From Vox, Constance Grady on the royal wedding, explained: 14 questions about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s big day, asked and answered; and how Meghan Markle is changing the princess fantasy: Yes, technically she will be a duchess. Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and royal romance: Lauren Collins on how marrying into the monarchy is rarely a fairy tale. Sarah E. Gaither: “I study biracial identity in America. Here’s why Meghan Markle is a big deal”. The fraught gender and racial politics of the royal wedding, explained. Bishop Michael Curry, a black Episcopal priest, will speak at the royal wedding — here’s why that’s important. Arianne Chernock explains America’s obsession with the British royal family. Kelly Faircloth on the time traveler’s guide to catching a royal wedding.


Marcus Hunter (UCLA): The Sociology of Stuart Hall. Cass Sunstein (Harvard): On Preferring A to B, While Also Preferring B to A. After a career built on lies, Rex Tillerson slams leaders like Trump who lie: Former CEO of Exxon, the leader in climate disinformation, rebukes those who push “alternative realities”. Whether President Trump was referring to MS-13 gang members or all deportees is unclear — but he didn’t exactly hasten to clarify. Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language: Dehumanization is already prevalent in America — we don’t need anyone, especially Trump, stoking it further. The problem with public pensions isn’t size, it’s the politics of funding.

This is why North Korea reacted so strongly to Bolton’s mention of the “Libya model”. Bolton emerges as potential wrecking ball for Trump’s Kim summit (and more). Kim Jong-un just used Trump’s favorite tactic against him. Is Trump getting played by North Korea? Ahead of North Korea talks, Trump “doesn’t think he needs to” prepare. Trump can’t afford to admit his failures with North Korea.


Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold on the definitive story of how Trump’s team worked the Trump Moscow deal during the campaign. Trump’s lies about Moscow tower are impeachable. Trump is right, this is bigger than Watergate. The stunning past 24 hours in Trump-Russia and Michael Cohen news, explained. The Michael Cohen bribery scandal is now a Trump bribery scandal. Trump reportedly complains about the Russia probe 20 times a day, which seems like a lot? “Buckle up”: As Mueller probe enters second year, Trump and allies go on war footing. Russiagate is not about Russia: What the Mueller investigation continually reveals is the extent of everyday corruption in US business and politics.

Code name Crossfire Hurricane: The secret origins of the Trump investigation. Mueller’s probe is even more expansive than it seems. Robert Mueller’s most important accomplishment: The special counsel’s Russia investigation has a lot to show for its 12 months of work, but one feat stands out. “Just sayin”. How Mueller’s first year compares to Watergate, Iran-Contra and Whitewater — and what those past investigations tell us about where the Russia investigation might go next. Mueller has a lot of options besides indicting Trump — here they are.

Everything we’ve learned from the first year of Mueller’s investigation. In year two, Mueller is wading into a bottomless pit of Trump sleaze. How many years will Robert Mueller need? The White House wants the Russia investigation to end, but history suggests there’s still a long way to go. Nothing in all creation is hidden: Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump. Wading into a bottomless pit of Trump sleaze: Everything we’ve learned from the first year of Mueller’s investigation”

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