Diana Fu (Toronto): Disguised Collective Action in China. Suzanne E. Scoggins and Kevin J. O'Brien (UC-Berkeley): China’s Unhappy Police. Why does China care so much about the South China Sea? Here are 5 reasons. Bianca Bosker on how China’s ban on “weird” architecture is a global power play. Zheping Huang goes inside the Global Times, China’s hawkish, belligerent state tabloid. Revamped Chinese history journal Yanhuang Chunqiu welcomes hard-line writers. China’s twilight years: The country’s population is aging and shrinking — that means big consequences for its economy and America’s global standing. “China’s worst policy mistake”? Nicholas D. Kristof reviews China’s Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, and the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy by Kay Ann Johnson (and more); and One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment by Mei Fong.

Alex W. Palmer on the fall of China’s hedge-fund king: Xu Xiang was a legend in the country’s booming stock market — until the bubble he helped to create took him down with it. Esther Wang on moving beyond “crazy rich Asians” in the stories we tell about China. Exit the Dragon? Kung Fu, once central to Hong Kong life, is waning. A revolutionary discovery in China: Ian Johnson reviews Buried Ideas: Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts by Sarah Allan.

Linda Greenhouse and Reva Siegel (Yale): The Difference a Whole Woman Makes: Protection for the Abortion Right After Whole Woman’s Health. Sean B. Seymore (Vanderbilt): When Patents Claim Preexisting Knowledge. Well-known Turkish professor Mehmet Altan has been charged with “attempting to remove the government”. The FTC is cracking down on predatory science journals. “Isaiah Berlin is now turning so rapidly in his grave that he could provide power to most of Oxfordshire”. James Poulos on what Tocqueville would say about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Marla Maples ends her silence to share the delights and the trauma of being the Republican presidential nominee’s ex-wife. How Americans feel about the state of their lives have improved markedly in the eight years since Barack Obama was elected president, according to Gallup data.

The real Hillary Clinton — the funny, kind, passionate woman her friends and colleagues insist actually exists — has been missing from public view for so long that even some of her most admiring defenders wonder whether she will ever emerge again. Inside Hillary Clinton’s outrage machine, allies push the buttons. How a decision in May changed the general election: It’s hard to remember now, but Hillary Clinton once cast Donald Trump as a product of the same old Republican extremism Democrats always talk about; four months ago, her campaign blew it all up, arguing that Trump isn’t like any other Republican, distancing policy and partisanship from Clinton’s message, and dragging Democrats along. When goo-goos attack: Leftist and radical critique of Hillary seems to be focused on alleged corruption, rather than real policy differences. Some good news for Dems for a change: Trump could cost GOP a ton of state legislatures.

Christopher Lewis Peterson (Utah): Trump University and Presidential Impeachment. Land of the free trade: The Eastern Plains of Colorado have gone Republican for decades — but will farmers and ranchers who rely on global markets vote for Donald Trump? Trump’s white supremacy platform comes into focus: He promises the enrichment and safeguarding of white people at the expense of the principle of equal protection. Most Americans see Trump as a racist madman — some just like that in a president. Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” gaffe wasn’t a gaffe: Voters seem to agree. Poll: Nearly half of voters think Trump will detonate a nuke. Trump’s brand of ugly will be the ruin of our country: The GOP candidate was never a part of what made New York great — he was what made a great city stumble. Wall Street is starting to get freaked out about Trump.

Donald Trump lies, all the time — and stunningly few people seem to care. This is what Trump and his advisers are doing — they have no interest in creating a new reality; instead, they’re calling into question the existence of any reality. The press takes (Trump) literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally. If Donald Trump becomes president, the news media will bear a large share of the blame; polls showing that the public considers Hillary Clinton, a minor fibber at most, less trustworthy than a pathological liar is prima facie evidence of massive media failure. Pre-debate spin probably doesn’t matter much, but post-debate spin can be devastating. Should you panic over the polls? Yes, you should.

From The New Yorker, Jill Lepore on the state of the presidential debate: How should candidates — and voters — argue about politics? There is a mechanism in place to prod the public into judging the candidates against each other: the presidential debates; it is not too much to suggest that the fate of the republic might hang on Clinton’s rising to the task. There’s one other reason Gary Johnson and Jill Stein should be invited to the debates: Third-party presidential candidates help to force the conversation on hot-button issues — like pardoning Edward Snowden. Zach Stanton on how to win a debate with mind games and dirty tricks. Steve Benen on the debates leading up to the debates. A simple plan to fix the presidential debates: Norm Ornstein on how the integrity of the country’s political system is on the line. The presidential debate format stinks — we should run crisis simulations instead.

