North Korea says Trump’s “Rocket Man” insult makes attack on U.S. “inevitable”. Sadly, North Korea’s pursuit of nukes and ICBMs makes sense. Vipin Narang on why Kim Jong Un wouldn’t be irrational to use a nuclear bomb first. How to win a nuclear standoff: President Trump and Kim Jong Un’s saber-rattling is dangerous, but not irrational. The madman theory of North Korea: How to neutralize North Korea’s nuclear threat without starting a world war. Rep. Hunter calls for pre-emptive strike against North Korea. Ariel Dorfman on nuclear apocalypse now. Donald Trump is a threat to survival of life on Earth: If nuclear war doesn’t get us, falling oxygen levels will.

Why Hurricane Maria is such a nightmare for Puerto Rico. Hurricane pushes long-suffering Puerto Rico to the edge: Many believe Congress shares some of the responsibility for the economic crisis. Facing months in the dark, ordinary life in Puerto Rico is “beyond reach”. With power out and cell service down, Puerto Ricans work to connect each other in Maria’s wake. Maria took a Puerto Rican radio station’s roof — but the hosts stayed on air anyway. Arecibo telescope damaged after Hurricane Maria slams Puerto Rico. What now for Puerto Rico? Puerto Rico faces mountain of obstacles on the road to recovery.

Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico. “If anyone can hear us, help”: Puerto Rico’s mayors describe widespread devastation from Hurricane Maria. How to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Andrew M. Lindner and Ziggy Schulting (Skidmore): How Movies with a Female Presence Fare With Critics. German election: Merkel wins fourth term but far-right AfD surges to third. Morgan L. Kaplan and Ramzy Mardini on 5 things to know about the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan (and more). Chelsea Manning and America’s trans prisoners: Timothy Stewart-Winter on what an activist might have taught at Harvard. Henry Farrell on Chelsea Manning and Harvard. Thread: “Nationalizing Equifax is interesting, but it doesn't address the problem and it potentially introduces new ones”. Facebook’s ad scandal isn’t a “fail”, it’s a feature. Bloodstained ice axe used to kill Trotsky emerges after decades in the shadows.

Presidencies sometimes change course — Trump’s hasn’t so far. There is no Trump pivot, and there never will be: Boy, the “new Trump” sure disappeared fast. Jay Rosen on normalizing Trump: An incredibly brief explainer. Is Trump mentally ill, or is America? Carlos Lozada reviews The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President, ed. Bandy X. Lee (and more); Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump by Allen Frances, and Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen. What makes Trump so dangerous?

The personal is the geopolitical: The mix of intense insecurity couple with a need for dominance and aggression is too central to Trump’s own personality not to be the driver of this vision of the world and America’s role in it. Dave Zirin on the fragile, toxic masculinity of Donald Trump. The President of the United States is regularly manipulated by Twitter bots: Fake accounts and trolls pose a bigger threat than you might think. Why Donald Trump’s tweets are only going to get worse. The loneliest president: He’s increasingly isolated in the White House, but for Donald Trump, being alone is not a liability — it’s where he’s most comfortable.

The awakening of Colin Kaepernick: In college, Kaepernick began a journey that led him to his position as one of the most prominent, if divisive, social activists in sports. John Feinstein on the NFL cowards who aren’t signing Colin Kaepernick. Stop pretending there are legitimate reasons NFL teams aren’t signing Colin Kaepernick. Why Colin Kaepernick isn’t working: Claire Potter on football’s sketchy labor history (and more). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don’t tell Colin Kaepernick to “stick to sports”. How Colin Kaepernick became a cause for activists, civil rights groups and others. Colin Kaepernick vs. Tim Tebow: A tale of two Christians on their knees.

NFL players reject Trump’s intimidation tactics, expand anthem protest. David Remnick on the racial demagoguery of Trump’s assaults on Colin Kaepernick and Steph Curry. Sally Jenkins on what President Trump doesn’t get about the NFL. How Trump bungled the politics of football. Will Hobson on Donald Trump’s long, stormy and unrequited romance with the NFL. Watch the stunning contrast between how Trump and Obama talk about Colin Kaepernick. Real patriotism, Mr. Trump, isn’t how you treat a flag — it’s how you treat Americans. “How is there literally a tweet for everything”. “A Tweet for everything, part 120,876”.

Donald Trump’s allies join his crusade against the NFL. “How dare the guy I supported after he pissed on women, immigrants, and Muslims for a year straight do the same to my people?” Life in the NFL has always been harder for outspoken liberals: The league’s conservative culture has long sparked blowback against them. How ESPN became a conservative cause: Conservative media has seen ESPN’s business problems through the prism of politics — but the network’s struggles are much more straightforward.