It was cultural anxiety that drove white, working-class voters to Trump: A new study finds that fear of societal change, not economic pressure, motivated votes for the president among non-salaried workers without college degrees (and more and more). White fear in the White House: Young Bannon disciple Julia Hahn is a case study in extremism. Many call Trump a fascist — 100 days in, is he just a reactionary Republican? Telling Trump fans he’s betraying them won’t work. Are neoliberalism and Trump’s populism incompatible? Finally, a force that can stop nationalism in the White House: The super-rich members of Trump’s Cabinet have hobbled the ethno-nationalists — and that’s a good thing.

Here’s the trick Republicans will use to make their tax cuts permanent. Now we know Donald Trump’s plan to sell tax cuts for the rich: He’s gonna lie about it — a lot. The Trump administration seems to have a one-word solution to every problem: Deregulation.


WTF happened to Curt Schilling? How the Red Sox hero went from the top of the world to the bottom of the fever swamps. New ESPN guidelines recognize connection between sports, politics. How ESPN became a conservative cause: Conservative media has seen ESPN’s business problems through the prism of politics — but the network’s struggles are much more straightforward. Sports in the age of Trump: Sportswriting has become a liberal profession. How President Trump is changing sportswriting: Benjamin Mullin interviews Bryan Curtis, editor at large at The Ringer. As American as refusing to stand for the national anthem: Patriots shun the White House, sports stars turn ESPN into MSNBC, and brands smell the commercial potential in political rage — sports may never be a politics-free zone again (and more).


Regan Loggans (FIT): Fantasies of Opulence: Racial Dynamics of Drag Balls in New York City, 1890-1969. James Gibson (Richmond): Boilerplate’s False Dichotomy. In blow to U.S.-Turkey ties, Trump administration approves plan to arm Syrian Kurds against Islamic State. Election hacks are beginning to look like the new normal: Russian hackers tried, unsuccessfully, to hijack the French election — the U.K. and Germany are likely to be targeted next. Abortion rights are being eroded: As the new administration aims to dismantle abortion rights in the United States, it is important to highlight the impacts for vulnerable women and families. Democrats are shaming Republicans by holding town halls in GOP districts.


Kaneshko Sangar (UCL): Russia and China in the Age of Grand Eurasian Projects: Prospects for Integration between the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Eurasian Economic Union. Can China replace the West? Jessica T. Mathews reviews Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond by Gideon Rachman. Is China the world’s new colonial power? The rising superpower has built up enormous holdings in poor, resource-rich African countries — but its business partners there aren’t always thrilled. Two glimpses of a grim post-American future: David Frum reviews The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region by Michael Auslin and The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age by James Kirchick.

North Korea is more rational than you think: The assumption that the country is run by a lunatic is not only incorrect — it’s dangerous. South Korea is more worried about Donald Trump than Kim Jong Un. This isn’t realpolitik, this is amateur hour: The Trump administration’s Asia policy is the worst of all possible worlds.


Trump goes full Watergate and threatens Russia investigation: His Nixonian firing of FBI director James Comey creates a crisis. In Trump’s firing of James Comey, echoes of Watergate. Dylan Matthews on 9 questions about Watergate you were too embarrassed to ask (and more). “An act of presidential imperialism”: Historians of the United States call the FBI director’s firing an extraordinary moment — but not entirely unprecedented. Donald Trump is lying about why he fired James Comey: It’s past time for Republicans to recognize Trump is dangerous. The nightmare scenario: Trump fires Comey, the one man who would stand up to him. Into the abyss: This is a very dark and perilous moment.

Four things to watch now that President Trump has fired James Comey. Fox News is floating John Pistole, a close friend of Mike Pence, to be FBI director. Bernie Sanders sets the stage for a massive Democratic resistance against Trump’s FBI nominee. Sen. Schumer says what we’re all thinking about Comey's firing: “Cover-up”. Here’s how a special prosecutor investigating Trump and Russia would get appointed. Is this a constitutional crisis? Legal experts size up the Comey firing. Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is a moment of truth for U.S. democracy.

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