Our year in irreality: John Freeman on the presidency of Donald Trump. Eli Watkins and Joyce Tseng on Trump’s presidency so far, in charts. Jelani Cobb on trying to explain Trump’s first year in office. Tom Nichols on Trump’s first year: A damage assessment. We asked experts to grade Trump’s first year as a president — here’s what they said. They were bad, he ay be worse: The best way to evaluate President Trump’s first year in office is to compare him not with the great presidents but with the worst. Jonathan Chait on rereading Trump’s inaugural address, one year later. The worst thing about Year One of Trump: Fascistization of cable news. One year down, three (oh dear god please only three) years to go. Allyson Hobbs on how after 1 year of Trump, America is losing its soul.


Jenny Gunn (Georgia State): Deleuze, Žižek, Spring Breakers and the Question of Ethics in Late Capitalism. From Wired, Zeynep Tufekci on how it’s the (democracy-poisoning) golden age of free speech. Does this man know more than Robert Mueller? Simon van Zuylen-Wood on Glenn Greenwald’s war on the Russia investigation. Quinta Jurecic on Devin Nunes’s mystery memo: Repeating the cycle of distraction. The case for the subway: It built the city; now, no matter the cost — at least $100 billion — the city must rebuild it to survive. One of America’s biggest rehab companies built an empire, but after a patient named Gary Benefield died, its enemies — investors and business rivals alike — struck hard.

Brian Beutler on the shithead shutdown. The shutdown is about who gets to be an American. The government shuts down because Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing. Thread: “So please, let’s stop acting like this is an accident”. Trump’s comments blaming Obama for 2013 government shutdown resurface. “There really is a @realDonaldTrump tweet for every occasion”. “He really does have a tweet for all occasions”. “there’s one of these for literally everything”. President Trump is the freest man alive.


One year after the Women’s March on Washington, people are still protesting en masse — a lot. Anna North on how the Women’s March made itself indispensable: Over the past year, the march has become a crucial hub for left-wing organizations, and a potent political force for 2018. Women’s March Inc., which organized the event in Washington, has encouraged more protests — but a new group is focused on winning elections, especially in red states. The other women’s march on Washington: Rebecca Traister on the record number of female candidates running for office in 2018 for the first time (and more). A year after the Women’s March, a record number of women are running for office — will they win? Thomas B. Edsall: Will women lead the Democrats to victory?

Lucas M. Novaes (IAST): The Exit Trap: Gender Differences in Political Perseverance. Utah GOP official says giving women the right to vote was a “grave mistake”. After a year of Trump, women expect less from men — but demand more. We are living through the moment when women unleash decades of pent-up anger. Madeleine Davies on the strange comfort of victimhood. Fights among feminists aren’t a sign of the movement’s weakness — they’re a sign of its strength. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox on how the “pussyhat” became a feminist fashion icon.

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