Lanny Thompson (UPR): Colonial Governmentality in Puerto Rico and the Philippines: Sovereign Force, Governmental Rationality, and Disciplinary Institutions under US Rule. Jon Lee Anderson on Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico’s neo-colonial legacy. Why Washington should finally make Puerto Rico a state: As the hurricanes have made clear, all of America has a stake in the island’s success. Puerto Rico’s recovery is essential for our economy: Even if you ignore the obvious moral necessity for the government to assist Puerto Rico, the government should not ignore its economic and military necessity. Many Trump voters who got hurricane relief in Texas aren’t sure Puerto Ricans should.

As Puerto Rico faces $95 billion cleanup, expose reveals vulture firms who own its $74 billion debt. Laura Moscoso on the highest bidders in Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy. Ellen Brown on how to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt without hurting bondholders. Zakaria proposes “grand bargain” on Puerto Rico’s debt. Puerto Rico has put itself in the running for Amazon’s HQ2.


Niger deaths prompt rare questions about U.S. mission. What the hell happened in Niger? Rumors are swirling over what took place in the final hours before four U.S. servicemen died — but a clear picture of what actually took place is only beginning to emerge. What really happened in Niger? Benghazi comparisons and conjecture threaten to overpower a serious assessment of what happened and why, experts and former military officers warn. This is not Trump’s Benghazi: The deaths of U.S. troops in Niger were a tragedy, but there’s no need for conspiracy theories. Republicans who obsessed over Benghazi silent on 4 US troops killed in Niger.


John A. Ferejohn (NYU) Financial Emergencies (“A study of the use of emergency powers to deal with financial emergencies in revolutionary France and Weimar”). The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991. Spain moves to fire Catalonia’s leadership, strip region’s autonomy (and more). Czech president holds up machine gun marked “for journalists” during press conference, as a billionaire right-wing populist becomes the country's prime minister. The case of the undocumented teen who wants an abortion is a constitutional hellhole for Trump. How to be a know-it-all: Kathryn Schulz on what you learn from the Very Short Introduction series. “There’s always a tweet”.


Kate Webber Nunez (Nova Southeastern): Toxic Cultures Require a Stronger Cure: The Lessons of Fox News for Reforming Sexual Harassment Law. The latest sexual harassment claim against Bill O’Reilly, explained in under 500 words. Gretchen Carlson: “Horrifying” that Fox would let O’Reilly back on air (and more). Gretchen Carlson slams O’Reilly: “Nobody pays $32M for false allegations - nobody”. More than 30 women come forward to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment. Harvey Weinstein and the impunity of powerful men: For women speaking up about their experiences with harassment and assault, being heard is one kind of power, and being free is another.

After Weinstein’s fall, Trump accusers wonder: Why not him? Americans think sexual harassment is a very serious problem — in Hollywood: There’s less agreement about the shadow it casts on the rest of the country. #ThemToo: Women who voted for Trump betrayed their gender. Women of the Senate share their #MeToo stories of harassment. Enough talk about sexual harassment: Instead of asking women to bare their souls yet again, we should be demanding that men take action.


Pentagon document contradicts Trump’s Gold Star claims. Donald Trump is rush-shipping condolences to military families. Grief and grievance: What a botched condolence call reveals about President Trump. Here are the four-star generals Donald Trump has publicly bashed. Army vet Richard Allen Smith on why Trump disrespects the military. Trump makes himself, John Kelly and everyone around them look rotten yet again. Ryan Lizza on John Kelly and the dangerous moral calculus of working for Trump. John Kelly has become a field commander in Trump’s culture war. “and this, America, is what’s wrong: that actual video and audio proof to the contrary exists, and yet the WHITE HOUSE stands by the story”.

Quinta Jurecic on John Kelly’s politics of grief in the public sphere. It didn’t just start now: John Kelly has always been a hard-right bully. The mythological past embraced by John Kelly: The worldview of folks like Kelly is not just toxic, it’s depressing. “John Kelly lamenting days when women were held sacred while launching an attack on an outspoken congresswoman really sums the whole thing up”. #IBelieveFrederica tweets that show the viral hashtag is about more than opposing Trump. “The tl;dr seems to be that Kelly stood up at the podium and lied about a member of congress in order to discredit a grieving widow’s story”. Calls intensify for John Kelly to apologize for lying.

I’m saying, “Oh, just fuck off” to John Kelly for a couple of reasons. “Tbh America should question its generals much more and faux deference suppressing valid criticism has caused a lot of problems”. The necessity of questioning the military: Honoring the sacrifice of servicemembers requires understanding why they were put at risk, and demanding that those who did so hold themselves to account.

Let’s not staff a White House with generals ever again. For some veterans, John Kelly’s remarks add to a worrying military-civilian divide. Masha Gessen on John Kelly and the language of the military coup. I used to think that a militarized United States government was impossible. John Kelly is a present danger to the Republic.


