Michael J. Pitts (Indiana): What Has 25 Years of Racial Gerrymandering Doctrine Achieved? Edward B. Foley (OSU): Judicial Review of Partisan Gerrymanders. Can the U.S. Supreme Court stop gerrymandering? Waves of redistricting have allowed politicians to select their own voters, consolidating one-party power across America — mostly among the GOP. How the Republicans rigged Congress: Insider documents unveil Republicans’ years-long scheme to gerrymander America and undermine democracy. Five myths about gerrymandering: No, GOP dominance isn’t just about “geography”. New report details just how rigged the midterms are in favor of Republicans. Democrats would need to trounce Republicans to overcome gerrymandering and take the House.

Adventures in extreme gerrymandering: See the fair and wildly unfair maps we made for Pennsylvania. Sam Wang and Brian Remlinger on how to spot an unconstitutionally partisan gerrymander, explained. The debate over gerrymandering is fundamentally changing. You can download Partisan Gerrymandering and the Construction of American Democracy by Erik J. Engstrom (2013).

Clear and present danger to U.S. vote: We are not doing enough to shore up states’ vulnerable voting technology. Kim Zetter on the myth of the hacker-proof voting machine. Sue Halpern on our hackable democracy. Artificial intelligence could supercharge hacking and election meddling, study warns.

Get ready for more voter suppression: This year, at least 20 states are considering laws that would make it harder to vote. Voter suppression may be the most important issue of 2018. No, Republicans haven’t “always” supported voting rights until now — this is the real story. Rebecca Solnit on how 20 million missing people could save America. All of a sudden, voting rights are expanding across the country. The battle for voting rights is never over.

David Fontana (George Washington): The Geography of Campaign Finance Law. Anthony J. Gaughan (Drake): Illiberal Democracy: The Toxic Mix of Fake News, Hyperpolarization, and Partisan Election Administration. How the GOP rigs elections: With a combination of gerrymandering, voter-ID laws and dark money, Republicans have tipped the political scales in their favor — will it be enough to keep Democrats from claiming victory in 2018? Republicans rigged our democracy — here’s how Democrats can fight back.


Geoffrey A. Hoffman (Houston): Contiguous Territories: The Expanded Use of Expedited Removal in the Trump Era. Valerie Munson (SIU): On Holy Ground: Church Sanctuary in the Trump Era. Earl M. Maltz (Rutgers): The Constitution and the Trump Travel Ban. A deeply flawed argument against immigration: Diversity doesn’t necessarily reduce social cohesion and civic trust. Anna Flagg on the myth of the criminal immigrant. Restrictionists are misleading you about immigrant crime rates. Trump’s immigration policy is based on four big lies. How Republicans use language to divide us on immigration.

Donald Trump’s ICE is tearing families apart. Trump takes “shackles” off ICE, which is slapping them on immigrants who thought they were safe. ICE unbound: Trump has empowered a draconian deportation force that can’t distinguish the real immigration threats. How ICE works to strip citizenship from naturalized Americans. Congress needs to hold ICE accountable for abuses. Opinion ICE deserves to be abolished. It’s time to abolish ICE: A mass-deportation strike force is incompatible with democracy and human rights. Ice age: Greg Afinogenov on society as checkpoint. This is a crueler country than it was 20 years ago: We see it every day in the activities of ICE.

An interview with Jude Webre on the politics of immigration. Trump has proposed the most racist immigration policy since the KKK wrote our laws. What the 1920 Wall Street bombing tells us about modern immigration scare tactics. Trump wants immigrants to be afraid — 2 new studies show it’s working. Martin Longman on making America unwelcoming to immigrants. The invisible wall: How Trump is slowing immigration without laying a brick. Why did Republicans become so opposed to immigration? Republicans want to use immigration policy to make America whiter — here’s why they’re destined to fail. Why white people hate immigrants, explained. The immigration debate is about whether Latinos are “real Americans”.

Why Donald Trump could win the immigration fight. Erik Loomis on Senate Democrats and immigration: “Unfortunately, when dealing with an evil racist political party that controls all levers of government, Democrats face very difficult and perhaps no-win decisions”. Have Democrats moved left on immigration? John Judis on the two sides of immigration policy: We need to legalize the undocumented already here, but open borders will mean lower wages for American workers. The answer is class-based populism, not racist nationalism.


