Erwin Chemerinsky (UC-Berkeley): Fighting for the Constitution. Who is Bill Burck? Meet the former Bush attorney vetting Kavanaugh documents. What would you ask Brett Kavanaugh? We asked legal scholars that question about the Supreme Court nominee. What’s Brett Kavanaugh hiding? Republicans are clearly worried about nominee’s hidden records. How Brett Kavanaugh would transform the Supreme Court. Brett Kavanaugh may soon unshackle all rich political donors. The Second Redemption Court: The Supreme Court again appears poised to pursue a purely theoretical liberty at the expense of the lives of people of color. Why aren’t Democrats waging an all-out war to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation?

Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra (Oxford): Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing? A Probabilistic Answer Examined. The decades-long Catholic priest child sex abuse crisis, explained. Myanmar is taking advantage of the Trump effect. Chuck Todd: “It’s time for the press to stop complaining — and to start fighting back”. Eric Levitz on 15 ways President Trump has hurt the American worker. Why does violence in Chicago attract so much attention, even though it’s not the murder capital of the U.S.? Allegations that Richard Nixon beat his wife, Pat Nixon, have circulated for decades without serious examination by the journalists who covered his presidency — it’s time to look more closely at what’s been hiding in plain view.

For female candidates, harassment and threats come every day. What was lost in Brazil’s devastating museum fire. Enjoying your cultural cheesecake: Maarten Boudry on why believers are sincere and shamans are not charlatans. Andrew Gillum, Stacey Abrams, and Ben Jealous could be the first black governors of their states — here’s how they got this far. Helaine Olen on the Trump administration’s scandalous handling of student loans. “The Trump administration’s agenda on student debt is so corrupt and regressive that it’s literally unbelievable. A straightforward description of its policies sound like an unhinged partisan attack”. The looming fight for Idlib, Syria’s last main rebel stronghold, explained.

Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a “nervous breakdown” of Trump’s presidency (and more). Of course there’s a tweet: Some sage advice for Donald Trump about picking a fight with Bob Woodward, from Donald Trump. There’s always a new low for the Trump White House. Everybody in the White House considers Trump an idiot (and more and more). “It is astonishing that the country has allowed this clownish hustler to remain President for almost two years”. Does anyone at this point still believe that Republicans would react in a meaningful way if Trump were to fire Rosenstein and initiate a Saturday Night Massacre against Mueller? Congressional Republicans don’t even pretend to stand up to Trump anymore.

The only thing standing between American democracy and Trump’s vision of a Putin-like regime that terrorizes the opposition while nourishing an oligarchy of regime supporters is that much-mocked word: a norm. Want to save the GOP, Republicans? Vote for every Democrat on this year’s ballot. The next decade is on the ballot in 2018: To reverse Republican gerrymandering, Democrats must win key races this fall. New 2018 midterm poll has Democrats up 14 points on Republicans. Bruce Bartlett on why Democrats are screwed even if they win.