Trump voters who aren’t rich got had. True, many of them got the bigotry, which is all they wanted. But in so many ways, including this, white supremacy is expensive”. The white supremacy caucus: Michelle Goldberg on Roy Moore, Donald Trump and Republican racism. Roy Moore proves Donald Trump wasn’t a Republican fluke. Amy Davidson Sorkin on Donald Trump, Roy Moore, and the degradation of the G.O.P. The Republican Party’s reality problem and ours: It’s not just Donald Trump and Roy Moore — it’s Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and Susan Collins.

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