Should Democrats worry about political experience in 2020? The progressive base is more pragmatic than you might think: Door knockers know that on the issues, Democratic voters are far from uniform — they’re working with that. In response to Trump’s presidency, America has gotten more liberal, despite appearances to the contrary — will it matter in 2020? The next Democratic president will need to do more than reject Trump: New issue priorities will be a prominent theme for Democrats heading into 2020. Are the Democrats too boring? Many of the party’s 2020 candidates are busy being policy wonks and missing the big picture.

It’s the real economy, stupid: Wealthy political pundits are living in an alternate reality. It’s the sexism, stupid: Kate Manne on why men are dominating the Democratic 2020 primary. Women candidates have fun hobbies too, they just don’t get to talk about them. Why identity politics could be good politics for Democrats in 2020. The Great Awokening: A hidden shift is revolutionizing American racial politics — and could transform the future of the Democratic Party. Are some 2020 Democrats using Google Translate to appeal to Spanish-speaking voters?

The one big takeaway from every 2020 Democratic primary poll. How the giant Democratic primary field messes with polls. Almost everyone got 2016 wrong — we should try to predict 2020 anyway. Yelena Dzhanova and Kelsey Hurwitz on a yearbook of the 2020 presidential candidates. Kevin Drum on how progressives are getting better at bumper stickers. What the 2020 presidential candidates’ logos tell us, explained by design experts. How to survive the 2020 presidential campaign without losing your mind.


Oona A. Hathaway, Paul Strauch, Beatrice Walton, Zoe Weinberg (Yale): What is a War Crime? Samuel Johnson and Seo Young Park (Bath): Moral Evaluations of Time Versus Money Donations. How to make sense of the black hole image, according to 2 astrophysicists. Donna Murch on how race made the opioid crisis. China’s crackdown on Muslims is being felt beyond its borders (and more and more and more). Someone is targeting “critical infrastructure” safety systems in networked attacks. From the Sydney Review of Books, Chris Fleming on theoretical cool. The expected redactions in the Mueller report, explained. Remembering the Starr report as we await the Mueller report.

Frieder M. Paulus (Lubeck) et al.: The Politics of Embarrassment: Considerations on How Norm-Transgressions of Political Representatives Shape Nation-Wide Communication of Emotions on Social Media. Melissa Dunning (Skidmore): American Gun Culture: Are Pro-Gun Tendencies Ingrained in United States Residents? Salwa Sadek on the women who helped bring down Sudan’s president. Sudan’s new ruler is no democrat — and he has Darfur to answer for. A brief guide to David Bernhardt, Ryan Zinke’s replacement at the Interior Department. For a black mathematician, what it’s like to be the “only one”. Why Ecuador finally got sick of Julian Assange and ended his refuge at the embassy in London. U.K. gets more time to mess up Brexit, and maybe the E.U. Why Narendra Modi’s plan to “clean” up India hasn’t worked.

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