A very grim forecast: Bill McKibben reviews Global Warming of 1.5C: An IPCC Special Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In today’s accelerating and overheating world, the gap between the people affected by change in local environments and the people in charge is growing ever wider. Is fixing the climate incompatible with American ideals? Fighting climate change won’t destroy the economy. 10 ways to accelerate progress against climate change. Millions of people still need air conditioning, which could create a huge climate problem. Who is the we in “We are causing climate change”? Where Americans (mostly) agree on climate change policies, in five maps. How to demand action on climate change.


Jonas Olson (Stockholm): The Metaphysics of Reasons. Kidnapped students in Cameroon reunited with their parents. From Pew Research Center, how religious groups voted in the midterm elections. Two Native American women are headed to Congress — this is why it matters. The rainbow wave of 2018 LGBTQ candidates made history on Tuesday — but is representation enough? The Senate is a huge problem for Democrats — and it’s not going to get better soon. Facebook stopped Russia — is that enough? Self-driving cars will have to decide who should live and who should die — here’s who humans would kill. It’s not what you nudge, it’s who you nudge: Communicating evidence to policymakers and the public.

Trump’s appointment of the acting attorney general is unconstitutional. Trump’s acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker, has no intention of recusing from Russia probe, associates say. Jeff Sessions’s firing, Matthew Whitaker’s rise and the attorney general’s role in the Mueller investigation. Jaworski’s road map may not guide Mueller. Mueller’s investigation cannot be stopped so easily. Mattathias Schwartz on Robert Mueller, the master of silence.


From the Congressional Research Service, a report on The Supreme Court’s Overruling of Constitutional Precedent. Kathryn Haglin (Penn), Soren Jordan (Auburn), Alison Higgins (Susquehanna), and Merrill Joseph Ura (Texas A&M): Ideology and Public Support for the Supreme Court. David Fontana (GWU): How Do People Think About the Supreme Court When They Care? Everyone wants the Supreme Court to thwart democratic majorities: The Constitution protects the rights of minorities — and despite their rhetoric, both Republicans and Democrats support that. How the court got so supreme: Secrecy and speechifying, collegiality and hierarchy, exceptionalism and opulence on the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s hospitalization yields memes and cultural anxiety.

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