Amazon’s share of U.S. e-commerce market approaches 50 percent. Amazon’s continuous resistance to collecting sales taxes made it the first major American company to build its business based on tax avoidance — contrary to popular belief, the company is still resisting today. Thanks to Amazon, the government will soon be able to track your face. On Amazon’s time: Amazon has become increasingly reliant on a work scheduling scheme that often coerces workers into leaving their shifts early or turns them away at the door without notice. Amazon workers strike in Germany, joining action in Spain and Poland. Amazon employees are using Prime Day to push for better working conditions. Hamilton Nolan on the only Amazon Prime Day guide you need.


Dien Ho (MCPHS): Love in the Time of Antibiotic Resistance: How Altruism Might Be Our Best Hope. Andrea Onofri (Graz): The Publicity of Thought. A new committee with Lech Walesa, 2018: Leszek Budrewicz on the limitations of the continuing struggle for democracy in Poland. What men are trying to say when they show off their Female Relationship Resume. Who’s afraid of Judith Shklar? Meet the American philosopher who showed that Western politics could only move forward by first taking a step backward. Trump’s overseas adventure becomes a week of “calamitous” events. Body positivity is a scam: How a movement intended to lift up women really just limits their acceptable emotions — again.

Sacha Baron Cohen exposes how deep gun extremism runs in America. Is America insane? British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen finds humor, outrage, and offense in the United States under Trump.


Heather Hurlburt on 7 takeaways from Trump’s catastrophic meeting with Putin (and more and more and more and more). Trump and Putin colluded in public. At summit with Russia, Trump betrays his country in plain sight (and more and more and more). Donald Trump is the new Benedict Arnold. Trump had 5 clear chances to condemn Putin — he declined them all. What hold does Putin have on Trump? (and more) White House: Trump isn’t a traitor, just a cognitively impaired egotist. Karen Tumulty on Donald Trump, the “blame America first” president. How right-wing media reacted to Putin and Trump’s joint press conference. Republicans rebuke Trump for siding with Putin as Democrats demand action (and more). This is the moment of truth for Republicans.

Don’t believe what you hear about the Trump-Putin meeting. Do your Trump-Russia priors need updating? The end of all illusions: Trump said nothing new in Helsink — but his remarks clarified and distilled into a single frame his appalling disregard for an assault on America. Trump and Putin: What we know is damning. It’s time to take Trump both seriously and literally on Russia. Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and America’s “geopolitical suicide”. A global cultural and political fault line runs through the US, Russia, and Europe — with Trump and Putin on the same side of the divide. Putin’s reference to George Soros was a dog whistle to far-right anti-Semites. Asked directly, Putin does not deny possessing “compromising material” on Trump.

Jack Goldsmith on uncomfortable questions in the wake of Russia Indictment 2.0 and Trump’s press conference with Putin. After a stunning news conference, there’s a newly crucial job for the American press. The crisis is upon us: There is only one constitutional method to stifle Donald Trump’s renegade presidency. “Political theory proving its relevance”.

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