From Brookings, Mara Revkin on the legal foundations of the Islamic State. Is the Islamic State a state? (and more) Kareem El Damanhoury on the Daesh state: The myth turns into a reality. Hassan Ahmad (UC-Berkeley): Prosecuting ISIS at the ICC. Sahar F Aziz (Texas A&M): Rethinking Counterterrorism in the Age of ISIS. In the age of ISIS, who’s a terrorist, and who’s simply deranged? The difference between ISIS and ISIS-ish: What to make of criminals and social misfits who suddenly take up the ISIS name? How the Islamic State recruits and coerces children: Kids are brainwashed into terrorism. Islamic State defectors hold key to countering group’s recruitment. Andy Greenberg on Google’s clever plan to stop aspiring ISIS recruits. With mosques under surveillance, IS turns to soccer for recruitment. Jihad v soccer: James Dorsey on the Islamic State’s convoluted love-hate relationship.

Scott Atran on ISIS: The durability of chaos. How a secretive branch of ISIS built a global network of killers: A jailhouse interview with a German man who joined the Islamic State reveals the workings of a unit whose lieutenants are empowered to plan attacks around the world. Why Europe can’t find the jihadis in its midst: A small, well-organized ISIS cell has been at work in the heart of Europe for years, recruiting criminals, exploiting freedom of movement, and evading counterterrorism efforts. Inside the head of an ISIS true believer: The so-called Islamic State vows to endure and expand, but under relentless pressure, it’s shrinking — how do its partisans think they can endure?

Mosul: Smuggled diary reveals life of fear under IS. Inside the real US ground war on ISIS: As the US and its allies prepare to launch a major offensive for Mosul, US service members are on the ground in growing numbers — and increasingly in harm’s way. Signs of panic and rebellion in the heart of Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate. Caliphate in peril, more ISIS fighters may take mayhem to Europe. What happens after ISIS falls? Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate is shrinking, but its demise is likely to bring new problems — fresh regional clashes, a revived al Qaeda and more terrorism in the West. The end of the Islamic State will make the Middle East worse: The group's weakening will resurface more potent fault lines. If ISIS loses Mosul, what then? Militants were largely driven from the city during the Iraq War, but they came back — here’s why this time is different.

Forget what Donald Trump says — ISIS is in retreat. Why ISIS is rooting for Trump: Islamophobic politicians make the best enemies.

Claire A. Lockard (Elon): Unhappy Confessions: The Temptation of Admitting to White Privilege. When you’re a protester, the color of your skin is all that matters: Charles Pierce on the difference between Oregon and North Dakota. From NYRB, a review essay on books on the Panama Papers. How Neera Tanden works: Emails released by WikiLeaks reveal the maneuverings of a liberal think-tank president and member of Hillary Clinton’s inner circle. The pudgy dad hypothesis and why older men matter: Kate Douglas reviews How Men Age: What Evolution Reveals about Male Health and Mortality by Richard G. Bribiescas. Alan Blinder has a message to the candidates: Hands off the Federal Reserve. The introduction to Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, Morals, and Purpose in the Age of Neuroscience, ed. Gregg D. Caruso and Owen Flanagan.

FBI agents knew of Clinton-related emails weeks before director was briefed. James Comey broke with Loretta Lynch and Justice Department tradition (and more). James Comey fails to follow Justice Department rules yet again (and more). The more we learn about this situation the clearer it becomes how badly Comey managed it. Former Justice Department prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg on how James Comey’s October surprise is “indefensible”. James Fallows on James Comey and the destruction of norms. Did James Comey break the law? On Clinton emails, did the F.B.I. director abuse his power? If the announcement influences the election, it could be a violation of the Hatch Act. The very political James Comey: The FBI director says he “doesn’t give a hoot” about politics, but when it comes to Clinton and her emails, he’s made a series of political decisions that have jeopardized the integrity of the FBI — and the U.S. election process.

Judge Jeanine: Comey’s announcement “disgraces and politicizes the FBI”. Jamie Gorelick, deputy attorney general from 1994 to 1997, and Larry Thompson, deputy attorney general from 2001 to 2003, on how James Comey is damaging our democracy. Senior Dem aide: Chaffetz tweeted Comey’s letter before Democrats even saw it. Judd Legum fixes Comey’s letter. Jack Goldsmith and Benjamin Wittes on James Comey, Hillary Clinton, and the email investigation: A guide for the perplexed.