Who will win the debates? Trump’s approach was an important part of his strength in the primaries — but will it work when he faces Clinton onstage? Trump team builds “psychological profile” of Clinton for debate. Which Trump will show up for Monday’s debate? If Trump is legitimately as stupid, lazy, and childlike as his advisers portray him to be, they should stop helping him get through the debate and instead warn America not to let him become president. Frank Luntz on how Donald Trump can defeat Hillary Clinton in the first debate and how Hillary Clinton can defeat Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton needs to come out on offense in the first debate. Annie Karni and Glenn Thrush go inside Hillary Clinton’s debate prep: The Democrat holds more moot court than mock debate as she prepares to show her opponent as unbalanced and ill prepared. David Axelrod on Hillary Clinton’s final exam.

Trump vs. Clinton: A debate fact-check cheat sheet. Trump to debate moderators: Don’t even think about fact-checking me — my supporters are watching. Let the debates begin, no referee required: Don’t make the moderators do the fact-checking — the truth will come out in due course. Margaret Sullivan on five things the presidential debate moderators must do. Jim Rutenberg on a moment of truth for presidential debate moderators.

Michael A. Carrier and Carl J. Minniti (Rutgers): The Untold EpiPen Story: How Mylan Hiked Prices by Blocking Rivals. Louise Linton just wrote the perfect White-Savior-in-Africa story. Obama’s UN speech revealed a paradox at the heart of global politics. We just lived through the hottest summer in recorded history — and possibly the hottest in “thousands of years”. Obama’s climate plan will survive legal challenge — there’s only one remaining Republican who can destroy life as we know it. Congress members casually compare abortion to slavery, black genocide, and killing puppies. Joe Scarborough has big dreams (including “Trump: The Musical”) A shadow monument to Jefferson’s legacy arises in the basement of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Nicholas Weaver on the biggest Internet attack in history.

A Harvard study finds negative news reports without context outnumbered positive reports 82% to 18% during 2016 Republican and Democratic national conventions. If Clinton loses, blame the email controversy and the media. More say press is too easy on Trump than said so of Romney, McCain. Is the media biased toward Clinton or Trump? Here is some actual hard data. Fairly unbalanced: Chris Lehmann on election coverage with apples, oranges, and rancid meat. Maggie Haberman and Alexander Burns on a week of whoppers from Donald Trump (and more and more). Dean Baquet doesn’t think Donald Trump is the media’s fault: The New York Times executive editor on the challenges of covering the candidate and how the paper decided to call him a liar. Lies of the Times: Did the shades-of-gray lady just wake up? Calling Donald Trump’s lies “lies” isn't partisan — it’s the truth. David Uberti on the big lie, little lie, and the media’s role in telling the difference.

The lying game: In covering the presidential debates, and the campaign, the press needs to stand up for the truth amid Donald Trump’s fairy tales. “You can kill a person with your tongue”: Pope Francis says irresponsible journalism is a form of “terrorism”. Dear readers: Please stop calling us “the media” — there is no such thing.

From Highline, the future of America is being written in this tiny office: It’s time to get interested in what Hillary’s policy team is up to. The key question on the Clinton Foundation is whether it saved lives — the answer is clearly yes. The abnormalization of Hillary Clinton: The notion that Clinton’s email scandal is disqualifying requires a suspension of any rational standards or historical memory. Terrorism fears likely benefit Clinton, not Trump: Tom Jacobs interviews Bethany Albertson, co-author of Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World. I’m with her, not just against him: Jeffrey Goldfarb on Hillary Clinton for President. If you vote for Trump, then screw you: Drew Magary wants a word with anyone who’s about to be on the wrong side of history.

