Rosalind Dixon (UNSW): Constitutional Rights as Bribes. “Profoundly dismayed”: Amnesty International has stripped Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of top honour. German Lopez on the Florida voter fraud allegations, explained. What’s happening in Florida is a nightmare — 2020 could be so much worse. In 26 recounts in major races around the nation since 2000, only 3 outcomes changed. Five new books touch on American Jewish identity and what will sustain it into the future. Martha S. Jones on when black women journalists fight back. In North Korea, missile bases suggest a great deception. Why doctors hate their computers: Digitization promises to make medical care easier and more efficient — but are screens coming between doctors and patients?


Exit polls: How voting blocs have shifted from the ’80s to now. The Resistance strikes back: Two years of progressive organizing built the blue wave. The media’s eagerness to discount the “blue wave” feeds a dangerous problem. Black women turned electoral power into political power in 2018. What big state-level wins mean for the Democrats’ agenda. Democratic wins in these 9 states will have seismic policy consequences. Why Medicare-for-all is looking better and better after the midterms. The 2018 midterms did not vindicate your policy preferences. It’s not about centrism vs. progressivism. Let the people vote: America finally has a pro-democracy movement — and it did very well at the polls last week. Jedediah Purdy on the Democrats’ existential battle: Achieving real democracy.


From Gizmodo, a look at 100 websites that shaped the Internet as we know it. Google turns 20: How an Internet search engine reshaped the world. Google isn’t just a search engine — it’s a literal extension of our mind. Raised by YouTube: The platform’s entertainment for children is weirder — and more globalized — than adults could have expected. You can learn everything online except for the things you can’t. The Internet helps cheap, fun events spread faster than ever — it’s also totally ruined them. Aja Romano on the rise of the wholesome Internet meme. To reduce inequality, Wikipedia should consider paying editors.


Elena Ruiz (Michigan State): Framing Intersectionality. “Paradise is gone”: California fires devastate communities. The worst is yet to come for California’s wildfires. How in danger is Robert Mueller’s probe under Trump’s man Matthew Whitaker? It’s probably too late to stop Mueller: The prospects for interference are dimmer than many imagine. Maria Browning reviews The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence by Michael D’Antonio and Peter Eisner. The ultimate cash crop: How a pot crisis restarted a conversation about public banking in America. Lily Rothman interviews Donna Zuckerberg, author of Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age (and more and more).

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on the Posse Comitatus Act and Related Matters: The Use of the Military to Execute Civilian Law. Deployed inside the United States: The military waits for the migrant caravan. Scott McLemee reviews Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border by Ieva Jusionyte.


The day the guns fell silent: At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, bugle calls ended the “war to end all wars”— after four years of carnage, you could hear the ticking of a watch. When did World War I end? Why the First World War lasted so long. We’re still haunted by our failure to grapple with the dark side of World War I. Lessons from “The Great War”: How the lives of millions of ordinary people can be destroyed by senseless imperial conflict. The echoes of November 1918: Are we about to witness the next Twenty Years' Crisis? Strategy without politics is no strategy: A lesson of World War I for the Trump era. Can Europe’s liberal order survive as the memory of war fades?


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.


Lionel Fatton (Webster): “Japan is Back”: Autonomy and Balancing Amidst an Unstable China–U.S.–Japan Triangle. Japan’s successful economic model: Japan’s GDP growth lags most other developed economies, and will likely continue to do so as the population slowly declines — but what matters for human welfare is GDP per capita, and on this front, the country excels. What global slowdown? Japan Inc. is roaring ahead. Japan’s recovery is the greatest economic success story never told. Big tech warns of “Japan’s millennium bug” ahead of Akihito's abdication: Emperor’s 2019 exit will be first era change of information age, and switchover could be as big as Y2K say industry figures.


Margaret H. Freeman (MICA): The Aesthetics of Human Cognition. Why the Google walkout was a watershed moment in tech. “We were never taught”: Young Jews in the U.S. encounter anti-Semitism firsthand. Is it safe to be Jewish in New York? Hate crimes in the city are largely driven by incidents of anti-Semitism — and the aggressors don’t conform to an easy profile. The politics of Latinx recognition: A new fluid, multiracial and multicultural identity is emerging in American politics. J.C. Pan reviews The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing by Merve Emre. Eleanor Tremeer on why we need utopian fiction now more than ever.

Margaret Hartmann on the complete history of President Trump’s feud with Jeff Sessions. Why Jeff Sessions’ ouster as attorney general is so important. A history of new acting AG Whitaker’s war on the Mueller probe (and more). Sessions’s ouster throws future of special counsel probe into question. What Jeff Sessions’s resignation could mean for the Mueller investigation. What does Jeff Sessions’s ouster mean for Robert Mueller? Here are 3 scenarios. What would happen if Trump resists an investigation by the Democratic House? There could be a major conflict and even a slow-motion constitutional crisis.

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