FEMA has yet to authorize full disaster help for Puerto Rico. Federal disaster aid for Puerto Rico isn’t foreign aid — but Trump acts that way. Trump is wrong: Puerto Rico will take years to recover. The government’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico — and how Americans perceive it — perfectly illustrates how President Trump puts his administration on the defense by failing to tame his tweets. Trump’s capacity for cruelty will still amaze you: “I do not believe that any president ever has been so much of a colossal dick to his own citizens in word and deed as this president”. Which was worse for Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria or Hurricane Donald?

Tax-cutting House Republicans suddenly worry about the deficit when Puerto Rico needs help. Whatever the precise mix of motives, what’s happening in Puerto Rico is utterly shameful — and everyone who enables the regime perpetuating this shame shares part of the guilt.


From TNR, it’s the culture, stupid: Identity politics isn’t the problem for Democrats — it’s the solution. How can Democrats survive? They need to make a sharp, decisive left. Democrats’ biggest donor Tom Steyer demands candidates pledge to impeach Trump. Anti-monopoly candidates are testing a new politics in the midterms. How Elizabeth Warren became the soul of the Democratic Party. Can Bob Iger and the rest of America’s CEOs take their fawning media enablers and fuck off to Neverland, forever? Stop flogging CEOs for president. Democrats must embrace progressive candidates to win in Trump’s America. Brian Steinberg on how Joy Reid took on Trump and became MSNBC’s new star.

Hey, Democrats, stop complaining — you’re actually winning. Biden wants “compromise” — progressives don’t want to hear it. Bernie Sanders isn’t a Democrat — thank God. Preet Bharara is now in the Trump-opposition business. Trump has been great for the economy — the anti-Trump economy, that is. College lecturer Lars Maischak tweeted, “Trump must hang” — he doesn’t regret it. Clintonian Democrats are peddling myths to cling to power. Bernie Sanders isn’t winning local elections for the Left. “We should be unrelenting”: David Remnick on journalism in the era of Trump and the Internet. Democrats have a real chance to beat Roy Moore — they should take it.

The impeachment litmus test is dividing Democrats. What Democrats must do: The Democratic Party’s pursuit of well-off whites undermined its ability to deliver gains for all workers — going forward, it must place the multiracial working class at the center of its political vision.


Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Unleashed. Karolina Hansen, Michal Wypych, Mirosław Banko, and Michal Bilewicz (Warsaw): Psychological Determinants of Linguistic Purism: National Identification, Conservatism, and Attitudes to Loanwords. Meet Sebastian Kurz, the 31-year-old conservative poised to become Austria’s new chancellor. Why Austria’s election should worry liberals. Here’s what you should know about the bombing in Somalia. Catalonia wants independence from Spain, but modern history is littered with cautionary tales about the dangers of partition (and more). Is Donald Trump installing a mole in the Mueller probe? An ex St. Petersburg “troll” speaks out: Russian independent TV network interviews former troll at the Internet Research Agency.

Harvey Weinstein’s fall opens the floodgates in Hollywood. #MeToo: Survivors testify to the impossibility of preempting sexual assault. The movement of #MeToo: Sophie Gilbert on how a hashtag got its power. It’s time to weaponize the “whisper network”: Women have always whispered warnings to avoid certain men — but sexual harassment needs a better solution. The sexual revolution did not create Harvey Weinstein — patriarchy and capitalism did. On Weinstein coverage, Fox News summits the Everest of hypocrisy.


Sarah McRae (Alberta): “Get Off My Internets”: How Anti-Fans Deconstruct Lifestyle Bloggers’ Authenticity Work. The ascendance of the cat as the mascot of the Internet relied on an insider culture that saw the Internet as a snarky, alienated alternative to the mainstream. The rise of the Twitter thread: Virginia Heffernan on the compelling, incendiary literary form of the Trump era. Meet Poe’s Law, 2017’s most important Internet phenomenon. The human cost of monitoring the Internet: Thousands dredge through the worst of the web to protect those online from trauma-inducing content — but what happens to the workers?

Scott McLemee reviews The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity and Antagonism Online by Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner. An oasis of horror in an Internet of boredom: Angela Nagle on the online politics of transgression. Tumblr’s unclear future shows that there’s no money in Internet culture. Farhad Manjoo on how the Internet is saving culture, not killing it.


From Vox, 20 of America’'s top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy — they’re scared; and four political scientists are tracking whether Trump is damaging American democracy: So far, the story of Trump’s presidency is dysfunction, not authoritarianism. Trump, the hypocritical imperial president, is on pace to double Obama’s number of executive orders (and more). Daniel Drezner on Donald Trump and the (hopefully) temporary evisceration of political norms. Trump’s attacks on the press: Telling escalation from empty threats. Donald Trump’s impeachable offense: The commander in chief’s calls to abridge freedoms of speech and the press represent attacks on the Constitution he swore to protect and defend.

The Founding Fathers designed impeachment for someone exactly like Donald Trump. Will Trump be impeached, removed via the 25th Amendment or resign? Don’t rely on Trump to self-sabotage: Magical thinking isn’t going to get us out of this mess. The danger of President Pence: Trump’s critics yearn for his exit — but Mike Pence, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks. Want to deepen our democracy? Those concerned about the current political environment need to use their time in the opposition wisely.

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