The tragedy of James Comey: The former FBI director’s attempts to protect the bureau’s independence may have fatally compromised that independence. How it was done: The problem is not only that Trump fired Comey, but how he did it. “He doesn’t give a crap who he fires”: The only people who aren’t surprised by Trump’s dismissal of James Comey are the people who’ve watched his whole career. Trump’s Razor is simply never wrong. “Loyalty freak” Donald Trump freaks out FBI with alleged loyalty pledge. From Vox, why the FBI might wage “war” on Trump — and how they would actually do it; and the 3 ways to do an independent investigation of Trump and Russia, explained.

Trump seems to be staging a coverup — so what’s the crime? Mark Tushnet thinks Trump really could be impeached over Comey: “When a president can break the law without fear of impeachment, then we should really be worried”. Are there any Republican heroes left? Republicans stepped up during Watergate — who will step up now? (and more) This feels like a turning point: Nobody is in control of the narrative right now.

Dylan Matthews asked 7 experts if the Comey firing is a constitutional crisis — here’s what they said (and more). Experts on authoritarianism are absolutely terrified by the Comey firing. Trump is trying to control the FBI — it’s time to freak out: If Republicans in Congress continue to cover for his actions, the damage to the health of American government may be longstanding (and more). Our rendezvous with authoritarianism has arrived.


From the SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology, Salvador Mateos (Colmex) and Alvaro Morcillo Laiz (CIDE): International Relations and Political Sociology. From International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity, ed. by Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki, and Steve Smith, here is the entry on poststructuralism by Roland Bleiker and David Campbell. Richard Haas on 13 international relations buzzwords that need to get taken to the woodshed. Joseph S. Nye on soft power: The origins and political progress of a concept. The introduction to How Statesmen Think: The Psychology of International Politics by Robert Jervis. You can download The Future of International Relations: Masters in the Making?, ed. Iver B.Neumann and Ole Waever (1997).


Erwin Chemerinsky and Michele Goodwin (UC-Irvine): Abortion: A Woman’s Private Choice. Ordnance as ordinance: Michael Weinman on the MOAB bomb and the Biblical roots of our endless war. The head of the Census Bureau just quit, and the consequences are huge (and more). From Lawfare, can a president’s absolute immunity be trumped? We’re about to experience a flood of litigation testing what Nixon v. Fitzgerald really means. “You can’t let your emotions overtake you so much that you can’t do the work”: Colleen Walsh interviews Annette Gordon-Reed. No left turns: The present mood of the country justifies the hiring of an unapologetic socialist op-ed columnist, as opposed to a box-checking conservative.

Trump’s commission on “election integrity” will lead to massive voter suppression: It will be led by Mike Pence and Kris Kobach, who have a very long history of making it harder to vote (and more). Thread: “States with highest Black vote drop (MI, WI, OH, NC) had biggest vote list purges and new ID laws. It’s not ‘turn-out’, it’s Jim Crow”.


The knives are out for Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster: In the White House “Game of Thrones for morons”, Steve Bannon is trying to turn the president against his national security advisor. Just how unusual is the Trump White House? Every White House has its management problems, and this one is no different — or is it? Trump’s random policy generator: In this White House, personnel is policy for all the wrong reasons. Donald Trump After Hours: From where the 45th President works, eats and sleeps, everything is going just great — now if only everyone else would see it that way. Trump to hang map of his national popular vote loss in White House.


“Let’s take a moment to compare the Senate process to pass the ACA with the Senate process on Trumpcare, shall we?” Trumpcare is causing Wall Street to question Trump’s whole economic agenda. The healthcare bill exposes Trump’s chilling authoritarian agenda: It’s not only an assault on our bodies, but on our political will. Why Republicans want women pay more than men for insurance. How Trumpcare turns back the clock on disability rights. Republicans are murdering ObamaCare and calling it suicide. The four flagrant lies Republicans are telling to sell Trumpcare. Republicans party like it’s 1984: Making policy by lying about everything. Donald Trump has no idea what health insurance costs.

How to fix Trumpcare: To build a better health care bill, Republican senators need to learn a lesson from the architects of the Affordable Care Act. How Nevada fixed Obamacare: The state made one policy decision that made selling marketplace coverage way more financially appealing.

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