Eric Franklin Amarante (UNLV): Why Don’t White Supremacists Pay Taxes? Why the IRS puts white-nationalist groups in the same category as orchestras, planetariums and zoos. They hate the US government, and they’re multiplying: J. Oliver Conroy on the terrifying rise of “sovereign citizens”. White male terrorists are an issue: We should discuss who gets named a terrorist, and why. This is what emboldened white supremacists look like. Heather Pool (Denison): Sovereignty, Legitimate Authority, and White Domination: South Carolina and the Confederate Battle Flag. Gary Shapiro on the meaning of our Confederate “monuments”. David Graham on the stubborn persistence of Confederate monuments.

Russia is our friend: Sanford Schram on the alt-Right, Trump and the transformation of the Republican Party. Meet Jack Posobiec, the “alt-Right” troll with a press pass in White House. What happens when the pro-Trump media get actual scoops? Major scoops by former trolls have short-circuited the bullshit detector of the mainstream media (and more). Cloudflare, a prominent San Francisco outfit, provides services to neo-Nazi sites like The Daily Stormer, including giving them personal information on people who complain about their content. The WeSearchr meltdown is a reminder that some very rich people are funding the alt-Right. Someone is giving Donald Trump news from an Internet troll and neo-Nazi fundraiser.

His kampf: Richard Spencer is a troll and an icon for white supremacists — he was also The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood’s high-school classmate. Why Richard Spencer wants to ban football. John Stoehr on exposing the fraud that is Richard Spencer.

Did South Park accidentally invent the alt-Right? Now 20 years old, the satire foreshadowed the counter-elite mood of today. What the Kek: Explaining the alt-Right “deity” behind their “meme magic”. Pepe the Frog was killed by his creator — but his alt-Right legacy lives on.


Trump’s legislative agenda slows to crawl in Congress. Chaos in Washington dimming prospects for GOP tax cuts. Chaos on Capitol Hill as Republicans reel from latest Trump controversy. Thoughts and prayers for all the GOP lawmakers concerned about Trump’s behavior. 8 reasons that G.O.P. leaders haven’t deserted Trump. A scandal-plagued White House is unraveling Republican unity in Congress. Trump is testing the GOP’s limits: After a week of controversies, and with midterms not too far away, it’s no longer impossible to envision congressional Republicans turning against the president. Congressional Republicans are quietly shifting on Trump. The dam of GOP resistance to Trump oversight is showing some cracks (and more). When Will Republicans dump Trump? Spoiler alert — not yet, and maybe never.

From Vox, the 25th Amendment, explained: How a president can be declared unfit to serve; and the suddenly relevant debate about whether a president can be prosecuted, explained. It’s tougher than it should be to impeach Donald Trump: Trump isn’t the disease — he’s the symptom. Here’s how Trump could survive — even if we learn the worst. Republicans should offer Trump a golden parachute. Is the Comey memo the beginning of the end for Trump? Trump, pumped and dumped: Does America have President Pence in its future? Trump doesn’t embody what’s wrong with Washington — Pence does.


Terry S. Kogan (Utah): How Photographs Infringe. From Cultural Anthropology, can an infrastructure be evil? A series of articles on evil infrastructures. Salim Teja on how Trump is helping Canada beat America. Trump nominates actual fascist David Clarke for Department of Homeland Security. McMaster’s credibility is on shaky ground after defending Trump (and more). When will Trump’s “mad dog” get put down? The president has given Defense Secretary James Mattis almost unprecedented power — but Trump won’t tolerate his disobedience for long. Why sci-fi fans are morally loose: How the literary genres you prefer reveal — or shape — your sense of what is ethical.

Trump wants to create an “Arab NATO” — what exactly does that mean? Stephen Miller is writing the big speech on Islam that Trump is delivering in Saudi Arabia (and more). Donald Trump wants to shorten his time at Israel’s Holocaust Memorial to a brisk 15 minutes. Trump rules out moving Israel embassy to Jerusalem for now, official says. Trump’s overseas trip must be canceled — the risks are too great.


Virtual reality poses the same riddles as the cosmic multiverse: Alt-realities, whether cosmic or VR, would undermine the laws of physics. Robert Scoble on why virtual reality will change everything. Frank Upadhyay on 5 fantastic things VR can do for children. VR started with gaming — but it will take over every other industry. Lawsuit: VR company had a “kink room”, pressured female employees to “microdose”. Google’s improbable deal to recreate the real world in VR. Inside Google’s slow-mo VR moonshot: Clay Bavor knows immersive computing is a long-term project — here’s what he’s doing to make it happen faster.


Why Trump’s disclosure to Russia (and urging Comey to drop the Flynn investigation, and various other actions) could be unlawful. Did Donald Trump violate his oath of office? He may not have broken the law by releasing classified information to Russia, but he isn’t protecting and defending the Constitution, either. The US is terrible at investigating politicians — blame the Constitution. Josh Barro on why James Comey couldn’t just quit in February. Walter Dellinger on how Trump should appoint a Democrat to run the FBI — and if he won’t, the Senate should make him. Top Democrats unite to block new FBI director until there’s a special prosecutor. Former FBI director Robert Mueller named special counsel for Russia-Trump investigation.

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