From the Atlantic, Adam Serwer on the Trumping of the FBI: The president and his allies don’t want to protect the bureau’s political independence — they want to subvert it. Trump built his own “deep state” — now he needs the GOP to save him from it: Trump hired the people he now believes are out to get him. The Democrats are right to defend the FBI: The bureau’s history of abuses shows what could happen if Trump’s campaign against it succeeds. The menace of Trump is not McCarthyism, but Hooverism: Trump will become truly frightening if he moves beyond name-calling and starts abusing the powers of the state. What happens if Trump refuses to be interviewed by Mueller?

Helen Daly (CC): Modelling Sex/Gender. Holning Lau (UNC): Gender Recognition as a Human Right. More teenagers are identifying as trans and gender non-conforming than previously thought, according to new research. Gender as art: Jason Kuznicki on a liberal and individualist account of gender. On gender differences, no consensus on nature vs. nurture. Why do you call us ladies? Jessica Halem and Jen Manion on history, gender, and manners in public life. Jacob Lau reviews Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? by Heath Fogg Davis. Court rules Germany must recognize third gender. Ryan Anderson’s book on transgender people is creating an uproar. Robin Dembroff on the nonbinary gender trap. Study finds children think flexibly about gender identity.

Pamela Oliver (Wisconsin): The Ethnic Dimensions in Social Movements. Leonid E. Grinin and Andrey V. Korotayev (HSE): Origins of Globalization in the Framework of the Afroeurasian World-System History. These polls ain’t loyal: Why the generic congressional ballot is the worst predictor in American politics. Does the iconic festival suggest a new way forward? Mariia Shynkarenko on Burning Man’s experimental dreampolitics. James Mattis: The U.S. needs a smaller nuke to prevent nuclear war. Weinstein-BlackCube surveillance claim exposes aggressive tactics to kill a story. Republicans are completely reversing themselves on the deficit. The proof is in: Republicans never cared about the deficit.

The plot against America: Decades before he ran the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort’s pursuit of foreign cash and shady deals laid the groundwork for the corruption of Washington. Olivia Nuzzi on the misadventures of Steven Mnuchin and Louise Linton, mascots of Trump-era “glamour”. “Beyond disbelief”: John Kelly’s defense of Rob Porter roils the West Wing. “So John Kelly, often touted as the White House’s adult, falsely smeared a congresswoman, tells us a failure to compromise on slavery caused the civil war, called dreamers lazy, and protected a wife beater. Tell us again, @PressSec, how we're never allowed to criticize a general”. Rob Porter shows that in Trumpworld, nothing is more convincing than a man’s denial.

By now it’s obvious to everyone that the Trump administration is a graveyard for reputations: Everyone who goes in comes out soiled and diminished — only fools, or those with no reputation to lose, even want the positions on offer.

Thomas Baker (Georgia), Marc Edelman (Baruch), and Nicholas Watanabe (South Carolina): Debunking the NCAA’s Myth that Amateurism Conforms with Antitrust Law: A Legal and Statistical Analysis. First Golfer: Donald Trump’s relationship with golf has never been more complicated. Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff on why the 2024 Olympic Games are a victory for globalism. Erik Loomis on the immorality of sports fans. Economists see little payoff for cities that subsidize pro sports facilities. What’s lost when only rich kids play sports: The income disparity in youth athletics has effects on health and success that stretch far into adulthood.

Brad R. Humphreys (West Virginia): An Overview of Sports Betting Regulation in the United States. Want to clean up college athletics? Pay the players. It’s no accident there are more politics in your sports now. Pushing the limit: Alexandra Starr on what the U.S. Olympic Committee can — and can’t — do about sexual abuse. Playing the National Anthem before sporting events is a stupid and silly tradition and we need to stop doing it. He has the ear of Colin Kaepernick, Michael Bennett, and Gregg Popovich — why do the lefty icons of professional sports turn to Dave Zirin when they want to speak out? Take it from a former Division I athlete: College sports are like Jim Crow (and more). Thread: “Many of us know this famous picture of Tommie Smith and John Carlos. But few know the bravery and tragedy of the white guy, Peter Norman”.