Intellectual integrity is rare among Republicans these days. The governing wing of the Republican party is nearing extinction. Here’s everything Republicans could be doing to stop Trump — except they’re not doing any of it, because they frickin’ love him. Thread: “One key lesson of 2017 was that everything liberals have said about right-wing hypocrisy was true — in fact understated”. Donald Trump’s presidency is the libertarian moment. Steve Benen on why the rehabilitation of George W. Bush is a mistake. David Frum is a political party of one: The famous Never Trump thinks conservatism is “obsolete”, but will Republicans listen to him?

The weak, effective authoritarian: Trump’s critics are dividing into two camps, but their respective arguments aren’t as mutually exclusive as they seem. Trump’s tweets have been a legal disaster for the Justice Department. Trump’s latest interview shows he’s not really the president: He’s holding the office but not doing the job. Is President Trump a stealth postmodernist or just a liar? “There’s never a bottom. Always some new sub basement of shamefulness beneath the previous sub basement”. John Stoehr on why the Democrats need to act like Republicans. Trump is winning: Trump is making us a little more like him, and politics a little more like the tribal clash he says it is.


Chris Ranalli (VU Amsterdam): The Wittgensteinian Theory of Deep Disagreement. Amazon is a company worth $678 billion whose CEO is the richest man in the history of the world; oddly, it is also the perpetrator of one of the biggest welfare scams America has ever seen. Sarah Jones on what Democrats can learn from Cecile Richards. Adrian Chen on the Google Arts and Culture app and the rise of the “coded gaze”. Sessions is unlikely to actually face an impeachment inquiry anytime soon, but he should be put on notice that one is coming if the balance of power in Washington shifts. Women outnumber men in Oxford’s newest class — it only took 1,000 years. Republicans and Democrats have never been more divided over Israel.


Republicans just voted to ask Trump to #ReleaseTheMemo — here’s what you need to know. House Republicans declare war on FBI, vote to spill its secrets and investigate it. Republican House “leaders” are complicit in obstruction. Republicans must pick a side in the Mueller investigation: The GOP claims to support the probe, even as the party undermines it at every turn. Questions that Mueller might ask Trump: The most consequential could involve the President’s understanding of the rule of law. Is Trump a greater threat than Nixon? Here’s the big danger ahead. David Leonhardt on an article of impeachment against Donald J. Trump. For impeachment referral, Mueller would need Rosenstein. Benjamin Wittes on big lies, law enforcement, and the defense of Rod Rosenstein. Martin London on how President Trump can be prosecuted as a criminal.

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