Paul Silva (Monash): A Bayesian Explanation of the Irrationality of Sexist and Racist Beliefs Involving Generic Content. From Buzzfeed, a look at Christopher Steele’s other report: A murder in Washington. The tools we use to help us think — from language to smartphones — may be part of thought itself: Larissa MacFarquhar on the mind-expanding ideas of Andy Clark. What the hell is happening in Gaza? “We were madly, madly in love”: Patrick Parr on the untold story of MLK’s white girlfriend. Sinclair is bad for democracy — so are other media monopolies. Slavoj Zizek: “Happiness? No, thanks”. Michelle Goldberg on affirmative action for reactionaries. Rachel Donadio on the meaning of France’s march against anti-Semitism. Antisemitism matters: Jews are the canary in the coalmine. RSS readers are due for a comeback.


From Diametros, a special issue on Ethics and Uncertainty. Kieran Setiya (MIT): Ignorance, Beneficence, and Rights. Christian Tarsney (Groningen): Rationality and Moral Risk: A Moderate Defense of Hedging. Diego E. Machuca (CONICET): Moral Skepticism: An Introduction and Overview. Andrew Sepielli (Toronto): If There are Objective Truths in Ethics, Why Does it Sometimes Look Like There Aren’t? Matthew Lutz (Wuhan): What Makes Evolution a Defeater? Eleonora Severini and Fabio Sterpetti (Rome): Darwinism in Metaethics: What If the Universal Acid Cannot Be Contained?


Maulana Karenga (CSU-Long Beach): Trump’s Mind, Mouth and Fecal Matters: Racism’s Red Meat and Raw Sewage. Federal employees at not explicitly racist agencies describe the personal hell of working under Trump. Behind the chaos: Office that vets Trump appointees plagued by inexperience. From The National Interest, a symposium on the “deep state” in today’s Washington. Ian Shank on how Trump’s America is the German Upside Down. What a year this month has been: All of these things really happened in March 2018. Is it policy, or just Reality TV? Nicholas Carr reviews Trump and the Media by Pablo J. Boczkowski and Zizi Papacharissi.

A judge just ruled a lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the Constitution can go forward. Anna North on the Summer Zervos sexual assault allegations and lawsuit against Donald Trump, explained. Corruption, not Russia, is Trump’s greatest political liability. From Mueller to Stormy to “emoluments”, Trump’s business is under siege. The president is compromised and everyone knows it. Trump desperately needs a crack legal team — but his lawyers are no match for Mueller, and no sane attorney would join them now. “What Mueller knows”: Ensuring a special counsel report in the worst-case scenario (and more).

“Tired of the wait game”: White House stabilizers gone, Trump calling his own shots. The democratic emergency: This is American democracy’s stress test — we have only limited time to pass it. Trump is not the problem, he’s the figurehead: The right-wing billionaires who trust him to plunder the nation on their behalf will still be around after he’s gone. Trump-era politics is a surreal nightmare and we can’t wake up. The delusions of Trump-era escapism: Is unplugging from the news a rational solution or an abnegation of civic responsibility?


From Jacobin, social democracy is good — but not good enough. Democratic socialism in 5 minutes or less: From Rosa Luxemburg to Bernie Sanders, a beginner’s guide. Benjamin Fong reviews The ABC’s of Socialism, ed. Bhaskar Sunkara. From Current Affairs, Nathan Robinson on socialism as a set of principles; and what socialism means: It’s not about regulating profit, but doing away with it entirely. What it means to be on the Left: The socialist project is about more than just winning a nicer version of capitalism. Robert Paul Wolff on what would socialism be. John Quiggin on socialism with a spine: The only 21st century alternative. Elizabeth Bruenig on why it’s time to give socialism a try (and more and more).

