From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Systemically Important or “Too Big to Fail” Financial Institutions. Should the Federal Reserve pay more attention to inflation or unemployment? Trump thinks the Fed has gone “loco” — wait until he sees what it does next. Trump’s dangerous game with the Fed, explained. Trump lashes out at Federal Reserve chairman on interest rates, “maybe” regrets picking him. Jared Bernstein: “I wish Trump would cut it out, but the Federal Reserve is not off-limits to political critique”. Paul Volcker, at 91, sees “a hell of a mess in every direction”. The first chapter from Unelected Power: The Quest for Legitimacy in Central Banking and the Regulatory State by Paul Tucker.


David Pion-Berlin (UC-Riverside): The Military and Internal Security Operations in Latin America. Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg on the Latin American view of jus ad bellum. Pablo Beytia (UC): The Efficiency of Subjective Well-being: A Key of Latin American Development. Joseph Stiglitz on how Costa Rica gets it right. Who are we now? Rogers M. Smith on AMLO, Trump, and American opportunities. Latin America has an open-door policy for Venezuelan refugees. Brazil’s military strides into politics, by the ballot or by force. Democracy is in crisis in Latin America — Brazil may be the next trouble spot. Renzo Llorente on the political theory of Che Guevara.


Charlie Kurth (Western Michigan): Are Emotions Psychological Constructions? Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman on Supreme Court, reveals dementia diagnosis. Don’t count on Republicans to punish Saudi Arabia: They’ve been capitulating to Trump for two years now — the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi isn’t likely to change that. How Trump is warping the debate on trans rights. The hack gap: Matthew Yglesias on how and why conservative nonsense dominates American politics (and more). Miscarrying at work: The physical toll of pregnancy discrimination. Fact from fiction: What you should know about the migrant caravan making its way to the U.S. border (and more). Here’s what social science tells us about that migrant “caravan” — and the Trump administration’s response.


Fighting to vote: Michael Tomasky reviews The Embattled Vote in America: From the Founding to the Present by Allan J. Lichtman. Alabama was bringing it: Andy Fitch interviews Carol Anderson, author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy (and more). Voter-suppression tactics in the age of Trump: The suppression of minority votes is the homegrown corollary of the Administration’s xenophobic rhetoric— an attempt to place a white thumb on the demographic scale. Heather Cox Richardson: “Let’s talk about today’s fears of ‘voter fraud’”. Voter suppression efforts are increasing across America — it’s time for a new Voting Rights Act. Voter fraud isn’t a problem in America — low turnout is.

Scott McLemee reviews Votes That Count and Voters Who Don’t: How Journalists Sideline Electoral Participation (Without Even Knowing It) by Sharon E. Jarvis and Soo-Hye Han; and The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America by Bernard L. Fraga.


Jacques Lezra (UC-Riverside): On the Nature of Marx’s Things. Dick Howard (Stony Brook): New Left Encounters with Marx. Dimitri Dimoulis (Sao Paulo) and Soraya Lunardi (UNESP): The Law of Capital: Functions of the Legal System from Marx’s Capital, to the European “Debt Crisis”. Michael R. Kratke (Lancaster): Marx and World History. Pete Green reviews The Unfinished System of Karl Marx: Critically Reading Capital as a Challenge for our Times, ed. Judith Dellheim and Frieder Otto Wolf. Are Marx’s Capital and Althusser’s Reading Capital still relevant today? David Harvey on why Karl Marx’s Capital is still the defining guide to understanding — and overcoming — the horrors of capitalism.

Clyde W. Barrow (UTRGV): The Dismal Science of Post-Marxist Political Theory: Is There a Future in Postindustrial Socialism? Against reductionism: Sarah Garnham on Marxism and oppression. Marxism without progress: Bruce Robbins reviews Reading Marx by Slavoj Zizek, Frank Ruda, and Agon Hamza and Old Gods, New Enigmas: Marx’s Lost Theory by Mike Davis (and more). 200 years of Karl Marx: Kathy M. Newman on some lessons on the politics of commemoration. From State of Nature, one question to leading thinkers: How has Marx influenced your thinking?


