President Trump and the risks of nuclear war: How command and control works when the military wakes up the president vs. when the president wakes up the military. From the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, John Mecklin on reconsidering the nuclear demigod called Mr. President. “He is sovereign who decides”, in the words of the Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt, and the American president’s bomb power is one of the purest illustrations, at least on paper, of Schmitt’s argument. Should Congress take away Trump’s authority to pre-emptively launch a nuclear strike? Lawmakers fear President Trump’s authority to launch nuclear weapons. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on the North Korean nuclear challenge: Military options and issues for Congress. Take the president’s finger off the nuclear button: It’s an awesome responsibility no single person should have.

Trump can’t start a nuclear war by himself, but there's not much stopping him. Trump’s nuclear threats aren’t going over well with military officials. Guy in charge of all the nukes: Relax, I’m not gonna let Trump nuke just anything. Anthony J. Colangelo (SMU): The Duty to Disobey Illegal Nuclear Strike Orders. If Trump launches Armageddon, is that “illegal”? If Trump wants to use nuclear weapons, whether it’s “legal” won’t matter. Bruce Ackerman on how to stop Trump blowing it up. The real danger of Trump’s nuclear policy isn’t Armageddon: The president may not stumble into a nuclear war, but he's setting the stage for a new era of proliferation.


Sean Parker unloads on Facebook “exploiting” human psychology. Is Mark Zuckerberg Facebook’s last true believer? In Silicon Valley, a growing number early Facebook employees regret the world they created. The education of Mark Zuckerberg: The Facebook founder has discussed “community” more than 150 times in public — a close reading reveals his road map for the platform’s future. Do we really want Mark Zuckerberg to run the world? The Facebook chief executive doesn’t need to become US president — he is already way too powerful for that. Sandy Parakilas on why we can’t trust Facebook to regulate itself. Mark Zuckerberg, it’s time for an act of radical transparency.


Michele Paolini Paoletti (Macerata): There Could be a Light That Never Goes Out: The Metaphysical Possibility of Disembodied Existence. From Konkret Media, an interview with Domenico Losurdo on anti-colonialism, US foreign policy and Hegel. How Peter Thiel and the Stanford Review built a Silicon Valley empire. It’s war, and the Washington Post knows it: In the Trump era, pacifism is not an option. Terrell Jermaine Starr interviews Jayda Fransen, Donald Trump’s new favorite British xenophobe. After an attack that killed more than 300 people gathered for prayers, Egyptians are grappling with their new reality as the army, ISIS, and other radicals battle in the Sinai Peninsula.

North Korea’s latest missile test went more than 10 times higher than the space station. New missile test shows North Korea capable of hitting all of US mainland. Heather Hulburt on 7 big questions about North Korea’s latest — and longest — missile test. 8 million people could die in a nuclear war with North Korea.


Hands off: More than 180 women have reported sexual assaults at Massage Envy. Michigan State hasn’t faced consequences for enabling the biggest sex abuse scandal in U.S. sports. 223 women working in national security sign open letter on sexual harassment. “If wealthy, highly visible women in news and entertainment are sexually harassed, assaulted and raped — what do we think is happening to women in retail, food service and domestic work?” Farmworkers say “Us Too,” demanding freedom from sexual violence. Wall Street may have found a way to profit off addressing workplace sexual harassment.

“We never thought we’d be believed”: Chloe Ann-King goes inside the decade-long fight to expose Morgan Marquis-Boire. Megan Garber on Garrison Keillor, settler of a fallen frontier. A Republican woman just called out Fox News for enabling sexual assault — on Fox News. Kick against the pricks: Laura Kipnis reviews Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back by Gretchen Carlson. The Today show pushed out talented women — it kept Matt Lauer around for years. “Ailes. O'Reilly. Halperin. Rose. Lauer. These were among the most influential, best paid figures in TV news”. “The story of 2016 is becoming a bunch of sexual harassers and rapists shaped the narrative of Hillary’s run for President. So that’s fun”.

As the sexual assault scandal grows, Congress must clean its own house. Democrats have a sexual harassment problem. Resign right now: As Donald Trump embraces Roy Moore, Democrats should take a zero tolerance stance against sexual harassment. For evangelicals, sin is redeemable — but can that allow sex offenders to dodge their actions? Many of Roy Moore’s evangelical supporters see alleged “sins of the past” as no longer relevant. What on earth do you have to do to be kicked out of politics? “New poll: Democrats think both parties have a sexual harassment problem. Republicans think Dems do”. Trump skates, but it’s not the press’s fault: “If the constituency doesn’t care, the accused will be fine”.


