Is Donald Trump more like a teenager or a toddler? Let the most important political debate of 2017 begin. Roger Cohen on the bone-spur bozo at the White House. Trump’s latest big interview is both funny and terrifying: POTUS swings and misses at the softest softballs. Trump is the new Nixon, Reagan, Jackson? Historical analogies are simplistic, misleading — and absolutely essential. Forty years of the firm: Corey Robin on Trump and the Coasian grotesque. Why the Dealmaker in Chief can’t negotiate any agreements. Who knew Trump would be a weak president? He campaigned with a lot of swagger — but his first nine months in office have been defined by indecision, vacillation, and a reluctance to call shots. “We have to take away the football”: Ex-Bush ethics chief demands 25th Amendment before it’s “too late”.


Did a largely forgotten peace pact transform the world we live in? Louis Menand reviews The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro (and more and more). Outlawing war? It actually worked — a 1928 pact brought an end to the right of conquest and changed the way states behave. Charli Carpenter on a treaty to end all (most?) wars? There’s still no reason to think the Kellogg-Briand Pact accomplished anything (and a response). Here is an article on “war manifestos”, documents that set out the legal reasons sovereigns provided for going to war from the late-fifteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries.


From Continental Thought and Theory, a special issue on 150 years of Capital, ed. Mike Grimshaw and Cindy Zeiher. Reith Thomas Funston (Dartmouth): All Communists go to Heaven: The Construction of a Marxist Kingdom of God on Earth. Takahiro Chino (Waseda): Is Western Marxism Western? The Cases of Gramsci and Tosaka. Pablo Gilabert (Concordia): Kantian Dignity and Marxian Socialism. Sebastian Sclofsky (Florida) and Kevin Funk (Spring Hill): The Specter That Haunts Political Science: The Neglect and Misreading of Marx in International Relations and Comparative Politics. After capital’s revolt: An interview with Wolfgang Streeck. Dominic Alexander reviews Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason by David Harvey. Magnus Moller Ziegler and Tobias Dias interview Andrew Hartman on Karl Marx’s intellectual legacy in the US.


Martin Savransky (Goldsmiths): How It Feels to Think: Experiencing Intellectual Invention. A genocide is taking place — luckily we Americans have other things to worry about. The Kurdish referendum backfired badly — here’s why. The opioid crisis is a political emergency for American conservatism. Trump just declared a public health emergency to combat the opioid crisis — here’s what that will do. Undocumented teen seeking abortion faced abuse at refugee shelter. Trump election commission has ground to a halt, says Republican member. GAO to investigate Trump’s voter fraud commission. Annual Reviews launches Knowable Magazine, a digital magazine that will explore the real-world significance of scholarly research.

President again actively assisting on-going Russian attacks. Republicans on House’s Trump-Russia probe not that interested in Trump or Russia. The Republicans have developed a theory of alt-collusion to defend Trump from Mueller. Scandalmongering the Clintons has defined the Republican Party for the past quarter of a century — maybe going cold turkey was just too much to ask. A coordinated attack on the FBI has begun. How Robert Mueller’s investigation could end: Anyone hoping for a neat conclusion is likely to be disappointed.


From Public Books, a symposium on What’s at Stake in Trump’s America, with contributions by William Julius Wilson, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, Richard Sennett, and more. Is hateful speech in the wake of Donald Trump’s election a sign of a new “normal”? Christopher Ingraham on what Americans are afraid of in the age of Trump. How data can save us from the Trumpocalypse: In 2017, Americans need as much access to public information as possible, pleads political scholar Sarah Kendzior. Francis Fukuyama on checks and balances: Since the beginning of the presidency of Donald J. Trump, Americans have been undergoing a worrisome experiment in constitutional government.

Blame the Constitution for Trump’s undemocratic executive orders. Has the Trump administration crossed the “bright lines” of democracy? Trump is still treating the federal government like he owns it: “Maybe Republicans ought to consider the possibility that a president who acts this way is bad, and they should stop him”. Will we ever return to normal after Trump? It’s not too soon to contemplate a post-Trump challenge — tyrant-proofing the country, in case the next one isn’t such a clown.


