How the right wing weaponizes “identity politics”. Republicans are now the “America First” party. Trump’s ignorance is radicalizing U.S. historians: They’re in great demand by the media — but will many Americans even believe what they’re saying, or accuse them of partisan bias? President Trump is the enemy of their enemies: For many Republican voters, that’s all that matters. Failing Donald Trump has a new enemy: Democracy. Trump has a dangerous disability: People must let their representatives know just how dangerous this man is. Donald Trump’s malignant narcissism is toxic: Mental health professionals have a “duty to warn” about a leader who may be unfit to serve.


Why is Silicon Valley so awful to women? Tech companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve conditions for female employees — here’s why not much has changed and what might actually work. A feature, not a bug: Teary-eyed CEO apologies and internal investigations won’t cure Silicon Valley of being Silicon Valley. How ingrained is sexism in Silicon Valley? Ask the women trying to get funding. Facebook’s gender bias goes so deep it’s in the code: Female software engineers found their work was rejected 35 percent more than male engineers. As Uber probes sexual harassment at its offices, it overlooks hundreds of thousands of female drivers.


Daniel Jacob Hemel (Chicago): Can New York Publish President Trump’s State Tax Returns? Congress allocates $120 million for Trump family’s security costs. Silvia Killingsworth on how Forbes became the Kushner Family Newsletter. Bribe cases, a Jared Kushner partner and potential conflicts: President Trump’s son-in-law, a top adviser, had help building a real estate empire from a member of one of Israel’s wealthiest families. State Department promotes Ivanka Trump’s book in another ethics blunder. Trump’s Washington is a modern-day Sodom. Donald Trump’s enduring corruption of the presidency: He has transformed the office into a kleptocracy, and the Republican Party’s complicity will preserve it for future presidents to exploit.


Helen Berents (QUT): #Iammalala, #Bringbackourgirls, and Gendering Representations of Global Politics. Dalibor Rohac and Mate Hajba on how the United States can stop Hungary’s descent into authoritarianism. Will the Voice of America become the Voice of Trump? The president is poised to turn a government broadcaster into his personal megaphone. Dean Baker on the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget: A different path forward. Women will fight Trump’s agenda for the next 100 days too. Hot takes and “problematic faves”: Jaime Weinman on the rise of socially conscious criticism. Being poorer than the rest of the neighborhood: Relative deprivation and problem behavior of youth.


There are at least 22 Democrats thinking about running for president in 2020. To run for president, Sen. Warren needs to hone her message. Democrats say they need a better economic message — Ohio’s Sherrod Brown thinks he has one. Why did Trump win? New research by Democrats offers a worrisome answer. Can Democrats win back Obama-Trump voters? Appalachia needs big government: How Donald Trump betrayed the region — and how Democrats can win it back. Economics, not identity, is key to reviving American liberalism: Democrats ought to focus on voters’ concerns about wage stagnation and job insecurity.


From Vox, the American Health Care Act: The Obamacare repeal bill the House just passed, explained; the AHCA is a betrayal of all the GOP’s promises on health care; the many obstacles awaiting the Republican health care bill in the Senate; and Trump’s health care victory could be a Pyrrhic one. Donald Trump has changed Washington: Like Trump, Republican politicians just say whatever they want. David Leonhardt on the new study that shows Trumpcare’s damage. The Republican health plan is a lethal moral obscenity. Every Republican who voted for this abomination must be held accountable. This won’t end well for House Republicans (and more).

The AHCA is truly the granddaddy of all reverse-Robin Hood legislation. This is literally the central ideological point of the Republican Party: GOP is killing some of us (cuz no mistake no insurance means premature death) to give more money to rich people. The “pro-life” party has become the party of death: New research on why Republicans hate poor and sick people.


Trump executive order aims to relax restrictions on political activity by churches. An executive order about campaign finance, not religious freedom. Trump unwittingly lays a trap for his religious right supporters. Trump’s “religious freedom” executive order pleases no one: They like it enough to make nice, but they’re still expecting more. Clergy members warn that Donald Trump’s religious liberty executive order will “harm others in the name of those beliefs”. When conservatives oppose “religious freedom”: Christian conservatives who defend the rights of Muslims have come under attack by their ideological brethren.

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