Michael Villanova (CUNY): Conservatism, Liberalism, and Postmodern Identity. Oliver Traldi on partisanship, Popper, and painfully hot takes. Politicians reject evidence that conflicts with their beliefs — and if you give them more evidence, they double down. Trump is a real-world political science experiment: How far will Republicans follow their leader? Polarize and conquer: By bickering with people who are in the news, Trump and other populist leaders win politically. Voters, not just politicians, are polarized by party and ideology. America wasn’t built for humans: Tribalism was an urge our Founding Fathers assumed we could overcome — and so it has become our greatest vulnerability.


Zeeshan Aleem on Trump’s confusing attempt to torpedo the Iran deal, explained. What happens if Trump really decides to decertify the Iran deal? Trump “decertifying” the Iran deal won’t kill it — but there will be dire effects. Trump’s Iran derangement: Decertifying the Iran nuclear deal will signal that the United States is now a power whose word is worthless. Trita Parsi on Trump’s gift to the hard-liners in Iran. Ending the Iran deal is an invitation to war. Trump is inching toward war with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: Decertifying the nuclear deal isn't the most dangerous decision about Iran the president will soon make. Can the Iran deal work without the US?

Sen. Chris Murphy: It’s time to take Trump’s threat of war against North Korea seriously — and literally. Please don’t hack North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Why you really should be terrified about Trump and nuclear weapons: The revelation that he wanted nearly ten times the number of nukes is just the start. Your apocalyptic fantasies aren’t helping the North Korea crisis. Former Defense Secretary William Perry on why Donald Trump has made nuclear war with Iran and North Korea more likely.

“We now know why Tillerson called Trump a moron”: Experts on Trump’s proposal to build tens of thousands of nukes. Trump’s loose talk on nuclear weapons suddenly becomes very real. Trump threatens broadcaster NBC after nuclear report.


John McKay (Seattle): Trumpian Ethics and the Rule of Law. Monica Alexander and Magali Barbieri (UC-Berkeley) and Mathew Kiang (Harvard): Opioid Deaths by Race in the United States, 2000-2015. Perry Hinton (Warwick): Implicit Stereotypes and the Predictive Brain: Cognition and Culture in “Biased” Person Perception. The myth of massive support for independence in Catalonia. Julie Turkewitz on California’s wildfires: Why have they been so destructive? To connect or not to connect: Dana Andreicut wonders whether, or not, to escape into the Matrix. Where are all the president’s women? Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft reviews On the Couch: A Repressed History of the Analytic Couch from Plato to Freud by Nathan Kravis.

Why is Trump so excited about the Harvey Weinstein scandal? Thread: “When Trump became president, people stopped talking much about the numerous women who alleged he sexually assaulted them”. Harvey Weinstein is gone — but Hollywood still has a problem. Alia E. Dastagir on the men who kept Harvey Weinstein’s secrets safe are all around us. Thread: “That — not whether women reacted correctly — is the story. Let's stay focused”. You can’t get away with this shit anymore: The real secret to the patriarchy is that men are weak.


Three weeks since Hurricane Maria, much of Puerto Rico still dark, dry, frustrated. Puerto Rico’s health care is in dire condition, three weeks after Maria. Puerto Rico devastation could lead to national public health crisis: Some critical prescription drugs are only made on the island, and Hurricane Maria halted production at dozens of pharmaceutical factories. 84 percent of Puerto Rico still doesn’t have power. US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage in Puerto Rico. Everything that’s been reported about deaths in Puerto Rico is at odds with the official count. Puerto Rico governor turns to diaspora to lobby Congress: Warns of “humanitarian crisis” if US government doesn’t act soon.

Puerto Rico stands “on the brink of a massive liquidity crisis that will intensify”. Puerto Rico’s $74 billion burden left it helpless when Maria hit. Why the White House requested a $5 billion loan for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico relief bill cancels $16 billion in debt — but not for Puerto Rico. Four things Congress and the White House could do to stop Puerto Rico’s crisis from getting worse. Trump to executive branch: Don’t worry about Puerto Rico. Trump’s Puerto Rico video tells positive story but leaves a lot on cutting-room floor. Stunning chart reveals how badly Trump has bungled Puerto Rico’s grid rebuild. We should turn Puerto Rico into a haven for climate and clean energy research.

How many Puerto Ricans will leave home after Hurricane Maria? What the Hurricane Maria migration will do to Puerto Rico — and the US. An exodus from Puerto Rico could remake Florida politics. The way we talk about Puerto Rico is bullshit.


To tabloid reporters in New York, President Trump was known simply as Donald — a former gossip writer for the New York Daily News describes a complicated and profitable relationship. Art of the steal: Alex Shepard on how Trump boosted his book sales and gamed the New York Times best-seller list. Trump is the star of these bizarre Victorian novels — and the Internet is losing its mind. Becca Schuh on how Donald Trump changed political comics. Mike Edison on the art of the heel: For God and country, wrestling and Donald Trump explained, finally. Adrian Carrasquillo and Tarini Parti on the Trump (alternate) reality show (and more). Gregory Krieg on the inescapable Donald Trump.

Triumph of the shill: Corey Robin on the political theory of Trumpism. How Republicans got Trump catastrophically wrong: GOP leaders assumed the president’s campaign-trail rhetoric would give way to Washington realities — the trajectory they’d followed themselves. D.R. Koukal on the disordered soul and presidency of Donald J. Trump. Once upon a time, it looked like Trump might have some empathy — not anymore. “He’s better than this”, says Thomas Barrack, Trump’s loyal whisperer. Trump unleashes himself from would-be handlers, lashing out mornings, nights and weekends. “I hate everyone in the White House”: Trump seethes as advisers fear the president is “unraveling”.

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