From New Politics, a symposium on Socialists, Democrats, the Working Class, and Our Future. Socialism comes to Iowa: Nicolas Medina Mora and Rebecca Zweig on how an unusual coalition may be a template for the growing American left. “The S-word”: How young Americans fell in love with socialism. Rebecca Stoner goes behind the explosion in socialism among American teens. How do we talk about socialism in America? The millennial embrace of socialism has allowed a new generation to draw inspiration from a long legacy of struggle. Ryan Cooper on the dawn of American socialism.


John M. Carey and Brendan Nyhan (Dartmouth), Gretchen Helmke (Rochester), Mitchell Sanders (Meliora), and Susan C. Stokes (Yale): Searching for a Bright Line: The First Year of the Trump Presidency. The old tea party may be over, but the new one is at peak power. Government by 10,000 cuts: It’s not just the Republicans’ big policies that hurt people, it’s the all of the smaller ones that add up. Ryan Zinke spent his first year in office selling off rights to our public lands (and more). Fund-raiser held out access to Trump as a prize for prospective clients. Republicans continue to spend a lot of fucking money at Trump properties. How the spouses of Trump’s Cabinet are spending your tax money. Why Trump’s base probably doesn’t care about corruption: Sean Illing interviews Jan-Werner Muller, author of What is Populism?

White House statements don’t mean anything anymore: The president is gaslighting the country. “Elected to lead, not to proofread”: Typos, spelling mistakes are commonplace in Trump’s White House. Authenticity, American style: Jeremy Safran on the meaning of authenticity in the era of “reality show” politics.


Here are the myriad ways Facebook is getting dunked on right now. Facebook has had countless privacy scandals — but this one is different. Facebook’s data problem is everyone’s Facebook problem. Is Facebook making us less free? Whether or not they are benevolent, digital oligopolies currently hold too much power. Alexis Madrigal on what Congress should ask Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook must decide whether it will refurbish its facade or rebuild its service. The trouble with quitting Facebook is that we like Facebook. When Facebook “disrupts” journalism, it degrades our democracy. Trapped in the dorm room: Mark Zuckerberg has long been celebrated as a visionary — but now he’s struggling to see what’s right in front of him. This is Facebook’s self-defense plan for the 2018 midterm elections.


A new issue of Cosmos and Taxis: Studies in Emergent Order and Organization is out. When sexism became a word: Maria Bucur on 1968 and feminism. What victory will look like for feminists in 2018. Trump tells aides not to talk publicly about Russia policy moves. Putin just kicked out 150 Western diplomats — what comes next could be much worse. Yes, Russia’s out to get us — but don’t forget the Chinese. Conservative economists turning back to debt hysteria. The Republicans are giving up on democracy. President Sisi will win Egypt’s election, but here’s why he should be worried: There are rumblings of dissent in the Arab world’s most populous country. Man out of time: Pete Peterson was another billionaire who dreamed of austerity.

Today’s rebels are model children: The young protesters now on the march are responsible and mature — and they’re asking adults to grow up. A culture of violent white guys: In a country where the violence of certain groups is tolerated, even encouraged, it’s inevitable that tragedies will follow. Racial resentment is in the NRA’s DNA, data finds.


David Schlueter (St. Mary’s): Reforming Military Justice: An Analysis of the Military Justice Act of 2016. Dishonorable behavior: The scourge of military sexual assault and the warrior’s masculine code. Swords into marketshare: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore on why trans inclusion in the military is the wrong fight. The U.S. military has a white nationalism problem: U.S. soldiers believe white nationalism is a greater security threat than Syria or Afghanistan. War, a family business — but it shouldn’t be. The recruiters: Searching for the next generation of warfighters in a divided America. U.S. active-duty military presence overseas is at its smallest in decades.

Ken MacLeish (Vanderbilt): How to Feel About War: On Soldier Psyches, Military Biopolitics, and American Empire. For veterans, a path to healing “moral injury”. An interview with Nancy Sherman, author of Stoic Warriors: The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind.

Controlling the chief: Charlie Savage reviews The Pentagon’s Wars: The Military’s Undeclared War Against America’s Presidents by Mark Perry. The true cost of Trump’s military parade: The President’s proposed parade isn’t just a wasteful paean to tin-pot despotism — it constitutes a broader threat to U.S. civil-military relations. Matthew Fay on the necessity of civilian control of the military.

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