From FiveThirtyEight, Clare Malone on how election night defied a single takeaway. Here are the big midterm election races that are still undecided. From Vox, Muslim women, Native Americans, and LGBTQ candidates had a night of historic wins; but why wasn’t the blue wave bigger? Democrats won the popular vote in House races by a big margin — there is a reason that didn’t translate to more seats. How the midterms altered the 2020 redistricting landscape. What the 2018 midterms mean for the Democrats’ gerrymandering dilemma. For the first time in a century, there is only one divided state legislature in America.


From Philosophy Now, a special section on Continental Thoughts. Joshua Rayman (South Florida): The Specter of Liberation: Emancipatory Possibilities in the Political Theory of Marcuse and Zizek. Sophie Loidolt (TU Darmstadt): The Phenomenological Arendt. Alexandros Schismenos (Ioannina): Time in the Ontology of Cornelius Castoriadis. Rethinking minds: Richard Marshall interviews Soren Overgaard on the Wittgenstein, Levinas, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty gang. Kristina Lepold (Frankfurt): An Ideology Critique of Recognition: Judith Butler in the Context of the Contemporary Debate on Recognition. Robert Trumbull (Washington): Freud Beyond Foucault: Thinking Pleasure as a Site of Resistance. It’s just not my life: Julia Kristeva responds. Pure jet lag: Christopher Lee on thinking with Paul Virilio (1932-2018).


Jack M. Balkin (Yale): The First Amendment in the Second Gilded Age. The beginning of the end for Poland’s populists? After years in power, the Law and Justice party lost big in recent mayoral elections. One legacy of Merkel? Angry East German men fueling the far Right. In a tragedy always look for the helpers: A rabbi rushes to Pittsburgh looking for ways to help and finds that he is one of many. Wave of anti-Semitism today resembles prewar attitudes towards Jewish-led Hollywood. Mexico’s Supreme Court overturns country’s ban on recreational marijuana. Virginia Heffernan on WikiLeaks’ pernicious legacy — empty lulz, bothsidesism and moral flexibility. Everything about El Chapo’s trial is a secret.


Li Zhou on 12 charts that explain the record-breaking year women have had in politics: It’s the “Year of the Woman” in more ways than one. Why don’t young people vote? Don’t lament young people’s apathy, consider what’s making them apathetic. The 2018 campaign revealed the true fissure in American democracy. Kevin Drum on the revenge of the median voter theorem. Why long lines at polling places are a voting rights issue: Polling places are disappearing in blue states as well as red — it’s a quiet form of voter suppression. Long lines to vote are a sign democracy isn’t working. The future of the Democratic Party rests on voting rights.

The biggest Democratic stars of the midterms lost — here’s who you should know about now. The midterms mark a turning point in the Trump presidency. The Mueller race will resume after all the votes are counted.


From the Upshot, what is the needle? and other questions about live election forecasts. Andrew Van Dam on gun control, tariffs and the issues that have literally fallen off the map in the midterms. Midterm elections: How politicians know exactly how you’re going to vote. Jennifer Cohn on voting machines: What could possibly go wrong? This is what democracy looked like: Alicia Cheng on a brief history of the printed ballot. Ari Berman on how voter suppression could swing the midterms. Voters like a political party until it passes laws. National politics has taken over America: Democrats are finally investing in state-level elections — but candidates in those races face big obstacles in trying to get voters to care.


Josh Blackman (South Texas): Presidential Speech. The Bill de Blasio show: Laura Nahmias on the New York City mayor’s rise and fall on the national stage. Why is art so expensive? Gaby Del Valle on the $63 billion, “winner-take-all” global art market, explained. “We can’t save everyone”: The hopeless mission of the only ship still rescuing refugees. What 500 elections in 28 European countries can tell us about the effects of anti-immigration rhetoric. Should Robert Bowers, the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect, be called a terrorist? Orban’s government vs. the social sciences: Censoring scientific lectures in Hungary. How can the news media do a better job covering elections — in a way that won’t leave out voters?


Missing wages, grueling shifts, and bottles of urine: Hayley Peterson on the disturbing accounts of Amazon delivery drivers may reveal the true human cost of “free” shipping. Silicon Valley and the quest for a utopian workplace: How Google, Tesla, and other tech giants could fix the broken relationship between employers and their employees. Bureaucracy as violence: Jonathan Weinberg reviews The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy by David Graeber. “No downside”: New Zealand firm adopts four-day week after successful trial. Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against “total work”. Why we need “blue laws”, the religious tradition that sanctifies life outside of work. The case against work: John Danaher argues that work is a bad thing.


From Vox, the battle over early voting, explained: Making voting more convenient is surprisingly controversial; and the surge in early voting, explained: More than 20 million Americans have already cast a ballot ahead of Election Day. Young and new voters surge in early voting. Midterm elections: Mapping out what issues Americans care about. Congress has no clue what Americans want: People in the U.S. House and Senate have wildly inaccurate perceptions of our opinions and preferences. At Trump rallies, women see a hero protecting a way of life. Anxiety high in campaign’s final days as voters prepare to render judgment on Trumpism.

In midterms, the right to vote is still at issue, too. Big Tech and the midterms: The scary thing is what we still don’t know. It's not a blue wave — it's a realignment of American politics. “Blowing smoke”: Sorry, pundits, but you have no clue what will happen on Tuesday. Andrew Gelman on why it can be rational to vote.


Etienne Billette de Villemeur (Lille) and Pierre-Olivier Pineau (Montreal): Frugals, Militants and the Oil Market. Martha S. Jones on the real origins of birthright citizenship. What Americans really think about birthright citizenship. How Tom Steyer built the biggest political machine you’ve never heard of. Could this Democratic dark money group fuel a tea party of the Left? What to know about the Tallahassee yoga studio attack. U.S. law enforcement failed to see the threat of white nationalism — now they don’t know how to stop it. U.S. sanctions against Iran just got tougher — what happens now? Idleness as flourishing: It is hard work to write a book, so there is unavoidable irony in fashioning a volume on the value of being idle.


Why cities dominate the modern world: Economic, technological and networking changes wrought by globalization have made cities the center of our world. Are “global cities” an antidote to populism and nationalism? Istanbul offers some hope. An inversion of nature: How air conditioning created the modern city. Are cities an environmental curse or blessing? Yes. This company wants to build a giant indoor farm next to every major city in the world: Vertical farming may finally be growing up. Empty half the Earth of its humans — it’s the only way to save the planet: There are now twice as many people as 50 years ago but, as EO Wilson has argued, they can all survive — in cities.

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