Will Hillary Clinton lose the election because of the FBI’s email investigation? Nate Silver on four ways forward for Clinton after the FBI news. How Clinton plans to deal with Comey’s October surprise. As a woman inches closer to the White House, news is dominated by sexual misconduct of her opponent, her husband and her aide’s husband. #LOLnothingmatters: American democracy, the transatlantic alliance and the liberal world order may end because someone called “Weiner” was “sexting”?

Corey Robin (Brooklyn): Edmund Burke and the Problem of Value. Allen Mendenhall reviews Conservatism and Pragmatism in Law, Politics, and Ethics by Seth Vannatta. How a handful of Weimar emigres came to have an outsized influence on the ideology of the American Right: Sam Tanenhaus reviews The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction by Mark Lilla (and more and more). David B. Frisk reviews Right-Wing Critics of American Conservatism by George Hawley. Daniel Young on the Maoist moment in American conservatism. Jason Willick and James Hitchcock on how the Golden State became the intellectual capital of Trump’s GOP. Crisis of the conservative intellectual: Matthew Continetti on how populism displaced conservatism in the Republican Party. Ross Douthat on what the Right’s intellectuals did wrong: Three signal failures that led to the disastrous rendezvous with Trumpism.

The origins of the Republican civil war: Jacob Heilbrun reviews Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics by Nicole Hemmer. Never Trumpers and reluctant Trump supporters, stop questioning each other’s motives: The future of conservatism depends on their reconciliation beginning November 9. Eric Foner on how Trump is logical conclusion of what the GOP has been doing for decades.

Say Burgin (Leeds) White Women, Anti-Imperialist Feminism and the Story of Race within the US Women's Liberation Movement. NATO members are supposed to be democratic — what happens when Turkey isn't? US abstains on UN vote on Cuba embargo for first time. Would Clinton or Trump be better at foreign policy? Here's what international relations scholars think. Helaine Olen on why so many Americans are putting off major financial decisions until this election is over. Cruz says there's precedent for keeping ninth Supreme Court seat empty. The little-known company that enables worldwide mass surveillance: Internal Endace documents reveal the firm's key role helping governments harvest vast amounts of data on private emails, chats, and browsing histories. Will Self on the romance delusion: Many have thrown off the God delusion, but another has us in a firmer embrace.

From Bloomberg, Joshua Green and Sasha Issenberg go inside the Trump bunker, with 12 days to go: Win or lose, the Republican candidate and his inner circle have built a direct marketing operation that could power a TV network — or finish off the GOP. Trump’s plan for a comeback includes building a “psychographic” profile of every voter. In a post-truth election, clicks trump facts: Trump’s campaign is floundering, but it’s still big business for media giants like CNN. Meet Richard Spencer, the dapper white nationalist who wins even if Trump loses. Some Donald Trump voters warn of revolution if Hillary Clinton wins. Republicans who care about the future of the party should ask these questions. Republicans are inventing Clinton scandals to save their shattered party.

GOP civil war is Clinton’s to win. Will Bill Clinton come out of hiding after the election? He was supposed to be one of Hillary’s top surrogates — instead, he's disappeared from the national spotlight. The great Democratic inversion: Among white voters, the 2016 election will represent a complete reversal of the New Deal order between the rich and the poor. Hillary Clinton’s campaign has more black women than any presidential campaign in history. Tim Kaine’s feminism: The way Tim Kaine wants to model masculinity is as far from Trump as you can imagine.

James Gray Pope (Rutgers): Why Is There No Socialism in the United States? Law and the Racial Divide in the American Working Class. Is socialism still a dirty word? Tyler Zimmer reviews The ABCs of Socialism by Bhaskar Sunkara. Lego Marx: What is the Left again? From Jacobin, what is the Left? Solidarity is about what you do, not who you are; liberalism's crisis, socialism's promise: Socialism isn't the negation of liberalism — it's the realization of liberal values made impossible by capitalism; and social democracy's breaking point: We need a politics that acknowledges that the social-democratic class compromise is unsustainable. Karl Polanyi and twenty-first century socialism: Polanyi's views were the exact opposite of his contemporary, Joseph Schumpeter, who famously defined democracy as giving people a choice over which elite group would rule over them. The snarxist temptation: Faced with socialism's co-optation, some merely roll their eyes.

