Nicholas Stephanopoulos (Chicago): The Dance of Partisanship and Districting. What’s stronger than a blue wave? Gerrymandered districts. Proportional representation could save America. The problem with our democracy isn't gerrymandering — it’s integers. Alma Steingart on democracy by numbers: The challenges of partisan gerrymandering are not new, nor is the hope that mathematics can offer a cure. North Carolina wrote the playbook Wisconsin and Michigan are using to undermine democracy. David Pozen on hardball and/as anti-hardball. Josh Chafetz (Cornell) and David Pozen (Columbia): How Constitutional Norms Break Down. Madison never envisioned minority rule. The rigging of American politics: Political systems depend on legitimacy — in America, that legitimacy is failing. Deborah Pearlstein on thinking about legitimacy. What we need is one big political reform bill to fix it all at once.


Aaron Gullickson (Oregon): The Diverging Beliefs and Practices of the Religiously Affiliated and Unaffiliated in the United States. Here’s what you need to know about the French fuel protests. The big city paradox: They’re getting richer but losing electoral clout. Conservative magazine the Weekly Standard may pay a price for being unfriendly to Trump. Governments and corporations will soon know you better than you know yourself — belief in the idea of ‘“free will” has become dangerous. Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes on a Flynntriguing sentencing memorandum. Mueller’s end game is starting to come into view. The “bleeding” veggie burger is under fire: Why are environmentalists and vegans fighting about a high-tech plant patty that’s supposed to save the planet?


John Danaher (NUI Galway): Moral Enhancement and Moral Freedom: A Critique of the Little Alex Problem. Inmaculada de Melo-Martin (Cornell): The Trouble With Moral Enhancement. Parker Crutchfield (Western Michigan): Moral Enhancement Can Kill. Evangelos D. Protopapadakis (Athens): In Defense of Pharmaceutically Enhancing Human Morality. Walter Veit (Bristol): Cognitive Enhancement and the Threat of Inequality. Lantz Fleming Miller (Twente): The Composite Redesign of Humanity’s Nature: A Work in Process. An interview with Brett Frischmann, co-author of Re-Engineering Humanity. From gene editing to A.I., how will technology transform humanity?

Is the CRISPR baby controversy the start of a terrifying new chapter in gene editing? The CRISPR baby scandal gets worse by the day — here are the 15 most damning details. Genetically modified people are walking among us — and, so far, they’re just fine; America needs a sober debate about the pros and cons of Crispr instead of a paranoid ban on the technology.

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