Heather M. Field (Hastings): A Taxonomy for Tax Loopholes. “That’s the game”: Tax planners look for loopholes amid uncertainty over new law. Paul Mason (Baylor), Steven Utke (UConn), and Brian Williams (Indiana): Why Pay Our Fair Share? How Perceived Influence Over Laws Affects Tax Evasion. Steven A. Bank (UCLA): When Did Tax Avoidance Become Respectable? Economists say the ultra-wealthy are dodging taxes far more than we think (and more and more and more). Gabriel Zucman on how corporations and the wealthy avoid taxes (and how to stop them). The Paradise Papers show there’s all kinds of people who have their snouts in the trough.

How Apple takes a bite out of all of us: Why the tech giant loves the tiny island of Jersey and why the Republican tax scheme won’t change that. Amazon made $5.6 billion in profits last year and reportedly paid zero American dollars in federal taxes. Is Amazon too big to tax? The tech giants will never pay their fair share of taxes — unless we make them. If you tax the rich, they won’t leave: US data contradicts millionaires’ threats.


Trump chooses impulse over strategy as crises mount. Trump is using American foreign policy as his stress ball. Trump’s new foreign policy team is looking a lot more Republican. Let’s talk about Donald Trump vs. the “deep state”: The civil war within the executive branch could destroy us all. Trump still doesn’t take Russia seriously. Trump vs Putin? Time to be “scared” — Susan Glasser interviews Julia Ioffe. Trump is already wagging the dog: The 1997 film was about inventing distraction, not starting an actual war. The stranger things about polarization and foreign policy: We might be in a world where Trump’s base will swallow whatever he tells them. Trump’s supporters don’t care about his flip-flops on Syria — we checked.


The inaugural issue of the Christian Libertarian Review is out. Candice Delmas (Northeastern) and Sean Aas (Georgetown): Sexual Reorientation in Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory. Trump’s would-be secretary of state Mike Pompeo has an Islamophobia problem. Alex Ward on Mike Pompeo, your likely new — and Trump-friendly — secretary of state. Holocaust is fading from memory, survey finds. Michiko Kakutani reviews A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey. Why the GOP’s campaign against “Lyin’ Comey” makes no sense (and more). From the New Republic, Win McCormack on the rise and fall of the Rajneesh cult. A climate-denying coal lobbyist is close to becoming the EPA’s deputy administrator — why aren’t Senate Democrats sounding the alarm? Rudy Giuliani is single and ready 2 mingle ladies.

The Facebook defect: Since the company’s founding, Mark Zuckerberg has disregarded the problem that led it to crisis today. Mark Zuckerberg refuses to admit how Facebook works. Don’t ask whether Facebook can be regulated — ask which Facebook to regulate. Jennifer Cobbe on reining in Big Data’s robber barons. Katherine L. Milkman on how Facebook could be a force for good: Studies suggest it would only take a few small tweaks. Forget Congress — Facebook’s real problem is in Europe.


From Politico, how Trump favored Texas over Puerto Rico: An investigation shows a persistent double standard in the president’s handling of relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria. Six months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s famous telescope is still under threat. The Puerto Rican town Arecibo left to stew in toxic waste. Hurricanes expose governments’ decades of negligence in Caribbean climate change preparedness. Puerto Ricans and ultrarich “Puertopians” are locked in a pitched struggle over how to remake the island. Inside Puerto Rico’s plan to influence the midterm elections: Frustrated by Congress’ response to Hurricane Maria, Gov. Ricardo Rossello is preparing to drop a “hammer” in targeted states in 2018.


From the New Yorker, Ronan Farrow on the National Enquirer, a Trump rumor, and another secret payment to buy silence (and more). White House discovers that Trump listens more “when it’s on TV”. Fox & Friends: Influence comes with the president’s ear. “To hell with it’: Trump becoming increasingly difficult to guide in WH. Watergate lawyer Richard Ben-Veniste on how Trump is going full Nixon on Mueller. The principle of professional law enforcement is now on the line: If the president can, with impunity, remove the deputy attorney general, the very notion that law enforcement has a higher function than serving power becomes a lie. Donald Trump will do anything to avoid prosecution — and John Bolton will help. Everyone should stop doing this: Stop playing chicken with this particular president.

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