Majority of Republicans think tech companies are censoring them. The new gatekeepers of Silicon Valley are getting played by conservatives. Maya Kosoff on why Jack Dorsey will never appease conservatives. How conservatives are hoodwinking Big Tech. Silicon Valley has a problem with conservatives — but not the political kind. Publishing executives argue Facebook is overly deferential to conservatives. Facebook’s $6,000 donation to Nunes throws its self-proclaimed neutrality into question. Study of 463 leading Facebook pages shows that partisan pages have roughly equal engagement, but right-wing pages drastically outnumber left-wing pages.

Facebook, Alphabet Inc, and Twitter told a U.S. House panel that the social media companies are not discriminating against content for political reasons. Facebook won’t get better until it stops genuflecting for the right wing and starts thinking about politics in context. Facebook donates a shit-ton of money to Republicans.


Sarah C. Goff (LSE): Fair Trade: Global Problems and Individual Responsibilities. Gerald Poscheschnik (Innsbruck): Game of Thrones: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation Including Some Remarks on the Psychosocial Function of Modern TV Series. Katrina Wyman (NYU): The New Essentialism in Property. World Cup 2018: Why the tournament in Russia was statistically the best. What’s going on with Elon Musk? How the happy billionaire rocket scientist became a cautionary tale. James Stephenson and Nick Cohen on the BBC and Brexit: An exchange. “No gods, no masters”: Judith Suissa on anti-Semitic tropes and utopian ideals in imagining and resisting capitalism. If Taco Bell is the peak of our civilization, get me another civilization.

Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook data was accessed from Russia, MP says. Here are all the Republican leaders and conservative activists Maria Butina met. The Russians played the long game with the NRA.


Here’s what political science can tell us about that Trump-Putin press conference. “This was the nightmare scenario”: The West Wing revolts after Trump embraces Putin. Thread: “A brief history of the idea of an American/Russian alliance to preserve global white supremacy”. How Russians saw the Helsinki summit: Beneath the widespread jubilation over Putin’s triumph, a few folks worry Trump capitulated so spectacularly that it’s almost certain to provoke backlash. Trump is fighting the entire Republican Party to defend Putin. Trump’s allies in Congress are blaming the press for Trump’s performance in Helsinki. The “legitimacy” excuse for Trump’s Russia coverup is a crock. Trump resorts to his usual maneuver when he screws up big time. Trump gave congressional Republicans the deniability they crave. This was “not” what Trump meant to say.

Donald Trump is fulfilling all of those Obama conspiracy theories. Trump is not Putin’s puppet: There’s a better explanation for his fondness for the Russian president. Trump’s stance toward Russia isn’t appeasement — it may be even worse. So Trump is a traitor — what difference does that make to black folks? Stop saying Trump committed “treason” — you’re playing into his hands. Stop calling it “meddling” — it’s actually information warfare. Donald Trump is a danger to us all — Congress, do something. Standards for impeachment: Bob Bauer on Trump’s defense of Putin in the face of Russia’s electoral attacks.

For Republicans, “the dam has broken” — but for how long? When it comes to Trump, “there is no such thing as a last straw” for Republicans. All the times that everyone said Republicans must now stand up to Donald Trump. Why not much will come of Republicans’ outrage at Trump on Russia. Trump didn’t flout GOP norms — he epitomized them. The real problem we face is a Republican Party that’s nearly unanimous in its cultlike attachment to a man who’s an obvious fraud — and possibly far worse.

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