From the New Yorker, making China great again: As Donald Trump surrenders America’s global commitments, Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces; and Jared Kushner is China’s Trump card: Adam Entous and Evan Osnos on how the President’s son-in-law, despite his inexperience in diplomacy, became Beijing’s primary point of interest. With Xi’s power grab, China joins new era of strongmen. Trump is embracing a new generation of strongmen. Xi whiz: Trump is a beacon of hope to world’s emerging dictators. China drowns out critics of lifetime Xi presidency. Why China banned a ton of words: It’s all about President Xi Jinping’s power grab.


M. Babajide Wintoki and Yaoyi Xi (Kansas): Political Partisan Bias in Mutual Fund Portfolios. Why do people find Jordan Peterson so convincing? Slavoj Zizek on says it’s because the Left doesn’t have its own house in order (and more: “A Reply to my Critics Concerning an Engagement with Jordan Peterson”). Anti-Semitic attacks rose faster last year than any time in nearly 40 years, ADL says. Hua Hsu on the glory days of The Face, and the magic of old magazines. Quinn Norton: “The New York Times fired my doppelganger”. Julia Llinas Goodman on what Supreme Court’s DACA ruling means for Dreamers. At least four countries discussed how to “manipulate” Kushner. Ivanka Trump wants power with no accountability (and more and more).

Trump’s tax cuts in hand, companies spend more on themselves than on wages. Surprise: Corporate tax cuts are making the rich even richer. Thread: “To be blunt: our slide toward utter dysfunction continues to be aided and abetted by journalists compulsion to practice ‘Both-Sidesism’ and false equivalence. It is pernicious and dangerous”.


U.S. intel: Russia compromised seven states prior to 2016 election. Either a conspirator or a sucker: If Trump didn’t know that Russia had infiltrated his campaign, he should have. Roger Stone’s secret messages with WikiLeaks: Transcripts show Donald Trump’s longtime confidante corresponded with the radical-transparency group. Joseph Mifsud, the professor at the center of the Trump-Russia probe boasted to his girlfriend in Ukraine that he was friends with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “It’s probably going to get worse”: Former top intel official Gregory Treverton on Russia election meddling. Trump isn’t protecting our elections from the Russians. US cyber chief Mike Rogers says Trump hasn’t told him to confront Russian cyber threat.

Trump’s gang of crooks and liars: The emphasis placed on whether the Trump team colluded with Russia to interfere in the election threatens to overshadow the scandal in plain sight. Mueller team asks about Trump’s Russian business dealings as he weighed a run for president. Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth, raised to lead — then, sharply different choices. Trump vs. Mueller is a battle for America’s soul. Can Donald Trump be indicted while serving as president? Two lines of legal reasoning say he can’t — they’re both wrong.

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