How people inside Facebook are reacting to the company’s election crisis. “What have I done”: Early Facebook employees regret the monster they created. People at Facebook don’t know how Facebook works. Does even Mark Zuckerberg know what Facebook is? The same company that gives you birthday reminders also helped ensure the integrity of the German elections. Facebook’s DC nightmare is just beginning. What happens when Facebook controls the news. Who will take responsibility for Facebook? What Facebook did to American democracy — and why it was so hard to see it coming. Social media bots threaten democracy — but we are not helpless.


The tragedy of Jeff Flake: The Arizona senator gambled that voters would choose civility and responsible governance over Trump. Why Jeff Flake’s exit should scare Democrats. Flake wants GOP to “speak out” against Trump, but that’s it. After day of feuding, Jeff Flake and Bob Corker join Trump to upend a major consumer protection. A stern Senate speech won’t stop Trump — it didn’t stop McCarthy. Scott Lemieux on what Jeff Flake must do next. Alex Shepard on Jeff Flake and the great failure of the anti-Trumpists. Jonathan Chait, Ed Kilgore, and Eric Levitz on Jeff Flake and the anti-Trump Republican politician. Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, and John McCain need to start acting like senators, not pundits. Sorry, Senator Corker — you missed your chance to do the right thing about Trump.

Republican establishment accuses Steve Bannon of being an anti-Semite in ugly war against his plan to topple sitting senators. “The president’s wingman”: Absent in the West Wing, Bannon stays close to Trump. The Bannon style of American politics: It’s not as new as it seems. Bannon’s populist “New Right” pretty similar to the 1970s New Right. The Republican purge has only just begun: Steve Bannon isn’t just trying to tear down the GOP establishment — he wants to build a new one. Establishment Republicans agree: Steve Bannon is kicking our ass. What is McConnell’s ammunition in the battle against Bannon?

Republican elites cheered the right-wing insurgency — now it’s coming for them. As G.O.P. bends toward Trump, critics either give in or give up. Greg Sargent on the Trump authoritarian cult. The GOP civil war is bigger than Trump — a new study shows deep fissures on policy. The Republican party is in the midst of a civil war — and Donald Trump is winning. Colbert mocks GOP: It's “civil war”, but no one is trying to help black people.

Movement conservatives now prefer Trump: According to new research from Pew, old-school conservatives love Trump even more than the America First types do. No, the extremist fever in the GOP is not breaking.


Richard T. Karcher (Eastern Michigan): The Chances of a Drafted Baseball Player Making the Major Leagues: A Quantitative Study. Rob Manfred is trying to speed up baseball in order to save it. As baseball considers change, it should look to its past. This is why baseball is so white. The Braves’ new ballpark is an urban planner’s nightmare. Why are some new statistics embraced and not others? Going deep: Kieran Setiya on baseball and philosophy. How audio mixers make sports sound great on TV: The crack of a baseball bat and the roar of a crowd aren't accidents — they're carefully constructed by professionals.


Darkness: Yochi Dreazen on life in Puerto Rico without electricity. “Like going back in time”: Puerto Ricans put survival skills to use. How one small town in Puerto Rico found food and community after Maria. Pop-up disaster relief groups are navigating a devastated Puerto Rico. Why FEMA sent “junk food” to Puerto Rican hurricane survivors. Tesla just unveiled its first battery project in Puerto Rico that will restore power to a children’s hospital. Google turns on Internet balloons in Puerto Rico. Schumer wants “CEO of Response and Recovery” for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico’s hurricane crisis has only just begun.

Jon Lee Anderson interviews Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, on Trump’s “big mouth” and what Puerto Rico needs. Counties that voted for the president get more in disaster relief: The federal aid sent to Puerto Rico fits a longstanding pattern. How Donald Trump’s failure to help Puerto Rico could haunt him in 2020.


T. V. Danylova (NUBiP): Eastern Mysticism and Timothy Leary: Human Beyond the Conventional Reality. Amir Borges Ferreira Neto, Adam Nowak, and Amanda Ross (West Virginia): Do Tourists Tip More Than Local Consumers? Evidence of Taxi Rides in New York City. Interpol needs to stop helping dictators. Culture is armor: Cody Delistraty on Adam Gopnik and the necessity of the cultural intellectual. Comic relief: Marta Zarzycka on the puzzling function of political humor online. Scott McLemee highlights a half dozen catchphrases that have significantly overstayed their welcome. What do we do with our dead? Our mortuary conventions reveal a lot about our relation to the past.

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