From The Washington Post, what’s happening in America? David Maraniss and Robert Samuels on the great unsettling. Michael Horton on the theology of Donald Trump: Four words that reveal what his followers really believe. Donald Trump is mainstreaming bigoted ideas — that’s what makes him so terrifying. We should just call it what it is: Donald Trump is the leader of the White Lives Matter movement — “So where the 2008 election seemed like shocking proof of how non-racist we were, the pendulum has now swung back hard and 2016 is shocking proof of how racist some of us still are”. Part of the reason we have Trump today is that Obama set the table by dividing the country so completely; maneuvering so as to pit Americans against one another. Chaos in the family, chaos in the state: Kevin Williamson on the white working class’s dysfunction. Paul Krugman on the Republican elite’s reign of disdain.

Can we please retire the notion that Donald Trump is hijacking the Republican Party? There was no establishment after all. Republican voters are spoiling Paul Ryan’s dream of a grand triumph for conservatism. Hans Noel on why some conservatives want to stop Donald Trump at all costs: Saving their party might be worth letting Hillary Clinton win the presidency. Don’t expect Trump to break up the GOP: Why Republicans aren’t going to risk destroying a party that’s on the verge of complete political domination because a billionaire is exposing the white identity politics that have been so successful in subtler forms for the Right. The electoral college could still stop Trump, even if he wins the popular vote: Maybe — just this once — state legislators should use their constitutional authority and change how we elect the president.


David Schleicher (Yale): Federalism and State Democracy. Glenn Greenwald, Andrew Fishman, and David Miranda on how Brazil is engulfed by ruling class corruption — and a dangerous subversion of democracy. Denver David Robinson on the men on the ice: They’re like the Navy SEALs of the north, except the auditions are tougher. David Rothkopf on the secret ingredient for peace. As women take over a male-dominated field, the pay drops. How the first amendment is being abused: Apple is not the first corporation to deploy the free speech argument to support their position — corporations have been co-opting the principle since the 1970s. Research suggests mental abilities are shaped by individual differences in the brain. Anna Weiner on the best magazine on the early web. Tony Silber on how the fate of the newsstand is not the same as the fate of print.

The nomination of Merrick Garland puts the GOP in a bind — but it also represents a missed opportunity (and more). Obama picked a safe SCOTUS nominee — this is how it could backfire. Merrick Garland would shift the Court decisively leftward — it’s why Republicans are vowing to block him. Supreme Court nomination drives groups from Left and Right to fight. Paul Waldman on how the Merrick Garland nomination explains the rise of Donald Trump: “The Republican willingness — indeed, eagerness — to abandon traditional norms of governing has crippled our political system”. Aneil Kovvali on a modest proposal for Justice Scalia’s seat.


Benoit Pelopidas (Bristol): We All Lost the “Cuban Missile Crisis”. The introduction to Fighting over Fidel: The New York Intellectuals and the Cuban Revolution by Rafael Rojas (and more). When Castro took power, Americans fled Cuba and left a lot of property behind; now the claims on these contested holdings — land, buildings, cars and more — are exciting speculators and could stand in the way of reconciliation. The story of America’s reconciliation with Cuba is one of near misses, crossed wires and unexpected challenges that could have changed the course of history. Esther Allen on Cuba: We never left. Gerard-Francois Dumont on Cuba: History of an exodus. The other migrant crisis: Cubans are streaming north in large numbers. A socialist vision fades in Cuba’s biggest housing project: Inequality is growing in Cuba, threatening the legacy of Castro’s revolution.

Opening for business: A former Marielito positions himself as an entrepreneur in the new Cuba. The changing face of Cuba: Amanda Mattingly says with the thawing of its relationship with the U.S., Cuba is weighing how it can allow U.S. investments and tourists while maintaining its unique culture and socialist ideals. Don’t worry, Americans: “Old” Cuba isn’t going anywhere just yet. Cuban artists still condemned to silence: Dissident artists are no better off post-Fidel, and renewed relations with the US haven't helped as many hoped or claimed they would. Staff at Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba’s Communist Party, are facing a new challenge: How to embrace the openness of the internet while still pleasing ruthless censors.

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