Haider Riaz (Waterloo): The Phenomenological Origins of Property. Steven Ratner on how Mohammed Bin Salman underestimated international law. Trans rights are human rights: Veronica Scott Esposito on the very human cost of identity denied. From Vox, the Trump administration’s latest anti-transgender action, explained; Trump’s anti-trans proposal may increase prejudice — here’s one way to combat it; and it’s okay to let your transgender kid transition — even if they might change their mind in the future. Transgender Americans have a message for Trump: We won’t be erased. What is the task of the translator — to be a servant to the source or to create a new work of illuminated meaning? Radical democrat: The introduction to Slouching Toward Utopia: Essays and Reviews by George Scialabba.

Thread: “With people freaking out about the Honduran migrant caravan now forcing its way through Mexico, I figured it might be time for a thread about Central American immigration”. U.S.A. or bust: Migrants explain why they’re marching. The caravan is coming — and it’s high time to calm the rising media frenzy.


Far from Washington, Americans’ thoughts are, well, far from Washington. What we know about 2018’s undecided voters: Six important facts about the voters still undecided in the 2018 midterms. Where the money is going in the final push before Election Day. “News for Democracy” buys millions worth of Facebook political ads. Democrats’ Latino voting problem isn’t new, but it’s urgent (and more and more). Bob Moser on the fearless rise of the black Southern progressive. Connie Hassett-Walker on how women’s rage could shape the midterms. All elements of the Democratic coalition are fired up. Democrats still have a good shot at taking the House, but the Senate is an uphill battle.

How Obamacare became a winning issue: Eight years ago, the plan cost Democrats Congress — now it’s going to help them take it back. Jennifer Rubin on an election that goes way beyond policy issues. Millennials need to start voting before the gerontocracy kills us all. The most important election of our lives: The midterms will determine whether Donald Trump’s two-year assault on democratic norms will be repudiated or validated — no pressure. What if the Republicans win everything again? Total victory for the G.O.P. would mean Trump unleashed.


A smorgasbord recession? Paul Krugman on how the next slump may have multiple causes. When the next recession hits: The government has less flexibility to address a financial crisis than it did during the last one. How close are we to another financial crisis? It’s been 10 years since Lehman Brothers collapsed, setting off a global recession that cost billions of dollars and millions of homes and jobs. Self-fulfilling financial crises: Many mistaken assumptions about the 2008 financial crisis remain in circulation — as long as policymakers believe the crisis was rooted in the housing bubble rather than human psychology, another crisis will be inevitable.


Cass Sunstein (Harvard): The Welfare Effects of Information. U.S. to tell Russia it is leaving landmark I.N.F. treaty. Experts warn of “most severe crisis in nuclear arms control since the 1980s” as Trump confirms US will leave INF agreement. “Transgender” could be defined out of existence under Trump administration. Sue Halpern on how campaigns are using marketing, manipulation, and “psychographic targeting” to win elections — and weaken democracy. Ryan Zinke is in a real mess. Robert Mueller has already told you everything you need to know. Why the U.S. has to hold Saudi Arabia to account for the disappearance and alleged slaying of Khashoggi. The U.S. has deep ties to Saudi Arabia — but disentangling ourselves isn’t impossible. This is the front line of Saudi Arabia’s invisible war.


Kevin M. Kniffin (Cornell) and Michelle Scalise Sugiyama (Oregon): Toward a Natural History of Team Sports. Seth Abrutyn (UBC): “Integrity, Sportsmanship, Character”: Baseball’s Moral Entrepreneurs and the Production and Reproduction of Institutional Autonomy. Nathaniel Grow (Indiana) and Zachary Flagel (Georgia): The Faulty Law and Economics of the “Baseball Rule”. How baseball will survive in the age of distraction: Samantha Power reviews Why Baseball Matters by Susan Jacoby. Why the worst thing about baseball is also the best thing about baseball. When Spanish names (don’t) flummox English-speaking baseball announcers. What’s with the home-run boom? Major League Baseball asked this professor to find out.

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