Trump continues to cultivate the Republican Party’s alliance with fascism. Donald Trump’s racist retweets alienate even Twitter’s worst. It’s not an act: It’s no longer possible to pretend that President Trump is simply playing at bigotry, hypocrisy, and detachment from reality. President Trump is the single biggest threat to Muslims after sharing Islamophobic videos on Twitter. Trump corroborates reports that he’s a conspiracy theorist by tweeting conspiracy theories. Trump’s belief in conspiracy theories paints a picture of a president in chaos. Donald Trump sucks at making deals, even easy ones. Is Trump incompetent, delusional or unhinged? Trump’s obvious social and mental disabilities are not really the important thing, because he’s only carrying out the sabotage of others, and not thinking up any of this himself.


Or Bassok (Nottingham): The Supreme Court at the Bar of Public Opinion Polls. The Supreme Court is ignoring Trump as much as possible: The country’s highest court has a strategy for combatting the craziness in Washington — stop focusing on the President. Dahlia Lithwick and Stephen I. Vladeck on the dangerous myth of the judicial “resistance”. The Supreme Court has an ethics problem: Justices on the high court don’t have to follow the same code of conduct as they do in lower courts — that needs to change. Linda Greenhouse, the most respected Supreme Court reporter of her generation, slams media “objectivity”.

Cassandra Burke Robertson (Case Western): Judicial Impartiality in a Partisan Era. David Orentlicher (UNLV): Politics and the Supreme Court: The Need for Ideological Balance. The first chapter from Ideology in the Supreme Court by Lawrence Baum. Scott E. Lemieux on the Supreme Court’s anti-democratic feedback loop: The GOP installs Supreme Court justices over the will of voters, the Supreme Court helps the GOP remain in power — rinse, repeat. How to fix the Supreme Court: The way we choose Supreme Court nominees is broken — here’s how to fix it.

Alli Orr Larsen (William & Mary): Constitutional Law in an Age of Alternative Facts. Eric Berger (Nebraska): When Facts Don’t Matter (“This Article examines the Court’s penchant for brushing aside inconvenient facts”). It’s a fact: Supreme Court errors aren’t hard to find. Chief Justice Roberts and other judges have a hard time with statistics — that’s a real problem.


Are Trump’s generals in over their heads? For many in Washington, they’re the only thing standing between the president and chaos — but their growing clout is starting to worry military experts. Will the generals save us from Trump? Pitched as calming force, John Kelly instead mirrors boss’s priorities (and more). John Kelly is an example of what we might call Total Quality Trumpism, Trumpist ideology in a more disciplined, duty-focused, professional package (and more). Donald Trump’s generals cannot control him: America’s president loves men in uniform, and they often give him sound advice — but it is Mr Trump who calls the shots.


Charles H. Norchi (Maine): The Arctic in the Public Order of the World Community. The terrorist attack against Sufi Muslims in Egypt, explained. The introduction to The Philosophy of Pain, ed. David Bain, Michael Brady, and Jennifer Corns. How to write a Nazi: The New York Times’s profile of Tony Hovator shows how rhetoric is fascism’s real battleground. Koch insists it will just be a passive investor in Time Inc. — the fine print reveals that’s not true. Migrants desperate to flee Libya’s detention camps are being turned back at sea. Trump’s attacks on CNN are being used to question the network’s reporting on Libya’s slave markets. The CFPB has been great for consumers — so of course Trump wants to gut it (and more).


Dan Prisk (SFU): The Hyperreality of the Alt Right: How Meme Magic Works to Create a Space for Far Right Politics. How a Silicon Valley striver became the alt-Right’s tech hero: Andrew Torba founded Gab.ai as a “free speech” alternative to other social networks. On Fox News, Tucker Carlson promotes white nationalist social media site. Two months ago, the Internet tried to banish Nazis — no one knows if it worked. Ben Garrison is the man who has become white supremacists’ favorite cartoonist — whether he likes it or not. To save Pepe the Frog from the alt-right, his creator Matt Furie has invoked copyright law’s darker side.


From Vox, a visual guide to the key events in the Trump-Russia scandal. Did the feds flip Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab and could he bring down Michael Flynn? Does a Russian’s confession fit what we know? Sarah Kendzior on the “oligarch envy” haunting President Trump. Trump and Russia seem to find common foe: The American press. Why Trump’s attack on the Time Warner merger is dangerous for the press: It doesn’t always take violence to destroy media freedom — Vladimir Putin, for one, has figured out a better way. Odds are, Russia owns Trump: There is ample evidence the president is not working for America first. Robert Mueller and the FBI can’t save us: Jacob T. Levy on the limits of legalism.

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