Rihan Yeh (COLMICH): On the Possibility of Imagining an Open Border. Will Wilkinson on how nativist anti-“open borders” rhetoric is a big lie. “Language as a weapon”: In Trump era, immigration debate grows more heated over what words to use. Jane Coaston on the scary ideology behind Trump’s immigration instincts: “Shithole” wasn’t the worst part of the president’s comments on immigration. Froma Harrop on why the Republicans refuse to fix immigration. How would Trump’s immigration crackdown have affected his own team? Their ancestors wouldn’t have been welcome (and more).

Is massive immigration an unmitigated blessing? John Judis interviews George Borjas, author of We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative. The doom loop of modern liberalism: Diversity and equality seem tragically incompatible in the world today — here’s why. The US needs more babies, more immigrants, and more integration.

Cass Sunstein (Harvard): “They Ruined Popcorn”: On the Costs and Benefits of Mandatory Labels. U.S. tells Puerto Rico it’s not broke enough to get loans. Trump slashes crucial funding for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The Turpins won’t be the last: Sarah Jones on how lax homeschooling laws protect child abusers. Josh Marshall on the most important lesson and message and story of Michael Wolff’s book. Howard Kurtz’s new book, Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War Over the Truth, could do even more damage than Michael Wolff’s. Trump voting commission bought Texas election data flagging Hispanic voters. “You look American, you sound American”: Undocumented Irish caught in Trump’s immigration dragnet.

From Vox, Dara Lind on the immigration negotiations Congress just gave itself three weeks to do, explained (and more); 3 winners and 2 losers from the deal ending the government shutdown; Ezra Klein on why Democrats didn’t cave on the shutdown: Democrats are funding CHIP for six years and reopening the government without losing their shutdown leverage; and are Democrats becoming more like Republicans? Democrats are adopting tactics they condemned in the Obama years — but they still want to compromise. Democrats are allowing Republicans to have it both ways on the Dreamers. Frozen: Everybody loses in the government shutdown.

From Harvard Law Review, Gillian E. Metzger (Columbia): 1930s Redux: The Administrative State Under Siege; Aaron L. Nielson (BYU): Confessions of an “Anti-Administrativist”; and Mila Sohoni (San Diego): A Bureaucracy — If You Can Keep It. The Overton Window and Trump’s judges: Trump’s judicial nominees have been so extreme that what was once considered beyond the pale is now acceptable. Trump is setting records in how few people he has appointed — and how long they take to confirm. Will the real president please stand up? The government shutdown shows just how powerful John Kelly has become — and how he’s bringing chaos, not order, to the White House. Donald Trump runs a Twitter account; President John Kelly is running the administration. “I’ve got another nut job here who thinks he’s running things”: Are Trump and Kelly heading for divorce?

Trump is here to stay: Liberals hope the Russia investigation or a wave midterm election sweeps the president from office — here’s why that probably won’t happen. Donald Trump’s fitness for office isn’t a medical question: A medical diagnosis will never solve the problem of Donald Trump’s presidency. Is Trump’s presidency finally becoming normal? There seems to be something of an anti-anti-Trump backlash underway in GOP circles. Mollie Ziegler Hemingway: “I wasn’t a Trump supporter. I am now”. “I’m a Republican. What on earth is wrong with my party?”: Elise Jordan on Donald Trump and the Republican crisis of soul. Jennifer Rubin on what happens when a party becomes unmoored from the truth and the American creed. Trump and lawmakers got cash from payday lenders, then weakened lending rules. Paul Ryan and the GOP take legal bribes from the Kochs — the corruption is right out in the open.

This is how democracies die: Defending our constitution requires more than outrage. Don’t call Trump a totalitarian — he’s bad enough without exaggerating. The Nation special issue documents the Resistance at one. Tiny books of the Resistance: Rachel Greenwald Smith reviews Demagoguery and Democracy by Patricia Roberts-Miller; On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder; and The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time by Brooke Gladstone. If liberals don’t embrace identity politics, they will lose: Ignore the naysayers — economic equality and identity are inseparable.