What was social democracy? Chris Cutrone on the meaning of socialism for Marxism. The introduction to Political Uses of Utopia: New Marxist, Anarchist, and Radical Perspectives, ed. S.D. Chrostowska and James Ingram.

From the Journal of World-Systems Research, a special issue on Coloniality of Power and Hegemonic Shifts in the World-System. Mass protest in Venezuela demanding end of “dictatorship”. H.I.V. arrived in the U.S. long before “Patient Zero”. Shane Bauer: I went undercover with a border militia — here’s what I saw. Why the law turns a blind eye to militias: “If these militias are just running around the woods with guns, most states don't really care”. Power, the new victimhood and the disappearance of personal accountability: Andy Lamey reviews Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair by Sarah Schulman. Christ’s burial place at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem is exposed for first time since at least 1555 A.D. This is huge: New project releases all current (non-confidential) Congressional Research Service reports.

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on The Help America Vote Act and Election Administration: Overview and Selected Issues for the 2016 Election. From NYRB, a series of essays on the election including Mark Danner, Elizabeth Drew, Nicholas Lemann, Darryl Pinckney, and Marilynne Robinson (and more and more and more). What do financial markets think of the 2016 election? Yes, the election is rigged — against immigrants who should be able to vote but can't. Trump loyalists planned voter intimidation using fake ID badges, fake exit polling. Linguists: Trump is saying "big league", not "bigly", still stupid either way. Just plain nasty: Sam Kriss on the election that spawned a thousand T-shirts. Katy Steinmetz on how the 2016 election has improved our vocabularies.

From, meet Laurence Kotlikoff, the economist running for president. Evan McMullin isn't just running for president — he's literally building a new party. What Evan McMullin is attempting is kind of unprecedented. Right on schedule, Gary Johnson's poll numbers are crashing. Jonathan Chait on the oddly snobbish anti-intellectualism of Donald Trump. Former Trump rental agent describes his policy: "I don't rent to the n-word". Ed Kilgore on Donald Trump and the religion of white nostalgia. Trolls for Trump: Meet Mike Cernovich, the meme mastermind of the alt-Right. Trump booster Alex Jones: I'm not anti-Semitic, but Jews run an evil conspiracy. Why liberals love Bill Mitchell, Twitter's most absurd Trump supporter. The "Republican Party" doesn't make strategic decisions — individual Republicans do. At Trump hotel in Washington, alternate reality: All is well.

Democrats are coming home to Clinton: Yes, she's running against an unusually repellent opponent — but you can't say anymore that Americans can't stand Hillary Clinton either. Ryan Lizza on Hillary Clinton's mandate problem. Why the good economy could be a problem for the next president. Hillary Clinton's victory prize: Congressional investigations. House Republicans are already preparing for "years" of investigations of Clinton. The Senate should refuse to confirm all of Hillary Clinton's judicial nominees. Electing Hillary isn't enough: A new President Clinton can save us from Donald Trump but not a broken Republican Party. The Internet's fever swamps aren't going anywhere — we need to learn to live with them. Ezra Klein interviews Francis Fukuyama: America is in "one of the most severe political crises I have experienced".

Fabian Freyenhagen (Essex): Critical Theory's Philosophy. Volkan Cidam (Bogazici): Historical Method and Critical Theory. An excerpt from from The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory by Amy Allen (and more). Catlyn Origitano (Marquette): Moral Imagination and Adorno: Before and After Auschwitz. Jean-Philippe Deranty (Macquarie): Between Honneth and Ranciere: Problems and Potentials of a Contemporary Critical Theory of Society. Rodrigo Cordero (Diego Portales), Aldo Mascareno (Adolfo Ibanez), and Daniel Chernilo (Loughborough): On the Reflexivity of Crises: Lessons from Critical Theory and Systems Theory. Seventy years ago the thinkers and writers of the Frankfurt School warned of capitalism's drift towards a cultural apocalypse — has it already happened, but we've been too uncritical to notice? Lisa Appignanesi reviews Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School by Stuart Jeffries.