Real death toll in Puerto Rico is probably 450 — much higher than official count. 4 out of 5 Puerto Ricans are still without power — but darkness is far from the island's biggest problem (and more). The unrelenting crisis in Puerto Rico is forcing people to drink dirty water. EPA steps in as Puerto Ricans grow desperate for clean drinking water. Connor Maxwell and Cathleen Kelly on 3 million reasons for environmental justice in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria has exposed and intensified the island’s ecological crisis and its human consequences — can it build a sustainable future? Devastation in Puerto Rico could produce a revolutionary power grid. Elon Musk and Richard Branson want to bring clean energy to Puerto Rico — it won’t be easy. Why thousands of people around the world are mapping Puerto Rico’s buildings and streets.

Here’s how New York City is preparing for Puerto Rican evacuees. Emily Atkin on Trump’s dangerous spin on Puerto Rico’s suffering. Trump can’t stop complaining about Puerto Rico — and it shows in his policies. Is racial bias driving Trump’s neglect of Puerto Rico? Puerto Rico is still waiting for federal aid. Donald Trump awards himself 10 out of 10 for Puerto Rico hurricane response. Here are the disturbing numbers on Puerto Rico one month after Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico still needs our help — here’s what you can do. Reminder: The U.S. Virgin Islands are still in crisis.

In Puerto Rico, a hopeful sight: Endangered parrot spotted after Hurricane Maria.


A “hiero” in the White House: Antonio Redfern Pucci on Trump’s resemblance to a Greek tyrant. Trump lines pockets with one sentence in new law, buried 700+ pages deep. Nancy LeTourneau on Trump’s criminally-inspired approach to deal-making. Trump just publicly accused the FBI of having conspired against him. Does Trump live in an alternate reality? Some believe that the president is so divorced from actual governance that his statements have limited consequences — but that isn’t the case. Tom Friedman on The Trump Doctrine: “Obama built it. I broke it. You fix it”. Trump is not the failure he appears to be: A lot of people laughed when the president claimed to be “ahead of schedule”, but he’s not wrong.

Trump’s military family scandal reveals the profound ugliness of his character. “Kelly confirms Trump said ‘he knew what he was getting into’ but instead of criticizing Trump 4 lying, he attacked woman who exposed his lie”. The real John Kelly: His freewheeling press conference proved that there are no adults in the room.


Tomasz Zuradzki (Jagiellonian): The Normative Significance of Identifiability. In Czech election, a new threat to European unity. Jessica Loudis on why we need Stuart Hall’s imaginative Left. Arresting disabled bodies: How disabled activists turned the fight for Medicaid into a battle for civil rights. The problem is the prices: Opaque and sky high bills are breaking Americans — and our health care system. Trump World quickly abandons its obsession with email servers. Trump’s judge pick Jeff Mateer admits he discriminates against gay people. Francis Fukuyama on relaunching The American Interest. Harvey Weinstein’s former employees reckon with what they knew and what they didn’t. After Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood assistants urged to break culture of silence.

Stephen L. Morgan and Jiwon Lee (Johns Hopkins): The White Working Class and Voter Turnout in US Presidential Elections, 2004-2016. Rigged: Ari Berman on how voter suppression threw Wisconsin to Trump — and possibly handed him the whole election. Democrats should stop chasing the “sensible centrists” — they don’t exist, but voter suppression, on the other hand, is very real. Is Trump leading Congressional Republicans to slaughter? It isn’t the president’s extremism that’s sabotaging GOP incumbents, so much as his cowardly evasion of responsibility. Is it safe to say Trump is a favorite to win re-election? The incredibly boring reason Trump is on track to win in 2020.


Vesa Kanniainen (Helsinki): Cyber Technology and Arms Race. John Yoo (UC-Berkeley): Embracing the Machines: Rationalist War and New Weapons Technologies. Will artificially intelligent weapons kill the laws of war? Amitai Etzioni (George Washington) and Oren Etzioni (Allen Institute): Pros and Cons of Autonomous Weapons Systems. Aleksandar Fatic (Belgrade): The Ethics of Drone Warfare. Militant groups have drones — now what? Drone warfare: James Rogers on the death of precision. Our next world war might be fought in outer space: To counter threats from China and Russia, the U.S. military is scrambling to weaponize space on a scale not seen since Ronald Reagan. Military officials say we need to prepare for space war.


What’s the matter with Republicans? Ross Douthat on how the party of Trump became a liberal caricature. The debunked IRS scandal shows there’s no sane wing of the GOP. The G.O.P. is a mess — it’s not all Trump’s fault. Establishment Republicans mystified by their base should look at Ed Gillespie’s campaign. The GOP is the party of Roy Moore. E.J. Dionne on the enablers of Trump’s dangerous presidency. Here are 5 reasons the GOP won’t dump Trump. Republicans have Stockholm Syndrome and it’s getting worse. Does Charlie Sykes understand how the Right lost its mind? Alex Shepard on the increasingly isolated world of conservative media.

Aaron Blake on George W. Bush’s unmistakable takedown of Trumpism — and Trump. George W. Bush condemns Trumpism, but skips his role in its rise. Thread: “It’s maddening how many will rehabilitate George W. Bush in the age of Trump instead of pointing out how Bush’s GOP paved the way for Trump”. George W. Bush bashing Trump’s “cruelty” is hypocritical bullshit.

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