Will Republicans check Trump’s presidential power? Richard Nixon’s dismissal of the Watergate special prosecutor was met with bipartisan outrage — it’s less clear whether the public, and its political leaders, will respond in kind to the firing of FBI director James Comey (and more). From Fox News to the Senate floor, Republicans close ranks behind Trump firing Comey. Mitch McConnell is doing incalculable damage to our democracy. I’m sticking with my president: What has changed since Nixon’s day? “Days like this, it is helpful to remember that 24% of Americans still supported Nixon at the time of his resignation”. The complicated politics of impeachment are coming into play in Trump’s Washington.

President Trump just crippled his legislative agenda. Democrats grind Senate’s work to a halt over Comey firing (and more and more). It’s now up to Democrats to save American democracy.


Anna Popkova (Western Michigan): “Putin is Playing Chess and I Think We Are Playing Marbles”: Vladimir Putin’s “Soft Power” and the American Right. The most powerful members of the Trump administration disagree with him about Russia. Eugene Rumer, Richard Sokolsky, and Andrew S. Weiss on guiding principles for a sustainable U.S. policy toward Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. Tony Wood reviews Return to Cold War by Robert Legvold; Should We Fear Russia? by Dmitri Trenin; and Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War by Peter Conradi. Joss Meakins on why Russia is far less threatening than it seems.

Trump’s new Russia expert wrote a psychological profile of Vladimir Putin and it should scare Trump: Carlos Lozada reviews Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin by Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy. Putin is poised to take advantage of Trump’s retreat from the world. Russia, feeling slighted by Trump, seeks a reset.


Inside the F.B.I., stunned agents wonder about future of Russia inquiry. After Comey, here are the options for an independent Russia inquiry. The great American ass-covering: With James Comey’s firing, the entire Justice Department is now hopelessly compromised. Rosenstein and Justice Department lawyers now have special obligations. Dems want special counsel on Russia, but don’t want Rosenstein to pick one. A look at the past work of the Deputy AG who called for Comey’s firing. Will Rod Rosenstein keep his promises? Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department are helping Trump lie: Only the bureaucrats can save us now.


Carys J. Craig (Toronto): Technological Neutrality: Recalibrating Copyright in the Information Age. What does Vladimir Putin want? What Putin is up to — and why he may have overplayed his hand. A season of regret for an aging tribal expert in India: T.N. Pandit, 82, an anthropologist who studied indigenous groups and coaxed them into contact with outsiders, now agrees that the Jarawa people have been damaged by such exposure. Her father championed Jewish refugees — she finances the anti-Muslim refugee movement. How TV has trivialized our culture and politics: Sean Illing interviews Lance Strate, author of Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman’s Brave New World.


It’s not just Comey: The scary past 24 hours in Trump-Russia, explained (and more). OK, now is it Watergate? A realtime chronicler of Nixon’s downfall assesses Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Is America a failing state? Our country is at a crossroads. If it happened there: Political chaos as regime purges powerful security chief. “Suck it up and move on” is the moral philosophy of the Trump era: Donald Trump’s constantly changing lies are making life impossible for his defenders. Brian Resnick on Donald Trump and the slippery slope to becoming a prolific liar. David Roberts: “OK, y’all, time for some game theory. Ha ha, jk. It’s actually time for some theory of mind! Gigantic tweetstorm to follow. Brace thyself”.


From Philosophy and Public Issues, a symposium on People and Territory, including Ian Carter (Pavia): Territory, Self-determination, and Individual Autonomy. Theodore Christakis (Grenoble) and Aristoteles Constantinides (Cyprus): Territorial Disputes in the Context of Secessionist Conflicts. Milena Sterio (Cleveland State): Secession: A Proposal for a New Legal Framework. Joseph Blocher and G. Mitu Gulati (Duke): Forced Secessions. Marvin Suesse (NYU): Shaping the Size of Nations: A Test of the Determinants of Secessions. Arnold N. Pronto (UN): Irredentist Secession in International Law. Joseph Blocher and Mitu Gulati (Duke): Forced Secessions; and A Market for Sovereign Control. Anna Gelpern (Georgetown): Cinderella Sovereignty.


From World Policy Journal, the nightmare is real: In his racism, misogyny, and xenophobia, Donald Trump resembles a 20th-century fascist, but historian Enzo Traverso argues the likeness is superficial; and having spent over two decades analyzing Russia’s slide into dictatorship, journalist Masha Gessen is now terrified of the damage President Donald Trump could do to democracy in the U.S. How authoritarianism is shaping American politics (and it’s not just about Trump). Authoritarianism 101: First, fire the FBI director. Experts in authoritarian regimes say Comey’s firing was a “shock event”.

This is not a drill: The firing of FBI director James Comey poses a question — will the law answer to the president, or the president to the law? Comey’s firing is a crisis of American rule of law: Trump’s actions are constitutional but violate powerful political norms. Trump’s firing of FBI director could be an impeachable offense, constitutional law experts say (and more).

Trump’s 3 big firings — James Comey, Preet Bharara, and Sally Yates — paint a disturbing picture. Trump’s firing of Comey is scarier if he has nothing to hide. President Trump fired James Comey because the government works for Donald Trump.

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