Frank Houston: “I was at FoxNews.com during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. It created a monster”. Is Fox News part of the mainstream media? It depends. Is a civil war brewing inside Fox? After Megyn Kelly’s departure, Fox News benefitted from the ascendance of older white men — but now, the network is roiling from a new scandal. Roger Ailes was one of the worst Americans ever: Fox News founder made this the hate-filled, moronic country it is today. Fire Sean Hannity: His obsession with the Seth Rich conspiracy theory should be the last straw (and more). The Seth Rich conspiracy shows how fake news still works.


Will Donald Trump be impeached? Nate Silver on how to think about the chances. To impeach or not to impeach — and is that even the question? Democrats should proudly call for Trump’s impeachment: Some rank-and-file members are doing it — why aren’t the party’s leaders showing the same courage of conviction? The case for impeaching Trump and fast: This is the exact situation impeachment was meant for — let’s hurry up. Why Democrats in 2018 shouldn’t campaign to impeach Trump: Nothing fires up the liberal base like calls for impeachment — but will that flip seats controlled by Republicans? How Watergate helped Republicans — and gave us Trump: Democrats hoping for impeachment shouldn’t get too excited.

If you want to prosecute a president, impeach him first. Donald Trump to America: Please impeach me. So what exactly counts as an impeachable offense? No, impeachment doesn’t work that way: Let’s step back and talk about what’s what — the actual facts of how it works — when it comes to impeachment.


Emil Edenborg (Sodertom): Homophobia as Geopolitics: Putin’s Ban on “Homosexual Propaganda” and the Negotiation of Russia’s Place in the World. Amy Knight on Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov, Putin’s monster. Putin’s dragon: Chechen ruler Ramzan Kadyrov has fashioned the war-torn region in his own image — is he out of control? Chaim Shinar (OUI): Are the Chechens Freedom Fighters Or Terrorists? Giedrius Cesnakas (Vytautas Magnus): Energy Resources as the Tools of Foreign Policy: The Case of Russia. Trump claims he wants closer ties with Russia — here are 3 reasons that won’t fly. What do we know about Russia’s “grand strategy”?

Philipp Casula (Zurich): Russia’s Foreign Policy from the Crimean Crisis to the Middle East: Great Power Gamble or Biopolitics? It sounds unlikely, but there is a way Ukraine and Russia could make peace. Lithuania gears up for war with Russia: New military recruits train for battle against their powerful neighbor.


From Chiasma: A Site For Thought, a special issue on Ends of Philosophy. Nicole Siller (Deakin): “Modern Slavery”: Does International Law Distinguish between Slavery, Enslavement and Trafficking? Phylogenetic paleoecology: An article on tree-thinking and ecology in deep time. How Trump’s aides pulled off Middle East tour: The president’s smooth tour through Saudi Arabia and Israel reflected careful advance planning by a trio of White House officials. Donald Trump's foreign trip is going smoothly — it won’t last. How scared should we be of Trump’s voter fraud commission? Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on heartbreak, hope, and finally, a parade: Cleveland is the sports city worth rooting for.


From Cracked, here is a zero B.S. guide to American healthcare. Why won’t more American corporations support single-payer health care? Warren Buffett is rare among CEOs in publicly recognizing the economic benefits of Medicare for All. Scott Lemieux on the path to universal healthcare (and part 2). Trump, shouting “death spiral”, has nudged Affordable Care Act downward. Trump’s sabotage takes its toll on the health care system. Abbe Gluck on how the G.O.P. sabotaged Obamacare. Trumpcare is Russian roulette for people with pre-existing conditions. CBO: Republican health care bill raises premiums for older, poor Americans by as much as 850%.

Will Republican lies catch up to them before or after they ruin people’s lives? It’s time to worry about health care in the Senate. Senate Republicans are now reliving the House’s health care nightmare.


Here’s everything we know about Salman Abedi, the Manchester bomber. ISIS has a strategy to create a media frenzy and news outlets are struggling to disrupt it. Don’t let psychopathic murderers suppress our common humanity. Why the Manchester attack was an attack on girlhood. Why is the president putting ISIS in the same category in which he places Rosie O’Donnell? What Trump reveals by calling terrorists “losers”. Reactions to Manchester bombing show how anti-Muslim bigots are “useful idiots” for ISIS. Of course we could do more to stop terrorism — if we’re willing to live in a police state. Europe may face a grim future with terrorism as a fact of life.


Here is a simple explanation of Trump’s Russia scandal. Trump’s Russia scandal is becoming a corruption scandal. Trump is reportedly building a “war room” to defuse his scandals. We’re far past any question of a cover-up or an attempt to kill the investigation — we have almost too much evidence, too many positive acts. Trump is destroying his own presidency: Trump has no one to blame for his endangered presidency but himself. Donald Trump’s paths all lead down: Here are four things the president capable of anything could very well do as the walls close in on him. How does this end? Four alternatives for the scandal-plagued presidency of Donald Trump.

Trump’s budget is the real scandal. Paul Ryan’s agenda has been a much bigger liability for the GOP than Trump’s scandals.


Trump discovers the dangers of governing at daredevil speed. Trump is trying to run the government like his business — that’s why he’s failing. Trump stokes fears of how he’d handle real crisis: After chaotic, self-inflicted week many fear chaos Trump can’t control. The mercurial presidency: Bob Bauer on Trump and the governing crisis. Trump could damage public trust in government for generations: His actions threaten public trust not just in his administration but in the White House as an institution. Will the presidency survive this president? Trump’s recklessness may force Congress or the courts to constrain him, diminishing the power of the office.

Welcome back to history, America: The truly marvelous thing in historical perspective is not that someone like Donald Trump is president, but that for nearly 250 years we had an America in which it was literally unthinkable that someone like Donald Trump would be president.


Heather Alexander (Tilburg) and Jonathan Simon (NYU): No Port, No Passport: Why Submerged States Can Have No Nationals. Jennifer Gabrys on her book Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet. The violence of Erdogan’s bodyguards in Washington DC is Turkey’s new normal. The colonialism of the present: Glen Coulthard on the connection between indigenous and anticapitalist struggles. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on “The Decennial Census: Issues for 2020”. The U.S. census is in trouble — this is why it’s crucial to what the nation knows about itself (and more). Lawrence Mishel is stepping down as president of the Economic Policy Institute — a bittersweet moment for leftist economics.

Trump just released his budget and it breaks a lot of promises. Critics say Trump’s proposed military buildup isn’t happening — wait until 2019, the Pentagon says. Here’s how to tell that Donald Trump’s budget doesn’t care at all about poor people (and more). Trump releases budget hitting his own voters hardest. Trump’s budget is simply ludicrous: The Trump administration has not yet made a significant economic pronouncement that meets a minimal standard of competence and honesty (and more).


Jason Zengerle goes inside Corey Lewandowski’s failed romp in Trump’s swamp. The Trump administration has declared war on the Office of Government Ethics (and more). Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is trying to fill a leadership vacuum in his department by increasingly recruiting financial industry executives for senior positions that come with a perk: A title that doesn’t require Senate confirmation. 20 years ago, H.R. McMaster wrote a cautionary tale — now he risks becoming one. Scandals are making the White House impossible to staff. Your city or your soul: Quinta Jurecic on moral compromise and government service. Trump’s staff are a bunch of special snowflakes who deserve no pity.

Trump’s values are abhorrent to the Federalist Society of conservative lawyers — that doesn’t stop them from helping him. The madness of the Trumpist intellectuals: How can well-read thinkers continue to defend the abrupt, absurd decisions of a leader who doesn’t read at all?

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