Donald Trump could actually win, putting Democrats who say he’s unfit for office in a tight spot. Rick Perlstein on how our political past is rarely prologue: “History, when done right, invites readers to tack between finding the familiar in the strange and the strange in the familiar”. Donald Trump on terror is just McCarthyism for a new age: While the Republican’s responses are hysterical, they fit with an American tradition of exploiting existential fear. Jelani Cobb on how the model for Donald Trump’s media relations is Joseph McCarthy. It’s Steve Bannon's world, we just live in it. Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is funding a Trump group that circulates dirty memes about Hillary Clinton. That idiot on your hunting message board might be Donald Trump Jr. Ivanka Trump’s business is thriving even as her dad’s reputation takes a beating.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is friendly and seems moderate — but then there’s this. Judd Legum on the myth of Gary Johnson: He’s attracting a lot of support from Millennials — but why? Confessions of a Ross Perot Voter: Bill Scher on why millennials should reconsider that vote for a third party. Charles Blow on the folly of the protest vote. Third-party candidates don’t have to be spoilers: It’s time to reform an electoral system in which voting for your first choice can lead to such perverse consequences.

Simon Chesterman (NUS): Do Driverless Cars Dream of Electric Sheep? Siberia has been burning all summer. Women feed the world, not corporations: An excerpt from Who Really Feeds the World? by Vandana Shiva. From Buzzfeed, Hayes Brown and Karla Zabludovsky interview Chilean president Michelle Bachelet: “We need more female presidents in the world”. Republicans’ kangaroo court: The House GOP uses impeachment to smear an honorable public servant (and more). Send in the clown: Internet supervillain Milo doesn’t care that you hate him (and a response). Evidence rebuts Chomsky’s theory of language learning: Much of Noam Chomsky’s revolution in linguistics — including its account of the way we learn languages — is being overturned. The fight against legalized pot is being heavily bankrolled by alcohol and pharmaceutical companies, terrified that they might lose market share.

Michael Z. Green (Texas A&M): Negotiating While Black. Jared Bernstein on what racial injustice looks like in America’s economy. Patricia J. Williams on how the “ground” in “Stand Your Ground” means any place a white person is nervous: It’s not just about property anymore. Christine Emba on why not being “a racist” isn’t enough. The racism of good intentions: Carlos Lozada reviews Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi and Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation by Nicholas Guyatt. Zack Linly on why it’s time to stop talking about racism with white people: No more arguing with disingenuous folks who have nothing to lose.

Lisa A. Flores (Colorado) and Christy-Dale L. Sims (Denver): The Zero-Sum Game of Race and the Familiar Strangeness of President Obama. Claudia Garcia-Rojas interviews Simone Browne, author of Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness. I was a CIA whistleblower, now I’m a black inmate — here’s how I see American racism. The myth of the “race card”: Stacia L. Brown on Solange Knowles, Zendaya Coleman, and the perils of being a black woman who speaks up. Black women now the most educated group in US. Black women are most worried about the outcome of the 2016 election, poll finds.

African Americans worry Trump has awoken a resentment that won’t go away. Mike Pence: Trump and I believe there’s “far too much talk” about racism in policing. Could the Charlotte protests tip North Carolina to Trump? Darryl Pinckney on black lives and the police. If you don’t understand Black Lives Matter after Terence Crutcher’s death, you never will. Black man blissfully unaware his name going to be hashtag by end of week. Sarah Begley interviews Claudia Rankine: Society is “in a state of emergency”.

167 tiny maps tell a huge climate story: Temperature is mapped worldwide for every year from 1950 to 2016, showing startling change over time. An epic Middle East heat wave could be global warming’s hellish curtain-raiser. Let them drown: Naomi Klein on the violence of othering in a warming world. Climate change is putting us in a very bad mood. Climate change could make it too hot to work. Can economies rise as emissions fall? The evidence says yes. The upside of global warming: Luxury “Northwest Passage” cruises for the filthy rich. Global warming has now made the Northwest Passage a thing. A perfect storm: Climate change and overfishing. Climate change will reshape our national parks — here’s how they'll adapt. Anthrax-spewing zombie deer are the least of your warming planet worries: Diseased carcasses dating to World War II aren’t the only surprises coming our way, courtesy of climate change.

Cass R. Sunstein (Harvard) and Sebastian Bobadilla-Suarez, Stephanie C. Lazzaro, and Tali Sharot (UCL): How People Update Beliefs about Climate Change: Good News and Bad News. Partisan polarization on climate change is worse than ever. U.S. companies publicly support climate action, privately fund deniers. Fossil fuel industry risks losing $33 trillion to climate change. Obama on climate change: The trends are “terrifying”.