Tip the balance

Michael Gaddis (UCLA): An Introduction to Audit Studies in the Social Sciences. In Turkey’s watershed election, it’s the Kurds who could tip the balance. National Enquirer sent stories about Trump to his attorney Michael Cohen before publication. Trump’s latest attack on Democrats echoes a conspiracy theory from the fringes of the Internet. Melania Trump plays the role of medieval queen: The first lady’s intervention to reverse the administration’s family-separation policy fits a long historical pattern. Melania’s “I really don’t care” jacket is the apotheosis of the “words don’t matter” presidency. Kieran Setiya reviews Action versus Contemplation: Why an Ancient Debate Still Matters By Jennifer Summit and Blakey Vermeule.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief wants to let the banks run wild — he just won’t say it out loud. Mulvaney mulls option of moving CFPB into basement — or Dallas. Trump and Mulvaney keep jacking away at the Finance Protection Bureau. Trump wins, consumers lose again at the CFPB. Republican judge orders the entire Consumer Financial Protection Bureau eliminated.